WILLMAR - The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel today in portions of southwest Minnesota due to blizzard conditions and limited visibility. The advisory applies to the following areas: • Highway 7/Highway 59 — Milan to Montevideo. • Highway 40 — MN/SD state line to Highway 29. • Highway 212 — MN/SD state line to Granite Falls. • Highway 75 — Canby to Bellingham. • Highway 29 — Montevideo to Highway 40. • Highway 59 — Clarkfield to Highway 212.
This is the records summary for March 5 Crashes DARWIN — A single-vehicle crash Friday evening in Meeker County sent one person to the hospital with injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol said a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix was eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 at Meeker County Road 34 in Darwin Township when the vehicle left the road, struck the railroad tracks on the right hand side of the highway and went airborne before coming to a rest on the south side of the tracks.
The following is a list of convictions in Kandiyohi County District Court for felony and/or gross misdemeanor and/or misdemeanor charges. The date listed is the date of the offense. Felony Matthew Thomas Bellanger, 36, St. Cloud, fleeing a peace office in a motor vehicle, June 9 Misdemeanor Gerson Salvador Foronda-Gonzalez, 39, Willmar, driving while impaired, April 14, 2016 Belen Gallegos, 38, Willmar, driving after suspension, Aug. 14 Sa Mu Lar, 52, St. Paul, driving while impaired, Sept. 23
This is the records summary for March 3. Altercations WILLMAR — Willmar Police were called in to help mediate an altercation Thursday afternoon between a resident and a city public works crew. According to the law enforcement call log, staff from Willmar Public Works were trimming trees in the 1900 block of 20th Avenue Southwest when a resident came out, apparently irate, and began swearing at them.
This is the records summary for March 2. Property damage WILLMAR — Washing machines were reportedly damaged, and three coin boxes attached to the machines were stolen from a laundry room in the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.
This is the records summary for March 1. Mall complaint was unfounded WILLMAR — Law enforcement responded to a call of a suspicious person at 2:44 p.m Tuesday at the Kandi Mall. A caller had reported an individual telling everyone to leave the mall. Law enforcement spoke to people in the mall, including an off-duty officer, and no one reported seeing or hearing anything alarming. The complaint was judged to be unfounded by law enforcement.
This is the records summary for Feb. 28 Fire heavily damages garage WILLMAR — A fire Monday night caused major damage to an unattached garage on the southeast side of Willmar. The fire was reported at 7:40 p.m. at 1121 Elizabeth Ave. S.E. According to Willmar Fire Chief Frank Hanson, the two-stall, unattached garage was still standing but was severely damaged and would have to be removed. The exterior of the home on the lot received minor damage. Hanson said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WILLMAR — Low inventory of homes on the sale market in the region caused the median home price to increase 40 percent from this time last year, according to the West Central Association of Realtors. Willmar's inventory is down 9.9 percent from last year, leaving only a 3.1-month supply. This decrease in inventory has raised the median sale price to $150,000. Those homes that are on the market usually sell within 98 days, which is down from last year, when homes were on the market for approximately 121 days.
BELGRADE — LeadingAge Minnesota has named Julie Fuchs, a night nurse at the Belgrade Nursing Home, the Caregiver of the Year. Fuchs was selected from a field of more than 50,000 professional caregivers who are members of LeadingAge Minnesota, an advocacy group for professionals and consumers who work in older adult care. The award honors commitment to enhancing and enriching the quality of life of the older adults in her care.
WILLMAR — Anna Rausch has accepted a position as staff accountant at Westberg Eischens PLLP in Willmar. She will assist with auditing, compilation and review services. Rausch is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. She and her fiance live in Willmar.