WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board will have a full day Tuesday: the regular meeting in the morning and a work session in the afternoon to discuss a local option sales tax. The county has been considering the tax to help fill the funding gap for critical transportation needs. Minnesota counties are allowed to adopt a local sales tax of up to half a cent to fund designated transportation and road improvement projects. The tax ends when projects are paid for. A half-cent local sales tax in Kandiyohi County would generate an estimated $2 million a year.
MORTON — A $600,000 Indian Community Development Grant Block will help the Lower Sioux Community meet a growing need for housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday. The grant funds will be used as part of a water infrastructure development that will support a housing development project for 137 families to be constructed within the upcoming five years. The project will support the community's essential need for housing.
This is the records summary for Sept. 16. Vandalism WILLMAR — A window of a Grand Prix was smashed in the 13000 block of 24th Street Northwest. The incident was reported at 8:03 a.m. Friday. Kandiyohi County marriage licenses Edwin Esturado Flores Perez, Willmar; Ana Patricia Garcia Gonzalez, Willmar Maria Yolibeth Moreno Leiva, Willmar; Jheyson Carlos Centellas Camacho, Willmar Brandon Jon Heida, Raymond; Molly Ann Zeidler, Raymond Veronica Gonzalez Navarro, Willmar, Gerado Lopez, Willmar
WILLMAR — Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Stephen Wentzell has a new job as as an Eighth Judicial District judge. Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment Friday. Wentzell will replace Judge Donald Spilseth, who is retiring Oct. 6. Wentzell will be chambered in the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar. Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan and Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson had also been under consideration for the appointment.
This is the records summary for Sept. 15. Theft WILLMAR — Willmar Police received a report from the 500 block of Julii Street Southeast that a man had taken a woman's phone and hit her in the face. The theft was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday. Burglary
By Anne Polta and Shelby Lindrud WILLMAR — Local health care and local decision-making would be preserved under the terms of a proposed affiliation agreement between Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers of Willmar and CentraCare Health of St. Cloud. Details of the proposed agreement were shared publicly for the first time Wednesday at a joint meeting of the Rice Hospital board and Willmar City Council.
WILLMAR — Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this weekend, with all planned outdoor events now being moved to Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. Kicking off the celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday is a reception honoring the past poster artists, longtime sponsors and founders Nancy Geiger, Raeanna Gislason and Jamin Johnson at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar. Saturday the celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the juried artist tents at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar.
This is the records summary for Sept. 14. Three injured in three-vehicle crash in Benson BENSON — Four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 in front of the Case IH plant in Benson around 3:35 p.m. Tuesday.
The following is a list of convictions in Kandiyohi County District Court for felony, gross misdemeanor and/or misdemeanor charges. The date listed is the date of the offense. Felony Julia Gabriela Franco, 19, Willmar, fleeing peace officer in motor vehicle, Feb. 25. Travis Richard Summerlet, 29, Willmar, fifth-degree drug possession, Dec. 4, 2015. Caspar Gallegos, 19, Willmar, violate no-contact order, Feb. 28. Chase John Hodapp, 26, Willmar, third-degree criminal sexual conduct, Jan. 18.
LITCHFIELD — The Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District is hosting an open house and information session to present potential and upcoming improvements to the Middle Fork Crow River in Meeker County, also known as Meeker County Ditch 47. It will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Meeker County Courthouse, 325 N. Sibley Ave., Litchfield. The 11 miles of the Middle Fork Crow River downstream of Lake Calhoun is channelized. The stretch is degraded and erosion is a significant problem.