SHAKOPEE — The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, the wholesale power supplier for Olivia Public Utilities and several other cities, celebrated the grand opening of the new Shakopee Energy Park in July. The new park generates 46 megawatts of electricity using highly efficient engines powered by natural gas and liquefied natural gas as a backup fuel supply. The power from the park is put directly onto the local distribution system, which will increase local reliability and add to the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency overall power supply.
WILLMAR — Melanie Faust has been named the vice president of operations at Jennie-O Turkey Store. She will be replacing Don Cole who retired in June. As vice president, Faust will be responsible for all seven of the company's processing plants. She will be headquartered at the corporate office in Willmar. Faust started at Hormel in 1995, serving in a number of roles in production and supply chain. In 2014 she started as the director of operations in China for Hormel Foods International Corporation.
WILLMAR — Bethesda has named Baillee Hauser its new human resources director. Hauser has worked for Bethesda in Willmar since 2016, having finished her administrator internship. In her new role she will be focusing on recruitment and retention, along with the administration of the policies and procedures of Bethesda, a nonprofit provider of a range of senior care services. Hauser is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Crookston with a double major in health management and accounting. She lives in Willmar.
This is the records summary for Aug. 15. Woman injured in Lac qui Parle County crash MADISON — A woman was injured Sunday afternoon when her vehicle collided with a semi in Lac qui Parle County. According to the State Patrol, a 2006 Nissan Altima, driven by Kalie Lynn Molden, 24, of Milan, was going west on U.S. Highway 212 in Garfield Township and was attempting to pass a westbound 1998 Freightliner. The semi had slowed down and was making a left-hand turn into a driveway when it was struck by the Altima.
The following is a list of convictions in Kandiyohi County District Court for felony, gross misdemeanor and/or misdemeanor charges. The date listed is the date of the offense. Felony Joseph Thomas Knott, 42, Willmar, fifth-degree drug sale, Oct. 12 Joseph Thomas Knott, 42, Willmar, possession of ammunition/firearm after conviction for crime of violence, Oct. 12 Darren Gregory Melges, 45, Spicer, possession of ammunition/firearm after conviction for crime of violence, Dec. 12, 2015
MADISON – A woman was injured Sunday afternoon when her vehicle collided with a semi in Lac qui Parle County. According to the State Patrol, a 2006 Nissan Altima, driven by Kalie Lynn Molden, 24, of Milan, was going west on U.S. Highway 212 in Garfield Township and was attempting to pass a westbound 1998 Freightliner. The semi had slowed down and was making a left-hand turn into a driveway when it was struck by the Altima.
This is the records summary published for Aug. 14 Alcohol compliance OLIVIA — The Renville County Sheriff's Office completed alcohol compliance checks this month at 21 businesses with licenses to serve and sell alcohol throughout the county. Eighty-six percent passed, but three were caught selling alcohol to persons under 21. The three who failed the check were Casey's General Store in Fairfax, the Buffalo Lake Municipal Liquor Store and the Main Street Bar and Grill in Renville, the sheriff's office said in a news release.
Solar eclipse: When the moon blocks out some or all of the sun. A total solar eclipse is only possible on Earth because of a cosmic quirk of geometry: The sun's diameter is 400 times wider than the moon's, but it is also 400 times farther away. First contact (C1): The moment when the Moon takes its first tiny nibble out of the solar disk — the beginning of the partial phase of an eclipse. Second contact (C2): The instant when the total or annular phase of an eclipse begins. For a total eclipse, this is synonymous with the disappearance of the first diamond ring.
MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium in Marshall will present shows on the eclipse at 7 p.m. Aug. 16, 17, 18 and 19. The shows will cover many details of the eclipse, including eye safety. Special eclipse viewing glasses will be available for $3 each at the planetarium shows. Admission is $5. Tickets are sold at the door only.
This is the records summary for August 11, 2017. Marriages Bethanie Ann Waldemarsen, St. Louis Park; Matthew Jacob Dembosky, St. Louis Park Kyle Patrick Smith, Wilmington, Delaware; Kimberlee Joy Wright, Willmar Miranda Jean Nelson, Willmar; Joseph Lee Ahrenholz, Prinsburg Anthony Thomas Jackel, Willmar; Brooke Ann Rambow, Clara City Candace Marie Hensley, Willmar; Camron Lee Pieske, Willmar Nathaniel Don Barber, New London; Amber Jean Ellen Ruchti, New London Crash