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CHIPPEWA COUNTY

A Clara City man pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation for driving drunk and causing an accident that injured two others in July 2021. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years.
COVID-19 cases have continued to increase across the state, and more people are hospitalized, though the number of deaths has not increased significantly, according to Minnesota Department of Health udpates. The numbers are likely higher than the state is reporting, as home tests are not reported to the state.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office apprehended a 36-year-old man who allegedly led authorities in three western Minnesota counties on a chase Sunday afternoon. Authorities in Big Stone, Chippewa and Kandiyohi counties cut off the pursuit due to safety reasons before a deputy in Kandiyohi County located the car and arrested a man.
Chippewa County deputies were called to a domestic dispute last November, and Eric Mulligan fought with them, threatened them, bit one and spit on another before he was taken to jail. He was sentenced to local jail time, probation and a stayed prison sentence.

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The state reported nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday, and more than 14,000 new cases in the past week. Deaths due to COVID-19 also increased slightly, as did the number of people in hospitals.
Hail ranging from pea- to baseball-sized was reported Monday morning in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle counties in western Minnesota.
COVID-19 cases have been increasing in Minnesota in recent weeks, with the positivity rate increasing from 3.3% a month ago to 9.7% in the past week. Deaths have not increased, but hospitalization numbers are climbing.
The overall area served by Countryside Public Health mirrored the state in vaccination and positivity rates during the pandemic, but the five counties and southwestern Minnesota as a region showed a higher death rate.
COVID-19 cases in west central Minnesota continue to inch back up, with 342 cases reported during the past week, up from 200 a week ago. One death was recorded.
An intersection control evaluation on the intersection of Minnesota Highway 7 and Chippewa County Road 15/24th Street in Montevideo found a need for safety improvements, but not enough to warrant installing signal lights.

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Chippewa County and Clara City working together on plans to clear the site for a possible 38-unit housing development.
New cases of COVID-19 are climbing, and the Minnesota Department of Health said this week that the case count has risen above the high-risk threshold. Hospitalizations and deaths have risen slightly in the past week, too. They generally start climbing several weeks after case counts rise.
Minnesota reported 877 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths on Friday. In the past week, the deaths of 24 people were added to the state total of more than 12,000 deaths. More than 1.37 million people have been found to be infected with the coronavirus.

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