WILLMAR — The speed limits on several highways in west central Minnesota will increase from 55 to 60 miles per hour. The change begins on Monday but will take effect when the new signs are posted, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Area roads affected by the change include Highway 104 from Glenwood to Sunburg, Highway 114 from Starbuck to Interstate 94 and Highway 119 from Highway 40 to U.S. Highway 12.
This is the records summary for Jan. 19. Fraud HAWICK — A Hawick woman on the 19400 block of 262nd Avenue Northeast called the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, concerned that her roommate was scammed by an individual who has obtained their Social Security number and bank account information. The Sheriff's Office advised the woman how to protect herself from fraud. Warrant arrest
WILLMAR — Rice Regional Dental Clinic at Rice Memorial Hospital will join dental professionals across the country for the American Dental Association's 15th annual "Give Kids a Smile" day. The one-day event is Feb. 3 and provides free dental services to children whose families face barriers to dental care. Services include free oral screenings by a local volunteer dentist, cleanings, fluoride varnishes, sealants, oral hygiene instruction, and family dental education.
Friday, January 20 Art exhibit and wine tasting from noon to 9 p.m. with live music from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glacial Ridge Winery Karaoke and dancing, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Zorbaz January 21-28 Medallion Hunt, visit www.spicermn.com and choose blog for clues Saturday, January 21 Frozen 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., start at Zorbaz, online registration at winterfest5k.zapevent.com Art exhibit and wine tasting noon to 9 p.m.at Glacial Ridge Winery
SPICER — The annual WinterFest celebration officially kicks off this weekend in Spicer, beginning four weeks of winter-themed activities in the community. Opening festivities Friday include live music at Glacial Ridge Winery from 6-8 p.m., and karaoke and dancing at Zorbaz, beginning at 10 p.m. The annual art exhibit and wine tasting will be from noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Glacial Ridge Winery.
This is the records summary for Jan. 19. Man injured after head-on crash with semi
WILLMAR — Robert E. Anderson of Willmar has received the 39th Willmar Kiwanis Touch A Life Award. Anderson, a graduate of Mankato State University, is an educator. He taught industrial arts/technology at Willmar Senior High School for over 30 years. He coached industrial technology teams that competed at the state level. He coached the swimming team for several years and was the advisor to the Willmar Senior High School Key Club for over 10 years. The Touch-A-Life Award is given in recognition of Bob's community service, particularly the following:
DASSEL -- A 21-year-old man was hospitalized early Wednesday after a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 12 east of Dassel. The crash happened around 1:40 a.m. Jaden Armondo Ritz, of Minneapolis, had been driving a 2013 Ford Escape west on the highway. Near 745th Avenue, he crossed the centerline of the highway and struck a semi truck head-on, according to the State Patrol.
This is the records summary for Jan. 18. Suspicious person KANDIYOHI — Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a woman on the 8900 block of 30th Avenue Northeast in rural Kandiyohi reported seeing people walking near storage sheds that she owned. The woman told Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies she was unsure if she had seen people, that it could have just been objects. Deputies checked the area but did not locate any people. They noted hearing coyotes howling very close and seeing fresh tracks. Weapons complaint
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Health recently re-designated Rice Memorial Hospital as a Level III trauma hospital. The designation process included an outside review of the hospital's resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Rice Memorial Hospital met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources, and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.