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This is the records summary for Aug. 7.

Fire claims rural Watkins barn, passerby saves animals

WATKINS -- A passerby released the livestock from a burning cattle barn and saved the animals Sunday afternoon at a rural Watkins farm.

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According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, deputies and firefighters from Watkins, Kimball, Cold Spring and Eden Valley responded to a fire around 4:45 p.m. Sunday at the John and Louise Schutz farm, 16356 County Road 21.

The passerby noticed smoke coming from one of the cattle barns and noted that there was no one home at the residence. The person then released the animals from the barn. None were injured.

Two farm buildings were fully engulfed and the fire crews were unable to save the buildings.

Sheriff's Office investigating thefts from vehicles by teens

KANDIYOHI -- The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office is continuing an investigation into a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles in several area communities.

According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, the thefts happened in Litchfield, Grove City and Atwater and four teenagers were apprehended around 3:30 a.m. Monday in Kandiyohi in connection to the thefts. The teens were not arrested, but were released to their parents, Hartog said.

The investigation included the execution of a search warrant on a vehicle allegedly used in the thefts.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of items from a vehicle was reported around 6 p.m. Sunday along the 1500 block of Second Street Northeast.

WILLMAR -- The theft of items from a vehicle was reported around 5 p.m. Sunday along the 700 block of 23rd Street Southeast.

SPICER -- The theft of an antique outboard motor was reported around 8:15 a.m. Monday along Agnes Street.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Billy Jo Brian Vanzandt, 32, of Minneapolis, made his first appearance Thursday on two felony charges of check forgery for allegedly writing more than $7,000 in bad checks on another man's account.

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000. His next appearance is Aug. 30.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on Oct. 5 to investigate a check forgery. A man reported that he'd been notified by a check cashing business that checks had been written on insufficient funds on his checking account. The man said he'd not used the account for some time and suspected his roommate, Vanzandt, at Becker House in Willmar.

The investigation revealed that eight checks had been written in September and October on the account for a total of $7,025, all to Billy Vanzandt. The check cashing business turned over the identification, of Vanzandt, used in each of the transactions.

This is the records summary for Aug. 7.

Fire claims rural Watkins barn, passerby saves animals

WATKINS -- A passerby released the livestock from a burning cattle barn and saved the animals Sunday afternoon at a rural Watkins farm.

According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, deputies and firefighters from Watkins, Kimball, Cold Spring and Eden Valley responded to a fire around 4:45 p.m. Sunday at the John and Louise Schutz farm, 16356 County Road 21.

The passerby noticed smoke coming from one of the cattle barns and noted that there was no one home at the residence. The person then released the animals from the barn. None were injured.

Two farm buildings were fully engulfed and the fire crews were unable to save the buildings.

Sheriff's Office investigating thefts from vehicles by teens

KANDIYOHI -- The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office is continuing an investigation into a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles in several area communities.

According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, the thefts happened in Litchfield, Grove City and Atwater and four teenagers were apprehended around 3:30 a.m. Monday in Kandiyohi in connection to the thefts. The teens were not arrested, but were released to their parents, Hartog said.

The investigation included the execution of a search warrant on a vehicle allegedly used in the thefts.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of items from a vehicle was reported around 6 p.m. Sunday along the 1500 block of Second Street Northeast.

WILLMAR -- The theft of items from a vehicle was reported around 5 p.m. Sunday along the 700 block of 23rd Street Southeast.

SPICER -- The theft of an antique outboard motor was reported around 8:15 a.m. Monday along Agnes Street.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Billy Jo Brian Vanzandt, 32, of Minneapolis, made his first appearance Thursday on two felony charges of check forgery for allegedly writing more than $7,000 in bad checks on another man's account.

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000. His next appearance is Aug. 30.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on Oct. 5 to investigate a check forgery. A man reported that he'd been notified by a check cashing business that checks had been written on insufficient funds on his checking account. The man said he'd not used the account for some time and suspected his roommate, Vanzandt, at Becker House in Willmar.

The investigation revealed that eight checks had been written in September and October on the account for a total of $7,025, all to Billy Vanzandt. The check cashing business turned over the identification, of Vanzandt, used in each of the transactions.

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