This is the records summary for Aug. 17, 2017 Crash WILLMAR — A two-vehicle crash took place at 12:46 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Trott Avenue Southeast and Julii Street Southeast in Willmar. The police report said a Suburban was traveling southbound on Julii Street, approaching Trott Avenue, at the same time as an Impala was driving east on Trott, toward Julii. The driver of the Suburban drove through a stop sign without stopping and struck the Impala.
Heavy rains were reported across west central Minnesota and the state Wednesday, which put a large area under a flood watch until late Wednesday night. Western Hennipin County was under a flood warning until 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service said the showers and thunderstorm would continue into early Thursday. A heavy rainfall could occur, with localized amounts between 4 and 6 inches possible in some locations. The storm risk in west central Minnesota is expected to diminish by Thursday afternoon, according to the weather service.
This is the records summary for Aug. 16 Theft WILLMAR — A business in the 1300 block of First Street South reported at 8:46 p.m. Monday that $130 had been taken from a safe. NEW LONDON — An individual in the 9000 block of 240th Avenue Northeast reported Monday afternoon that a check they'd given to someone was altered and cashed. Arrest
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RENVILLE — Following the announcement of the upcoming merger between Harvest Land Cooperative and Co-op Country Farmers Elevator, the company has announced its new name — Farmward Cooperative. The name was approved by the board of directors Aug. 8 and will go into effect when the merger is final Sept. 1. The merger was first announced in April. With the merger, the two companies hope to enhance, expand and extend the products and services, market access and risk management tools available to their customers.
REDWOOD FALLS — Redwood Area Hospital has been designated as an acute stroke-ready hospital for another three-year term. The designation recognizes the hospital's preparedness to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment to patients with acute stroke symptoms. In 2013 the Minnesota Legislature authorized the Minnesota Department of Health to designate hospitals in Minnesota as "stroke hospitals." The designations from lowest to highest level of stroke care are acute stroke-ready hospitals, primary stroke centers and comprehensive stroke centers.
SHAKOPEE — The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, the wholesale power supplier for Olivia Public Utilities and several other cities, celebrated the grand opening of the new Shakopee Energy Park in July. The new park generates 46 megawatts of electricity using highly efficient engines powered by natural gas and liquefied natural gas as a backup fuel supply. The power from the park is put directly onto the local distribution system, which will increase local reliability and add to the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency overall power supply.
WILLMAR — Melanie Faust has been named the vice president of operations at Jennie-O Turkey Store. She will be replacing Don Cole who retired in June. As vice president, Faust will be responsible for all seven of the company's processing plants. She will be headquartered at the corporate office in Willmar. Faust started at Hormel in 1995, serving in a number of roles in production and supply chain. In 2014 she started as the director of operations in China for Hormel Foods International Corporation.
WILLMAR — Bethesda has named Baillee Hauser its new human resources director. Hauser has worked for Bethesda in Willmar since 2016, having finished her administrator internship. In her new role she will be focusing on recruitment and retention, along with the administration of the policies and procedures of Bethesda, a nonprofit provider of a range of senior care services. Hauser is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Crookston with a double major in health management and accounting. She lives in Willmar.
This is the records summary for Aug. 15. Woman injured in Lac qui Parle County crash MADISON — A woman was injured Sunday afternoon when her vehicle collided with a semi in Lac qui Parle County. According to the State Patrol, a 2006 Nissan Altima, driven by Kalie Lynn Molden, 24, of Milan, was going west on U.S. Highway 212 in Garfield Township and was attempting to pass a westbound 1998 Freightliner. The semi had slowed down and was making a left-hand turn into a driveway when it was struck by the Altima.