A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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LITCHFIELD — A former veteran Litchfield police sergeant will not have to serve jail time after pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. Bryant James Blackwell, 50, of Litchfield, was sentenced last week to 365 days in jail; however, 363 days of that sentence was stayed and he was given credit for two days already served. He was placed on probation for two years and ordered to complete a chemical assessment, attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving impact panel and pay fines and fees of $840.
WILLMAR — Too much rain and muddy fields are slowing down harvest this fall in west central Minnesota. Usually by this time, soybean harvest is nearly done and corn harvest is well underway. But soybean harvest is just getting started and harvesting corn for grain is a long ways off for most. "We are slower than normal because we've had so much rain this fall," said Liz Ludwig, Farm Service Agency director for Chippewa and Yellow Medicine counties.
NEW LONDON — Julia Iverson figures she's been painting since she was 5 years old. While those early pieces of artwork are long gone and over the years she's given away and sold scores of original pieces — mostly watercolors — the 81-year-old New London artist and retired art teacher still paints nearly every day. She has had quite a stash of her work hanging on walls and stored under beds in her roomy, three-story home. So when she and her husband, Roger, downsized their living quarters this year, Iverson knew she had to find new homes for some paintings.
WILLMAR – A passenger vehicle collided with a tractor that was pulling farm equipment Monday evening near Willmar, injuring the two occupants of the vehicle. The driver of the tractor, Michael Schliep, 45, of Willmar, was not injured. According to Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog, the accident happened at around 7 p.m. on County Road 9 Northeast, just south of the Willmar High School.
NEW LONDON — When the golfing season ends next week at the Little Crow Country Club, the construction season will begin. A $7.8 million project will change the face of the popular New London area golf course and put it at a new level in the recreation and hospitality realm. Groundbreaking for the project — which includes a 51-room GrandStay hotel with swimming pool, 300-seat event center with a west vista of the golf course, and new 75-seat restaurant, pro shop, driving range and parking lot — will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 25.
WILLMAR — Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt was the first uniformed officer in line to give blood Monday in the second annual Battle of the Badges blood donation challenge. But he wasn't the last. Throughout the day, law enforcement officers from the Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, as well as emergency personnel from the Willmar Fire Department, Willmar Ambulance and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, lined up to donate blood at the American Red Cross drive at the Assembly of God Church during the community blood drive.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years in prison for possessing a large amount of methamphetamine when he was arrested this summer. Judge Michael Thompson sentenced Jose Armando Padilla, 37, to 128 months in prison. He was given credit for 79 days already served. As part of the sentence, Padilla was also ordered to pay fines and fees of $2,090.
HECTOR — A Willmar man is in jail after leading law enforcement on a 21-mile, high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle Saturday. Jeremy Nordberg, 25, was arrested four hours later in a cornfield near Hector after officers used a drone, a K-9 officer and State Patrol helicopter to get him to emerge from the field. He is being held in the Renville County Jail pending a court appearance on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer, driving after revocation and possession of drug paraphernalia.
MELROSE – Ten people, including a Paynesville couple and six children from Wisconsin, were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Melrose. The accident was reported at 12:52 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 4 and Stearns County Road 186.
NEW LONDON – Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon west of New London. According to the State Patrol, the accident was reported at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71.