The Benson Police Department has been busy with 137 calls in seven days. They were called to a domestic assault incident where a Willmar man was taken into custody and charged with domestic assault and interfering with a 911 call. Other calls included a theft and criminal damage to property, both of which are under investigation. Officers assisted the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with a crash north of Benson; and with a domestic assault north of Benson; and assisted the Appleton Police Department and the Swift County Sheriff’s Office with the Swift County Fair patrol. Police officers also responded to a reported Order For Protection violation just east of Benson, assisting the Swift County Sheriff’s Office. After a brief investigation a Benson woman was taken into custody. While being taken into custody the Benson woman resisted and assaulted a police officer. The Benson woman was transported to the Swift County Jail. She has been charged with violating an order for protection, obstructing the legal process, 4th degree assault, and disorderly conduct.
Results from the latest wolf population survey show no significant change in Minnesota’s wolf population during the past four winters, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The latest survey results estimate that within Minnesota’s wolf range there were 439 wolf packs and 2,278 wolves last winter, compared to 374 packs and 2,221 wolves the year before. There has been no biologically or statistically significant change in the size of the statewide mid-winter wolf population over the past four years. The DNR’s goal for wolf management, as outlined in the state’s wolf management plan, is to ensure the long-term survival of wolves in Minnesota while addressing wolf-human conflicts. Wolves in Minnesota returned to the federal list of threatened species as a result of a Washington, D.C. federal district court ruling in December 2014.
New London-Spicer School Supt. Paul Carlson says they reviewed goals and priorities as part of the superintendent evaluation when the school board met this week. Those will deal with succession planning for key personnel in the district office, strategic planning and financial plan not only for a five year projection for the school budget but also the building project budget to make sure they keep an eye on that to stay within budget for the bonds that were sold.
Kerkhoven Mayor Brian Thompson says they met as an Economic Development Authority following the city council meeting this week. With the establishment of an EDA committee, the met to approve the new financing for the city’s 4-plex apartment complex. Typically that would have been discussed at the council but since there is now a new EDA board, it had to be approved there. They discussed that one item and that took about two minutes just to make the motion, approve it and close the meeting.
Yesterday (Thursday), 26 year old Jerrell Henderson was arrested in Benson on three felony level warrants after law enforcement personnel agencies executed a search warrant at a home in Benson. Henderson was taken to the Swift County Jail where he was booked and then transferred to the Minneapolis Police Department.Henderson’s warrants were for felony possession of a firearm and two charges of 5th degree controlled substance possession. The crimes were committed in a jurisdiction other than the City of Benson or Swift County. No further charges will be forthcoming on Henderson from the City of Benson Police Department. 23 year old Donyelle Cotton was arrested on scene for the charge of harboring a fugitive from the law. Agencies involved were the Benson Police Department, Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Minneapolis Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), West Central SWAT Team, and the CEE-VI drug task force.
Wednesday night, at 11:26, Meeker County deputies attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road 24. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and began to flee from the deputy. The suspect vehicle crashed and two occupants fled the scene. The vehicle was determined to be stolen from a business on Highway 12. A juvenile occupant of the vehicle was arrested without incident. Deputies later discovered that a second vehicle was stolen from the Kingston area. That vehicle was later recovered in Lino Lakes. The second juvenile suspect has not been apprehended at this time. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Litchfield Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff K9 Unit, McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and K9 Unit, Lino Lakes Police Department, and the MN State Patrol Helicopter.
Maynard is hosting a rodeo tomorrow (Saturday) in the field behind the Maynard City Office. There will be ten rodeo events, ranging from saddle bronc riding, to bull riding, calf roping and mutton busting. The Double Trouble Trick Riders will be performing. They’re a trio of sisters who perform different styles of western and equestrian entertainment. The Maynard Museum is also celebrating its grand opening from ten to three, with activities and events throughout the day. Dale Koenen will host a rope making demonstration from 11-1. After the rodeo, there will be a street dance from 8-12:30.
During a work session yesterday (Thursday) on the 2017 budget, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners heard from several department heads and Larry Kleindl, county administrator, who presented the proposed budget at an increase of 2.11 percent, which is an overall budget increase of $1,087,200. The main cost drivers in the 2017 budget has to do with wages and benefits. Health insurance costs have increased, Kleindl says, plus 85 percent of the services they provide in Kandiyohi County are mandated by the state and federal governments. Kleindl says they’re happy with the work their staff has done and he believes they have a good budget. The overall budget increase was about $1,087,200 and of that, $919,974 was due to wage and benefit costs like I stated earlier. Kleindl said they’ve done a good job. “I think we’re doing very well at holding the line. We understand the impact of levies on people and we’re very cautious and taking great consideration when costs do have to be raised.”