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.
WILLMAR — Abby Christensen has joined Compassionate Cottage of Willmar as the activities coordinator and assistant housing director. A Willmar Senior High School graduate, Christensen earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southwest Minnesota State University. In 2014 she earned her activity director's certification and her social services designee in 2016.
WILLMAR — Abdirisack Ali has been promoted by Jennie-O Turkey Store. He is now a supervisor on the second shift at the Willmar Avenue Plant. Most recently Ali was a supervisor trainee. In his new position Ali will be supervising a large crew and making sure they maintain safety.
WILLMAR — Becky Knake has been promoted to the position of imaging informatics manager at Willmar Imaging Services, a joint venture between ACMC and Rice Memorial Hospital. In her new role, Knake will assist with daily management of staff and department operations, training and development. Knake has worked at Willmar Imaging Services for nine years, in an imaging support role. She has just completed her bachelor's in information technology degree with a focus on management.