The Montevideo City Council, at its meeting this week, authorized bids for the building of a safe room on Benson Road. City Manager Steve Jones says they’ve been working on this with FEMA for about a year. They’re hoping to get it built this summer. In other business the council ended the meeting with approving a new ordinance which basically was just some changes to the administrative code. A lot of it had to do with changes in the state law.
The Benson Mayor and City Administrator Rob Wolfington met with the legislature Wednesday night to discuss the session; yesterday morning (Thursday) they visited an urban fish farm. They’re working with a consultant on doing a project in Benson. The council has also been discussing a project with Prairie Five and the Heartland Express to contract for dispatch services. Wolfington says it will require several more meetings to fully coordinate and flesh out all the details. It would allow their system to piggyback on computer dispatch services, which would mean their drivers would be less distracted while driving.
Kandiyohi County Board Chair Jim Butterfield says they’ve been working very diligently with Southern Prairie Community Care, and hopefully within the next month they’ll be signing a contract with the state of Minnesota, which will save the county some dollars in the future. He says they’ll also take a look at some based outcomes for health care for the Medicaid population. He says Southern Prairie will be implementing the entire population which would help as far as record keeping for the doctors and record keeping for the pharmacies. He said they’re working very diligently on that. “Family services is doing a great job. They’re doing the best they can with the tools they have and the dollars they have. They work very diligently to make those dollars stretch as far as they can.”
The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution that will, if the legislation passes, allow the county board to hold a public hearing on the possible appointment and hiring of auditor treasurer and recorder. Commissioner Harlan Madsen says 27 counties have this in place, and 75 percent of the state’s population is already covered by this statute so that allows for the public hiring of auditor/treasurer and recorder if the legislation passes. Madsen said it has been discussed for the last ten to 12 years and it is hopeful it will give them the opportunity as a board to hold that public hearing and have that public discussion. He said they’ll will wait to see what the legislature does.
Price gouging on propane is addressed under a proposed law in the Minnesota House. Elbow Lake Representative Jay McNamer is the chief author of the bill saying constituents in his district complained about the recent steep rise in the price of propane. McNamer said there were rumors going around and this bill should put an end to them. McNamer’s proposal calls for the Attorney General’s office to investigate complaints of price gouging. A retailer would have to prove the price they charge is proportional to any rise in the wholesale market price.
Some progress was made in addressing the needs of the Stevens County highway department. At Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting, Coordinator Brian Giese says they will further define what needs to be done. Giese said the board decided to go ahead and form a committee, appoint a couple commissioners. He’ll sit down with them and try and develop some type of recommended plan of action. He said they’ll maybe get a schematic of what a new facility might look like. Commissioners Ron Staples and Bob Kopitske were appointed to the committee. Giese says the committee will also look at funding proposals. Suggestions include bonding or use of highway construction money combined with cash reserves. Early cost estimates have ranged from $800,000 to $1.2 million dollars for the project.
62 year old Eugene Buck Zumhofe of Cyrus, the former pro wrestler, will be sentenced May 7th after having been found guilty on all 12 counts of criminal sexual conduct by a jury of his peers. The sexual conduct involved his daughter. It started when she was 15 years old and lasted for 12 years. Of the 12 counts, six were first degree and six were third degree. Zumhofe was in court yesterday (Thursday) as well when the sentencing date was set. At Thursday’s hearing District Court Judge David Mennis, heard arguments regarding aggravating factors, among them Zumhofe’s two prior convictions of criminal sexual conduct.
After a crash yesterday morning (Thursday) near the Willmar Senior High School by the intersection of County Road 9 and Civic Center Drive, two people were taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar. 48 year old Sahane Bare of Willmar was traveling east on Civic Center Drive, lost control, went into the other lane, colliding with a vehicle driven by 63 year old Karen Knapp of Willmar. Bare and a passenger in Knapp’s vehicle were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The Minnesota State Patrol was called to a crash on Highway 23 north of Green Valley in Lyon County last night (Thursday). 28 year old Christopher Goessl of Owen, Wisconsin, was traveling south on Highway 23, lost control and ended up in the ditch. He was not injured.
24 year old Luis Chilel of Willmar will make his next appearance in Kandiyohi County District on March 17 on a first degree criminal sexual conduct charge involving a five year old girl.
Tomorrow morning (Saturday) District 17B Republican delegates will endorse either Dave Baker or Linda Kacher, both from Willmar, to run against DFL Representative Mary Sawatzky of Willmar. The convention begins at nine at the MinnWest Technology Center.