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NEWS
Aug 23

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

Jack Vanden Heuvel will be at the Kandiyohi County Historical Museum across from Robbin’s Island in Willmar on Monday night, August 28th at seven. The Little Crow Photography Club is hosting the event, which is free. Heuvel says the program is designed to help you have a deeper experience of nature in Minnesota. His presentation includes the North Shore of Lake Superior, the Oberg Trail, the Sax Zim and Blue Mounds State Park. Heuvel says there will be time for questions on places, and tips on taking better photos. Call the Historical Society for more information.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, it has been a deadly 24 hours on Minnesota roads. A man was killed yesterday (Tuesday) in Woodbury after he appeared to have walked in front of a semi on Interstate 494 just south of Interstate 94. Another female pedestrian died around 2 yesterday morning in Hector when she was struck by a semi. Just before 8:15 yesterday morning, a woman was severely injured and her 18-month-old child killed in a single-vehicle rollover in the Virginia area in White Township. Also, in Forest Lake, a car rear-ended a school bus. Approximately 50-60 kids were on the bus but none were injured. The driver of the car was hurt. These incidents are still under investigation, according to the state patrol, but they ask that you help keep our roads safe by slowing down, paying attention, buckling up and driving sober.

Yesterday morning (Tuesday), a Seventh District Judicial staff person was opening the daily mail. While opening a piece of mail, the employee reported she found it contained a white powdery substance. She also reported that she had gotten some of the powder on her skin. She immediately reported the incident to a Stearns County Court Deputy and an investigation was started. The employee was provided first aid attention and information. The letter and its contents were secured and turned over to a Stearns County Sheriff's Office Investigator. The Sheriff's Office contacted the United States Postal Inspection Service to assist with initial testing of the substance. The field tests resulted in a presumptive result indicating that the unknown sample did not contain biologic or toxic substances. The substance is believed to be corn starch. The envelope and letter containing the powder was transported to the Minnesota Department of Health for final testing. Once the powder has a final test clearing it, the entire contents will be sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation for further evidentiary testing. This case is being investigated as a potential violation of a Minnesota State Statue regarding Real and Simulated Weapons of Mass Destruction.

U.S. Senator Al Franken says Minnesota families will benefit from a set of bipartisan provisions he helped write into a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform bill that was recently signed into law. The three measures that Sen. Franken helped write into the bill will help to bring down prescription drug prices and spur innovation and safety in the nation’s medical device industry. The new law includes a measure Franken helped author to help strengthen generic drug competition—which will help bring down prescription costs for Minnesotans—and two others to help spur innovation and safety in our nation’s medical device industry.

29 year old Kara Dirtseller of Sisseton, South Dakota was killed yesterday (Tuesday) when she was hit by a semi traveling east on Highway 212 east of Hector in Renville County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Dirtseller was walking in the eastbound lane of travel. The semi driver, 54 year old Randy Roush of new Auburn, was not injured.

63 year old Paul Hendricks of Morris was injured yesterday (Tuesday) when the semi he was driving veered off the road, coming to rest on the driver’s side in the ditch. Hendricks was traveling north on Highway 78 in Otter Tail County. He was taken to a health facility in Perham with non-life threatening injuries.

Secretary of State Steve Simon has formally rejected a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on election integrity to turn over extensive personal data on nearly four million registered voters in Minnesota, citing serious doubts about the commission’s credibility and trustworthiness. Simon says the Commission seems poised to use sensitive voter data in methodologically unsound ways, and is turning attention away from the cyber-security issues that are the biggest threat to election integrity. He says the Commission arose out of President Trump’s ‘baseless and irresponsible claim of massive voter fraud.

Mary Amon, a Willmar physician, was elected to the Willmar School Board yesterday (Tuesday) in a special election held to fill the seat that was left vacant when Jared Anez died on March 14th. Amon received 591 of the votes, with Monica Villars receiving 202 votes. Katherine Mcgill, who previously withdrew from the race, had 5 votes.

There is a Coffee with the Cops event this Friday morning, August 25th from 10 to 11 at the Skylark Center in Willmar. There is no agenda and no speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your community. This is sponsored by the Willmar Police Department.

The family of a missing Alexandria teenager is offering a two-thousand dollar reward for information leading to their loved one's safe return. 15-year-old Jasmine Block was last seen around 10:30 the night of August 8th on the couch with a migraine. Her mother Sarah says she left for about an hour and when she returned it's like Jasmine had vanished. Block says Jasmine left behind her cell phone and keys -- something she wouldn't normally do. One thing suspicious was Jasmine's pajama top on the floor, plus a pair of shoes was gone. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alexandria Police Department.

A vehicle pursuit that started in Grant County ended in Morris at about 8:30 Tuesdaymorning. The Minnesota State Patrol initiated the pursuit of a pickup with two people, according to Sheriff Jason Dingman. The pursuit involved using stop sticks on Highway 9 just north of Morris. The pickup was eventually stopped on Highway 9 near Dakotah Bank in Morris. The pickup backed into the front end of a law enforcement vehicle. At least seven law enforcement vehicles from the Grant County Sheriff's Office, State Patrol, Stevens County Sheriff and Morris Police were involved in the incident.

A local group is working on putting in a dog park at Pomme De Terre Park. The Morris City Council gave their go-ahead for the Park Board to work with the Morris Women of Today. No money has been allocated or requested for the project says council member Jeff Miller. The plan is to have two 50 foot by 150 foot fenced in areas for dogs to run off their leash. One side would be for smaller dogs and the other for larger dogs. It would be located near the parking area next to the dam. The estimated cost for fencing would be $19,500 dollars for galvanized chain link or $23,100 for black coated. City manager Blaine Hill says the Women of Today have already begun raising money for the project.

Donnelly is getting ready for their big weekend. Tonight (Wednesday) will be a work night as the town prepares for the 52nd Annual Threshing Bee. Anyone who would like to help get the grounds ready is asked to lend a hand beginning at 6:30. For more information call 795-2437 or 246-3337. The Donnelly threshing Bee runs Friday through Sunday.

In a budget work session yesterday (Tuesday), the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners had their first look at the proposed 2018 budget. It showed the net property tax levy is projected to increase by 1.68 percent, with $70.8 million in spending and a tax levy of $34.2 million. The county board has to certify the preliminary tax levy by the end of September.  A public Truth in Taxation hearing has been set for November 30th, prior to adoption of the final budget.

The Benson Police Department had a busy week last week with 134 calls in the past seven days. Officers investigated the theft of a firearm taken from an individual’s garage. This is an active investigation. Officers also assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office and Benson Fire Department with a semi roll over just west of Benson. They were also called to a business in the 200 Block of 13th Street North about a small child that showed up but had no parent supervision. After a brief investigation the parent was located and the child and parent reunited. It was later determined the small child had walked eight blocks alone without the parent’s knowledge.

 

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