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WILLMAR — National Weather Service forecasters now expect between 9 and 15 inches of snow to fall in west central Minnesota between Saturday night and Monday morning. Because strong winds are expected to follow the snow, forecasters have now replaced the winter storm watch with a blizzard watch for west central and southwest Minnesota for Sunday night and Monday. There will be blizzard conditions and blowing snow and whiteout conditions because of wind gusts to 45 mph in the region.
WILLMAR — The Catholic Area Faith Community of Jesus our Living Water has postponed this weekend’s Confirmation Mass for one week because of the weather forecast. It is now set for 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 17 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar. Bishop John M. LeVoir was scheduled to confirm more than 60 juniors from the four churches in the Area Faith Community. The students attend Our Lady of the Lakes in Spicer, St. Thomas More in Lake Lillian, St. Patrick’s in Kandiyohi and St. Mary’s in Willmar.
ST. PAUL — Five teachers in west central Minnesota are among 135 nominated to be named the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. A group of semifinalists and then finalists will be named, leading to the announcement of the teacher of the year on May 5. Area teachers on the list include Pam Diem, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg; James Jackman, Litchfield; Renee Balken, Montevideo; Julie Schroeder, Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative; and Leanne Carmany, Yellow Medicine East.
This is the records summary for Feb. 8. Benson man to hospital after Highway 9 crash east of Sunburg SUNBURG — A 62-year-old Benson man was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 3 p.m. Wednesday east of Sunburg. According to the State Patrol, Thomas Twitchell was driving an Oldsmobile passenger car eastbound on State Highway 9 and sideswiped a semi driven by John Houpt, 48, of Hot Springs, Ark. The semi was also eastbound on the highway.
OLIVIA — Investigators are working to identify the person who died in an apartment fire this morning in Olivia. According to a news release from Olivia Police Chief Derek Lee, the identity of the person is still pending full identification by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office in Anoka County. Olivia police, fire and ambulance crews, plus the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a 911 call just after 7 a.m. this morning at the Westcourt Apartments along the 500 block of 13th Street South.
WILLMAR — The Independence Party of Minnesota is conducting a community meeting Friday evening in Willmar. The Independence Party chairman Mark Jenkins and former House of Representatives candidate Zack Liebl will be hosts for the event, which is open to current party members and the public.
KIMBALL — A 52-year-old Kimball man lost control of his vehicle, which struck an occupied residence around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday north of Kimball. According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, Kyle Loy Christensen was driving eastbound on County Road 147 in Maine Prairie Township, lost control of the vehicle and drove into the ditch, striking a house at 9098 County Road 147, causing minor damage.
This is the records summary for Feb. 7. Olivia woman to St. Cloud Hospital after head-on crash OLIVIA — A 59-year-old Olivia woman was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in a two-vehicle head-on crash around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday along U.S. Highway 71 in Renville County. According to the State Patrol, Sandra L. Frank was driving a 2001 Chevy Silverado that was southbound and collided with a northbound 2007 Mercury Montego driven by Jennifer A. Forsman, 33, of Olivia. She sustained minor injuries.
WILLMAR — A major gift by Prinsco, Duininck Concrete and Duininck Inc. of Duininck Companies LLC has brought a capital campaign for the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA to over the halfway mark. The $100,000 gift from the three companies will help the Y expand its facilities to meet growth and demand. Trevor Duininck, spokesman for Duininck Companies LLC, said in a news release that supporting the Y’s capital campaign is “a great way for us to invest in the community where we live.”