Yesterday (Monday) the Meeker County Sheriff’s office arrested 27 year old Jeffery Jadinak, of Eden Valley, at a residence on State Street North in Eden Valley. He was arrested on a Meeker County Warrant for felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor stalking. The Eden Valley Police Department assisted on the scene.
Yesterday afternoon (Monday), the Litchfield Police Department was called to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of South Holcombe Avenue and East McQuat Street in Litchfield. The drivers were Sharon Polingo of Litchfield and Devan Nelson of Litchfield. There were no injuries.
Last night (Monday) the Minnesota State Patrol and Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office were called to a crash at the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road One in Chippewa County. According to the state patrol, the driver was traveling north on Highway 23, lost control, ran off the road and tipped onto the passenger side. There were three people in the vehicle. 27 year old Mohamed Mahamed of Willmar and 26 year old Ali Bashir were not injured. A third person, Mohamed Fardowsa suffered minor injuries.
30 year old Brenda Franco of Granite Falls suffered minor injuries in a rollover yesterday (Monday) on Highway 212 in Yellow Medicine County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Franco was traveling west on Highway 212, went off the road and rolled. Assisting at the scene was the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office.
Sunday the Meeker County Sheriff's Office along with the Litchfield and Dassel Fire Departments responded to a barn fire at the Charles and Mary Nething residence in Darwin Township. An apparent cause of the fire may have been an electrical short in the wiring of the barns that began in the livestock barn on the property. The owners were able to remove two horses during the time of the fire and one pig. The barn, an approximately 30 foot by 80 foot structure, however was a total loss. The remaining livestock consisting of 11 pigs and a cow were lost due to the fire. There were two other barns on the property and neither were damaged as a result of this fire. The total dollar amount of loss is not known at this time. This fire is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office and the Litchfield Fire Department.
Sunday afternoon, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dassel Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a snowmobile crash with injuries on Highway 15 and 240th Street in Dassel Township. 30 year old Chase Ostlie of Hutchinson was driving a snowmobile traveling east crossing Highway 15 with a group of snowmobilers at the time of the crash. As Ostlie drove up the side of the ditch to cross Highway 15, his snowmobile tipped on its side and he fell off the machine onto Highway 15. Chase Ostlie was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Saturday night the Meeker County Sheriff's Office was called to a train on fire along Highway 55 near Watkins. Canadian Pacific Rail reported that the primary train engine was on fire. The Watkins Fire Department was able to put out the small engine fire with a fire extinguisher. The fire caused damage to one of the lower drive motors on the engine. The second engine was started and the train was moved further west onto a second track while Fire and Rescue members assisted with traffic control at the effected intersections. No persons were injured during this incident and the Canadian Pacific Rail Police Department is investigating the fire.
Representative Andrew Falk of rural Murdock has introduced a bill in the Minnesota House to restore funding to the University of Minnesota for research. Energy companies in Minnesota are required to set aside funds for renewable energy development each year. In part, that money had previously funded renewable energy research at the University's campuses. Falk says his bill will help keep research in the field vital in Minnesota. Because the Minnesota legislature has not funded the University's research for a few years, the school had indicated a desire to reduce the program. Falk says funding the program will keep the research and the expertise of professors in our state. The bill establishes a $5 million yearly appropriation.
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal was in Stevens County Sunday, investigating Saturday's hog barn fire at LDS Farms, on Highway 59 at 260 Street. Morris Fire Chief Dave Dybdal says the barn was completely engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived. The barn was housing approximately 1,800 hogs at the time of the fire; none were able to escape the flames. The State Fire Marshal and the owners estimate the property loss, including the barn and livestock, is between $600,000-700,000. The Morris Fire Department were assisted on the scene by Fire Departments from Chokio, Hancock, and Donnelly. Stevens County Ambulance, Stevens County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota State Patrol also assisted at the scene. Approximately 45 firefighters worked at the scene for 4 hours; there were no injuries. Dybdal reports the fire likely started on the west end of the building. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Stevens County Board of Commissioners meet in this morning (Tuesday) at nine on the second floor of the Stevens County Courthouse. Sheriff Jason Dingman will be discussing vehicle purchases with the Commissioners. The board will also hear a report on homelessness from Missy Becker-Cook from West Central Minnesota Communities Action.
The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners meet in regular session this morning (Tuesday) at 8:30 in the Big Stone County Courthouse. County Engineer Nick Anderson has an update on DNR Agreements. HR Director Dawn Gregoire will seek approval for two new hires.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners meet this morning (Tuesday) in the Health and Human Services Building. They meet at nine as a Family Services committee and at ten as a county board. Agenda items include introduction of Phase II Project Manager David Paulsen; a resolution of support for a Family Homeless Prevention program; an Eagle Lake South Trail resolution; a water safety grant; and a Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center gambling permit.
Last night (Monday) the Minnesota House of Representatives, passed legislation establishing a health insurance exchange. Representative Andrew Falk of rural Murdock says this is a step forward in addressing many of the challenges Minnesotans face in getting good, quality, affordable health insurance. Falk said one of the things that the health insurance exchange will actually bring is real competition. He said it will bring fairness in the marketplace and Minnesotans will actually know what they’re purchasing. This is a step forward, Falk said, and he’s thankful they were able to address it and he appreciates all the work that’s gone into this.
Representative Mary Sawatzky of Willmar says the Health Insurance Exchange legislation is projected to serve more than 1.2 million Minnesotans through an online marketplace where they can compare and purchase health care insurance coverage. She voted in favor of the legislation, noting enrollment in the exchange begins Oct. 1st with plan coverage starting January 1, 2014. They spent a lot of time on the floor, she said, they worked together, they listened to the arguments, there was good discussion and they passed the affordable health care exchange. Sawatzky said it’s good for Minnesota, it’s good for the people of Minnesota, and more people will be insured. She said it’s the right thing to do and she’s excited to be part of this great legislation.