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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Authotities investigate fatal crash in Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. - Authorities are investigating a fatal crash involving a pick-up and a semi in Kandiyohi County Sunday evening. 

At this point it's not clear how many people were killed in the crash, but as many as five may have been involved.  The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 7 and 71 south of Willmar at around 6:15 pm last night.  More information is expected to be released later today.


A 17-year-old Lake Benton boy was killed when the pickup he was in collided with a semi head on in Lincoln County yesterday (SUN).  The State Patrol says Delbert Willert died after the vehicle he was driving on Highway 14 crossed over the center line and collided with the semi.  The driver of the semi, 60-year-old Jimmy Nystrom of South Dakota, received non-life-threatening injuries.


If you are behind on your heating bill, today is the day to connect with your local utility provider to make payment arrangements.  Patrick Boland is with Xcel Energy and says Minnesota's Cold Weather Rule expires tomorrow.(tues)  He says there were a number of sub-zero days this winter and as a result, the price of natural gas did go up, resulting in higher heating bills.  The Cold Weather Rule is designed to help protect residential customers from having their heat turned off during the cold winter months.  Boland says also keep in mind there is still heating assistance funding available for those who qualify.


A 25 mile stretch of Highway 220 remains closed between Oslo and Robin, in northwestern Minnesota due to flooding along the Red and several of its tributaries.  The Marshall and Kittson County sheriff's departments report no other significant problems from the floodwaters.  Highway 220 runs parallel to the Red River.


Last fall's record crop in Minnesota and other corn producing states contributed to this winter's propane supply problems. A late, wet harvest resulted in more corn drying - which consumed more propane. Some are already concerned that we'll repeat that scenario. Cory Winstead with AgriVisor is expecting another late planting season.  And Mark Rachal with Cost Management Solutions says that the propane industry and its end users should already be preparing.  Rachal says one of the challenges is that the U-S has become a major propane exporter - sending about 72-million barrels to foreign customers in 2013.