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NEWS
May 25

News Director: Bev Alquist
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Representative Paul Anderson of Starbuck says he’s disappointed that the governor vetoed the supplemental budget bill and the tax conformity/school funding bills, moves that surely will be detrimental to Minnesotans. Among the things he blocked include the first income tax cut in nearly two decades, funding to help deputy registrars hurt by the MNLARS mess, funding to help avert a 7-percent cut for disability services, school safety funding, and more. This is going to be problematic for people in our state, Anderson says. Tax filings will be significantly more difficult next year. Ag-related provisions he authored are among those Dayton vetoed. That includes a measure to provide co-owners of ag property with homestead treatment. Of more widespread impact is the loss of a measure to provide Section 179 sales tax relief for equipment purchases. The governor’s veto also will deny Melrose its remediation/sales tax exemptions the Legislature passed to help the town recover from a fire.

Before hitting the water for the first time this spring, boaters should ensure their boats, equipment and safety items are in legal and proper working order, the Department of Natural Resources says. They should also review regulations in the 2018 Minnesota Boating Guide or at www.mndnr.gov/regulations/boatwater. In addition to making sure boats are equipped with required safety items, boaters should take extra precautions during the cold-water season, when more than 30 percent of Minnesota’s boating fatalities occur. While children younger than 10 years old must wear life jackets while aboard watercraft that are underway, boat and water safety officials recommend all boaters wear life jackets anytime they’re on cold water, no matter their age. Adult boaters who are resistant to wearing a typical life jacket should consider inflatable styles designed to make preventive use more convenient and comfortable.

A 15 year old male from rural Prinsburg was injured in an ATV crash yesterday (Thursday), according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office. The crash happened in the 11,000 block of 210thAvenue Southwest. The ATV overturned, and the juvenile was taken to Rice Hospital with a leg injury.

65 year old Paul Renelt of Fergus Falls was injured yesterday (Thursday) in a crash with a pickup truck on west Highway 210 near 265th Avenue in Otter Tail County. Renelt, who was on a motorcycle, was following the pickup which began slowing down because of the sun. Renelt didn’t see the right turn signal until he was too close to stop. He swerved to the shoulder to avoid colliding with the truck. The front tire caught the dirt at the edge of the shoulder and Renelt lost control of his cycle. Renelt was taken to the Lake Region Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Three people were injured yesterday (Thursday) in a crash near Pennock. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, who was assisted by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies, 28 year old Kaylee Hedberg of Atwater, a 17 year old female, and 57 year old Sharyl Syverson of Kerkhoven were traveling west on Highway 12 in Pennock. Syverson and Hedberg were slowing for traffic. The 17 year old rear-ended Hedberg, who was pushed into the Syverson vehicle. Hedberg sustained non-life threatening injuries but was not taken to a hospital. The 17 year old and her passenger, 15 year old Asli Abdi of Pennock, and Syverson were taken to Rice Hospital in Willmar.

Two people were injured yesterday (Thursday) in a two vehicle crash on Highway 23 in Stoneham Township, Chippewa County. The Minnesota State Patrol says 56 year old Debra Baalson of Sacred Heart and 81 year old Carla Sullivan of Clearwater were traveling west on Highway 23. Sullivan pulled over in a driveway to check directions. As she pulled out of the driveway to go east, the vehicles collided. Baalson was not injured. Two passengers in her vehicle, 67 year old Linda Erickson of Marshall and 26 year old Jessica Lilleberg, and Sullivan were taken to the Granite Falls Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Baalson was not injured. Assisting at the scene was the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office.

45 year old John Jacobson of Lake Lillian received a stayed prison sentence of a year and a day yesterday (Thursday) in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar on a felony charge of illegal weapon possession. He will however, serve 90 days in jail and be on probation for five years. Jacobson is one of five people arrested after weapons and explosives were seized from a rural Willmar residence.

Just a couple of seconds can save you money or your life. The annual Click It or Ticket campaign is underway in Stevens and Grant Counties. Extra patrols will be watching specifically for whether you’re wearing your seat-belt. Morris Police officer Nate Larson says he sees the result at every crash site. Progress has been made since the start of the Click It or Ticket effort. A recent survey found 92 percent of front seat occupants were belted. Severe injuries have dropped from over 4,000 a year to 1317 in the most recent data. And 79 people who were not wearing seat-belts died in crashes during 2016. And if those numbers weren’t enough to convince you then consider the fine for not wearing a seat-belt is $135 dollars.

The bids for the first phase of the $19 million construction project at Morris Area Schools came in $358,823 under budget but there is one piece that school officials said is still too costly. The district received one bid for the construction of a new bus garage. Superintendent Rick Lahn says the bid of $1,437,919 far exceeds an estimate of $800,000. He said the committee and Winkelman Building Co., the project manager, will review the bus garage plans and make necessary changes to lower the price of the bus garage and possibly, attract more bidders and lower the price of the bus garage. The district won't approve a bus garage bid until bids for phase II are received and reviewed on June 5.

Seventy seniors will receive their diplomas during graduation at the Morris Area High School today (Friday). This year’s valedictorians are: Jenna Howden, Anna Mahoney, and Tate Nelson. The class has 25 honor students. To graduate with honors a senior must have a grade point average of 3.67 or above.

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