Two people were seriously injured and two sustained minor injuries in a head-on crash Sunday night on Highway 29 four miles north of Glenwood. 19 year old Hayley Blair of Glenwood lost control and collided with a vehicle driven by 57 year old Richard Ostendorf of Pemberton. Blair sustained a minor injury as did his passenger 41 year old Tait Blair of Glenwood. A second passenger, 41 year old Kimerlie Blair of Glenwood, was seriously injured, as was Ostendorf. Assisting the Minnesota State Patrol were the Pope County and Douglas County Sheriff’s Departments and the Glenwood Police Department.
The Minnesota House passed the Health Insurance Exchange bill last week, and the Minnesota Senate will take the same bill up this week. The bill proposes a 3.5% tax on all products sold on the exchange to fund the exchange. Elbow Lake Republican Torrey Westrom says an increased cigarette tax would be a slightly more preferable means of paying for the exchange.
Stevens County Assessor Judy Thorstad will be sending out land valuations this week and she says those who disagree with the assessed values will have an opportunity to appeal the number. Those who appeal their valuation will need to have a local viewer assess their property before an appeal hearing before their local board of appeal and equalization. Thorstad reports tillable agriculture land has seen the greatest value increase in the last year, with all other land classifications--including residential and commercial--remaining relatively stable.
Students at the Morris Area Schools will perform tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 in the Morris Concert Hall. The band concert will feature musicians in grades 7-12. The event is open to the public.
The Kandiyohi County seasonal load restrictions began this past Friday. They’re effective countywide. Seasonal road restrictions protect roads during the spring thaw, when road strength is at its lowest point of the year. By state law, all non posted County paved roads are open to a normal, 10-ton per axle loads. Also by state law, all non posted Township roads and County gravel roads are restricted to a 5-ton per axle load limitation. However, most county gravel roads are posted to a higher, 7-ton per axle load limit and will be posted accordingly. Weight limits may change during the thaw period depending on the condition of a roadway. If they do, postings will be changed and the new posted weight will govern the legal weight on the roadway. Always check for a posted limit.
Saturday the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to an assault involving a knife. The caller said she had been stabbed and the suspect had left the residence on foot. Officers located 39 year old Raymond Hanson of Paynesville walking along the road near the home. He had a knife wound to his abdomen and was taken to the Paynesville Hospital where he was treated and released. Deputies met with a 32 year old woman, who had a knife wound to her back. She told officers Hanson stomped on her neck and further assaulted her. She was admitted to the Paynesville Hospital. Hanson was arrested for second degree assault and domestic assault by strangulation. Deputies are investigating further for possible attempted murder charges. Hanson is currently in the Stearns County Jail awaiting arraignment.
25 year old Matthew Dlugopolski of Dassel sustained minor injuries yesterday when he struck an Atwater snowplow from behind with his vehicle. It happened at the Highway 12 and 3rd Street intersection.
Senator Lyle Koenen of Clara City says Minnesota is ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to health care. He says we can set up an exchange here in Minnesota that fits Minnesota the best, that fits our health care system. He said we’re working with a Minnesota system, not Alabama or some other state, and we want something that will fit what we have here in Minnesota.
A bill seeking union rights for day care providers is making its way through the Minnesota Legislature and has some local legislators concerned. Elbow Lake Republican Torrey Westrom says it is a bill similar to the action taken by Governor Mark Dayton to call for a vote to unionize state-subsidized child care providers. The Governor's initiative was deemed illegal by the courts in 2012; legislators took up the action this year. The bill would call for a vote among day care providers who receive state funds to adopt or reject a union structure. If a union is created, state-subsidized day care providers would be required to pay dues to a state-wide union.
The Stevens County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited was recently honored for their 30 years of work, preserving habitat for ducks in the county. The local chapter reached the one million dollar mark in conservation funding in the last year. A fundraiser to continue the group's conservation efforts will be held this Sunday afternoon, March 24th, at the Old #1 Southside in Morris, starting at 4:30. All funds raised during the fundraiser directly benefit wildlife habitats in Stevens County.
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Big Stone County today (Tuesday) from 1-7 at the Ortonville at New Life Baptist Church. Tomorrow (Wednesday), the bloodmobile will be in Ortonville at the High School from 9 to two, and on Thursday in Browns Valley at the American Legion from 2-7. If you're 17 years of age or 16 with a parent/guardian consent form, weigh at least 110 pounds and in good health, you can donate blood.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet this morning (Tuesday) at nine as a family services committee and at ten as the county board. Agenda items include a presentation on Central MN Jobs and Training; a resolution regarding eminent domain; conditional use; Household Hazardous Waste contracts with the county and six co-sponsoring counties; a presentation on Broadband GPS use; a Vision 2040 update; and several appointments.
29 year old Michael Underland of Bird Island was sentenced on a felony 2nd degree assault charge yesterday (Monday) in Kandiyohi County District Court. Judge Donald Spilseth sentenced him to 68 months in prison, gave him credit for serving 282 days, ordered him to pay fines and fees totaling $2,090; to pay restitution of $587; and supply a DNA sample.