Local NewsMinute: AgriScience, PETA, AgriFinance, and Legionnaires 10 Jan 18

Hancock’s Agriculture Class Putting On A Show

Students at Hancock School invite you to the 2nd Annual Agriscience Fair this afternoon.

Elizabeth Johnson teaches 8th Grade Agriculture, and was inspired to launch this fair as a way of keeping a tradition alive. Johnson grew up with farming taught in the classroom, and was concerned that new generations of students were missing out.

The Fair is from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. today in the Hancock School’s gymnasium, and the public is invited to ask questions of the students. Any 8th Grader can send their project to the FFA State Competition in March

Pay It Forward Is Back

After a nearly three-month hiatus, the Stevens County Pay It Forward Committee surprised Pam Gades and Pat Kieffer at the American Legion of Morris last night.

Both women are heavily active in the local Auxiliary, and were cited in the nomination letter for being a “sister act,” based on how closely they work together. However, both Gades and Kieffer warn that the ranks of the Legionnaires are dwindling as their members get older. Both are working hard to create a junior chapter.

The Pay It Forward Committee wants you to tell them about anyone who makes life better for Stevens County residents, in big or small ways. You can send your nominations to KMRS/KKOK.

Clock Ticking On Agriculture Class

You’re almost out of time to participate in the Taking Charge Of Your Finances workshop.

The program focuses on farm economics, and is being offered tomorrow at the Old No. 1 Bar & Grill of Morris.

Nathan Hulinsky from the University of Minnesota Moorhead Extension Office, says the clinic features some of Minnesota’s leading ag experts. Hulinsky adds you’ll get a binder full of handouts for home use, and even non-farmers will benefit from attending.

The event is free, with lunch and refreshments provided throughout the day, but you must preregister before tomorrow on the Extension’s website.

Cause Of Death Revealed In Alexandria Fire

Alexandria Police point to “careless smoking,” and a lack of working smoke detectors as the causes behind a fatal blaze last week.

49-year-old James Willis Chandler Jr. and 59-year-old Rose Marie Couillard were killed around 5:00 a.m. last Friday, after a mobile home at 1611 6th Avenue in Alexandria caught fire. Investigators have determined that the fire started in the living room, near the couch and recliner. Autopsy reports from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey say that both died from smoke inhalation, once the fire broke out.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office assisted with the case.

Alexandria Man Strikes Light Pole

One man was admitted to the Douglas County Hospital yesterday morning after a one-vehicle car accident in Alexandria.

27-year-old Justin Michael Aaberg was headed north on Maple Street at 6:39 a.m., and made a wide turn east onto 3rd Avenue. Aaberg’s vehicle swerved to the right, and struck a light pole.

Aaberg wasn’t wearing his seatbelt at the time, and received minor injuries.

PETA’s Lawsuit Revived With Criminal Charges

An Alexandria company is now facing criminal charges in Douglas County Court.

Last year, People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals filed civil suit against Bio Corporation, alleging mistreatment of animals and workplace safety violations. That case was closed administratively by the sitting judge, but this week, the Alexandria City Attorney’s Office filed twenty-five counts of cruelty to animals. Each charge carries up to 90 days in prison and/or $1,000 in fines.

Bio Corporation sells dissection-ready animals for school purchase, and has declined our previous requests for on-the-record interviews. The first hearing the case is scheduled for January 31.

Another Warning About Ice Thickness

A fish house is now sitting on the bottom of West Norway Lake, and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to pay attention to how thick the ice is when you go onto the lakes this winter.

Deputies responded to the Lake at 3:24 p.m. yesterday, after being told a four-wheeler and the icehouse had broken through. Two individuals were trying to cross an ice-heave at the time, but remained dry by remaining on the four-wheeler. Both were rescued by firefighters wearing cold water rescue suits, and the four-wheeler was able to be salvaged.

Kandiyohi County Chief Deputy Greg Stehn warns you that ice thickness is never consistent across any body of water, and to avoid ice-heaves at all times.


This is a sample of what’s happened for Wednesday, January 10, 2018. If these got your attention, listen to the KMRS News At Seven, Eight, Noon, and Five to hear the voices behind the stories.