NEWS-June 7
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27 year old Daniel Torres of Willmar was treated at Rice Hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg yesterday (Thursday), then later was arrested. He is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on charges of second degree assault, a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and reckless discharge of a firearm, all felony charges, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth degree assault. Willmar police officers were called to Rice Hospital after Torres indicated he had been involved in an altercation with unknown people in south Willmar, after they had followed him in a car, and he was shot. Officers investigated and found Torres had physically assaulted an acquaintance and held a handgun to that person’s head earlier in the evening. After further investigation and evidence, officers believe Torres had assaulted the acquaintance and then accidentally shot himself in the leg while placing a handgun in his pocket. He then fabricated the story about being a victim of an assault when he sought treatment at the hospital.



31 year old Paul Linn of Elrosa was injured yesterday (Thursday) at a crash on Main Street and 3rd Avenue in Elrosa. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Linn, who was traveling south on Main Street on an ATV when he collided with a G&K truck driven by 51 year old Michael Carrigan of St. Joseph. Linn was treated on scene by the Elrosa Rescue Squad, then taken to the Centra Care Hospital in Sauk Centre by the Sauk Centre ambulance.



The Stevens County Government is still assessing how changes to County Government Aid payments from the state will affect next year's budget. County Coordinator Brian Giese notes a total levy increase limit of 3% will set the local levy increase at less than 2%. That will affect union negotiations, Giese says. The County Board of Commissioners have directed department heads to plan for a 1.5% Cost of Living Adjustment for all union contracts. Giese says 2014 budget proposals from department heads are due at the end of the month.



Artists, community activists, and economic builders are gathered in Morris this week for a Rural Arts and Culture Summit. The keynote speaker, John Davis, started the Great American Think-Off in New York Mills and worked with others to re-vitalize the small Minnesota community. He says there are several key factors in using arts and culture to build communities including having a good strategy, knowing the vision, and using creative problem solving.



Cyrus Days is returning this weekend, with events planned for June 7-9. The Cyrus Days Parade will be held at 12:30 on Saturday. An All-School Reunion Program starts Saturday afternoon at 2:30. The All-School Reunion events will be held alongside the annual Cyrus Days events. Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday night at dusk.



You’ll encounter lane closures beginning today (Friday) as crews resurface Highway 40 from Highway 119 to Highway 7 near Milan. A pilot car and flaggers will control traffic through the work zone. The project will be complete near the end of June, weather permitting.



The Upper Sioux Community near Granite Falls invites you to a walk to honor and support those relatives healing from chemical and mental health conditions. This year’s walk is today Friday with sign-up at eight and the walk starting at nine.  It’s is open to the public.



25 year old Kody Klimek of Alexandria is facing three felony murder counts: one count of second degree intentional murder, one count of second degree unintentional murder, and one count of third degree murder in the stabbing death of 28 year old Phillip Altstadt. The stabbing occurred Saturday on the lawn of Lincoln Estates apartments in Alexandria. Klimek is being held in the Douglas County Jail on a one million dollar bond. His next court date is Monday.



The Willmar Fire Department and firefighters from six other cities were called to a fire at Arnold’s of Willmar last night (Thursday). The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire was contained to a shop area.



The Willmar Area Shrine Club will have its 25th annual toy run Sunday. Registration is from11-12:45 with the ride to start at one at Robbins Island Park in Willmar. All toy donations go to the Shriners Hospital for Children in the Twin Cities. The cost to enter the toy run is one unwrapped toy. The Willmar Shriners will be taking the toys to the Shriners Hospital in the cities June 15th.



Volunteers are needed to help with loon surveys on 6 lakes in Kandiyohi County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program is a long-term project with the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program. Through the assistance of hundreds of volunteer observers, the DNR annually gathers information about common loon numbers on more than 600 lakes distributed among six regions, or "index areas" of the state. Volunteers visit each lake for one morning during a 10-day period in early July, count the number of adult and juvenile loons seen and report these observations to the DNR for data management and analysis. Now in its 20th year, the MLMP provides the DNR with the ability to detect significant changes in the adult population and reproductive success of the state's common loons, and to anticipate any problems that could jeopardize the future of our state bird.



A Glenwood man has pled guilty to a single felony count of possession of drugs. Twenty-two year old Waylon Knight was apprehended on April 8th after a State Trooper pulled him over on suspicion of driving with a revoked license. During the traffic stop, the State Trooper found a "bowl" on Knight's person, used for smoking marijuana. After a search of the vehicle, officers found a scale and 8.1 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also found marijuana on Knight's person. Knight pled guilty on June 4 to a 3rd Degree drug charge: possessing more than 3 grams of a methamphetamine. He also pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation. Sentencing has been set for July 15.

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