The Morris City Council met yesterday (Tuesday) at the Morris Senior Center. A resolution approving a Tobacco-Free Parks Policy was discussed. The Morris Community Education and Recreation Department through the Morris Area Schools has a policy that makes all recreational areas they use “tobacco-free”. The smoke free zone should not include camping spaces at Pomme de Terre Park, tobacco use for medical purposes and Native American spiritual or cultural ceremony. A resolution accepting a bid from Par Piping and Fabrication from Granite Falls in the amount of approximately $2 million dollars for the Denco II energy efficiency project, was also on the agenda. The bid is approximately $500,000 dollars higher than the estimate. This project is totally funded through a $750,000 dollar DEED Grant and funding from Denco II.
It is important that you get a grip with your tires this holiday season. Millions of drivers may put themselves and their families at increased risk by ignoring their tires, according to Dan Zielinski, senior vice president of public affairs at Rubber Manufacturers Association. He says overloading puts stress on tires.
Troy Ostby of Starbuck won $50 of Chamber Cash for ‘Shop Morris for Your Holiday Treasures.’ On Friday, kids can have sleigh rides with Santa and his live reindeer from 11 to 2. This is an opportunity for you to take holiday photos. For information, contact the Morris Chamber of Commerce.
A Native American dance exhibition took place last night in the UMM Student Center’s Oyate Hall. The exhibition showcased five traditional and contemporary dance styles represented at Powwow, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. For more information contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from people interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The committee was established in December of 2012 to help guide the department’s aquatic invasive species activities. People concerned about aquatic invasive species are encouraged to apply if they can commit to reviewing reports, preparing comments and participating in eight meetings per year. Applications are due by Dec. 10. The committee comprises 15 stakeholders appointed by the commissioner to up to four-year terms. Application questions reflect the DNR’s desire to have a well-rounded Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee. Members have a range of personal and professional experiences with AIS issues, including prevention, decontamination, public awareness and control activities. Similarly, the DNR seeks representation from different parts of the state, as well as a diversity of ages, genders, ethnicities, recreational interests and education.
The Benson Police Department had 76 calls in the past seven days. They assisted at a motor vehicle crash south of Benson on Highway 29; took a report of theft from a storage unit in the 1900 Block of Minnesota Avenue; and responded to a domestic. Officers from the police department and sheriff’s office responded to an alarm call at the Swift Co Recycling Center, entered the building and during the search found a Benson man hiding inside. He was arrested for burglary and was taken to the Swift County Jail.
Three people were injured in a broadside crash yesterday (Tuesday) at the Highway 23 and 160th Avenue Northeast intersection in Kandiyohi County. The Minnesota State Patrol says 90 year old Richard Olson of Spicer was traveling west on 160th Avenue when he pulled out from a stop sign onto Highway 23 in front of a vehicle driven by 52 year old Kelly Besendorf of Danube. Olson, his 79 year old passenger, Carmen Olson, and Besendorf were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Assisting at the scene was the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.
A broadside crash yesterday (Tuesday) on Highway 23 east of I-94 in Stearns County, injured one person. 75 year old Nancy Carroll of Alexandria was traveling west on Highway 23 and turned to go into the Depot lot. 63 year old Larry Haas of Litchfield was traveling east and hit the Carroll vehicle as it attempted to cross eastbound lanes. Carroll was not injured. Haas was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
34 year old Heather Coon of Willmar, who pled guilty to felony criminal sexual conduct in the first degree with a 10 year old girl, was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday) in Kandiyohi County District Court. Judge David Mennis sentenced her to 48 months in prison, she has to pay fines and fees of just under $1600, and has to register as a predatory offender. Coon pled guilty on November 5th and under a plea agreement two other felony charges were dismissed: criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, and possession of drugs.
30 year old Cameo King of Spicer makes his next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on December 7th on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation. He made his first appearance yesterday (Tuesday). Judge Jennifer Fischer released him on $20,000 unconditional bail.
Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. The Benson Police Department reminds you to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. Many safety factors can make a big difference when dealing with winter severe weather. Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Make certain your tires are properly inflated. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface. As always, use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. Bring a cell phone and charger with you when you travel. Bring emergency blankets and winter clothing inside your vehicle in case your vehicle becomes stranded in the elements.
Representative 11/19 – The Benson Police Department received a report of theft from a storage unit in the 1900 Block of Minnesota Avenue. This incident is currently an active investigation.
11/19– The Benson Police Department responded to a loud noise complaint in the 400 Block of 18th Street North. The responding officer made contact all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident.
11/20 – The Benson Police Department assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a one vehicle roll over north of Benson.
11/22 – At approximately 7:00PM Officers from the Benson Police Dept and the Swift Co Sheriffs Dept responded to an alarm call at the Swift Co Recycling Center, 1000 Industry Drive Benson MN. Upon arrival responding Officers entered the building and conducted a search. During the course of the search a Benson man was discovered hiding inside. Officers placed the individual under arrest for burglary. The Benson man was then transported to the Swift County Jail.
11/22 – The Benson Police Department responded to a domestic incident at a residence in the 1000 Block of 13th Street North. The responding officer made contact with all parties involved and was able to mediate this incident.
*** Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. The Benson Police Department reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. Many safety factors can make a big difference when dealing with winter severe weather;
- Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.
- As always, use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
- Bring a cell phone and charger with you when you travel.
- Bring emergency blankets and winter clothing inside your vehicle in case your vehicle becomes stranded in the elements.
If anyone has information pertaining to any crimes, please call the Benson Police Department at 320-843-4790.
Paul Anderson of Starbuck says he has deep concerns on buffer strips. The scope of what will be included in the maps is in question, he says. It also remains uncertain whether the buffer maps will be in place this coming July as scheduled. If not, extensions for compliance may be necessary. Anderson says the Legislature may have to revisit this issue in the 2016 session to help resolve some of these issues.
When the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners met as a Road and Bridge Committee this week, they discussed the Willmar Wye, the progress, and some of the implications. Commissioner Harlan Madsen says they discussed doing some long term changing and alternates with the Wye, one being running a bridge over the railroad tracks from county road 5, which is a long term fix. It is the right thing to do, however he said, they have to look at intricacies with the railroad. The board unanimously endorsed continuing some intent discussions with all the partners so we are not investing in short term fixes but are looking long term.
Al Juhnke of Willmar, former state representative, has been appointed as executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. He will begin his new job in January. Juhnke was selected after a national search. Juhnke has over 30 years of executive planning, administration, communications and marketing in the agriculture sector, and has served as ag, energy and environmental adviser to U.S. Senator Al Franken since 2011. Prior to joining Franken’s staff, Juhnke served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 14 years. He and his wife, Claire, will be moving to Nebraska.
The Kerkhoven City Council this week discussed an outstanding $750 fire call bill sent to the high school last March. Mayor Brian Thompson said the fire department got called by a contractor that was re-tarring the roof of the school, and as yet that bill has not been paid. He said they’re thinking maybe they’re trying to work something out with the contractor but as far as the council is concerned it’s a school bill. He plans to call the school superintendent.
Entrance fees to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waivedon Friday for ‘Free Park Friday.’ Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr encourage you to spend time outdoors, and with family, on the day after Thanksgiving. Research shows that spending time outdoors benefits children and adults, including improving mood, enhancing creative thinking and problem solving, promoting a conservation ethic, and improving physical fitness.