If any member of the Action Team would like to volunteer to become a Community Educator in the Willmar Area, consider the certification training coming to Willmar on Thursdayafternoon, July 31 from one to five at Vinji Lutheran Church. Jenna Herbig and another trainer from the Twin Cities Alzheimers Association office will be conducting the training. In completing this education, you as a volunteer will be able to help the ACT on Alzheimer’s team fulfill a major goal of educating our community to build dementia awareness and an understanding of those who are living with the disease. You would become a member of a cadre of volunteers who can present a standard education to various businesses, healthcare facilities, service organizations, church groups, study clubs, etc. who may request basic education about Alzheimers and what is being done to help Kandiyohi County become dementia-friendly.
Hunters can expect a conservative 2014 deer season designed to rebuild deer numbers across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says. Leslie McInenly, big game program leader for the DNR, says hunters should check the 2014 hunting regulations closely because only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state. 69 of Minnesota’s 128 deer permit areas, hunters must be chosen in a lottery to shoot an antlerless deer. Only bucks can be hunted in 14 areas. In 38 areas, hunters have the choice of shooting a doe or a buck. Bonus permits allowing hunters to shoot more than one deer may only be used in seven permit areas and for some special hunts. Northeastern Minnesota hunters will feel the greatest impact from a bucks-only season. In bucks-only areas, no antlerless deer may be harvested by any hunter, including those with archery or youth licenses.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announces regulations for the upcoming firearms deer hunting season, which begins Nov. 8th. Officials say it will be a conservative season designed to rebuild deer numbers across the state. The DNR’s big game program leader Leslie McInenly (Mac-in-en-lee) explains the strategy behind this approach. He says hunters should follow the regulations closely because only one deer can be harvested in 95 percent of the state. There will also be a bucks only season in parts of northeastern Minnesota. Hunting licenses go on sale Aug. 1. More information is available on DNR website at www.mndnr.gov. He said the severe winter in much of the state so that influences the over winter survival and has an impact on the population and that’s the primary driver this year, but we also heard from a number of hunters concerned about current densities and concerned about their hunting experiences, so we are going to be going with a conservative season this year.”
Beginning today (Monday), northbound traffic on Business Hwy 71, north of Civic Center Drive will be reduced to one lane for the city of Willmar MinnWest Technology Campus Lift Station/Lakeland Drive improvements. It's predicted the lane closure will last two days. You’re asked to use extra caution as you approach the MinnWest Campus area as trucks will be entering Highway 71 throughout the demolition and construction process.
A new law goes into effect Friday to help increase work zone safety. Motorists who speed through a work zone will now be fined $300 under this new state law. This new law will be discussed in a meeting this afternoon (Monday) at one at the Willmar Headquarters Building on Transportation Road in Willmar. Speaking at the meeting will be Ryan Barney, traffic engineer with MnDOT District 8; Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog; and Jason Duininck, director of Business Development with Duininck Inc.
The Meeker County Sheriff's Office has made four arrests in the case of the burglary and assault reported on July 23rd. The sheriff's office received information that the night of the burglary/assault the victim had been sleeping when four suspects forced entry into his house, assaulted him and took his property. The victim was punched and kicked by the suspects causing multiple injuries. One suspect demanded money from the victim. The suspects were wearing masks made from t-shirts during the burglary/assault and at one point one of the suspects removed his mask to reveal his face. The victim was able to identify one of the suspects as 19 year old Ryne Scott Lindquist of Dassel. Lindquist was arrested on July 24thand charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Simple Robbery and Theft. Through further investigation the additional suspects were identified and arrested on July 25th: 20 year old Edward Nielsen of Dassel, 18 year old Blake Corona-Roberts of Cokato, and 18 year old Miles Gilbert of Dassel. All three additional suspects are charged with 1st Degree Burglary, Simple Robbery and theft.
20 year old Anthony Neumann of Buffalo was seriously injured when he ran off the roadSaturday at the intersection of Highway 28/Golf Course Road in Pope County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Neumann went off Highway 28th into the north ditch and hit the approach for Golf Course Road. He went airborne, struck the Golf Course Road and ended up in the ditch. Assisting at the scene were the Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Glenwood Police and Glenwood Fire.
The Morris City Council discussed the Hwy 28 project at its meeting last week. When a commercial development has been identified, there needs to be access to the highway. Three access points have been identified, Pizza Hut, McDonalds where UPS is, and Highway 9 around corner from McDonalds. City Manager Blaine Hill says the road construction on Highway 28 for these access points will include left turn lanes for businesses to Superior Industries.
If you are planning on traveling on Highway 27 between Interstate 94 and Hoffman, the crews have lifted the detour, however, work will continue in the construction zone. Motorists will encounter occasional lane closures and shoulder work through this week.
The Morris Public Library is hoping to have repairs to the library completed by mid-August. Library staff will work Monday-Friday from 9-5 until repairs are complete. Materials can be requested and picked up at the side (off alley) entrance when notified that they have received them. The meeting room is available for use during this time. Newspapers can be read at the Senior Center. The Viking Library Card is valid at other area libraries and bookmobiles.
The Morris City Council discussed the railroad crossing at Park Avenue at a recent council meeting. The city will be working with the railroad to get this work updated. The City of Morris ordered concrete inserts for this project. City Manager Blaine Hill says the railroad crew has to come in and do their work after which a local blacktop company will put the bituminous down. The scheduled date for this project is July 29th.
The Morris Area School District has three openings on the school board. If you are interested in being on the board, you can file between July 29th and August 12th at the District Office. The board consists of 13 members because of the consolidation with the Cyrus School District. After the election the school board will go down to nine members.
Bobby Jensen with KARE 11’s Grow With Kare, was the keynote speaker last week at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. He gave a presentation on ‘Low Maintenance Landscaping for Maximum Curb Appeal. He gave demonstrations on organic foods, growing and caring for apple trees, growing healthy vegetables, and grilling for your harvest. There was also tours, food booths, live music and activities for the children.