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WILLMAR - Minnesota Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will discuss how the state's changing demographics will affect jobs, education and the economy in the future during an appearance Thursday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. In addition, he will discuss the impact of the proposed voter photo identification and marriage amendments to Minnesota's Constitution. The public forum, which is sponsored by Ridgewater College, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
LITCHFIELD -- Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin reminds citizens to lock their vehicles and homes at night and when not in use after his department took multiple theft reports Saturday morning in Dassel and Darwin. According to Norlin's news release, the thefts likely happened early Saturday morning, between 1 and 6 a.m. and all of the vehicles involved were unlocked. The missing items included CDs and CD players, fishing equipment, loose change, tools and keys.
OLIVIA - Dr. Paul Thompson, age 69, of Olivia, died Tuesday at his home from injuries due to an accident. Service: 11 a.m. on Monday at Cross Of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia. Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
This is the records summary for Sept. 3. Arrests WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old man was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Seventh Street and Ella Avenue. He was arrested on three outstanding Kandiyohi County warrants and a charge of fifth-degree controlled substance possession. WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old man was arrested at about 9:40 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Trott Avenue Southeast.
BIRD ISLAND -- Dorothy Rodel, 94, of Bird Island died Friday at Golden Living Center in Olivia. Service: 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and noon to 1 p.m.
ST. REGIS, Mont. -- Kathryn (Kay) Margaret (Fuchs) Eisenbacher, 62, died suddenly March 24 at Mineral County Hospital of Superior, Mont., in the loving arms of her husband, Earl. A funeral Mass of Christian burial was held on March 28 at St. Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Mission of Superior, Mont. There will also be a memorial service at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of Spicer in July 2011. Kay was born in Willmar on May 1, 1948, to Mildred and Lawrence Fuchs. On May 28, 1966, she married Earl Henry Eisenbacher. Kay graduated from Atwater High School.
Ridgewater College right-handed pitcher James Gilbertson made his debut with the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the Northwoods League on Tuesday Night at Arthur Stadium. Gilbertson retired the last two Duluth batters in the ninth inning in a 9-4 loss to the Eskimos. Gilbertson, from Whitehall, Wis., signed a full contract. Pitcher Chris Braaten of Sunburg and outfielder Benji Hager of Owatonna previously played under 10-day contracts. All three will be sophomores this fall at Ridgewater for coach Joel Barta, who also coaches the Border Cats.
CLEVELAND -- When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, sporting the nation's first surgically attached face, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now. Her expressions are still a bit wooden, but she can talk, smile, smell and taste her food again. Her speech is at times a little tough to understood. Her face is bloated and squarish.
Ellen M. Torkelson Feb. 10, 1941 - Sept. 19, 2008 PRINCETON -- Ellen Marie Torkelson, 67, of Princeton, formerly of Willmar, died Friday at the Fairview-Northland Hospital in Princeton. The service will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover. Burial will be at 5 p.m. at Nordland Lutheran Cemetery in Paynesville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. She was born Feb.
Albert M. Ahmann May 5, 1916 - Sept. 20, 2008 EAST GRAND FORKS -- Albert Martin Ahmann, 92, of East Grand Forks, died Saturday at the Good Samaritan Center Maples of East Grand Forks. The service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in East Grand Forks. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stennes Funeral Home in East Grand Forks, with a rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continues one hour before the service Wednesday at the church.