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Crash with tree sends two to hospital

A car on Highway 27 in Holmes City Township left the road and struck a tree Tuesday morning.

Thomas Batters, 67, of Hoffman, was driving east when he began choking, causing him to swerve to the right, according to an accident report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

Batters and his passenger, Laurie Batters, 65, of Hoffman, each received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Alomere Health. They were both wearing seat belts, and the airbag was deployed in the crash, which was reported at 9:52 a.m.

Graduation may cause traffic woes

Those traveling near the Runestone Community Center on Wednesday, May 15, might want to choose a different route.

The Alexandria Technical & Community College's graduation ceremony at the Runestone starts at 1 p.m. and is expected to add about 4,000 people to Alexandria's north-end roads between 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Motorists should expect traffic slowdowns and stops near the intersection of county roads 45, 82 and 22. The intersection of Third and Broadway will also be coned off and regulated differently.

"We are confident that the traffic will flow nicely, but want to make sure to accommodate all of our out-of-town visitors with as much direction as possible without issues," said Alexandria Police Capt. Scott Kent.

The Runestone's main entrance at County Road 22 and County Road 82 will be closed, and all entering traffic will be directed to the west gate of the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

For more information on the graduation, visit www.alextech.edu/Graduation.

First-half taxes due May 15

The first-half real estate tax payments from property owners are due on or before Wednesday, May 15.

Payments may be made in person until 4:30 p.m. on May 15, and those being mailed must be postmarked no later than May 15 to avoid penalty. Douglas County has installed a tax payment drop box outside the building on the south side of the courthouse that can also be used to drop off tax payments.

Fergus Falls man sentenced to four years

A 45-year-old Fergus Falls man has been sentenced for the 2018 death of a 6-year old boy in Otter Tail County.

Walter Wynhoff, who pleaded guilty to felony second-degree manslaughter in March, was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the repeated assaults, beatings and death of 6-year old Justis Burland, who was in the care of Wynhoff and his girlfriend Bobbie Bishop.

Wynhoff had originally faced a second-degree murder charge, two additional charges related to manslaughter, and two charges related to the malicious punishment of a child.

At the sentencing hearing in Otter Tail County District Court Monday, May 6, nobody except prosecutors spoke on the behalf of the deceased 6-year-old. No parents or family attended.

"There's been termination proceedings and there was no family that was able to be here because of that, Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien said. "Unfortunately that happens too often."

Glenwood receives $1.1 million for water infrastructure

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority approved a 20-year loan of just over $1.1 million to replace Glenwood's aging water mains, hydrants and gate valves. The loan, through the state's Drinking Water Revolving Fund, will be repaid over 20 years at 1 percent interest. The low interest rate is expected to save the city $131,082 when compared to the cost of market rate financing.

The authority provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain public infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since its inception in 1987 the PFA has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota.

State requests flood assessments

After severe weather and flooding, Minnesota will undergo preliminary damage assessments in 50 counties and four tribal nations beginning Tuesday.

The process, intended to assess monetary damage to public property and infrastructure in order to call for federal disaster aid, will be carried out by state and federal agencies over several weeks, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The damage that occurred between March 12 and April 29, when the last river fell below the major flood stage, was caused by snow-melt and rain-induced flooding and a snowstorm with ice and high winds.

In St. Paul, the Mississippi River crested at 20.19 feet on March 31, the seventh highest crest on record.

Initial damage estimates exceed $32 million, four times greater than Minnesota's public assistance statewide indicator of $7.9 million, the figure that determines how much monetary damage warrants a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Included in the estimate are damages to public property and infrastructure such as bridges, roads, parks and utilities as well as public safety measures taken during the time of damage. Private property damages are not included.

The Mississippi currently sits at 14 feet, the cutoff for a minor flood stage, and is expected to lower to 11 feet by May 11.

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