The North Shore String Quintet will feature Lee Roisum and Carol Welker of Sunburg, Darcy Gubrud of Willmar and Claudia Finsaas of New London, vocalists in ‘From Opera to Oblvion’on Saturday afternoon, October 29, at one at the Willmar Community Center. The program will include the music of Mozart, Delibes, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Noel Coward, Kansas and more. Other members of the quartet include Carl Holm, Lisa Zeller, Melissa Carlson, and Jonathan Hunter, all of Willmar. Gubrud, a well-known vocalist in the Willmar area, will step up on violin when Finsaas performs vocal solos. A barn dance will follow at 2:30. Maggie Harp will call the dances, including the Virginia Reel and Waves of Tory. No experience is required and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. The concert and barn dance are both free and open to the public.
The Benson Police Department assisted the Benson Fire Department with a small structure fire in the 800 Block of 10th Street South last week. The police also responded to a reported verbal domestic in the 400 Block of 12th Street North. They were also called to a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of 13th Street North and Atlantic Avenue, and are investigating a report of criminal damage to property in the 900 Block of 14th Street South. The victim reported sometime during the previous night someone damaged the tires on his car. Officers also assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a hit and run crash near Clontarf.
On Monday, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a man in Chokio reporting a gunshot wound. Officers discovered that 24-year-old Mason Schemmel had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported from there, though the location as to where was not released. The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident and said in a press release on Wednesday that the public is not at risk and it appears to be an isolated situation.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Alexandria Police were called to a vehicle fire at 1600 Fireman’s Lodge Road Southwest in LaGrand Township yesterday (Wednesday). A truck was fully engulfed in flames. The driver, Zachariah Streich, told officers he was backing the truck up when he thought the truck might be experiencing a mechanical issue. He got out, found fluid leaking out from under the truck, and shortly thereafter the truck started on fire. The truck was at the end of his driveway and partially in the roadway. The fire department extinguished the fire. The truck was a total loss and was towed from the scene. There were no injuries.
Governor Mark Dayton has authorized up to an estimated $309,525 in relief for Renville County and $143,295 for Wabasha County from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account. The exact final reimbursements will be made from actual expense documentation. On August 10th and August 11th, Renville and Wabasha Counties experienced heavy rains and flooding, which caused damage to local roads and agricultural drainage systems. Aid from the contingency account will reimburse the counties for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up costs. Under Minnesota law, the state will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up, with localities responsible for covering the remaining 25 percent.
26 year old Dylan Gagen of Willmar is the man arrested in the ‘peeping tom’ incident in New London. He made his first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court Tuesday and was charged with interference with privacy, which is a gross misdemeanor. He was released from custody and makes his next court appearance on Oct. 31st. A sheriff’s deputy, called by a resident of the apartment complex who saw a man matching the description of the window peeper, called 911 Sunday night and officers caught the man who had been looking in the windows on the 300 block of Redwood Street Southwest.
The Montevideo City Council this week approved a request from the Chippewa County Fair Association for an exemption of lawful gambling licensing raffle for March 1st. The city also accepted a quote for washout repairs on State Road. The city also received a bid for the city hall roof project. Only one bid came it, it was rejected and will be rebid this coming spring, according to Assistant City Manager Angie Steinbach. She says the council also recognized a Montevideo Police officer and sheriff’s deputy for saving the life of a woman by using Narcan. On Sept. 10th Officer Richard Berry and Deputy Richard Shamla responded to a call of a 20 year old woman who wasn’t breathing because of an opiate overdose. They administered Narcan and subsequently this woman came back to life and a life was saved. So we’re very, very proud of the Montevideo Police Officers and everything they do and everything they’re knowledgeably in in order to safe this life within our community.
Benson School Superintendent Dennis Laumeyer says the Benson School Board this week approved the coach and advisor handbooks which included information from the public meetings they held under arts and activities. The board also approved a memorandum of understanding to add a language for the school readiness coordinator. The board also approved the annual seniority list by contract, and also looked at the fiscal 16 and approved a budget revision for the audit that’s coming up in November so we have our numbers solid for the audit that’s coming up.
During the Human Services Committee meeting on Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioner heard a report on fraud prevention from the individuals that investigate fraud claims against the county for benefits. Commissioner Jim Butterfield says last year they investigated well over 200 claims and saved the county about $48,000. If you would like to report fraud or if you know fraud is going on in the county, your help would be appreciated. You can call 800-627-9977 or locally 231-7800, extension 2332. Be prepared to share the who, what, when, where and how and that will help keep the program integrity there.
39 year old Avaran Elizondo of Willmar makes his next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on November 7th on charges of second degree assault, domestic assault, threats of violence and domestic assault by strangulation. Authorities arrested him Oct. 3 on suspicion of the charges. He is currently in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail, and his next court appearance is set for Nov. 7. According to a local newspaper, Elizondo was high on meth, allegedly threatened a woman with a knife and attempted to strangle her because he believed ghosts were telling the woman to kill him, and these same ghosts were having sex with the woman.