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NEWS
June 26

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

Night to Unite is a yearly event sponsored by the Starbuck Police Department and celebrated throughout Minnesota, where neighbors lock their doors, turn on their outside lights, and spend the evening getting to know each other. There is a party being hostedTuesday, August 1st, from 4-7 at the Depot Museum & East Depot Lane in Starbuck. If there is rain, the event will be moved to the Starbuck Community Center. Residents in neighborhoods throughout the City of Starbuck and across the nation, are asked to come down to the Depot Museum for several activities such as free food, prizes for kids, live music, dunk tank, water balloon competition, touch an emergency vehicle, photo booth, face painting, kid tattoos, inflatable castle, local business booths and many more activities.

What started as a conversation led to an essay, which in turn led to UMM graduate Bethany Barnett publishing a book. Barnett was at the Morris Public Library recently sharing her book, About Face: Finding Peace Within the Battle.  Now in Ireland, Barnett chronicles the story of three Irish veterans who served as a part of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Lebanon in the late 1990s. Disillusioned by that conflict, upon their return to Ireland they joined a violent biker gang and began using drugs and alcohol. Each of them had what they describe as their About Face experience.

A Morris woman has won a statewide Veterans of Foreign Wars award. Helen Kill was honored at the VFW state convention in the Twin Cities for editing the finest newsletters of all VFW post in Minnesota. Kill edits the newsletter for Post 5039 of Morris and the auxiliary. VFW Commander Ted Storck said she does a great job, and he’s pleased the state VFW would honor her in this way.

Just before one Friday morning, Willmar Police were dispatched to the area of Fairview Cemetery on Gorton Ave Northwest on the report of a possible fight. Officers arrived and spoke to an individual who said that a friend, who had just fled the scene on foot, was suicidal. Officers located the individual, identified as a 17 year old male from Willmar, on Gorton Avenue. When the initial officer attempted to speak with him, the juvenile fled on foot into Fairview Cemetery. The officer followed the juvenile into Fairview Cemetery and, while again attempting to speak with the individual, the juvenile kicked and hit the squad car, jumped partially through the open driver’s window and began to attack the officer in the driver’s seat. The officer and a second responding Willmar Police officer were able to subdue the juvenile using their TASERs. The juvenile was brought to the Prairie Lakes Youth Programs Detention Center. Potential charges include 4th degree assault (assaulting an officer) and criminal damage to property. The officer was not injured. The squad car had some body damage from the juvenile punching it. The Willmar Police Department was assisted by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.

Yesterday (Sunday), the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called to a crash at the intersection of County Roads 9 and 73. The drivers were 83 year old Vernon Taylor of Alexandria and 52 year old Michael Erickson of Nelson. Taylor was taken to the Douglas County Emergency Room. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time. Erickson sustained non-life threatening injuries. He was not taken to a hospital. The crash investigation is on-going.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 54 year old Scott Linderman of Blaine was injured when he was traveling west on I-94, got too close to the edge of the pavement, which caused him to drive off the road into the cable barriers. Linderman was taken to the Alexandria Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene along Osakis Fire/Rescue.

18 year old Donald Schuelke IV of Minneota was killed in a rollover yesterday (Sunday) west of Canby in Yellow Medicine County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Assisting at the scene were the Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s Office, the Canby Fire Department and Canby Ambulance.

Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash Saturday on Highway 55 east of Eden Valley in Meeker County. 49 year old Rondell Craig of Willmar was stopped on Highway 55 waiting to turn south onto Meeker County Road 34. 59 year old Debra Fortune of Eden Valley was approaching Craig and struck the left rear of his vehicle. Taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries were Craig, Fortune, and her passenger, 60 year old Merle Fortune of Eden Valley.

Four people were injured Friday in a two vehicle crash on Highway 210 near County Road 35 in Otter Tail County. 18 year old Alicia Emerfoll of Vining was traveling west on Highway 210 approaching the intersection of County Road 35 with the right-of-way. 87 year old Richard Nelson of Bloomington was traveling north on County Road 35 at the Highway 210 intersection. He pulled out into the path of Emerfoll. Emerfoll, her passenger, 15 year old Brittney Suchy of Henning, Nelson, and a passenger in his vehicle, 85 year old Barbara Nelson of Bloomington, were taken to the Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls with non-life threatening injuries. A second passenger in the Emerfoll vehicle, 20 year old Dakota Fossan of Dalton, was not injured.

The new Destination Playground at Robbins Island in Willmar officially opened this past weekend, with Representative Dave Baker of Willmar on hand for the ceremonies. Baker first contacted the city about establishing a playground at the park. The playground project was led by Kathy Schwantes and Rachel Skretvedt and is a community build project. Kids of all ages and their parents were on hand for the grand opening. The kids had fun playing on the many different pieces of playground equipment. The entire playground and equipment were built by volunteers over the course of two weeks. The playground received a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Superbowl Host Committee, with Dana Nelson from that committee present at the ribbon-cutting to present the city with that grant.

Somali Independence Day celebrations will be held in Willmar on Saturday. A street party will be held from 11-5 on Litchfield Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets. Entertainment will be provided by Dalmar Yare, a Somali singer from St. Cloud, and Somali teen dancers from Willmar Senior High. The celebration will continue that night at the Willmar Community Center from 7-11:30. Yare will perform from 7-9 and music for dancing is available until 11:30. This event is a cooperative effort made possible by a variety of businesses and organizations in the community, including Vision 2040.

The Starbuck Police Department, VFW, and numerous other businesses will hold a bike safety rodeo for grades pre-school through sixth graders on Friday, June 30th in front of the Starbuck Depot Museum on Depot Lane. This is a change in location due to road construction in front of the Minnewaska Day Treatment School. The rodeo is free to all participants. Registration will begin at 10 with the rodeo beginning at 10:30. After the rodeo, the participants will parade down to the VFW for a free lunch and some prizes to be given away. You may pre-register at the Starbuck City Office or register on Friday. If it rains it will be held at the Minnewaska Area West School (Starbuck Campus) inside the main gym.

 

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