This is the records summary for Oct. 11. Two-vehicle crash near Ridgewater WILLMAR — A 26-year-old male from Willmar was arrested on drug possession charges following a two-vehicle crash at 7:55 a.m Tuesday near Ridgewater College. According to the Willmar Police Department, the driver was pulling out onto 15th Avenue Northwest from 24th Street when he failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming vehicle driven by a 20-year-old male from Murdock and T-boned the eastbound vehicle on 15th Avenue Northwest.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man already serving prison time for harassment and stalking was sentenced Monday to 33 months in prison for violating a no-contact order. Jason Jay Swart, 31, was given credit for 167 days already served. The sentence was handed down by Kandiyohi County District Court Judge Jennifer Fischer after Swart pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating a no-contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions. Twelve other felony charges were dismissed.
WILLMAR — Safe Avenues announced Thursday that it is opening new offices in Montevideo, Madison and Granite Falls to expand regional services for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Safe Avenues currently operates in five counties in southwestern Minnesota. Current office locations are Willmar, Benson, Olivia, Litchfield, and Hutchinson. The three additional locations will bring that total to eight counties. The new offices will allow Safe Avenues to provide advocacy services to Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties.
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.