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Big crowd says goodbye to Ryan Erickson

A large crowd attended the funeral of Ryan Erickson of rural Blomkest Friday afternoon at The Refuge Church in Willmar. The 63-year-old volunteer firefighter was killed May 12th when he was crushed by a grain silo pushed over by strong winds as he was getting ready to do storm spotting. One of the speakers at the funeral was his brother, Ross, who said Ryan lived the exact amount of days God had planned for him, and God has a plan for everyone. But getting to heaven is the ultimate goal. After the funeral, a long caravan of fire trucks from around the region accompanied Erickson's hearse to the cemetery near Blomkest.
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Redwood Falls man found guilty of violent threats and domestic assault

A Redwood County District Court jury on Thursday found Wayne Elmer Scharmer, 57, of Redwood Falls guilty of one count of felony Threats of Violence and one count of gross misdemeanor Domestic Assault,. According to the criminal complaint, testimony and evidence presented at trial, on September 2, 2021, the Redwood...
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Nearly 8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A partial skull from nearly 8,000 years ago that was found by two kayakers in a river last summer will be returned to Native American officials in Minnesota. Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said the bone was found after a drought lowered the Minnesota...

Big crowd, fire trucks expected at funeral for Ryan Erickson

(Willmar MN-) Firefighters and first responders from around the region are expected to attend the funeral in Willmar Friday for Ryan Erickson of Blomkest. The 63-year-old fire fighter was killed last week when extremely strong winds blew a grain silo on top of him as he prepared to do weather-spotting. Willmar Fire Chief Frank Hanson says he knew Erickson as a friend, colleague and mentor...

Flags at half-staff for west central Minnesota firefighter who died in the May 12th storms

(Willmar, MN) -- Flags are flying at half-staff in Minnesota today (Friday) in honor and remembrance of a firefighter who died when severe storms hit Kandiyohi County. Blomkest firefighter Ryan Erickson died May 12th when a large grain bin was blown over and fell on him. Sixty-three-year-old Erickson was preparing to leave his farm near Lake Lillian and monitor the severe thunderstorms. The order from Governor Walz says, “Ryan Leif Erickson was a dedicated firefighter and previous fire chief who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues.”

Hwy 19 Redwood Falls bridge project start date postponed again, moved to May 31

The start date for the Highway 19 bridge repair project in Redwood Falls has been postponed again. Construction is now expected to begin Tuesday, May 31, since the contractor has continued to receive delay notices for multiple materials. This is the second time construction has been delayed; however, the construction completion date hasn’t changed and is still scheduled for September 2.

Derecho delivers tough blow to farming operations

For people across eastern South Dakota and Minnesota, the May 12 storm that lasted 20 to 30 minutes with a wall of wind and debris turned their worlds upside down. Near Colton, South Dakota, 61-year-old Wendy Lape of Wentworth was driving with her husband when the storm hit. A chunk of wood came through a window of their vehicle and struck Lape. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Flags to Fly at Half Staff to Honor Fallen Firefighter

(KNSI) — Governor Tim Walz is ordering all U.S. and Minnesota flags to fly at half staff Friday to honor a firefighter who died in the line of duty. Ryan Leif Erickson was on storm spotting detail for the Blomkest Fire Department on May 12th when a grain bin blew over and landed on top of him.

Charles “Chuck” Robinson

Charles “Chuck” Robinson, age 66, of Morton passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 25, 2021, at Olivia Hospital and Clinic in Olivia, Minnesota. Visitation will be held Friday, May 27, 2022, from 4 -7 p.m. at the Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will continue on Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls with an escort by the Morton Fire Department to the Morton City Cemetery for 11:30 a.m. graveside service. A Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held at the New Morton Fire Hall in Morton, Minnesota at 12:00 p.m. following his graveside service at the Morton City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials – the family will use the memorials to help purchase equipment for the Morton Fire Department.

Duane Robben

Duane Robben, 66, of Morgan died Thursday, May 19, 2022, at his home in Morgan. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Morgan with burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior from 10 am until 11 am at the church.

Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Fallen MN Firefighter

BLOMKEST -- Flags are flying at half-staff in Minnesota Friday in honor and remembrance of a firefighter who died when severe storms hit Kandiyohi County. Blomkest firefighter Ryan Erickson died when a large grain bin was blown over and fell on him last Thursday night. Sixty-three-year-old Erickson was preparing to...

Kayakers On Minnesota River Found Human Skull That Turned Out To Be Nearly 8,000 Years Old

Originally published May 18 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Last year, two kayakers in southwestern Minnesota found a fragment of a human skull that dates back nearly 8,000 years. According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, the kayakers happened upon the skull fragment in September while coursing the Minnesota River south of Sacred Heart, a city roughly 100 miles west of Minneapolis. The kayakers sent the skull to local officials, who determined that the bone was human. The fragment was then sent to an FBI forensic anthropologist, who estimated via carbon dating that the skull belonged to a young man who lived...

Dollar General rejected in Bird Island

(Bird Island MN-) According to The Renville County Register, The Bird Island City Council has rejected a Dollar General Store. A company called The Overland Group offered to buy land south of Highway 212 and east of 1st Street in Bird Island for construction of a Dollar General, but the council this week voted unanimously to reject it, saying it would have a negative effect on Bird Island Business. They also noted there are already Dollar Generals in nearby Hector and Olivia.

Walz Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Blomkest Firefighter

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset today (Friday, May 20 2022), in honor and remembrance of firefighter Ryan Leif Erickson. “Ryan Leif...