NEWS-Oct 23
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Alexandria School District 206 received a clean audit opinion, according to information presented Monday at the school board meeting by Jamie Fay with Eide Bailly. Further, the district received an unmodified opinion on compliance for the major federal award programs report. School District 206 expends more than $500,000 annually in federal awards; therefore the district is required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act. The district finished the year with favorable budget variances for both revenues and expenditures, allowing the district to recognize an increase to the unreserved fund balance. The district’s fund balance for the general fund now stands at just under $5 million.

In celebration of autumn, the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will host the annual Great Halloween Haunt on Friday night from 6-9. A family event, the Haunt will include fun activities for all ages. You’ll participate in pumpkin carving, games, wall-climbing, candy, cookies and the popular ‘Enchanted Creature Trail.’ Come in costume, expecting more ‘fun’ than ‘frights.’ Register in advance by calling the learning center. The Halloween Haunt is $8 per child, and includes a pumpkin to carve.

The Little Crow Photography Club will meet Monday night, Oct. 28th at seven in theKandiyohi County Historical Society's Multipurpose room. The program for the meeting is ‘Nostalgia.’ All members are will be bringing old cameras or other types of antiquated photographic equipment to the meeting. They’ll be telling stories about their old cameras or darkroom equipment or tripod, and more. There are a number of items on the agenda, including nominees for the 2014 executive council of the photography club.

The Willmar City Council Monday night approved an agreement with the BNSF Railroad for a grade crossing and maintenance agreement for Willmar Avenue, a step in the process of installing a quiet zone at that intersection. City Administrator Charlene Stevens says they also set a public hearing for a dangerous animal ordinance. That was set for Nov. 4th. In other business the city council set a hearing for consideration of an ordinance establishing the duties of the city attorney. That’s also set for Nov. 4th.

According to Montevideo Manager Steve Jones the city council had a very short meetingMonday night. They did approve pay increases for 2014 for non-union employees and department heads. They received a two and one half percent increase which is what the union employees have in their contract. The council also introduced an ordinance that dealt with firearms restrictions. Jones says they’re trying to get the city’s ordinance more in line with the state ordinance. He says this has to do more with BB guns and Airsoft guns and where they can be used. It will be considered at the next meeting. In other business the council spent the most time reviewing a new fire hall site layout plan. They’ve been working on constructing a new fire hall next year and had the latest update on that. It’s been reviewed at the fire department level and staff level. Jones said they are suggesting a few changes and will be meeting with the architect in the next week or so.

26 year old Jordan Volkenant of Milbank, South Dakota was seriously injured in a head-on crash on Highway 12 east of Kandiyohi yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) that involved three vehicles. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Volkenant was traveling west on Highway 12, 54 year old Craig Engelstad of Fertile, driving a semi, was following Volkenant and saw him drive into the eastbound land, which resulted in a head-on crash with the third vehicle. Passengers in the third vehicle were 29 year old Kevin VanVleet of Eden Valley and 18 year old Jacob Kalkbrenner of Litchfield. Volkenant had to be extricated from the vehicle and was airlifted from the scene to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Yesterday (Tuesday), the Minnesota State Patrol was called to a two vehicle broadside crash on Highway 7 at the McLeod County Road 9 intersection. 75 year old Albert Pavlicek of Dickenson, South Dakota was traveling north on County Road Nine, and 66 year old Paul Otte of Hutchinson was traveling east on Highway 7. They collided in the intersection. Pavlicek was not injured. Otte and a passenger in his vehicle. 63 year old Barbara Otte, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Sam Modderman of Willmar was elected to his first term on the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting, which was held at the historical society. The re-elected board members are Richard Falk of Willmar, Jerry Johnson and Greg Harp, both of New London. Retiring from the board was Larry Macht of Raymond. Elected officers include: Richard Falk, president; Dennis Peterson, vice president; Sam Modderman, treasurer, and Marilyn Johnson, secretary. After the business meeting, winners of “Dinner at the Sperry House” were drawn.  Winners were Larry Macht of Raymond, Mona Berning of Willmar, Carolyn Swenson of Spicer, and Wanda Nelson of New London. 

A plea hearing has been set for Wednesday, Oct. 30th in Yellow Medicine County District Court for 28 year old Andrew Dikken of Renville in the shooting deaths of 26 year old Kara Monson of Granite Falls and 28 year old Christopher Panitzke of Redwood Falls. Dikken is in custody in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls on $3 million bail.


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