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Feb 16

News Director: Bev Alquist
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Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies, arrested an individual for 2nd Degree DWI, Fleeing on Foot, Obstructing the Legal Process, and giving a false name to a Peace Officer. K9 Cooper assisted in tracking the suspect after the suspect fled on foot. K9 Cooper also assisted Stearns County in tracking an individual that fled on foot. Cooper located the male individual hiding in a tall CRP grassy area. The male party was then taken into custody. The theft of a dog was reported. The homeowner was unsure if the dog was stolen or had gotten out of the kennel on its own. The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter was notified for public notification.

The Benson Police Department asks the city’s residents to speak with their children and young adults regarding the large volume of trains that sometimes pass through Benson and when to, how to, safely cross the railroad tracks when travelling requires them to cross the tracks. Passing underneath a parked or stopped train can have serious consequences if the rail car would start moving. You’re asked to tell these young people that if they need to cross the tracks, they need to wait for the train to completely pass by or walk around the train with the same safety guidelines as a person would for crossing a street near a parked or stopped school bus. Stay far enough away to be clearly visible to the driver and if the train is moving at any speed please wait for it to completely pass by.

Young adults 18-23 years old who are interested in a law enforcement career are invited to take part in the 2018 Minnesota State Patrol Summer Academy. Held at the Camp Ripley Training Facility in Little Falls, the Academy combines classroom and practical, hands-on experience as participants explore duties of a trooper. Also included are physical fitness and wellness components geared at encouraging healthy lifestyles and preparation for the physical fitness test required to be a trooper. The deadline to apply is March 2.

Quitting smoking continues to be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. More than half of adult Minnesotan’s who smoke every day have attempted to quit for at least one day, according to the Minnesota Adult Tobacco survey. Mike Sheldon of Clear-Way Minnesota, says you need to commit yourself to picking a quit-date, give yourself a few weeks to prepare, and treat it with the same level of importance as other life-changing events. In addition, getting support from people who have been in your shoes, or a trained coach or counselor, can help motivate you. Identifying the triggers that make you want to light up is also an important step. And remember, you’ll be saving money, starting with your first day of being tobacco-free.

A car broke through the ice on the south end of Lac Qui Parle Lake near the east shoreline with two occupants still in the partially submerged car, according to Chippewa County Sheriff Stacy Tufto. It happened late yesterday afternoon (Thursday), and responding personnel put on cold water rescue suits, made it to the vehicle, and helped both people out of the vehicle and back onto safe ice. On scene medical staff provided medical attention to the two, who were eventually warmed up and released. Assisting at the scene were the Lac qui Parle Sheriff’s deputies, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, Milan EMS and Fire Department and the Montevideo Fire Department.

Hunters have an opportunity to help reduce the population of light geese through a federally authorized spring conservation harvest. This year, light geese can be taken from now through April 30. Light geese are snow geese, blue-phased snow geese and the smaller Ross’s goose. The conservation action is authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which allows harvest of specific bird species during times when other waterfowl seasons are closed. Minnesota has participated in this spring conservation harvest each year since 2000. To participate, a spring light goose permit is required and may be obtained wherever Minnesota hunting licenses are sold.

Motorists on Highway 28/Minnesota Avenue East in Glenwood will experience a lane closure of the westbound lane between First Street Northeast and Highway 29/Franklin Street due to a break in a city water main. Crews will further assess the situation and additional repairs may begin today (Friday). You need to slow down, be prepared for slippery conditions and eliminate distractions.

Two people were injured in a crash between a semi and a vehicle yesterday (Thursday) at the intersection of Highway 71 and County Road 32 in Crow River Township in Stearns County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 67 year old Harold Lahr of Sauk Centre was traveling south on Highway 71 near County Road 32. A vehicle driven by 27 year old Blayne Jongeward of Spicer was traveling west on County Road 32 and failed to yield the right-of-way to turn south on Highway 71. The vehicles collided in the intersection and went into the ditch. Jongeward was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Lahr was taken to the Sauk Centre Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Every year, thousands of Minnesotans become addicted to opioids, and hundreds of them lose their lives due to their addictions, says Governor Mark Dayton in a letter included in the Action Plan. He said their Administration has already taken aggressive steps to reduce the flow of illicit opioids, improve treatment options, and support the people and areas affected. But they must do far more to save lives and reduce the terrible harm to our communities. He says they must take decisive action in this Legislative Session to reduce abuses and to ensure that all Minnesotans suffering from these addictions receive the treatment and support they need. Among those to support the legislative plan was Representative Dave Baker of Willmar, who lost a child to a heroin overdose in 2011. Baker says he doesn’t want to see other families go through what his family went through when they lost their son to an opioid addiction

A new survey shows that for the first time since 2000, overall youth tobacco use has increased in Minnesota with 26.4 percent of high school students using some form of tobacco or nicotine, up from 24.6 percent in 2014. The rapid uptake of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices has quickly reversed a long-term trend of declining teen tobacco use in Minnesota, according to new results from the Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey. The latest research shows teens who try e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to start smoking cigarettes as teens who do not try them. The Minnesota data also revealed a new public health concern – teens are using e-cigarette devices for recreational marijuana and other illicit substances. One in 3 high school students who use e-cigarettes report trying the device with recreational marijuana.

