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WILLMAR — LTD Broadband recently expanded wireless service to the lakes area of Kandiyohi County with the installation of LTE equipment on water towers in Spicer, on Green Lake, in New London and a tower site by Long Lake. The company now has 120 towers in Kandiyohi County bringing wireless internet service to rural areas that lack broadband or are underserved. The newly installed equipment will allow internet download speeds up to 25 mbps with no data caps.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Drug-Free Communities Coalition has received a $150,000 federal grant to address opioid education and prevention of opioid misuse. The Drug-Free Communities Coalition is the only entity in Minnesota to be awarded funds this year through the federal program, known as Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crises. In all, grants went to 55 organizations across the United States.
WILLMAR — The governing board of Southern Prairie Community Care has recommended joining forces with PrimeWest Health and entering the county-based purchasing arena. It's now up to Southern Prairie's 12 member counties to decide whether they want to be in or out of the consortium, which oversees the delivery and coordination of health care services for the Medicaid and MinnesotaCare populations. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners began weighing its options this week.
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County sold off four parcels of surplus land Tuesday, netting $47,000 in all from the proceeds. It was the first round in a new and ongoing effort by the county to purge its inventory of surplus land — most of which is undeveloped — and put it back onto the tax rolls. The four properties sold Tuesday each went to the highest bidder.
WILLMAR — A plea agreement was reached last week for a Willmar man charged with four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct with a child. Deangelo Maurice Monette, 34, will plead guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The other three charges, all first-degree, will be dismissed. Sentencing is set for July 25. Monette could receive up to 10 years in prison for the crime, which involved a girl who was 6 years old when the alleged abuse began.
MONTEVIDEO — The perpetrator of a burglary two years ago at the American Legion in Milan received a 33-month prison sentence this week after pleading guilty to breaking into the building and sawing open a safe. Chad Michael Larson, 41, was convicted on one count of burglary in the second degree. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the court dismissed a second charge of burglary in the second degree involving the theft of an ATM machine from Prairie Sun Bank in Milan.
WILLMAR – He, or she, didn’t quite achieve the heights of MPR Raccoon, but a weekend raccoon rescue in Willmar had a similar happy ending. Willmar police were called Saturday by a resident who found a raccoon stuck in a gutter in the 600 block of Fourth Street Southwest and wanted help extricating the critter.
WILLMAR – The former general manager of the Little Crow Country Club was granted a stay of adjudication Friday in his criminal case for stealing almost $300,000 from the club while employed there. Samuel Dean Drodofsky, 57, of Spicer, in April agreed to plead guilty to one count of felony theft. He was ordered Friday to serve 180 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail followed by 15 years of supervised probation.
WILLMAR — Owners of the Kandi Mall tried unsuccessfully once again to appeal the mall's property valuation, citing a troubled industry and the plummeting value of malls nationwide. At a hearing Tuesday night before the Kandiyohi County Board of Appeal and Equalization, the owners of the Willmar mall also hinted at backing out of a property tax abatement agreement signed in 2016 by the county, the city of Willmar and the Willmar School District.
WILLMAR - What starts as a fun day at the beach could have an unpleasant or even tragic ending if swimmers aren't cautious. As the summer season gets underway, Kandiyohi County Public Health wants beach-goers to be alert to the possibility of waterborne illness, water-related injury and drowning. The idea isn't to scare people from going into the water but to raise awareness to help them recognize and reduce potential risks, from swimmer's itch to a diving-related spinal cord injury