WILLMAR — Alan Williams has accepted the position of customer dispatch for the traffic department at Jennie-O Turkey Store. His responsibilities will include booking carriers on outbound finished product loads, monitoring freight costs and finding dependable carriers for loads. Williams has previously worked for Thielen Bus Line Inc. as a motorcoach operator.
WILLMAR — A semi carrying 850 full-grown turkeys tipped over Monday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar. The driver, 39-year-old Edgardo Diaz, of Montevideo, was not hurt. But nearly six hours after the 7 a.m. crash, crews were still on the scene removing dead and injured birds. Some turkeys were not injured and were loaded into another truck.
LITCHFIELD — A rural Hutchinson man is battling life-threatening injuries following a one-vehicle crash Saturday evening in Greenleaf Township, south of Litchfield. According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened around 8:20 p.m., as Jeffrey Conklin, 32, drove west on 190th Street. The Sheriff’s Office says Conklin did not stop at a three-way intersection with 610th Avenue. He drove straight through the intersection and off the road, crashing into a grove of trees.
This is the records summary for Jan. 30. Spicer man arrested after fleeing rollover crash
NEW LONDON — A semi truck broadsided a car in the westbound lane of Highway 23 in New London Sunday evening, sending a 50-year-old New London woman to Rice Hospital. The State Patrol says Beverly Jean Tauer had been driving a 2016 Chevrolet MTL eastbound on Highway 23. Around 6:20 p.m., she made a left turn at State Highway 9 in front of the 2013 Volvo semi truck, which collided with the Chevrolet.
SPICER — The 13th annual Polar Plunge, held Saturday on Green Lake in Spicer, raised an estimated $57,000 for Special Olympics Minnesota. The event was held as part of the Spicer WinterFest celebration. The temperature at plunge time was 26 degrees with about 15 mph steady winds, which meant a wind chill of about 14 degrees, according to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt. A total 234 people braved the elements to plunge in this year's event.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jer-Lindy Farms of Brooten has been selected as the 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The award recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. "The owners found innovative ways to expand and keep younger family members engaged in the operations," said veterinarian Michael Dykes, the association president and CEO, in a news release.
WILLMAR — Anez Consulting in Willmar received the 2017 Environmental Steward Award during the Minnesota Pork Board's annual conference earlier this month. Founded in 1997 by Jared and Kami Anez, Anez Consulting assists farmers with crop consulting, precision agriculture, conservation programs, engineering, feedlot permitting and manure management.
This is the records summary for Jan. 28. Theft WILLMAR — Police arrested a 25-year-old man at Cash Wise Foods around 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Employees had stopped the man as he attempted to steal a box of ice cream bars by concealing them in his waistband. He is facing a charge of theft by shoplifting. Public assist
This is the records summary for Jan. 27. Suspicious noise reported WILLMAR — Several residents on and around the 900 block of 20th Avenue Southeast in Willmar reported hearing loud gunshot-like noises both at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Thursday. Some reported hearing something that sounded like a blast or explosion; others heard bullets hitting walls. Around 4 a.m., officers from the Willmar Police Department searched the area and did not hear any further gunshot noises. Extra patrol requested