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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
WILLMAR - There's a consensus by the Kandiyohi County Board that a master plan is needed to help guide the county park system into the future. What that plan might look like, and the scope it should embrace, were explored during a half-day work session Thursday by the County Board of Commissioners, county staff and park managers. Nothing definite has emerged yet but the County Commissioners will take up the issue for more discussion at a meeting July 3. The commissioners said Thursday that they want to take their time with the process.
WILLMAR — Good news for everyone who's been enduring a rough trip across the railroad tracks on Seventh Street Northwest in Willmar the past several months: The crossing will be fixed this summer. In one of the final steps necessary to get the project underway, the Kandiyohi County Board approved an agreement Tuesday to split the repair costs with the city of Willmar. The goal is to complete the work by midsummer and put an end to what has become an increasingly bumpy and hazardous crossing, said Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County Public Works director.
WILLMAR — Filings for Kandiyohi County offices closed Tuesday with a last-minute surge, leading to races in both County Commissioner positions that are up for election, as well as for county sheriff. Three candidates filed in the First Commissioner District: Dale L. Anderson, George "Corky" Berg and Stephen L. Iverson. The seat opened up when the incumbent, Jim Butterfield, opted not to seek re-election after serving two terms on the County Board. The First District covers the southwest half of the city of Willmar and is one of two urban commissioner districts.
OLIVIA — A Granite Falls accountant accused of failing to file and pay state income taxes made his first appearance Monday in Renville County District Court. Michael D. Juenemann, 58, was read his rights. He is being represented by his own attorney. The self-employed accountant is charged with four counts of failing to pay state taxes and five counts of failing to file state tax forms. All are felonies. Juenemann's next court appearance is an omnibus hearing scheduled for Aug. 10.