WILLMAR — Laura Woltjer of Spicer was named Distinguished Young Woman of Willmar Area for the Class of 2018. The junior at Willmar Senior High School performed a gymnastics routine set to music for her talent. She is the daughter of Mark and Chris Woltjer. Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. The local event was Saturday. Woltjer will compete at the state program this July for the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the national program in 2018.
Southwest Minnesota State University Graduating at the end of fall semester from the Marshall school with a bachelor's degree unless otherwise noted were: Clara City: Abbey Karissa Thissen Dawson: Chelsea Rose Haugen, Esten Carl Weber Echo: Amanda Lee Boushek, Stephanie Kay Geier Granite Falls: Andrew Joseph Woon Peterson, master's of business administration in management Grove City: Glenn Carl Nelsen New London: Amber Jean Ellen Ruchti Willmar: Catherine Diana Holwerda; Kendra Karen Jasso-Chukwuyem, associate degree; Timothy Paul Meyering
RAYMOND—A man found dead in a Raymond apartment Tuesday evening is believed to have died of natural causes. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene after a relative reported the death at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday. The Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that no foul play is suspected.
This is the records summary for April 19. Two hurt in Highway 71 crash WILLMAR — Two people were treated at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for non-life-threatening injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle crash at 10:28 a.m. Tuesday north of Willmar on Business Highway 71 near 46th Avenue Northeast.
BROOTEN — A woman was injured in a crash Monday afternoon in Brooten after she fell asleep while driving and crashed her car into a parked vehicle. According to the State Patrol, Mary Elizabeth Shuckhart, 79, of Glenwood, was driving a 2013 Chevy Impala west on state Highway 55 at Pleasant Avenue in Brooten when she fell asleep, ran off the road and struck an unoccupied parked 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Shuckhart was taken to Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
HILL CITY — A Spicer man was injured Monday in a single-vehicle accident in Aitkin County. According to the State Patrol, A 2016 Ford Super Duty driven by Steven Richard Bergeson, 54, was going north on U.S. Highway 169 near Quadna Road when it lost control, cut across the southbound lanes and struck a tree in the west ditch. Bergeson was taken to the Grand Rapids hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. Road conditions were dry at the time of the accident, which was reported at 10:25 a.m.
WILLMAR — Adam Mooberry has been promoted to the physical therapy manager position for ACMC Health. He will be the successor of Jim Andresen who is retiring after 29 years. Mooberry will oversee the physical therapy department, which has locations in Willmar, Marshall and New London-Spicer. He will also manage the athletic trainers at ACMC, provide assistance, support and management for the physical therapy staff.
LITCHFIELD — Pioneer Heritage Insurance LLC has purchased PKN Agency in Litchfield and brought Crissy Raduenz and Amanda Duarte on board as manager and community service representative, respectively. Pioneer, a locally owned, independent insurance agency, has offices in Spicer, Willmar, Pennock and Raymond. There are 16 employees with over 200 years of insurance experience.
WILLMAR — Chris Madden and Kyle Wallentine have joined the 12 percent of Ameriprise Financial advisers to achieve private wealth adviser status. Madden and Wallentine work at the Willmar branch, 776 Business Highway 71 N. As private wealth advisers, they will work with high-asset clients, providing advice on such topics as retirement, tax and estate planning, insurance and asset management.
This is the records summary for April 18. Jail inmate pleads guilty WILLMAR — Brino Antonio Gamboa, 32, of Onamia, a Department of Corrections inmate being boarded in the Kandiyohi County Jail, pleaded guilty Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court to a charge of third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. Gamboa was witnessed on video punching another inmate in the jail the evening of Feb. 24. The inmate who was punched said he did not know why the incident happened.