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A 19-year-old Cokato man has been arrested in connection with multiple reports of thefts from vehicles in Darwin and Dassel in mid-April. The Meeker County Sheriff's Office received reports on April 14 of more than a dozen thefts of CDs, CD players, fishing rods, tackle boxes, tools and keys, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. Meeker County investigators found some of the stolen items at pawn shops in the St.
OLIVIA -- The Renville County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help provide information about the cause of a suspicious fire that destroyed two mobile homes on early on April 24. At about 3:10 a.m. that day, a Renville County deputy on patrol saw a structure on fire along 430th Street south of 890th Avenue in Osceola Township about 10 miles northeast of Bird Island. The deputy discovered that a trailer house was on fire and that a second trailer house had been completely destroyed by fire.
West central Minnesota, along with much of southern Minnesota, will be in a flash flood watch that begins at 4 p.m. today and lasts into Sunday morning. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, which can lead to dangerous situations.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's Senior High Prom has gone green in a big way. "We don't throw anything away," said prom co-coordinator Lyle Hovland this week, and better yet, the decorations brighten two big events before they are packed away for next year. The prom's theme Friday night was "Cities of Light," featuring Venice, Paris and New York. Tonight members of the school's National Honor Society and other volunteers will host the Arc Spring Dance at the high school for members of The Arc Kandiyohi County.
WILLMAR -- If the students in Shawn Mueske's biology classes are studying about fingerprints, shoeprints, blood typing, throat cultures or bacteria in food, he uses samples from students and gets them involved in the learning. He cares about them, and they know it. "I get very good students; I would call them exceptional," Mueske, a biology instructor, said in his office last week. "I put the bar very high, and I will never lower that bar. "I expect certain skills from the students in my classes," he added.
WILLMAR -- The Resource Center Program of West Central Industries will sponsor an Adventure Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. The fair will be held at the West Central Industries building at 1300 22nd St. S.W., Willmar. This first-ever regional event will provide information about programs and activities available for children, teens or adults with special needs. The Resource Center Program serves families in Meeker, Swift, Renville and Kandiyohi counties.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College has been chosen as one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The selection makes the college eligible to compete with the other colleges for a $1 million 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute chose the colleges -- 10 percent of those in the nation -- using a formula that assesses performance and improvement in graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates and equity in student outcomes. Ridgewater President Douglas Allen said the recognition from the Aspen
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College has been chosen as one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The selection makes the college eligible to compete with the other colleges for a $1 million 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute chose the colleges, 10 percent of those in the nation, using a formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates and equity in student outcomes. A year-long research process into how well students learn, com
WILLMAR -- A new federal law will require adjustments in school lunch programs locally, and Willmar School Board members fear it could lead to more food waste. Board members discussed the new law at a workshop meeting Monday when they received an update on the district's Wellness Policy. The district has achieved most of the goals in the Wellness Policy and is working on the others, said Dietitian Michelle Synhorst. Nutrition Director Annette Derouin told the board about the new law, called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
WILLMAR -- Fundraising is still under way, but Willmar Public Schools officials are moving ahead with plans to provide iPads for all juniors and seniors at Willmar Senior High next fall. At a School Board workshop meeting Monday, board members reviewed a proposed iPad handbook for students and families. The board did not take action on the handbook Monday. The district is in the second year of a pilot project to introduce the Apple iPad2 tablet computers into classrooms.