WILLMAR — Megan Koppen has been promoted by Jennie-O Turkey Store to the position of nutritionist. In this new role, Koppen will be responsible for low-cost production via feed formulation, ingredient quality control and nutrition research. Koppen has a master's in poultry science from Texas A&M. While going to school, she also worked for Jennie-O, taking advantage of the company's tuition assistance program. Her previous job at Jennie-O was senior feed formulator.
OLIVIA — The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, which provides power to 12 municipalities including Olivia, has added power from Black Oak Getty Wind Farm to its renewable power portfolio. Black Oak Getty Wind Farm is located in Stearns County, and has an output of 78 megawatts. The farm has 39 wind turbines and began operation in December 2016. This power joins the 44 megawatts Minnesota Municipal Power Agency receives from Oak Glen Wind Farm, eight megawatts from Hometown BioEnergy and renewable energy from other utilities.
PAYNESVILLE — A Richfield man escaped injury Sunday when he got lost while driving a truck on Lake Koronis and went into open water. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Anousone Keobounpheng, 39, was driving on the lake shortly after midnight when he saw open water in front of him but could not stop. His 2010 Chevrolet pickup was partially submerged but Keobounpheng was able to get out of the truck and found help from people who were fishing on the lake. The incident was reported at 12:21 a.m. about two miles south of Paynesville.
The February/March issue of Live it! Magazine is now available to view online here . In this issue, we meet Claudette and Laverne Larson of New London, who met on Match.com. They share their story with us as we take a look at online dating/relationships. We also take a look at some spring break essentials and offer some delicious breakfast recipes for people on the go.
PAYNESVILLE – A Richfield man escaped injury Sunday when he got lost while driving a truck on Lake Koronis and went into open water. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Anousone Keobounpheng, 39, was driving on the lake shortly after midnight when he saw open water in front of him but could not stop. His 2010 Chevrolet pickup was partially submerged but Keobounpheng was able to get out of the truck and found help from people who were fishing on the lake.
UPDATED: 3 p.m. WILLMAR – A stretch of U.S. Highway 71 south of Olivia, closed for several hours due to a fatal crash, has been reopened. Traffic was detoured following the 5:30 a.m. crash near Renville County Road 4. A 46-year-old Redwood Falls man was killed there in a collision with a semi truck. A 56-year-old Willmar man was injured.
From left, great-grandfather Daniel J. Swenson of Willmar; great-great-grandmother Eleanor Swenson of Willmar; grandfather Eric Swenson of Sebeka and Jennifer Tolle of Sebeka holding Cuthrie Tolle. Tribune policy on publishing photos of multiple generations
BOYD — A rural Boyd man was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital Friday evening after a tree-cutting accident. Jeffrey Bailey, 54, was airlifted to a hospital in the Twin Cities to treat his injuries, according to a news release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office received a 911 call at 6:34 p.m. Friday, reporting that a man was trapped under a tree while cutting wood in the 2700 block of 340th Street in rural Boyd.
WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune won three awards recently at the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Live It! Magazine, the Tribune's bimonthly lifestyle magazine, was named the best magazine among all daily newspapers in the state. The magazine was produced with the direction and design of features editor Sharon Bomstad and the writing of digital content coordinator Dan Burdett. "These were two excellent magazines," said the category judge of Live It! issues.
This is the records summary for Feb. 4. Property damage WILLMAR — A woman reported that someone had poured oil into her gas tank in the 1100 block of Sixth Street Southeast. The damage was reported Friday afternoon. WILLMAR — A resident in the 700 block of Third Street Southwest reported Thursday evening that someone threw a branch at the home and broke a window. WILLMAR — A resident in the 1000 block of Becker Avenue Southeast reported at 8 a.m. Friday that his car, parked in the street, had been hit during the night.