WILLMAR — The housing market in Willmar increased its supply of homes in the month of April, over the same time last year, according to the West Central Association of Realtors. There was a 6.4-month supply of homes for sale in April, compared to 4.5 homes at this time last year. This means home buyers had more properties from which to choose. Total home sales in April were up 23 percent. While closed sales in Willmar held steady, the total closed sales in the entire west central region decreased by 16 percent.
WILLMAR — There were 92 building, mechanical and plumbing permits approved in April by the city of Willmar. The projects totaled an estimated $3,004,971 in value, with the city collecting $30,298 in fees. Year to date there has been 187 permits, totaling $7,958,748 in value and $80,223 in fees. Among the permits in April, there was one new housing permit, 25 residential reroof permits, three permits to repair flooded basements and 11 permits to replace furnaces, water heaters and air conditioners. Significant permits include the following:
WILLMAR — Carl Myers has accepted a position with Fladeboe Land as a Realtor. Myers will specialize in selling farm and hunting land. Myers has been working as a real estate agent since 2003, concentrating on commercial and farmland. His previous experience includes financial consulting, working in the grain business and working as a loan officer for Norwest Banks. Myers also served in the United States Army.
WILLMAR — Amy Doyle has joined the Edward Jones branch office of Jeanne Ashburn in Willmar as a branch office administrator. She will be responsible for the daily operation of the office located at 2211 S. First St., Suite 130, in Willmar, along with providing client service and marketing support.
WILLMAR—Two New London residents were arrested in the early morning hours Monday after a narcotic search warrant was executed at a New London home by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office SWAT team. During a search of the residence, task force agents discovered approximately 2.3 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $30,000. About three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, a 9-mm semi-automatic rifle and a .308-caliber rifle were also located.
This is the records summary for May 15. Alert issued on counterfeit bills Area law enforcement agencies issued an alert this weekend to be on the lookout for counterfeit money. There have been numerous reports of bogus bills being circulated in central Minnesota. Bait shops, gas stations, convenience stores and garage sales appear to be the main targets. The fake currency has included $20 and $50 bills. Businesses or individuals who suspect they have been paid with counterfeit currency are asked to call local law enforcement.
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 Hunter Dean Narragon, 20, Atwater, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, Feb. 28, 2016 Keith Arnold Lundebrek, 27, Clontarf, second-degree drug possession, April 26, 2016 Charliyn Justine Rodriguez, 20, Wadena, attempted third-degree assault, Nov. 9, 2015 Charliyn Justine Rodriguez, 20, Wadena, second-degree assault, Nov. 9, 2015
Early spring is a terrific time to move, renovate and/or divide your daylilies, hosta or other perennials. If a clump is getting to be crowded and you would like additional plants, the best time of the year to do this dividing is as soon as the sprouts show above ground. Hopefully you have your specimens identified. Hosta can be moved/divided any time during the year, but if you wait until the leaves are fully open, you won't have a very pretty hosta the first year as opposed to doing this task before the leaves have unfurled.
WILLMAR — Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, crews with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will be doing maintenance work at the railroad crossing at Kandiyohi County Road 55 southwest of Willmar. The crossing will be closed to traffic. It is scheduled to reopen at 3 p.m. Monday. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.
This is the records summary for May 13. Crashes GRANITE FALLS — No serious injuries were reported when two vehicles collided Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 212 in Granite Falls. The Minnesota State Patrol said the crash happened when the driver of a 2000 Ford Taurus that was southbound on Highway 23 attempted to turn left onto Highway 212 and was struck in the intersection by a Ford F150 truck, which was northbound on Highway 23.