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Aug 31

News Director: Bev Alquist
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The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will have an informational meeting Wednesday, September 2nd at five in the multi-purpose meeting room at the Kandiyohi County Health & Human Services Building, Willmar. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss Minnesota’s buffer law, who it affects, landowner responsibilities, deadlines for establishment, etc.

The University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirements for Certified Food Managers. Certification renewal for food managers will be held on Tuesday, October 13th from 9-1 at the Midtown Office Complex in St. Cloud. Certified Food Managers need four hours of continuing education credits within three years of becoming certified. Registration is due by September 29. The initial certification course, using the ServSafeâ curriculum, will be offered on Thursday, October 15th at the Midtown Office Complex in St. Cloud from 9-4:30, with the exam following at 4:30. Participants must attend all day to be eligible to take the certification exam. This course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration is due by October 1st. Pre-registration is required.

Sheriff Brian Cruze of the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office says the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund to award up to 15, $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota. The members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 31st. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories – a mandated POST Skills Program; in their second year of a two year law enforcement program; or in their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program. In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two year program or two years of a four year program.

55 year old Marcus Hahn of Venice, California was killed and eight others injured in a broadside crash about 11 Saturday night at the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road 7, about 5 miles west of Pennock. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash involved a car driven by Hahn and traveling south on County Road 7 and a minivan traveling west on Highway 12 and driven by 31 year old Diego Sanchez of Kerkhoven. Hahn's wife, 46 year old Maria Vlachou-Hahn, and daughter Eva were hospitalized with non-critical injuries. Five other people in the minivan suffered non-life threatening injuries: 33 year old Jose R. Cabrera Ortega of Clara City, 26 year old Sergio Delgado, 26 year old Martha Lopez, Danta Velazquez, under the age of one, and six year old Paulina Lopez.

44 year old Christopher Kozar of Excelsior has been identified as the person killed on Highway 29 just north of the Swift/Chippewa County Road on Thursday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kozar was traveling south on Highway 29, went off the road, hit an approach and vaulted into the air. He was ejected and died at the scene. Assisting the state patrol were the Swift County Sheriff's Office and Benson Police Department.

28 year old Rhett Peters of Hutchinson was killed in a rollover early Friday morning on Highway 29 in Douglas County. The Minnesota State Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff's Office say Peters was traveling north on Highway 29, entered a curve just north of the Pope County and Douglas County Line, went off the road and into the ditch. He continued traveling north in the ditch, crossed South Maple Lake Road Southwest, came back onto Highway 29 and rolled. Peters was ejected from the vehicle.

Saturday the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called to a motorcycle crash near Forada. 19 year old Jonah Kletsch of Barnsville had been riding a motorcycle east on South Maple Lake Road, lost control, went off a curve and crashed into the ditch. Kletsch suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Douglas County Hospital. He was wearing a helmet.

One person was injured in a rear-end crash yesterday (Sunday) at the Highways 78 and 108 intersection in Otter Tail County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, both 36 year old Tamarajo Hopwood of Richville and 79 year old David Behl of Detroit Lakes were traveling south on Highway 78. Behl slowed for a car making a left turn and was hit from behind by Hopwood. Hopwood was not injured. Behl suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Two people were injured in a rollover Saturday on Highway 27 in Grant County. 17 year old Jade Olson of Sauk Centre was traveling west on Highway 27, swerved to miss a deer and went into the ditch, his vehicle rolling several times. According to the Minnesota State Patrol and Grant County Sheriff’s Office, both Olson and his passenger, 15 year old Tyler Mclain of Sauk Centre suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Thursday, the Stearns County deputies were dispatched to County Road 18 about three miles south of Brooten for a crash involving a tractor trailer combination. 22 year old Steven Ramirez of Belgrade was operating the tractor trailer, filled with sweet corn. He ran off the road coming to rest in a swamp. He lost about half of the load. The truck had minimal damage. Ramirez was not injured. The crash caused County Road 18 to be completely shut down for about four hours.

33 year old Thomas Sauerer of Albany was injured in a one vehicle crash on Thursday on County Road 154 at the intersection of 205th Avenue near Albany. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Sauerer was traveling west on the county road, went off the road, struck the approach at 205th Avenue and came to rest about 100 feet into a corn field. Sauerer was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital.

64 year old Roger Braun of Willmar suffered non-life threatening injuries in a rear-end crash Saturday at the Highway 23 and 5th Street South intersection in Raymond. According to the Minnesota State Patrol and Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, 67 year old Daniel Koons of Riverton was traveling west on Highway 23 and stopped behind a vehicle making a left turn. Braun, who was operating a motorcycle, struck the right rear of the pickup, ran off the road into the ditch, laying down the motorcycle. Koons was not injured.

Two people were seriously injured in a one vehicle crash Saturday in Hennepin County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 22 year old Mohamed Abdullahi of Willmar was traveling at a high speed and drove into the guardrail on the ramp from Dowling Avenue to North I-94. His vehicle ended up lodged under the guardrail. Both Abdullahi and his passenger, 25 year old Isaq Abdirahahaman of St. Paul suffered non-life threatening serious injuries.

A four vehicle rear-end crash at the I-94 and County Road 19 intersection in Wright Countyon Saturday, killed one person and injured four people. 73 year old Jon Hanson of New London was one of the drivers. He was not injured. All four drivers were traveling east on I-94 at County Road 19 in Albertville. The rear-end collision occurred at slowing traffic. The other drivers and passengers were from Fergus Falls, Red Wing, Zumbrota and Winnipeg MB. The individual that was killed, 38 year old Erin Bateman, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Douglas Bateman of Winnipeg.

Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Dave Baker of Willmar says according to the Federal Communications Commission, CenturyLink has accepted funding to invest more than $54 million per year over the next six years for rural broadband development in unserved areas in Greater Minnesota. Baker says the funding is projected to bring access to more than 114,000 homes and businesses, and is provided through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Connect America Funding, which is funded by the Universal Service Fund, an existing surcharge for telecommunications companies. Frontier and Windstream, which both serve parts of Minnesota, will receive an additional $29 million bringing the total broadband expansion investment to $83 million. Broadband is going to be a game-changer for businesses, schools, and families in Greater Minnesota, Baker says, and it’s his hope that Minnesota can partner with these companies to bring broadband to every part of the state that needs it so our rural schools and businesses can thrive and compete at 21st century speeds.


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