A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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RENVILLE — A Sacred Heart man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover Wednesday afternoon. The accident was reported at 4:14 p.m. about eight miles south of Renville near the intersection of Renville County Roads 6 and 15. According to the Renville County Sheriff's Office, Douglas Olson, 53, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer and apparently failed to negotiate the slight curve on County Road 6, entered the ditch and vaulted over County Road 15. The vehicle rolled over several times and came to a stop on its wheels.
SPICER — Legislation on the verge of gaining final approval by the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Dayton would give liquor store owners the option of being open — or not — on Sundays. But Mike Edwards, owner of Green Lake Liquors in Spicer, said he has no choice. "I have no option but to be open because of the stores in Willmar being open, which they will be," Edwards said. "My dad always said you never give customers a reason to shop elsewhere," said Edwards, who has owned his family business for 34 years with his wife, Sue.
LAKE HENRY — Two women were injured Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident north of Paynesville. According to the State Patrol, Angeline Dairy Arends, 71, of Paynesville, was driving a 2013 Ford Edge south on State Highway 4 and approaching Stearns County Road 32 in Lake Henry Township. A 2009 Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Kathryn Louise Stangler, 62, of Albany, was going west on County Road 32 and after topping for a stop sign entered the intersection and collided with the Ford Edge.
GROVE CITY— A new superintendent has been selected for the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District. Following interviews Thursday with three finalists, the ACGC School Board agreed to offer the job to Nels Onstad, Director Of Educator Licensing, Minnesota Department of Education. Pending negotiations, the board is expected to approve a contract with Onstad at the March 16 school board meeting. He would begin his new job on July 1.
WILLMAR — The next 45 days could prove to be interesting as farmers secure operating loans for the 2017 planting season. Given the current low commodity prices — which followed unprecedented high prices and increased purchases of farmland and machinery that over-extended some farm budgets — a number of farmers may walk away empty-handed this spring.
RENVILLE — Two people were injured Tuesday night in a single-vehicle accident south of Renville when their vehicle was launched through the air and landed in a field after the driver failed to stop at a "T" intersection. According to the Renville County Sheriff's office, the accident happened at around 8:54 p.m. at the intersection of county roads 6 and 4, approximately 8 miles south of Renville in Flora Township.
WILLMAR — A seven-mile-long, high-speed chase Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old male. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the incident started at around 11:08 a.m. when agents of the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, along with agents from the Minnesota Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit, were involved with a motor vehicle pursuit of the juvenile. The chase reached speeds of about 70 miles per hour and covered about seven miles.
EDEN VALLEY — About 8,300 young turkeys were killed in a barn fire Tuesday morning in Meeker County. It's believed the fire was started by a propane heater in the barn, which was owned by Langmo Farms. According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, the incident was reported shortly before noon in the 61900 block of 363rd Street in Manannah Township near Eden Valley. A 76-foot by 416-foot barn and a tractor were a total loss and there were approximately 8,300 young birds in the barn at the time.
FREEPORT — A Watkins man was pulled from a burning vehicle Sunday shortly before it was engulfed in flames. A Stearns County Sheriff's deputy, a member of the Freeport Fire Department and neighbors who were at the scene of the crash were credited for rescuing the 23-year-old driver, Brent James Geislinger. The incident was reported at 5:57 p.m. on Stearns County Road 11, about miles south of Freeport, when a 1998 Buick LeSabre Custom driven by Geislinger veered off the road and struck a driveway approach.
WILLMAR — Amanda Freund knows she has a "crappy" job. She grins good-naturedly, recalling every junior-high joke ever uttered about the sturdy containers made from manure generated by her family's dairy cows that she markets as nutrient-rich, biodegradable seed-starting pots. "I'm literally selling crap," Freund said during a Women in Ag Network conference last week in Willmar. Freund was one of about a dozen speakers at the conference, which drew about 60 women from around the state who sought risk-management education that could enhance their work on the farm.