OLIVIA — The Renville Soil and Water Conservation District received $75,000 in cost-share funds to support landowners to meet requirements of Minnesota's buffer law. The allocation is part of a nearly $5 million buffer cost-share program that was approved in June by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. The Clean Water Funds, which were approved in the 2017 legislative session, will be distributed to county soil and water conservation districts for cost-sharing contracts with landowners or their authorized agents.
WILLMAR — Jennifer Penoyer has joined the West Central Tribune as a multimedia specialist. She will work with new and existing clients to help meet their advertising needs. Penoyer has a business degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato. Before coming to the Tribune, she worked as a store manager for a retail clothing company in Eagan for four years. She and her fiance live in Maynard.
WILLMAR — Shelly Venenga has been promoted by Jennie-O Turkey Store to the position of regional business manager for alternative/emerging channels, a new territory developed for the retail division. In her new position, Venenga will focus on enhancing Jennie-O's business with retail chains and stores that sell food but are not traditional grocery chains, such as drug stores and value stores. Venenga has worked for the company since 1998. She has worked in many positions, most recently as national account manager — west for the deli division.
WILLMAR — Ashley Barajas has been promoted to the position of company store coordinator and general office support at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar. She will provide general office support and manage the company store. Barajas has been with Jennie-O for four years, working at the Willmar Avenue Plant in several areas, including production lead for panline/defrost and tied roast areas. She is also currently working on earning her bachelor's degree in human resources management.
BENSON — The city of Benson has been recognized by the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation as an outstanding disability employer. The city was nominated by the Swift County Developmental Achievement Center. The award comes in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
This is the records summary for Oct. 10 Accident WILLMAR — An Alexandria man was injured Monday afternoon in Willmar when the semi he was driving went off the road on the highway on-ramp near Menards. According to the State Patrol, Richard Dean Johnson, 53, was driving a 2005 Freightliner semi north on U.S. Highway 71 at around 1:30 p.m. when he went off the road to the right, struck a sign and light pole and then crossed the northbound lanes of state Highway 23.
This is the records summary for Oct. 9. Two injured near New London NEW LONDON — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon west of New London. According to the State Patrol, the accident was reported at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Community Foundation invites the community to its annual Award in Philanthropy Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Willmar Conference Center. It will honor local recipients who have embodied the spirit of building community and engaging people through their generous acts of philanthropy.
This is the records summary for Oct. 6. Accidents WILLMAR — Numerous property-damage accidents Friday, including a report of a vehicle hitting a cow, kept the Willmar Police Department busy. The first incident was reported at around 5:30 a.m. at Kandiyohi County Road 5 and 120th Avenue Southwest when a vehicle hit a cow on the road. The property owner told police at the time that around 30 head of cattle were potentially loose in the area.
This is the records summary for Oct. 6 Two arrested in New London for drug activity NEW LONDON — Two suspects were taken into custody Tuesday after the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force, with assistance from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, executed a narcotics search warrant in the 100 block of Pine Avenue Southwest in New London. A 26-year-old male and a 21-year-old female were arrested after methamphetamine, marijuana and marijuana extract were found in the house, the task force said in a statement Thursday.