This is the records summary for Nov. 2. Four teens hurt in single-vehicle accident NEW LONDON — Four teenagers were injured early Wednesday morning when their vehicle landed upside-down in a slough south of New London. The accident remains under investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, and charges are possible, according to Sheriff Dan Hartog. He said he is not releasing the names of those involved because they are juveniles. The accident was reported around 4 a.m. Wednesday on Kandiyohi County Road 9 near Nest Lake.
WILLMAR — Prepared Foods, a magazine dedicated to research and development and innovation in food and beverage, awarded Jennie-O Turkey Store with the Spirit of Innovation Award in the best new product for foodservice (front of the house) category. The award was for Jennie-O's all-natural, reduced sodium, sliced sandwich meats. The line of turkey meats, which includes oven roasted, smoked, ham and bologna, was introduced in 2016 and was worked on by Jennie-O's research and development team and marketing staff.
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 Jorge Armando Benavides, 38, Willmar, fifth-degree drug possession, March 23 Martin Bravo Jr., 24, Willmar, theft, Feb. 22 Pedro Xavier Rivera-Lopez, 24, Willmar, kidnapping, Feb. 23 Gross misdemeanor Jared Michael Bares, 18, Willmar, fifth-degree assault, Feb. 4 Salvador Garcia III, 43, Renville, driving while impaired, May 20
This is the records summary for Nov. 1 Theft WILLMAR — Surplus Warehouse, 3701 U.S. Highway 12 W., reported that two trailer jacks had been stolen from the store. The theft was reported Monday afternoon.
WILLMAR — The Book World chain is liquidating and closing its stores, the Wisconsin-based company announced Tuesday. The closings include the Book World outlet at the Kandi Mall in Willmar, one of five Book World locations in Minnesota. The decision was triggered by changing retail trends, the company said in a statement issued Tuesday.
WILLMAR - A portion of Kandiyohi County Road 134 will be temporarily closed, starting Wednesday, as construction crews begin work on replacing a bridge northwest of Lake Lillian. The bridge is located two-tenths of a mile east of County Road 8. The road will remain closed in this area for approximately two weeks. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes.
A Sebeka man was killed Monday morning when the semi-truck he was driving collided with another semi at a highway intersection north of Morris. Roads were temporarily closed during the incident because one of the semis was transporting a hazardous material in the tanker. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Joseph Cecil Hensel, 61, of Sebeka, was killed when the 2003 Freightliner he was driving collided with a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Alan Lee Powell, 63, of Mexico, Missouri.
WILLMAR — Amy Van Horne has joined Affiliated Community Medical Centers as a certified family nurse practitioner. She will begin seeing patients in November. Van Horne will work with family medicine physicians at ACMC to provide healthcare services to patients. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, with a bachelor's in nursing, Van Horne worked 10 years as a registered nurse. She then earned her master's in nursing, with an emphasis in family nurse practitioner from Georgetown University.
WILLMAR — Christopher Schmitz has been promoted to the position of supervisor of finished products for the second shift at Jennie-O Turkey Store. Schmitz will be responsible for producing quality finished products, managing product yields, labor productivity and employee training. Schmitz first started at Jennie-O in 2016 as summer help in marketing. He returned this past summer as a production area intern and then was hired as a production supervisor trainee. Schmitz is working toward his bachelor's degree in business from Concordia University in St. Paul.
WILLMAR — Michael Dudgeon has accepted a promotion from Jennie-O Turkey Store to the position of overages, shortages and damages claims specialist. In the new role, Dudgeon will work with claims from carriers, shipping departments, customer service and customers. Dudgeon has worked at Jennie-O for two years as a distribution worker at the Melrose Plant.