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WILLMAR — There were 77 building permits approved in Willmar during the month of October, with a total estimated value of $23,176,784. Permit fees totaled $196,288. Year to date there has been 725 permits, with a total valuation of $63,196,623 and $540,400 in fees collected. Included in the October permits were three new home construction permits. Additional building permits for significant projects include the following: Willmar Public Schools, 1001 Lakeland Dr. S.E. construction of new elementary school, $18,868,623
WILLMAR — Mitch Hjelle, of Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing in Willmar, has earned his certified public accountant designation from the Minnesota State Board of Accountancy. Hjelle came to Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing in 2008 as a staff accountant and was promoted to senior accountant in 2015. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's in accounting. He also is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Hjelle focuses on tax preparation, QuickBooks, bookkeeping, sales and use tax and nonprofit audition. Hjelle resides in Willmar.
VILLARD — Harold and Rosemarie Kraft of Villard, operators of Canary Beach Resort, were named the Operators of the Year by the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association. The award was presented during the association's fall conference in October. Canary Beach is located about 22 miles south of Alexandria. The Krafts built a new lodge, two-level vacation homes, added campsites and expanded the property. They plan to replace a few cabins with new vacation homes next year.
WILLMAR — Stylist Jodi Drever is now seeing clients at Salon Nouveau, where she specializes in cuts, colors, blow-outs and facial waxing. She will take appointments and walk-ins. A graduate of the Ridgewater College cosmetology program, Drever has also earned her manager's license. Drever has six years of experience, working at Fantastic Sams, Salon Alexis and Day Spa and as a senior stylist at JCPenney Salon.
This is the records summary for Nov. 8. Voter registration deemed not fraudulent WILLMAR — After an interview and follow-up with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Willmar Police Department has determined a Willmar man's voting registration, previously under investigation, was not fraudulent. "He did have the proper paperwork showing citizenship that would allow him to vote," Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt said Monday via email.
NEW LONDON — Joel Slinden has joined the team at Rambow in New London. He will be working as a sales representative for the provider of custom-printed apparel and other promotional items. His duties will include expanding Rambow's customer base and developing the brand in southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota. He is a 2009 graduate of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School in Grove City and a 2013 graduate of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a degree in exercise science.
DANUBE—A 65-year-old man escaped from his vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames on a rural Renville County road Monday morning. The Renville County Sheriff's Office says the fire happened shortly before 6 a.m., while Gregory Penke was driving a 2000 Plymouth Breeze west on Renville County Road 11. Just west of 280th Street, Penke, of rural Danube, noticed smoke coming out of his heater vents. His vehicle caught fire minutes later. Penke escaped the vehicle before it became fully engulfed, the Sheriff's Office said.
Accident ORTONVILLE — Lisa M. Nord, 46, of Fergus Falls was injured Sunday near Ortonville when she swerved to miss a deer and went off the road. According to the State Patrol, at around 12:29 a.m. Nord was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer south on U.S. Highway 75. She swerved to avoid hitting a deer and went off the road near 390 Street. The vehicle rolled and came to a rest on its wheels facing northwest. Nord was taken to the hospital in Ortonville with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Incumbents seeking reelection and candidates hoping to win a spot on county boards will be on ballots Tuesday during the general election. There are competitive races in most west central Minnesota counties. Using data from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, the West Central Tribune is listing candidates for area counties. Chippewa County District 3 Tim Christensen Dave Nordaune, incumbent District 2 Commissioner Jeffrey Lopez and District 3 Commissioner Jim Dahlvang are running unopposed.