ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency awarded 327 wastewater treatment facilities across the state for outstanding permit compliance from September 2015 to September 2016. Several regional plants were on the list including Bird Island, Granite Falls, Hanley Falls, Holloway, Lac qui Parle Valley High School, Milan, Montevideo, Paynesville, Pennock, Renville and Starbuck.
WILLMAR — Duininck Chiropractic of Willmar has welcomed Dr. Brian R. Paulson to the team. Paulson has been practicing in Willmar for the past 15 years. A New London-Spicer graduate, Paulson attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, and he earned his doctor of chiropractic degree in 2000 from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Paulson also is a certified provider of Active Release Technique for treating soft tissue disorders.
WILLMAR — Mary Lynch has been promoted to the position of export sales manager for Jennie-O Turkey Store. Lynch started at Jennie-O in 2016 in the supply chain department. Prior experience includes working as a securities analyst for Wells Fargo. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in marketing.
HECTOR — Two businesses in Hector were fined by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for construction stormwater violations in the first quarter of the year. Overland Properties LLC was fined $7,855, and Southern Building Company was fined $6,355. The MPCA completed 47 environmental compliance enforcement cases in 26 counties during the first quarter of 2017. The cases totaled over $440,000 in fines. There are 49 ongoing investigations, 19 which are new.
WILLMAR — Patrick Gilmore has been promoted by Jennie-O Turkey Store to the position of associate programmer analyst. He will program and maintain the supply chain systems. Gilmore started at Jennie-O in April 2015 as a applications technician. He graduated from Dakota State University with a degree in computer game design.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl. Gilberto Guzman-Diaz, 38, was convicted by a jury last month of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. At Monday's sentencing, Judge Donald Spilseth ordered him to serve 172 months in prison and pay fines and fees totaling $3,165. Guzman-Diaz also must register as a predatory offender.
The following is a list of convictions in Kandiyohi County for felony, gross misdemeanor and/or misdemeanor charges. The date listed is the date of the offense. Felony Jacob Scott Forbord, 32, Willmar, fifth-degree drug possession, July 25 Jacob Scott Forbord, 32, Willmar, driving while impaired, July 25 Gross misdemeanor Susan Marie Erickson, 50, Willmar, driving while impaired — refuse to submit to chemical test, Nov. 28, 2015 Suzanne Maria Harlow, 48, Spicer, driving while impaired, Aug. 21, 2016
This is the records summary for May 8. Man hurt in Highway 71 crash WILLMAR — Clifford John Norskog, 88, of Willmar, was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 4:41 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 71 at 37th Avenue Northeast, Willmar. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Norskog was driving a 2006 Lincoln Town Car west on 37th Avenue Northeast and failed to yield to a 2007 Nissan Maxima proceeding south on Highway 71 in the right lane. The driver of the Nissan, Chang Jo Lee, 53, and his passenger, Junghwa Ki, 44, were not injured.
WILLMAR — A total of 10 vinyls were unveiled Thursday for images that will soon adorn traffic signals lining First Street in Willmar. The Willmar Area Arts Council started the Traffic Signal Box project in March of 2015 by applying for a Legacy Planning Grant through the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. The intent was to issue a request for qualifications from interested artists, select and commission 12 of them to submit a detailed rendition of what they would put on a traffic signal box. The council received one response.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department office in Willmar announced Friday that, weather permitting, work will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday on Kandiyohi County Road 5 from 45th Avenue Southwest to Minnesota Highway 23, approximately two miles southwest of Willmar. Through traffic will be detoured east on County Road 3, north on U.S. Highway 71 and west on state Highway 23. The construction zone is closed to all traffic.