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.
WILLMAR — A jury has convicted a Willmar man of three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct for repeatedly sexually abusing a child for more than five years. Court documents show Gilberto Guzman Diaz, 38, was found guilty Thursday, following a two-day trial, on each of the three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. Sentencing is set for May 8. Guzman Diaz was initially charged Oct. 28 in Kandiyohi County District Court.
This is the records summary for April 8. Reward offered in chapel vandalism SUNBURG — A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about two recent incidents of vandalism that occurred at a small roadside chapel that overlooks Games Lake in northwestern Kandiyohi County. The reward is being offered by the family that owns Cedar Crest Chapel — which is perched on a hill along state Highway 9 — after vandalism to the property was reported Friday. Large windows were broken and lights were ripped out.
PAYNESVILLE — A Hawick woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident Thursday night on state Highway 23 and County Road 33 near Paynesville. According to the State Patrol, at around 7:30 p.m. Betty-Jane Povilatis, 36, was driving a 2013 Chevy Equinox west on state Highway 23 when she was blinded by the setting sun and ran off the road. She was taken to the Paynesville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.