Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
WILLMAR, Minn. — Jason Duininck has 20 jobs available right now at Duininck Inc. for applicants with a commercial driver's license. He's concerned those jobs may not be filled. His company is not alone. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, in the next decade central Minnesota is projected to have just over 4,000 job openings to fill — a combination of new positions and departing heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
BELLINGHAM, Minn. — The fate of a Dutchman who's owned and operated a dairy farm in western Minnesota since 2001 may be in the hands of Congress. A bill has been introduced that could help Kor Mulder and his sons become permanent U.S. residents so they can continue farming in Minnesota. On Wednesday Mulder met with staff from the offices of Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Collin Peterson.
COTTONWOOD, Minn. — A broken pipeline that caused an undetermined amount of diesel fuel to flow into a drainage ditch and the Yellow Medicine River may have been intentionally damaged. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said a suspect has been identified for allegedly damaging the pipeline Wednesday night, April 24, near Cottonwood and causing diesel fuel to leak into downstream waters. The issue has been turned over to the Lyon County Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges.
ROSEN, Minn. — Kor Mulder was on the phone talking to a TV news reporter from his homeland in the Netherlands when yet another reporter walked into the kitchen of his farm home. Earlier in the day, he had been talking to a reporter from New York who was going to make the trek to Mulder’s 350-head dairy farm that’s perched on the wide-open spaces of western Lac qui Parle County in western Minnesota. A Twin Cities TV station had already been there twice and Mulder was struggling to schedule all the new requests for interviews between his milking chores.
WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar man who was charged in connection with a gang rape in 2017 was sentenced Thursday, April 4, in Kandiyohi County District Court. Jesse Jose Lopez, 18, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. As part of a plea agreement, two other felony criminal sexual conduct charges were dismissed and Lopez was moved from juvenile court and certified as an adult.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- An Olivia teenager made his first court appearance Monday, March 18, on charges he sexually assaulted young girls who attended his mother’s home day care. Trent Anthony Uhlenkamp, 16, appeared before Judge Dwayne Knutsen in the Renville County Courthouse in Olivia. Wearing blue jeans and a polo shirt, Uhlenkamp sat between his mother, Peggy Jo Uhlenkamp – who is also facing charges in connection with the case, and Curtis Reese, a public defender.
NEW LONDON, Minn. — The old wives tale that trouble comes in threes was off by one for Rikki Wold and her family. Within a month's time, Wold — a 17-year-old senior at New London-Spicer High School — and three immediate members of her family were diagnosed with cancer. Four in all. "It took over the family in a couple weeks," said Rikki, who is still healing from surgery she had in December and is going back-and-forth between home and hospital for intensive chemo treatments. The avalanche of bad news hit the family and their friends hard.
OLIVIA, Minn. – Weather and road conditions were so bad in west-central Minnesota's Renville County Thursday night, Feb. 7, that the Minnesota National Guard was activated by the governor's state of emergency declaration to rescue motorists who were stranded in vehicles in subzero temperatures. Gov. Tim Walz ordered the National Guard unit in Olivia to provide assistance in rescuing stranded motorists with their specialized vehicle and equipment and to provide emergency relief services by opening and staffing the Olivia armory as a shelter for stranded motorists, he said.
SPICER, Minn. – At one end of Heather Peterson’s sunlit, second-story studio, small pieces of fabric that are cut into small geometric shapes are laid out on a table next to a sewing machine. At the other end of the studio, there are stacks of completed quilts on the floor and baskets filled with quilted table runners. What takes place in between is a creative process that blends Peterson’s sense of current design trends in the art of quilting with old-school lessons she learned from her great-grandmother, Anka Peterson.