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This is the records summary for Sept. 28.

Eden Valley home destroyed by fire Wednesday evening

EDEN VALLEY -- A rural Eden Valley home was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening, and an unattended portable heater is suspected as the cause of the blaze.

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According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, a passerby reported the fire at the William Matteson residence, 38031 State Highway 22, around 10 p.m. The caller reported the flames were coming through the roof of the house.

Fire departments from Eden Valley, Watkins and Litchfield were called to extinguish the blaze.

No one was home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family for a place to stay.

The blaze is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal and the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Daniel Gene Tensen, 30, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of second-degree assault for assaulting a man Aug. 9 at a Willmar gas station.

As part of a plea agreement, Tenson will be sentenced on gross misdemeanor sentencing guidelines. The departure was allowed if he complies with his mental health treatment program.

The charge was filed after a Willmar police officer was called around 12:40 p.m. Aug. 9 to Super America, 415 First St. S., on an assault. The officer approached a man who matched the assailant's description outside of the store and the man, who was identified as Tensen, denied he had been involved in any altercation.

However, Tensen appeared to be upset and was uncooperative with the officer, continuing to make comments about being "disrespected" by a person in the store. He said he pulled a knife because he thought the person would try to fight with him. He handed over a knife with a 3½- inch blade.

The person told the officer that he had seen Tensen in the store and called him "Kevin" because that's the name he knew Tensen by. The man said Tensen got mad, followed him out of the store and cursed him. When the man turned to talk to Tensen, he saw that Tensen had a knife in his hand. The man asked Tensen to put the knife away and got into a vehicle. He called law enforcement from a nearby location.

The man identified Tensen as the person who had the knife. Tensen was then arrested and taken to the county jail.

n Arturo Ruiz, 42, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats for a domestic incident Tuesday evening in Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $90,000. His next appearance is Oct. 22.

Ruiz also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 7 p.m. Tuesday regarding an ongoing assault in the southwest quadrant of the city.

A woman reported that Ruiz had used a knife to cut up items in a residence and threatened her with the knife, cutting her neck with the blade. Ruiz was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.

The woman, who had a 2½-inch cut on her neck, was interviewed and said that Ruiz was upset with a relative, threw a television on the floor, flipped over a table and used the knife to stab the sofa and a suitcase. The woman had attempted to call for help, but Ruiz cut the phone cord and line to disconnect the connection.

Ruiz also allegedly held the knife to the woman's stomach and neck, but she managed to get away and leave the house. However, Ruiz caught up to the woman as she walked down the street and put the knife against her back and threatened her and the relative.

Officers found two knives in the home, including one in Ruiz' possession, and household items damaged as the woman had reported.

This is the records summary for Sept. 28.

Eden Valley home destroyed by fire Wednesday evening

EDEN VALLEY -- A rural Eden Valley home was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening, and an unattended portable heater is suspected as the cause of the blaze.

According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, a passerby reported the fire at the William Matteson residence, 38031 State Highway 22, around 10 p.m. The caller reported the flames were coming through the roof of the house.

Fire departments from Eden Valley, Watkins and Litchfield were called to extinguish the blaze.

No one was home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family for a place to stay.

The blaze is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal and the Meeker County Sheriff's Office.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Daniel Gene Tensen, 30, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of second-degree assault for assaulting a man Aug. 9 at a Willmar gas station.

As part of a plea agreement, Tenson will be sentenced on gross misdemeanor sentencing guidelines. The departure was allowed if he complies with his mental health treatment program.

The charge was filed after a Willmar police officer was called around 12:40 p.m. Aug. 9 to Super America, 415 First St. S., on an assault. The officer approached a man who matched the assailant's description outside of the store and the man, who was identified as Tensen, denied he had been involved in any altercation.

However, Tensen appeared to be upset and was uncooperative with the officer, continuing to make comments about being "disrespected" by a person in the store. He said he pulled a knife because he thought the person would try to fight with him. He handed over a knife with a 3½- inch blade.

The person told the officer that he had seen Tensen in the store and called him "Kevin" because that's the name he knew Tensen by. The man said Tensen got mad, followed him out of the store and cursed him. When the man turned to talk to Tensen, he saw that Tensen had a knife in his hand. The man asked Tensen to put the knife away and got into a vehicle. He called law enforcement from a nearby location.

The man identified Tensen as the person who had the knife. Tensen was then arrested and taken to the county jail.

- Arturo Ruiz, 42, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats for a domestic incident Tuesday evening in Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $90,000. His next appearance is Oct. 22.

Ruiz also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 7 p.m. Tuesday regarding an ongoing assault in the southwest quadrant of the city.

A woman reported that Ruiz had used a knife to cut up items in a residence and threatened her with the knife, cutting her neck with the blade. Ruiz was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.

The woman, who had a 2½-inch cut on her neck, was interviewed and said that Ruiz was upset with a relative, threw a television on the floor, flipped over a table and used the knife to stab the sofa and a suitcase. The woman had attempted to call for help, but Ruiz cut the phone cord and line to disconnect the connection.

Ruiz also allegedly held the knife to the woman's stomach and neck, but she managed to get away and leave the house. However, Ruiz caught up to the woman as she walked down the street and put the knife against her back and threatened her and the relative.

Officers found two knives in the home, including one in Ruiz' possession, and household items damaged as the woman had reported.

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