A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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SAUK CENTER — A Melrose man was injured Wednesday night when a tire came off the motorcycle he was driving while traveling down Interstate 94. The accident was reported at 9:40 p.m. on I-94 in Stearns County. According to the State Patrol, a 2002 Honda motorcycle driven by Shaun Michael Insley, 32, of Melrose was going east on I-94 when a tire came off the bike. The Honda crossed over into the left lane, striking the center cable barrier. Insley was taken to the Sauk Center Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
NEW LONDON — A rear-end accident Wednesday afternoon near New London injured a Spicer woman. The accident was reported at 12:58 p.m. on state Highway 23 near 158th Avenue. According to the State Patrol, a 2008 Ford Mustang, driven by Dustan Allen Jones, 45, of New London, was going north on Highway 23 when it rear-ended a 2003 Jeep Wrangler driven by Lauren Louis Kath, 73, of Spicer. Both vehicles left the roadway and went into the median. The Jeep continued into the southbound lanes of Highway 23.
WILLMAR — Rufujio Kooky Schorn, 22, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 23 months in prison for a felony charge of making threats of violence in a March incident when he injured a police officer's thumb while being arrested and threatened to take a police officer's gun and shoot him.
BENSON – Residents in the Benson School District overwhelmingly approved a $26 million construction and renovation project Tuesday during the state primary election. Unofficial election returns indicate there were 1,356 yes votes cast and 620 no votes. About 69 percent of voters supported the project compared to about 31 percent that voted against it.
WILLMAR – A head-on crash near Willmar early Thursday morning injured an 18-year-old woman from Hutchinson. The incident was reported at 12:28 a.m. on U.S. Highway 12 and 45th Street, east of Willmar. According to the State Patrol, a 2016 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a trailer, driven by David John Mavencamp, 52, of Monticello, was going east on Highway 12 when it crossed the centerline into westbound traffic.
WILLMAR — Segments of a 12-mile improvement project on state Highway 23 between Willmar and New London begin Monday. The initial phase of the $2.2 million project includes work in downtown Spicer to make improvements to sidewalks to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act. The next phase, which begins Sept. 4, includes resurfacing Highway 23 from just north of where U.S. Highway 71 and Highway 23 split to the intersection with Kandiyohi County Road 31 near New London.
WILLMAR — A workshop designed to help farmers with major operating issues ranging from managing an ag labor workforce to using data to enhance on-the-field technology will be held Aug. 13 at the Little Crow Resort near New London. The four-hour event titled "Talent and Technology," which will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., is hosted by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission's Ag and Renewable Energy Development Committee.
ST. CLOUD — A Paynesville man pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Stearns County District Court to killing his grandparents at the home they shared in Paynesville. According to the Stearns County Attorney's office, Gregory Allen Scheel, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the first degree for intentionally killing 93-year-old Wilbert Scheel and 80-year-old Gloria Scheel on March 21. Scheel was committed to prison following the plea. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
BENSON — Residents in the Benson School District will vote this month on a $26 million construction and renovation project. The proposal includes demolishing the auditorium and junior high school addition — including sections that were built in 1928 and 1950 — and building a new, 600-seat performing arts auditorium and collaborative learning classrooms at the high school. Some existing spaces at the high school would be repurposed, including filling in the swimming pool and turning it into gym space.
NEW LONDON — A $7.8 million project to build a hotel, event center, restaurant, bar and pro shop on the grounds of the Little Crow Country Club is nearing completion. The project began last fall with the demolition of an existing facility that housed a bar, restaurant and pro shop at the golf course, located near New London.