Olive Corn Capital Days starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Wednesday’s events include a Hide & Seek Corn Token Hunt; outdoor worship service at Nester Park; a Par 3 golf tournament; and bingo. Thursday there’s a used book sale at the library, a pie and ice cream social, baked pork chop feed; family fun night at Dirks Parks – a 1-Pitch Softball tournament, fire truck tours, ambulance tours, a petting zoo, games, inflatables and more. Friday’s events include a used book sale, kids fair, ice cream social, the kids pedal pull at the F&M Bank parking lot and more. Lots of events are also going on Friday and Saturday.
University of Minnesota, Morris students, Jacob Bibeau and Ricardo Rojas have worked with the University of Minnesota, Morris, Center for Small towns and the Family Economic Success program, to collect economic and family-oriented data from nine counties, Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin. Bibeau and Rojas gathered data on careers and employability, early childhood development and asset building to construct a profile of the region. They also used findings from the United States Census, Minnesota’s Economic Database (DEED) and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rojas says this work will allow for future growth of families that live in west central Minnesota.
The Morris Public Library will open yesterday (Monday) with limited hours. The library will be open from 9-5. You may request items and pick them up by using the side door. Movie matinees are scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday) and Thursday (July 31) at 2.There is no cost and no pre-registration. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. You can call the library if you would like the title of the movies, or you can go to the web for more information.
The Glenwood Waterama begins today (Tuesday). The Medallion Hunt begins at 9 this morning. You can go to the Pope County Museum to see a Memorabilia Exhibit from nine to three.
In Renville County, Anderson Lake County Park and Mack Lake County Park are closed until further notice due to flooding. Open but with some restrictions due to flooding are Beaver Falls County Park, which is partially open except in restricted areas identified by cones, barricades, and/or orange fences. Also open are Birch Coulee County Park; Lake Allie County Park; Skalbekken County Park; and Vicksburg County Park, but the gate is closed to the Sacred Heart Creek.
There will be a community notification meeting concerning Jeffery Lingl, a Level 3 Predatory Offender, on Thursday night at six at the Community Center in Danube. Lingl has moved from Olivia to the rural Danube/Olivia area in the 30,000 block of 820th Avenue in Troy Township. Lingl has a history of sexual contact with male and female victims ages four to adult. He was known to the victims. He is not wanted by police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. The risk level of this offender has been determined based largely on his potential to re-offend based on his previous criminal behavior.
Tomorrow morning (Wednesday) there will be a special program honoring the late Dorothy Olson for the financial gift she gave making it possible to build the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center in Willmar. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, and after that the center will be open until seven that night. This marks the 10th anniversary of the aquatic center.
There will be a public hearing tomorrow night (Wednesday) at seven at the Willmar Fire Station to consider a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana production lab/dispensary on Lakeland Drive SE in Willmar. Dr. Marshall Brinton of Spicer, who is retired, is hopeful the city of Willmar will approve his proposal.
44 year old Mark McCalmant of Albany suffered non-life threatening injuries in a rear end crash on I-94 in Wright County yesterday (Monday). According to the Minnesota State Patrol, McCalmant was traveling west on I-94 behind a vehicle traveling at a low rate of speed. McCalmant hit the vehicle at 70 miles per hour. He attempted to avoid a crash, impacting the left rear of the vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was airlifted to a hospital. A passenger, 64 year old Allan Fraser of Simcoe, On, was not injured. The name of the driver of the vehicle that was hit has not been named.