The Mankato Police Department is asking for help locating a missing 19-year-old-female, Morgan Stolee of Mankato. She was last seen February 7 when she abruptly left work around 10 that night. She has not been in contact with friends or family, who are concerned because leaving without any communication is not typical of her. Stolee’s last known location may be the McGregor, MN area. Stolee may be in the company of Trevor Newman, whose last known address is in the Belle Plaine area. Stolee may be driving a dark purple 2011 Ford Fusion with Minnesota license plate 350-UXH. Anyone with information on Stolee's whereabouts is urged to contact the Mankato Police Department at 507-387-8725 or dial 911.

With the new legislative session set to start on Tuesday, Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck, says last year he supported tax reform and increased funding for roads and bridges. Both were accomplished, with the tax bill providing over $650 million in relief over the next two years and nearly $800 million in 2020-21. Among its features is a reduction in state income tax for seniors receiving Social Security. Over 280,000 tax returns are expected to show a reduction in state tax, and of that total, an estimated 72,000 will no longer pay state income tax on their Social Security benefits. In the area of transportation, he says they made the largest investment, without a gas tax increase, in our state’s history. The increase is more than $300 million over the next two years. As part of that total, there is also a sizeable increase in funding for local roads and bridges, with $48 million additionally going to counties and $15 million to cities.

Wednesday, the Redwood County Sheriff's office was investigating a domestic assault related incident. During the course this investigation, deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a male individual. A brief pursuit ensued and the driver fled into a nearby building. Deputies surrounded the building and the Brown Lyon Redwood Renville Emergency Response Unit was dispatched to the scene. After several hours of negotiations the male suspect was taken into custody. The Milroy public school was placed on a brief lockdown as a result of this situation. The identification of the male is being withheld pending formal charges. Assisting the Redwood County Sheriff's Office, was the Morgan and Lamberton Police Departments, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Meeker County Sheriff is releasing information regarding two predatory offenders who are being released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. 65 year old Delbert Tucker, and 64 year old Allen Barth, will be residing at a residence in the 23000 block of 570th Ave, Litchfield Township as of next Friday. Neither of these offenders are wanted by law enforcement at this time and both have served the sentence imposed on them by the court. The risk level for both men has been determined largely on their potential to re-offend based on their previous behavior. A Community Notification meeting has been scheduled for 6 on Wednesday, night, February 21 at the Meeker County Courthouse Community Rooms. Representatives from the Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and the Meeker County Attorney's Office will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety.

J.C. Penney in Alexandria will be closing its doors May 12. The store will begin liquidating its merchandise March 5. Last year, the retailer closed eight locations in Minnesota, including Hutchinson. In addition to the Alexandria location, J.C. Penney also will be closing stores in Missouri, New Jersey, Illinois, Oklahoma, Washington, California and Ohio.

The Morris Area Schools’ Speech students are having a busy week: On Monday, the Junior High Team took first place, against eight other teams, at the Battle Lake Invitational. In Dramatic Duo, Matthew Koktavy and Henry Berberi took second. Sam Jordan won second in Extemporaneous Speaking. In Creative Expression, Luci Bransel ranked second, and Hope Sperr in third. In Discussion, Tess Deane won first place. In Extemporaneous Reading, Bobbi Wohlers got third place. In Original Oratory, Lakia Manska was in first, and Katya Lackey third. The High School’s Team competed in Wheaton yesterday, and will have home-field advantage for tomorrow’s meet.

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday), the Minnesota National Guard’s Concert Band comes to Alexandria. The 34th Infantry Division’s “Red Bulls” are teaming up for a performance with the High School’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra. Band Director Casey Skalbeck is also a Sergeant in the Guard, his commander was looking for connections to schools outstate. He saysSaturday’s concert is the “pilot run” for future Band appearances in Greater Minnesota. The concert begins at 4 in the School’s Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Truckers who use Interstate 94 will see an upgrade to the Lake Latoka rest stop, about two miles east of the Highway 114/Garfield Interchange. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is installing new equipment to warn truckers how many parking spots are available at rest stops five miles out in real-time. Project Manager Dan Rowe says having warning signs should reduce the amount of gas and time spent on finding a safe place. The signs would also display information about the next rest stop, to guide a trucker’s decision. Six other Minnesota locations – each for the traffic inbound to the Twin Cities – are being upgraded, at a total cost to the State of $1.4 million; all stops must be operational by next January.

Patrons of Morris Transit, Prairie Five, or Rainbow Rider have a chance to shape the future of your service. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking comment from anyone applying for financial assistance for public transit in Greater Minnesota. There is no deadline for public comment.

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