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NEWS
Sept 29

News Director: Bev Alquist
Call with news at 320-235-2900 or email bahlquist@k-musicradio.com

The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department has scheduled a public works road and bridge tour for Monday morning, Oct. 3rd at 8:30. The commissioners will meet at the public works department and from there take a tour of county roads and projects.

There will be an open house celebrating 50 years of dialysis on Tuesday, Oct. 4thfrom 3-6 in the Garden Court at Rice Memorial Hospital. There will be refreshments, tours, meet and greet, historic exhibits, interactive demonstrations, free blood pressure checks, and you may win a blood pressure monitor.

Tuesday night, Willmar Police officers arrested 38 year old Jakub Drewiczak of Spicer on an active warrant, but not without a chase. Officers located Drewiczak in the 200 block of 19th Avenue Southwest in Willmar. When they attempted to stop Drewiczak, he exited his vehicle and fled on foot into surrounding neighborhoods.

Police officers, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol set up a perimeter and called K-9 Axel to the scene. Axel and his handler were able to pick up on a scent and tracked him to a nearby neighborhood. Drewiczak followed officer commands and was apprehended without incident. He is currently in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was called to an overturned vehicle near the intersection of 180th Street Northeast and 38thAvenue Northeast in Harrison Township. The driver, a 17 year old male from rural Atwater, was treated for minor injuries by the Atwater ambulance and released to his parents. Assisting the sheriff’s deputies were the Atwater Police Department.

39 year old James Larsen of Alexandria has been arrested in the All Stop Gas Station robbery that happened Tuesday in Alexandria. He is in custody at the Douglas County Jail awaiting formal charges. During the robbery Larsen demanded money from an employee and gave the impression that he was holding a firearm though it remained concealed underneath his sweatshirt. He fled the scene with an unknown sum of money. Assisting in the arrest were the police department and West Central MN Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The case remains under investigation.

The ramps on the west side of the I-94/Highway 29 interchange in Alexandria will close for two weeks beginning Monday (Oct. 3). Crews will reconstruct the entrance ramp from Highway 29 to westbound I-94 and the exit ramp from eastbound I-94 to Highway 29. A detour will direct traffic to the Highway 27/County Road 46 interchange. The ramps on the east side of the interchange will remain open.

Jorge Luis Ortiz-Ramos will make his next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Dec. 8th on fourth degree assault of a Kandiyohi County Correctional Officer. The officer suffered a concussion from the assault, which happened when corrections staff were trying to put Ortiz-Ramos into a restraining chair. Ortiz-Ramos is not in custody at this time.

Paynesville Mayor Jeff Thompson says they approved the annual snowplowing agreement with D&D Snowplowing at the same rates as last season. They also approved a fireworks permit for the homecoming game which is on Friday night at the high school football field. There was an update on the street improvement project which is close to getting finished. The last part to finish now is asphalt and some landscaping work. They’ll technically finish next spring when they put on the final asphalt wearing course.  

Litchfield School Superintendent Dan Fraiser says the school board, at its meeting, recognized two school board candidates running for election in November. Supt. Fraiser reported on several things going on in the district, including the new state pushed revised state laws regarding No Child Left Behind that have replaced by Every Student Succeeds At. There will be a number of committee meetings across the state as well as committee meetings advising the process for the Department of Education in St. Paul.

50 year old Timothy Huber of rural Paynesville will appear at a settlement conference in Kandiyohi County District Court tomorrow morning (Friday) at10:15. Huber was convicted in 2013 of second degree murder in the murder of Tim Larson of Albertville in 2011. The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned the conviction this past spring. The trial is still on schedule to begin Oct. 24th, unless there is a settlement tomorrow.

Faith Community members will host a candidate forum tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. The forum will focus on issues that affect families in Greater Minnesota. Among those in attendance will be legislators seeking office and their challengers. Those include Senator Lyle Koenen of Clara City and challenger Andrew Lang of Olivia; Representative Dave Baker of Willmar and his challenger Mary Sawatzky of Willmar; and Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg and his challenger, Andrew Falk of rural Murdock.

There will be an open house retirement celebration this afternoon (Thursday) from 2-4 p.m. at the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission for Michael Haynes. Haynes has been the executive director of the commission since 1990 and has been an important part of the business community. He has been involved with many projects throughout Stevens County in the past 26 years. The event is open to the public.

 

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