LITCHFIELD — Eleven pigs and a cow, along with a 30-by-80-foot barn, were lost in a fire reported around 5:15 p.m. Sunday at the William and Mary Nething residence at 63724 260th St., in Darwin Township. According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the Litchfield and Dassel fire departments responded to the blaze, which may have been caused by an electrical short in the wiring. The owners were able to remove two horses from the barn during the fire.
WILLMAR — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its latest 10-year projections for the farm sector. Released annually in February, the projections include production and consumption for agricultural commodities, global agricultural trade and U.S. exports, commodity prices, and other economic indicators such as farm income and farm prices. By Wes Nelson USDA Farm Service Agency executive director
WILLMAR — The winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until noon Tuesday as forecasters expect up to 10 inches of snow to fall across much of Minnesota. The winter storm is expected to wane for a period today before a second wave of snowfall begins tonight and continues through Tuesday morning. Isolated areas could get a total of a foot of snow, depending on where the primary snow bands set up.
This is the records summary for March 4. Train engine fire under investigation by CP Rail WATKINS — The cause of a fire that damaged a train engine Saturday evening near Watkins is under investigation by the CP Rail Police Department. According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the Watkins fire and rescue departments were paged around 8:30 p.m. Saturday to a train on fire near state Highway 55. The fire on primary train engine was extinguished. It damaged a lower drive motor.
UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY — The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has awarded a $1 million grant to the Upper Sioux Community to help with construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. According to a news release, this is the third year the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has supported the initiative with a $1 million grant. The new facility will replace the current “drain field” type system which is nearing the end of its life cycle. The facility provides services for about 50 homes and four tribal enterprises, including Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort.
This is the records summary for March 2. Early morning robbery reported WILLMAR — A woman reported that she had been robbed by two men around 4:30 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Mary Avenue and Sixth Street Southeast. The woman said the men confronted her and her friend, that one of them grabbed her by the hair and that she dropped her purse. She and her friend fled from the scene. Two injured in Renville County crash
This is the records summary for March 1. Grandparent scam popping up again WILLMAR — The Willmar Police Department is warning citizens that the “grandparent” scam has again been reported in the area. The scam includes random calls to senior citizens. The caller claims to be their grandchild, who is in a foreign county, has been arrested and needs bail money. The person says not to tell their parents about the troubles, but to send money.
WILLMAR — Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” opens on stage tonight at the Willmar Senior High School Theater. It is being presented by the Willmar Middle School drama department. Show times are 7 p.m. today through Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are available at Community Ed and Rec offices in the Jefferson Learning Center; any remaining tickets will be available at the door prior to each performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students K-12.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Police Department is giving notification to the community that a person classified as a Level III sex offender has moved into the community. Jerry Everett Pahl, 41, is living in the vicinity of Fourth Street and Becker Avenue Southeast in Willmar. He was convicted of criminal sexual conduct for contact with a 14-year-old female victim who was known to him. He has completed his term in prison and supervised release period. At this time, Pahl is not wanted by police and has served his sentence imposed by the court.
This is the records summary for Feb. 28. Teen dies in collision with semi driven by Hector man CROOKSTON — A 16-year-old boy from Fertile died when his sport utility vehicle collided around 3 p.m. Tuesday with a semi driven by a Hector man. According to the State Patrol, Cody W. Christianson, 16, of Fertile was driving a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero southbound on Highway 32 that crossed the center line and collided with a 2003 Freightliner semi driven by Brain L. Doehling, 39, of Hector.