NEWS-May 28
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AThe Montevideo City Council continues to deal with the MPCA on the former Midtown Service Station. Mayor Jeff Thompson says they’re having some issues with MPCA wanting to install some additional monitoring wells, but the city is not necessarily happy with where they want to put them and how they want them installed. The council has also been asked for some funding for the lake association for aquatic invasive species inspections. That was tabled until they get some more information. They’re continuing to look forward to working with the lake association and the watershed district to help keep out things like Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.

Celebrate the end of the school year with a potential angler-to-be by fishing for free with a child 15 or younger, June 7-9, during Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend. Mike Kurre with the DNR says Minnesotans 16 or older who take a child 15 or younger fishing don’t need a license that weekend. Getting started is easy,  he says, and a boat isn’t needed. DNR fisheries offices throughout Minnesota offer some good, old-fashioned angling advice about fishing spots that will keep young anglers happy and safe. Even when it’s not Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend, Minnesota residents may fish in a state park without a fishing license if the body of water doesn’t require a trout stamp. Anglers must fish from shore or wade in water within the state park or from a boat or a float on a designated lake within a Minnesota state park.

Ridgewater College, in conjunction with the MinnWest Technology Campus and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, is hosting a regional entrepreneurship summit on Friday, June 7th. The purpose of the summit is to bring together MnSCU Community Colleges interested in advancing entrepreneurship with regional entrepreneurs to build and create connections necessary to strengthen and improve entrepreneurship opportunities across Minnesota.

According to the Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Willmar will be one of their ‘rally points’ for the weeklong Ride for Healing May 27th through June 1st. All Veterans and community members are invited to the Finstad-Week VFW Post 1639 in Willmar on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 to take part in the rally. State Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Lee Ulferts has asked that all communities statewide gather for this weeklong event to honor the sacrifice and service of our Vietnam Veterans. Additionally, Ulferts is calling for donations to build the Education Center at the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Southwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop will be Thursday, May 30th from8-3:30 at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls. Admission is free and lunch is provided. The keynote address on Minnesota Crash Help will be given by Stephanie Malinoff, director of Outreach Services, Center for Transportation Studies. Other speakers include Jon Huseby, MnDOT District 8 Engineer; and Captain John Ebner with the Minnesota State Patrol. There will be personal impact statements, plus representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation will talk on the future of Traffic Safety in Minnesota: Setting the direction for Strategic Highway Safety Plans and Statewide TZD.

The Humane Society of Kandiyohi & Meeker counties will host an open house to introduce their new “Meet Your Match” cat adoption program. The open house will be Saturday, June 1stfrom noon to four at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar.

Saturday the Meeker County Sheriff's Office responded to County State Aid Highway 9, just north of the intersection of 220th Street in Ellsworth Township for a motorcycle personal injury accident. 63 year old Roy Nelson of Hutchinson, who was driving a 1994 Harley Davidson Roadstar Heritage Softail owned by 53 year old Scott Kortz of Darwin, ran off the road into the south ditch. Nelson was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center. This crash is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

Friday, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office was called to a one vehicle crash with injuries from a Minnesota State Trooper that was at the Meeker Memorial Hospital while following up on an unrelated incident. The crash happened during a Mud-Run hosted by the River Runners 4x4 Club in Swede Grove Township. 24 year old Joshua Crusoe of Grove City, was driving a modified 2000 Ford Explorer in a mud pit when the accelerator stuck causing the vehicle to leave the pit and strike a tree head on. The passengers, 30 year old Michael Boll of Litchfield, 25 year old Katie Lewis of Litchfield, and 23 year old Tineya Lammersen of Litchfield were all transported by private party to Meeker Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. This accident is currently under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was called to a one vehicle crash on Highway 15 north of County Road 24 in Dassel Township on Friday. 64 year old Steven Holte of Glenwood was driving a 1990 Motor Coach Industries bus traveling North on Highway 15 approximately a half a mile north of County Road 24 when he lost control of the bus rolling into west ditch of Highway 15. Holte was the only occupant of the bus at the time of the accident and was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital. Holte was later transported from Meeker Memorial Hospital to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The crash is currently under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Friday the Alexandria police officers were called to the intersection of 13th Ave W and Douglas St for a crash involving a school bus. A 16 year old female driver heading south on Douglas Street failed to yield the right of way to a District 206 school bus with 34 children on board. The 16 year old collided with the side of the school bus causing damage to both vehicles. No injuries were reported.

19 year old Landon Lien of Carlos was killed in a rollover Saturday on Interstate 94 in Douglas County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lien died when the pickup he was in passed and sideswiped a vehicle driven by 40 year old Chad Cave of Mandan, North Dakota, then rolled into the median. Cave was not injured. A third person, 18 year old Jacob Dale, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash.

A large black bear has been seen by several people in the area over the weekend according to the West Central Tribune. Sunday it was seen in the Big Kandiyohi County Lake area, as well as on a farm a couple miles south of the lake. The bear didn’t seem to be aggressive.

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