CLARA CITY — The U.S. Small Business Administration has chosen the co-founders of Kay's Processing LLC and Kay's Naturals Inc., of Clara City, as the Minnesota Encore Entrepreneurs of 2017. Massoud Kazemzadeh and Ann Jones Kazemzadeh will be recognized at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards Luncheon on May 4 at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park. The Clara City companies produce a line of high-protein, gluten-free cereals and snacks which are sold nationwide.
WILLMAR — Bruce Jaeger, aviator and business owner, will be inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame on April 22. Flying since 1954, Jaeger has earned many ratings of commercial and flight instructor certificates, eventually earning his master flight instructor designation. He purchased Willmar Air Service in 1979 and created one of the most successful Mooney aircraft dealers. He sold the business in 2008. Jaeger has also organized other flight training and Mooney refurbishment businesses through the years.
WILLMAR — Stylist Jolene McArthur is coming to Salon Nouveau, 2125 First St. S., Suite A, in Willmar, where she will bring her experience as a colorist and stylist. She also educates clients on styling and hair upkeep techniques. McArthur previously was based at New Image Salon. She works Monday, Tuesday and Saturday by appointment only, and her clients can continue to contact her.
WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store has promoted Jay Maxwell to director of purchasing for the Willmar corporate office. In his new position he will oversee the purchasing and vendor management for Jennie-O. While at Jennie-O, Maxwell has worked as transportation manager, commodity sales manager and export sales manager in the supply chain department.
LITCHFIELD — The Meeker County Sheriff's Office has located and made contact with John Rassat, who was announced missing Saturday afternoon. The news release on Monday said Rassat is safe and the missing status has been removed. The Sheriff's Office thanked everyone who helped with the search and called with information.
NEW LONDON — Fire crews from four area fire departments are on the scene of a structure fire west of New London. At around 2:20 p.m. a fire was reported in the 300 block 165 Avenue Northeast, just east of Hillcrest Truckstop off of U.S. Highway 71. Fire departments from New London, Spicer, Willmar and Kandiyohi have been called to the scene, as well as the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad. Tribune photographer Briana Sanchez is on the scene. Check back for to wctrib.com for updates.
This is the records summary for April 10 Accidents REGAL — Gina Marie Kruck, 27, of Maple Lake, was injured Saturday night in northern Kandiyohi County when her vehicle struck a deer. According to the State Patrol, the accident was reported at 8:47 p.m. Saturday on state Highway 55 near Regal where Kruck's westbound 2012 Ford Fusion struck a deer. Kruck was taken to CentraCare Paynesville with non-life-threatening injuries.
WILLMAR — A warmer-than-normal start to April is taking an abrupt shift back to winter-like weather with an inch of snow in the forecast Monday for portions of west central Minnesota. Rain that moved across the region Sunday is expected to continue and turn into snow Monday afternoon as temperatures hover in the 30s. Accumulations of snow could range from a dusting to several inches.
LITCHFIELD — Ground search efforts have been called off today after a 32-year-old Meeker County man who has been missing since Friday night made brief contact with family by phone during the overnight hours. John Rassat, who also goes by the name J.D., is still missing as his whereabouts and well-being remain unknown, and law enforcement remains concerned for his safety, said Sheriff Brian Cruze in a news release. Anyone with information about Rassat should call the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.
BENSON — "The Living Last Supper" will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 800 10th St. S., in Benson. "The Living Last Supper," a dramatic musical experience for Holy Week, was written by Ruth Elaine Schram. The directors of the drama are Duaine Flanders and Paul Kittelson. The choir, which also features voices from area churches, is under the direction of Jan Goff. The accompanist is Candyce Sowers, flutist is Sarah Skarsten and violinist is Jordan Paulson. Servant girls are Jessica Young and Morgan Schmidt.