Motorists on Highway 9 will encounter a detour between Herman and Morris when a road resurfacing and culvert replacement project begins Tuesday, May 26, weather permitting. During the project, motorists will detour to Highway 27 and Highway 59. Highway 9 will be impassable at times while individual culverts are replaced. Only residents who live within the road closure or motorists whose destination falls within the closure will be allowed to use Highway 9. When a road is closed it is illegal for through-traffic to travel on that section of highway. The closure is expected to last approximately three weeks. Paving work will continue after the detour is lifted. Highway 9 within the cities of Herman, Donnelly and Morris will be resurfaced after a separate pedestrian accessibility project is complete. The $13.5 million project also includes work on Highway 28 in Morris and near Alberta, Highway 9 in Wilkin County and Highway 55 near Wendell.
On Tuesday night, the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council will hold a hearing at 7 at the SMAC Office in Marshall. SMAC is offering this to ensure response to constituent needs in the SMAC's 2016-2017 Biennial Plan. This hearing is designed to gather testimony about the Arts Council's programs and policies. Commentary and recommendations will be considered prior to final submission of the Biennial Plan. Individuals or groups can present testimony at the Marshall meeting. The public is invited to address what is important to their community, suggestions for programs and services, and what special areas the Arts Council should address.
Stevens County Sheriff Jason Dingman gave a presentation on the 2014 year end statistics at the Stevens County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. In 2014 the sheriff’s office responded to 4,633 calls, which was an increase of 451 calls from 2013. Adult arrests remained the same from 2013 at 43 arrests. Juvenile arrests were down 1 from 2013 at 3 arrests. The Morris Fire Department responded to 70 calls and the Stevens County Ambulance responded to 940 calls. This does not include calls from Morris Police Department and Police Department from University of Minnesota Morris.
The Morris Area School District awarded the bid for the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning System to RJ Mechanical, who had a bid of $1,861,500 dollars. Earlier this year bonds were refinanced with money saved to go towards improving ventilating and air conditioning at the school in the gyms and shop areas. Bids came in higher than expected. Interim Superintendent Diane Moeller says when they met with engineers of the firms they decided to improve the welding and wood shop areas because it is more populated with kids. Preliminary work will begin end of May and project will be completed about mid-August before school starts.
One person was killed last night (Wednesday) when the tractor the victim was driving rolled upside down and pinned him underneath. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called to Oak Tree Road Northeast in Miltona to find the victim under the farm tractor with a front end loader. The owners unsuccessfully attempted to upright the tractor. Witnesses indicated the tractor had rolled over while the victim was attempting to remove livestock from a corral. The tractor was being operated on a steep incline when it overturned. The name of the victim will be released pending family notification.
At about 11:30 last night (Wednesday), the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was called to a crash on County Road 17 about two miles Northwest of St. Rosa. 71 year old Russel Sieben of Melrose fell asleep at the wheel and went off the roadway striking several trees. Sieben and his passenger, 70 year old Mary Sieben, were taken to the Centra Care Hospital in Melrose and later airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital. The crash is still under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
26 year old Brian Mundahl of Willmar suffered non-life threatening injuries in a crash with a school bus driven by 70 year old David Feldhege of Richmond. The broadside crash happened yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) at the Highway 23 and County Road 158 intersection. Feldhege was traveling east on Highway 23 and Mundahl was traveling west when the bus turned in front of him. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there were no children on the school bus. Mundahl was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital. Feldhege was not injured.
54 year old Cheryl Kingcade of Deer Creek suffered non-life threatening injuries yesterday (Wednesday) in a rollover in Otter Tail County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kingcade was traveling south on Highway 106, ran off the road and rolled. She was taken to the Wadena Hospital.
There has been an unconfirmed sighting of a larger black bear about a mile north and east of Benson. The Swift County Sheriff’s Department asks that you use caution if you spot a bear. Caution is necessary for a number of reasons. The sheriff’s department says many people underestimate the speed with which a bear can move. The Department of Natural Resources has been notified and advises to leave the bear alone, do not approach it and use caution. If you spot the bear, call the Sheriff’s Department.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints of ATVs driving recklessly in the City of Watkins. Complaints have included speeding, causing property damage, and underage drivers. The city believes that a small number of operators are causing the complaints. The sheriff’s office reminds citizens that the City of Watkins has an ordinance that governs the rules of operation of snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles. A copy of the ordinance can be received by stopping at the Watkin’s City Hall. The operation of ATVs on public and private property is prohibited without the specific permission of the owner or the person in control of the property. ATV usage is allowed on city streets in accordance with traffic laws. The sheriff’s office plans to step up enforcement of both city and state laws in regards to ATVs in the City of Watkins.
If you’re camping over Memorial Day weekend and want to avoid exposure to Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks, take a few precautions. This ticks are active during mid-May through mid-July. High risk areas include hardwood forests, woody/brushy areas and long grass. Walk in the center of trails to avoid picking up ticks from grass and brush. Wear light-colored clothing so ticks will be more visible. Check and re-check yourself throughout the day. Create a barrier to ticks by tucking your pant legs into socks or boots, and wearing a long-sleeved shirt tucked into your pants. Use a repellent containing DEET or permethrin, and follow the directions on the container. After being outdoors in tick habitat, get out of your clothes immediately, do a complete body check, shower and vigorously towel dry. Wash your clothes immediately as to not spread any ticks around your living area. Check pets for ticks, too. If you find an attached tick, remove it with a tweezers. Wash the area and apply antiseptic to the bite. See a doctor right away if you experience a rash, fever, headache, fatigue or other signs of illness.
35 year old Carrie Wadsworth of Willmar made her first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court yesterday (Wednesday) on charges of stealing over $8400 from developmentally disabled clients. She is charged with two felony and two gross misdemeanor charges of financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. She makes her initial Rule 8 appearance on June 1st. Wadsworth is a former caretaker of multiple local group homes.
There are a number of things going on involving Veterans, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners were told at their meeting Tuesday. Veteran Service Officer Trish Appledorn mentioned that July 2nd is Veterans Day at the Stingers Game and children of deployed men and women can come to a baseball clinic before the game. There will be a free meal for Veterans at the County Fair again. There is also a fundraiser for the Ryan Clark family, whose son was killed while deployed. They need $69,000 for a parking lot so if you want to donate to that just contact Trish Appledorn. She also mentioned that Kandiyohi County is rated Number 8 in the state for assisting Veterans. They’re very active, says County Board Chairman Jim Butterfield, and if a Veteran needs help, just contact Appledorn. Trish really was pleased with the collaboration between Health and Human Services and also public health because when the Health and Human Services people are talking to people and they happen to mention their veteran they send them up to Trish and whether they need dental care or medical care Trish will make sure they get that care.
Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin says during the 2015 street improvement hearing the council approved the reconstruction of two streets, an overlay on some additional streets and a lighting project near Bethesda on 12th Street Southeast. Calvin said there was one person concerned about the assessments. The council also recognized Michael Markenan who retired after 30 years as a police officer in the city. Calvin says Markenan started serving right out of college and served the citizens of Willmar for his entire 30 year career. He said the city is very fortunate to have him serve our community. He served in a number of different avenues through the police department and was also actively involved in the community in other ways.