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Western Minnesota highway speed changes A number of west central Minnesota highways are affected by the latest speed limit change by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Since most people have been driving about 60 mph anyway, the department hopes making that the speed limit will keep traffic moving more steadily. New speed limits in the area will be on these roads: • Highway 4 from Hector to Highway 55 near Paynesville • Highway 9 from Kandiyohi County Road 33 north of New London to Highway 104 west of Sunburg
MONTEVIDEO – A bus transporting Montevideo Public Schools students slid into a ditch Friday afternoon. There were no serious injuries. According to a release from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, the bus was on Chippewa County Road 34 about a mile north of the intersection with County Road 9. The bus reportedly lost control on snowy, icy roads and slid into the road ditch sideways. The bus tipped on its driver’s side before tipping back and coming to rest on its wheels.
WILLMAR – The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office was called to Rice Hospital Saturday morning to investigate a firearm-related hunting accident. In a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, the person injured was identified as Mitchel Macik, 22, of rural Hector, who had been with a group of small game hunters. He was struck in the leg by a small-caliber rifle, and the injury was considered non-life threatening. He had been taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man has been sentenced to prison for threatening his father's landlord with a sawed-off shotgun. Luis Rand Dominguez, 25, was sentenced Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court to a term of 36 months in prison. He was given credit for 104 days already served in jail and will serve at least two-thirds of the remaining time in prison. He was convicted by a jury of felony charges of second-degree assault and possessing a short-barreled shotgun.
WILLMAR — A new logo is one of the outward signs of the adjustments Willmar Community Education is making to develop its new brand. The department was formerly part of Willmar Community Education and Recreation, a joint effort of Willmar Public Schools' community education and the city of Willmar Parks Department. After nearly two decades of working together, the city and school district split the department on Sept. 1.
WILLMAR, MN — Ridgewater College has been ranked the top public college for students pursuing an auto mechanic certificate. The Washington Monthly magazine recently ranked nearly 100 public and private community colleges. Washington Monthly has rated universities and four- and two-year colleges in the past. However, this is the first time it has ranked schools offering non-degree certificates and diplomas, according to a release from the college.
WILLMAR — Willmar Public Schools spends slightly more on administrative and instructional costs than the state average and the average for districts of similar size. In special education, Willmar spends less than other schools. Its costs in maintenance and operations, are a bit higher. Kari Steinbeisser of Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing of Willmar presented the district's annual audit Tuesday at the School Board meeting. CDS has been the district's auditor for several years and each year offers an analysis comparing Willmar to the rest of the state.
WILLMAR — Ridgewater College contributes more than $170 million to the region's economy, according to a study by the Minnesota State system of public colleges and universities. The study indicates the college also contributes 1,456 jobs to the area, according to a news release from Ridgewater.
WILLMAR — Ridgewater College will host a free, interactive program on Thursday in Willmar called "You. Me. We." to address racism, sexism, and sexual orientation phobias. The 90-minute presentation offers training for students, community members and Ridgewater employees, according to a news release from the college. The events will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Willmar campus cafeteria and at 6 p.m. at Willmar Senior High School auditorium.
In Tuesday's election, school districts in west central Minnesota chose board members, and in some cases decided ballot questions. The results listed here are from the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Results are not official until individual school boards have approved them. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Elect 4 Michael Hendrickson 1,570 Paul Rasmussen 1,660 Megan Morrison 1,747 Scott Stafford 1,728 Bond referendum Yes 1,266 No 1,244 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa