WILLMAR -- Road crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation have been working on the highways today, and driving conditions have improved on some highways in west central Minnesota. Some areas are still rated as difficult, according to the MnDOT road and travel condition website at www.511mn.org , but other areas have been upgraded to fair. There are still icy patches and slippery conditions, and law enforcement officials have advised motorists to slow down.
WILLMAR – Driving conditions are difficult today in west central Minnesota after Saturday’s snow and rain. Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow says the Patrol is cautioning motorists to pay attention and slow down. Roads in west central Minnesota are snow-packed and slippery with icy patches, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s road and travel condition website, www.511mn.org . There is also blowing snow reported.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota State Troopers are reporting extrememly icy conditions all over the region, according to Sgt.
An ice storm is moving across the South Dakota border this morning toward west central Minnesota. An ice storm warning has been issued for Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties in west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Rain is moving into these counties where temperatures are in the middle 20s. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all day, with freezing rain expected until precipitation changes to snow this afternoon. Ice accumulations of 0.2 to 0.3 of an inch are expected.
A citizens group called Moving Willmar Forward recently presented a report of concerns and suggestions to the Willmar City Council about city leadership and direction. The group called for the City Council to work toward strategies of building respect, cooperation, trust and civility among Mayor Frank Yanish, the City Council, city staff and residents.
This is the records summary for Dec. 15. Lac qui Parle County Sheriff investigating burglaries MADISON — The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Grant County, S.D., Sheriff’s Office to investigate several business and residential burglaries in the small town of Nassau.
CHANHASSEN — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for several counties in west central Minnesota because freezing rain and snow are in the forecast. The advisory includes Stevens, Pope, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine counties and is from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
MADISON — The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Grant County, S.D. Sheriff’s Office to investigate several business and residential burglaries in the small town of Nassau.
This is the records summary for Dec. 14 . Crash WILLMAR — A 14-year-old boy was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital after a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning. The crash occurred at 7:40 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 71 Northeast and Hawaii Street in Willmar, according to a release from Willmar Police. A northbound 1996 Geo Prism had apparently lost control while passing another car and then struck the median and a light pole. The street was snow-covered, according to the release.
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