US Hwy 71 and state Hwy 23 in south Willmar have been reopened after man on bridge incident resolved

The Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office respond to a call regarding an individual sitting on the bridge wall Friday morning on the U.S. Highway 71 overpass over state Highway 23 near Menards. Both highways were closed for more than an hour before the issue was resolved. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

11 a.m. Update:

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has re-opened U.S. Highway 71 north and state Highway 23 near Menard’s in south Willmar.

The man on bridge incident has been resolved.

10 a.m.: US Highway 71 closed in south Willmar, law enforcement has responded to man on the bridge

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed U.S. Highway 71 north and south at the junction of state Highway 23 near Menards in south Willmar until further notice.


Multiple law enforcement personnel have responded to reports of a lone person on the bridge.

Traffic on Highway 23 east and westbound are being routed up and around the Highway 71 bridge. No Highway 23 traffic is being allowed to go underneath the bridge during this incident.

Traffic is being diverted on both highways and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes until further notice.

Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
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