WILLMAR -- A pickup truck slammed into a Kandiyohi County squad car Thursday morning head-on as it was stopped at a crash scene, becoming the second of two crashes within minutes on the same stretch of Highway 71 south of Willmar. According to the State Patrol, the first crash happened just after 8 a.m., when a 2007 Dodge Caravan attempted to pass a 2003 Buick Rendezvous as both traveled south on Highway 71. The road was icy, and the Dodge lost control near 150th Avenue Southeast, sideswiping the buick and pushing it into the ditch.
WILLMAR -- In a chain reaction crash, a Kerkhoven man was hit by his own car Wednesday as he stood outside it on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 12. The State Patrol said Justin Lee Grothe, 32, had his 2004 Ford Ranger parked on the shoulder of Highway 12 as he stood outside it near 45th Street Northwest just outside of Willmar, clearing snow. Around 4 p.m., 25-year-old Ruth Anabel Anariba, of Willmar, was driving a 2004 Chrysler Sebring east on the highway. The roads were snow and ice-covered, and Anariba lost control of her vehicle.
This is the records summary for Jan. 12. Four injured in Atwater crash
ATWATER -- Three adults and one child were injured around noon Wednesday in a crash with semi truck on a snow and ice-covered U.S. Highway 12 in Atwater. According to the State Patrol, 34-year-old Jacob Wayne Streich of Atwater lost control of a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer as he drove west on the icy highway near Garfield Street. The vehicle traveled across the lane and slid sideways into an eastbound 2007 International semi truck, driven by 56-year-old Kevin Roy Lang of Cold Spring.
ATWATER — Pending the outcome of an environmental review, Bushmills Ethanol Inc. near Atwater will expand its facilities and increase annual production of denatured ethanol from 65 million gallons a year to 100 million gallons. Public comments on the project will be accepted until Feb. 8. Bushmills, a cooperative comprised of 415 farmers, owns a dry mill plant about 1½ miles west of Atwater that began operating in December of 2005.
Spicer Winterfest SPICER — Winterfest 2017 will be Jan. 20 through Feb. 12 in Spicer with complete details available on the website, www.spicermn.com . The major activities start Jan. 20-21 with an art exhibit and wine tasting from noon to 9 p.m. both days at the Glacial Ridge Winery. On Saturday,Jan. 21, the Frozen 5K run/walk is at 9 a.m. starting at Zorbaz and the lighting ceremony and fireworks are at 7 p.m. at Saulsbury Beach.
This is the records summary for Jan. 10. Starbuck woman injured in crash WEST UNION TOWNSHIP — An 18-year-old Starbuck woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 94 in West Union Township in Todd County. The State Patrol says Sierra Marie Jordahl had been driving a 2000 Chevy Lumina west on I-94 northwest of Sauk Centre. Around 12:45 p.m., she lost control of the vehicle on the snow and ice-covered roads. It went off the road into the ditch and rolled.
The Willmar Fire Department sponsored a poster contest for community fifth grade students. The theme for this year's Willmar Fire Department contest was "Don't Wait, Check the Date". The winners were presented with gift cards for all their hard work. Kennedy Elementary students Trevor Blaschko and Nolan Neuman from Mrs. Myer's class received first and third places for their entries, while second place was awarded to Myah Johnson from Mrs. Peele's class at Community Christian School.
KMS band plays at Pearl Harbor The KMS Marching Saints marching band took part in the 75th anniversary observance of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as part of a massive national band and choir. Over 80 members of the KMS band joined hundreds of other musicians from around the country at the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial to mark the day. The band and the community raised $250,000 to fly the students, chaperones and instruments to Hawaii. Donations came from a wide range of sources, including veterans groups and foundations.
Summer weather brought many storms The year started with the Winter That Wasn't — an El Nino weather pattern that brought uncommonly warm temperatures and little snowfall. But by summer the switch was flipped to storms and rain, rain, rain.