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WILLMAR – The highways in the Willmar region are treacherous tonight, especially highways to the south and west of Willmar. Blowing and drifting snow is sticking to the roadway, creating...
CLARA CITY -- The driver of a pickup was killed Wednesday in a head-on crash with a tanker truck on state Highway 23 near Clara City. The Minnesota State Patrol says on its website that a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup was traveling westbound, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound semi head-on. The driver of the pickup was killed. The name of the driver is expected to be released Thursday morning. The driver of the 2012 Kenworth semi, Michael A. Rost, 37, of Osakis, suffered no apparent injury. He was wearing a seat belt. The State Patrol report says the crash occurred at 4:41 p.m.
CLARA CITY -- The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal accident east of Clara City, and traffic on state Highway 23 is being detoured around the scene. The State Patrol's website says the crash was between a tanker truck and a pickup about 3 miles east of Clara City. It was reported at 4:41 p.m. today. The report did not have any details about the drivers or specifics about the crash. Local law enforcement members were assisting, and traffic on Highway 23 was being detoured on gravel roads east of Clara City.
WILLMAR -- Mike Carlson, Mike Reynolds, Jackie Saulsbury and Liz Van Der Bill, all of Willmar, were elected to the Willmar School Board Tuesday. Six candidates had filed for the four seats on the board. The only incumbent to file was Reynolds.
KANDIYOHI -- Funeral arrangements are pending for an Atwater woman killed Friday night in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 west of Kandiyohi, along with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. The woman's grandson is in critical condition. Alcohol is believed to be a factor, and the other driver has been jailed. The Minnesota State Patrol report says Marta G. Stoffers, 68, of Atwater, was driving the minivan that was struck head-on. She was killed along with her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle L. Hoffman, of Eden Prairie, who was a passenger in the van.
KANDIYOHI - An Atwater woman, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter were killed Friday night in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12 west of Kandiyohi, and the woman's grandson is in critical condition. The other driver has been jailed. The Minnesota State Patrol report says Marta G. Stoffers, 68, of Atwater, was driving the van that was struck head-on shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. She was killed along with her daughter-in-law, 40-year-old Michelle L. Hoffman, of Eden Prairie, who was a passenger in the van. Two of Hoffman's children also were in the van. Eight-year-old Julia G.
KANDIYOHI - Three people are dead after a head-on crash Friday night on U.S. Highway 12 west of Kandiyohi, and one man is in jail pending possible charges of criminal vehicular homicide and open bottle. Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol says on his official Twitter account that two adult females and one juvenile female were killed in the two-vehicle crash shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. The Minnesota State Patrol report says five people were involved in the crash that forced one of the vehicles into the ditch where it burned.
WILLMAR -- When the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission closed its meeting Monday to discuss possible misconduct by General Manager Bruce Gomm, it may have violated the Open Meeting Law in two ways. The commission may not have had proper grounds to close the meeting at all -- especially in light of a request prior to the meeting that Gomm submit his resignation. Second, Gomm was not asked Monday during the regular meeting if he wanted the discussion to be conducted in open session -- an option the state's Open Meeting Law provides. The motion Monday by Vice President Dave Baker to close
RAYMOND -- Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said Anthony Vaneps, 66, of Willmar was injured when the truck he was driving was struck Wednesday morning by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Raymond. Hartog said the Sheriff's Office received a call at 10:35 a.m. of a truck-train crash on a private driveway crossing on the east edge of Raymond.
MINNESOTA FALLS - The search for a missing Xcel Energy worker's body at the Minnesota Falls dam here is over. The body of Tom Stich, 50, of Harris, was found late Friday morning downstream from the Minnesota Falls dam, said his former wife Deb Stich, who was near the dam location. Authorities are currently awaiting the arrival of the coroner. Steve Roalstad, an Xcel spokesman, said earlier Friday morning that search and rescue teams had been searching all Friday morning for Tom Stich's body. A large crane was used to lower a bucket right next to the falls.