WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council member Ron Christianson and City Administrator Charlene Stevens offered differing opinions during a committee meeting last week on the possibility of privately contracting for some city services. The exchange took place during a Labor Relations Committee meeting when staff recommended the council fill a vacate public works operator position.
This is the records summary for Aug. 26. Property damage SPICER — Numerous reports of property damage were reported Sunday morning in the 11800, 11900 and 12000 blocks of North...
WILLMAR — A recent update of USDA’s online Farmers Markets Directory now lists 8,144 markets nationwide, up from 4,685 reported in 2008. The directory is voluntarily updated by managers of farmers markets, state departments of agriculture, marketing associations and others, and is available online at www.farmersmarkets.usda.gov .
ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud State University has entered the Guinness World Records in the category of most people howling. The official record states that the Department of Campus Involvement at St. Cloud State University is "officially amazing," having achieved the record with 296 participants. Previously, no record existed for the most people howling. A minimum of 250 participants was required for consideration.
ST. PAUL -- With hot weather in the forecast, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is warning of the potential for blue-green algae in Minnesota waters. The algae thrive in hot weather and nutrient rich waters, and it can be toxic to both animals and humans. It can cause severe illness and in some cases death. So far this summer, the MPCA has not received any reports of dogs, other animals, or humans being affected, according to a news release from the agency. Most algae are harmless but can pose health risks under the right conditions.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A public comment period has opened for proposed changes to the Minnesota Nonpoint Source Management Program Plan, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has announced. Comments opened Monday and will be accepted through Sept. 17 According to a news release from the MPCA, the plan contains strategies that help protect and improve the quality of Minnesota's water resources by identifying activities to reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution, such as runoff from agricultural lands and unregulated urban areas.
WILLMAR -- Detours will begin early next week for construction on Kandiyohi County Highway 4 and on a bridge replacement on County Highway 7. Motorists are reminded to slow down for their safety and the safety of the workers during the projects. The bridge replacement work is scheduled to begin Monday, weather permitting. The bridge replacement is approximately 0.5 miles north of State Highway 23 in Raymond. Through traffic will be diverted northeast on State Highway 23, north on County Highway 1 and west on State Highway 40.
This is the records summary for Aug. 24. Port-a-potty burned at lake access LAKE JENNIE — The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Dassel Fire and Rescue responded to a report...
ST. PAUL -- A ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Ridgely Cemetery south of Fairfax to remember the soldiers and settlers who lost their lives...
This is the records summary for Aug. 23, 2013. Thefts WILLMAR -- Willmar police investigated two theft reports. A woman reported Thursday the theft of credit cards from her purse in the 1400 block of 13th Street Southwest. The theft took place a week ago but she just noticed it Wednesday when she wanted to use her card. Also, police received a report Wednesday of the theft of a black LG Optimus Touch Phone with a blue case from the 200 block of Willmar Avenue Southeast.