The Kerkhoven City Council hired the swimming pool employees, lifeguards, water safety instructors, and the manager, when they met this week. Annelle Guillemard is the new pool manager. Madeline Stallings and Logan Hillers are front desk workers. Lifeguards are Molly Stranberg, Abigail Thompson, Korissa Lindquist, Alex Holtberg, Colton Kinney, Hanne Tebben, Noah Thorson, Kalli Forsell, Lydia Wagner and Ethan Hauge. Countryside Public Health will do the pool inspection June 7.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Cloud Police Department have been invited to apply for a Justice Assistance Grant to share in the amount of $32,386. The sheriff’s office intends on purchasing equipment to outfit new drug detecting canine units. A portion of the funds would purchase a drone that would be used to search for people and items in open areas. The police department intends on purchasing an all-terrain vehicle to be used at large gatherings and searches. They also intend on using a portion of the funds for crime prevention materials.
Willmar’s new elementary school will be located east of the Kandiyohi County Family YMCA and site preparation will start in June. Bids for the first phase have been opened, and the contract will be awarded and groundbreaking held at the June 13 meeting of the school board.
66 year old Robert Starz of Atwater, appeared in Kandiyohi County Court yesterday (Thursday) where he pled not guilty to three felony counts of theft by swindle of the West Central Ag Sales Association. He was the group’s treasurer and is accused of stealing over $50,000. Starz is not in custody, and his next court appearance will be a pre-trial on June 6th.
On July 1st, Kandiyohi County District Court Judge Michael Thompson will take over his new duties as chief judge of the Minnesota Eighth Judicial District. Chief Judge Donald Spilseth finishes his second two year term at that date, that longest he could serve in that position. Also on July 1st, District Court Judge Dwayne Knutsen will replace Thompson as assistant chief judge.
Several Republican lawmakers made a stop in Morris during their tour of the state to drum up citizen pressure on Governor Dayton’s office to call a special session to pass the recently defeated bonding and transportation bill. Morris has a large stake in the bill with $12 million dollars in funding for a water treatment plant. Legislator leaders at the meeting included House Speaker Kurt Daudt, House Majority leader Joyce Pepin, Rep. Bud Nornes, of Fergus Falls, Rep. Paul Anderson, of Starbuck, Prinsburg Rep. Tim Miller, Hanska Rep. Paul Torkelson, Elbow Lake Senator Torrey Westrom, and Grove City Rep. Dean Urdahl. Doudt says don’t blame the system. Anderson make his pitch for support of the tax bill. Miller is sympathetic to the position Morris is in with his constituents waiting for word on a Maynard water project, and Appleton road project and flood mitigation in Montevideo. Miller said he’s pressing on the governor as well and encourages everyone at the meeting to make sure they encourage the governor to get this done. House Minority leader Paul Thissen disagreed with the Republican contention that this was a good bill. He feels the process has to be more transparent by opening up committee hearings and allowing the public view their proceedings.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health are advising the public to stay out of algae-laden water. This year’s mild spring weather has created ideal conditions for algal blooms. Certain species of blue-green algae contain potent toxins that can quickly become deadly to both people and animals. Keep pets and children away from waters with a pea soup or green paint appearance. Water may also have a foul odor. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, headache, eye irritation, and seizures. If you or your pets experience these symptoms, seek medical or veterinary assistance immediately.
Thursday, the Pope County Sheriff's Office was called to a crash on County Road 1 near 220th Street. 19 year old Lee Chamberlain was traveling north on County Road 1 when his vehicle entered the ditch and rolled multiple times. Chamberlain was wearing his seat belt. The sheriff’s office says that likely saved his life. Assisting in this crash was the Morris Police Department. With Memorial Day Weekend here, the Sheriff's Office reminds you to slow down, pay attention to the road and wear your seat belts to ensure everyone makes it to the destinations safely.
Five people were injured in a head-on crash yesterday (Thursday) at the Highways 29 and 55 intersection in Pope County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 81 year old Romuald Klimek of Glenwood was traveling south on Highway 29. Klimek attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 55 and hit a vehicle driven by Melissa Jolliff of Ortonville head-on. There were multiple injuries, all of them non-life threatening. Injured were Klimek, Joliff and her passengers: 26 year old Abby Jolliff, three year old Kenadee Joliff and one year old Makynlee Higgins. Assisting at the scene were the Glenwood Police and the Pope County Sheriff’s deputies.
The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office was called to a damage to property incident on Pine Street in Lucan yesterday (Thursday). There were multiple scratches on multiple surfaces of a 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS Sedan. If you have any information you’re asked to contract the sheriff’s office.
The Alexandria Police Department last night (Thursday) was called to 401 34thAvenue East after a nearby citizen reported the sound of a gunshot. During the investigation, officers determined a disturbance had taken place inside a mobile home where a 19 year old male had discharged a pistol. There was a 57 year old woman in the residence at the time. The 19 year old left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. One shot had been fired and the bullet went through the wall of the mobile home and into another nearby mobile home, which was unoccupied at the time. There were no injuries. The police department is continuing to investigate. The 19 year old has not been located. Assisting the police department was the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Yesterday morning (Thursday), in a meeting at Midwest Auto Body & Sales on Highway 23 east of New London, Republican leaders called for a special session to complete passage of the bonding bill. Representatives Dave Baker of Willmar, Tim Miller of Prinsburg and Dean Urdahl of Grove City, were among legislators, local leaders and local officials urging support for the bonding bill that stalled in the Senate on the last night of session. That bill would have funded the expansion of Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville. Representative Baker says it was frustrating to see the bill fail. It including funds not only for the Highway 23 project, but also an extension of the Glacial Lakes Trail from New London to Sibley State Park and a new children’s mental health facility in Willmar. Baker is hopeful the governor will do the right thing and call for a one day special session.
The 2016 Minnesota boating season will be another record-breaker, with more than 800 watercraft inspectors helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. Counties employ and supervise the vast majority of the inspectors, all trained by the Department of Natural Resources. They have a record number of inspectors ensuring boaters are following aquatic invasive species laws, because more local governments than ever have signed delegation agreements allowing them to hire and supervise DNR-trained inspectors. More watercraft inspectors means more eyes in the field and more education on how boaters can prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.” In addition to inspections, watercraft inspectors stationed at public water accesses around the state focus on teaching boaters to: Clean their watercraft, drain all water by removing drain plugs, and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft, and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.