The Lego Friendship Club will start January 5th according to the Resource CenterProgram of West Central Industries. Space is limited so register today. Through this nine-week Club series, children ages 7-12 will develop social skills, self-esteem and self-help skills while building friendships and lots of Lego and art creations. Weekly topics include: Meeting Someone New, Eye Contact, Listening, Communication, Feelings and Friendships. Parents need to remain onsite during the Club meetings and will be provided with weekly discussion topics/curriculum supports to match their child’s. Lego Clubs will also be offered in Meeker, Renville and Swift Counties throughout the year on a rotating basis. Meeker is expected to start in mid to late January.
Last week the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an individual saying they’d received a call from a person claiming to be a worker in the Federal tax division in Washington D.C. This person told them they had won money from Publisher’s Clearing House but to get the money they had to pay $950. This person also told them the Chief Deputy would call to verify this was not a scam. About 20 minutes later a person called saying that were the chief deputy with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and it was okay to send the $950 and in turn they would receive the $600,000. The complainant then called the sheriff’s office and verified the chief deputy did not call. Sheriff Dan Hartog says the sheriff’s office would not contact you to inform you that a specific organization is legitimate or not. This is just a new twist to the scams that are out there. Hartog urges you to use extreme caution in giving out your personal information when solicited by unknown callers.
The Minnesota State Patrol was called to a sideswipe crash yesterday (Thursday) at the intersection of Highway 55 and County Road 2 in Meeker County involving four people and three vehicles. 48 year old Patricia Dorman of Kimball was traveling east on Highway 55. 30 year old Dustin Nelson of Litchfield was traveling north on County Road 2 and pulled out in front of Dorman. Dorman sideswiped Nelson, pushing him into the west lane of traffic where he was hit by 45 year old Kevin Ebensteiner of Annandale. Dorman sustained non-life threatening injuries. Ebensteiner, Nelson, and a passenger in his vehicle. 29 year old Kalie Nelson of Litchfield, were not injured.
Three persons sustained non-life threatening injuries in a broadside crash yesterday (Thursday) at the Highway 29 and County Road 14 intersection in Douglas County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 47 year old Rebecca Robley of Manahga was traveling north on Highway 29, and 79 year old Betty Gabler of Eagle Bend was traveling west on County Road 14 when they collided. Robley, Gabler and a passenger in her vehicle, 56 year old Keith Gabler, were all treated and released from the Douglas County Hospital.
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners this week approved a request from County Attorney Shane Baker to apply for a federal grant for the Violence Against Women Act. Commissioner Harlan Madsen says they will be purchasing cameras to be used in the investigation and in the screening of individuals pertaining to violence against women. Dave Paulson on behalf of the AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) committee presented the local plan, which has to be submitted and approved every year to acquire the state’s general revenue dollars that have been associated with the AIS. Madsen says Zebra mussels make the most headlines right now because of the local infestations, but there are multiple aquatic invasive species that are devastating to local bodies of water. A local plan was approved and a unique part of the plan will be a section the committee has approved on taking applications for a local grant program that would encourage lake associations, individuals, sportsmen clubs, etc. to be creative and innovative as far as education and enforcement. They will be working that the same as the local water plan and they will be taking the applications.
Xcel is reporting a power outage for the city of Morton that could last until noon today (Friday). The Sheriff's Office has a command bus set up at the firehall with someone staffed there at all times. If you require transportation there will be a Heartland bus in town. There will be officers in town until the power is restored. If you require any assistance, flag down an officer or call dispatch.
25 year old Andres Rasmussen of Willmar will be sentenced March 5th after entering an Alford plea yesterday (Thursday) in Kandiyohi County District Court on a criminal sexual conduct charge involving a girl under the age of 13. Previously, he was sentenced to 36 years in prison, but last March was granted a new trial in the case by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Rather than go to trial Rasmussen entered the Alford plea.
Last night (Thursday), the Pioneerland Library System’s board of directors met in closed session to discuss Mark Ranum, executive director of the Pioneerland Regional Library System. No decision was reached other than to meet in another closed session in January. Ranum, who also served as director of the Plum Creek Library system in Worthington, was terminated from his job there on Oct. 31st on allegations he used Plum Creek’s credit card for personal items totaling over $21,000. Ranum repaid the money prior to the library system’s annual audit.