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This is the records summary for Oct. 2.

New London Fire Department responds to bailer, grass fires

NEW LONDON -- The New London Fire Department responded to a field fire around 12:15 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Highway 71 and 165th Avenue Northeast.

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According to Mark Skindelien, the fire was started by a bearing that overheated on a baler making corn stalk bales. The men working in the field were able to dump the bale out of the baler and used a manure spreader to spray to contain the fire before the Fire Department arrived. There was a small portion of the field burned and the baler sustained minimal damage.

The department also responded to a grass fire around 4 p.m. along County Road 9 south of New London, Skindelien said. Residents burning yard debris in their backyard lost control of the fire, which burned into a field of standing corn.

Two to hospital after crash north of Kandiyohi

KANDIYOHI -- Two people were taken by Atwater Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash around 6:45 p.m. Sunday north of Kandiyohi.

According to the crash report by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Robert Dekraai, 38, of Kandiyohi, was northbound on County Road 8 in a 1997 GMC pickup and struck a 1998 Oldsmobile, driven by Tyler Solyntjes, 20, of Blomkest. The Oldsmobile was westbound on County Road 26, stopped at the stop sign and then pulled out in front of the oncoming pickup.

Solyntjes and his passenger, Anya Solyntjes, 22, were both taken for medical treatment.

Dekraai suffered a possible injury, but was not taken via ambulance for treatment. The four passengers in his vehicle were not injured.

Property damage

RAYMOND -- A broken window on a tractor was reported around 1:15 p.m. Monday along 120th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- Damage to the windows of two vehicles was reported around 4:20 a.m. Monday along the 500 block of Seventh Street Northwest.

Arrest

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old man was arrested on drunken driving charges around 4 p.m. Sunday after a property damage motor vehicle crash at the intersection of First Street South and Kandiyohi Avenue.

WILLMAR -- A 40-year-old man was arrested for driving after cancellation and speeding around 1:20 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Willmar Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Pamela Joy Tjaden, 45, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession.

As part of a plea agreement, two felony charges for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child and for fifth-degree drug possession will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Nov. 26.

The charges were filed after May 1, when CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents investigated a report of drug activity at Tjaden's apartment in the city of Willmar. She allowed the officers to search the apartment and they located a meth pipe and straw, which tested positive for meth, and Vicodin pills.

Tjaden admitted to using drugs two to three times per week. She also cared for a 1-year-old child multiple times per week at the same residence.

n Cristian Arrellano Vergara, 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of third-degree drug sale for arranging the sale of methamphetamine and marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force on Aug. 9 at a Willmar apartment.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from second-degree level and another felony for fifth-degree drug sale will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 19.

The charges were filed after a controlled buy was set up for 3.5 grams of meth and an ounce of marijuana and was supposed to happen in the Willow Run apartments in southwest Willmar.

The informant met a man, identified as Vergara, outside of the apartment complex and then both men went inside a building. The informant told agents that Vergara told him to wait in the hallway while he went to get the drugs from his supplier, who did not want the informant to know who he was. The informant gave Vergara $450 to purchase the drugs.

Other agents who were monitoring the buy saw Vergara exit another door of the building and run into a parking lot. He was caught and arrested.

Vergara was interviewed and admitted that he set up the sale so that he could steal money.

This is the records summary for Oct. 2.

Fire destroys hay barn

PAYNESVILLE -- Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a wooden barn filled with 50 to 100 bales of straw at the Frank Yanish farm on the west side of Lake Koronis Saturday afternoon.

Paynesville Fire Chief Bob Liestman said the barn was engulfed when firefighters arrived. The Paynesvlle department hauled water and the New London Fire Department assisted with manpower and a grass rig under mutual aid. The fire spread to and destroyed about 1½ acres of an adjacent wooded area.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 6 p.m. There were no injuries, said Liestman.

New London Fire Department responds

to bailer, grass fires

NEW LONDON -- The New London Fire Department responded to a field fire around 12:15 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Highway 71 and 165th Avenue Northeast.

According to Mark Skindelien, the fire was started by a bearing that overheated on a baler making corn stalk bales. The men working in the field were able to dump the bale out of the baler and used a manure spreader to spray to contain the fire before the Fire Department arrived. There was a small portion of the field burned and the baler sustained minimal damage.

The department also responded to a grass fire around 4 p.m. along County Road 9 south of New London, Skindelien said. Residents burning yard debris in their backyard lost control of the fire, which burned into a field of standing corn.

Two to hospital after crash north of Kandiyohi

KANDIYOHI -- Two people were taken by Atwater Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash around 6:45 p.m. Sunday north of Kandiyohi.

According to the crash report by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Robert Dekraai, 38, of Kandiyohi, was northbound on County Road 8 in a 1997 GMC pickup and struck a 1998 Oldsmobile, driven by Tyler Solyntjes, 20, of Blomkest. The Oldsmobile was westbound on County Road 26, stopped at the stop sign and then pulled out in front of the oncoming pickup.

Solyntjes and his passenger, Anya Solyntjes, 22, were both taken for medical treatment.

Dekraai suffered a possible injury, but was not taken via ambulance for treatment. The four passengers in his vehicle were not injured.

Property damage

RAYMOND -- A broken window on a tractor was reported around 1:15 p.m. Monday along 120th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- Damage to the windows of two vehicles was reported around 4:20 a.m. Monday along the 500 block of Seventh Street Northwest.

Arrest

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old man was arrested on drunken driving charges around 4 p.m. Sunday after a property damage motor vehicle crash at the intersection of First Street South and Kandiyohi Avenue.

WILLMAR -- A 40-year-old man was arrested for driving after cancellation and speeding around 1:20 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Willmar Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Pamela Joy Tjaden, 45, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession.

As part of a plea agreement, two felony charges for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child and for fifth-degree drug possession will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Nov. 26.

The charges were filed after May 1, when CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents investigated a report of drug activity at Tjaden's apartment in the city of Willmar. She allowed the officers to search the apartment and they located a meth pipe and straw, which tested positive for meth, and Vicodin pills.

Tjaden admitted to using drugs two to three times per week. She also cared for a 1-year-old child multiple times per week at the same residence.

- Cristian Arrellano Vergara, 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of third-degree drug sale for arranging the sale of methamphetamine and marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force on Aug. 9 at a Willmar apartment.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from second-degree level and another felony for fifth-degree drug sale will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 19.

The charges were filed after a controlled buy was set up for 3.5 grams of meth and an ounce of marijuana and was supposed to happen in the Willow Run apartments in southwest Willmar.

The informant met a man, identified as Vergara, outside of the apartment complex and then both men went inside a building. The informant told agents that Vergara told him to wait in the hallway while he went to get the drugs from his supplier, who did not want the informant to know who he was. The informant gave Vergara $450 to purchase the drugs.

Other agents who were monitoring the buy saw Vergara exit another door of the building and run into a parking lot. He was caught and arrested.

Vergara was interviewed and admitted that he set up the sale so that he could steal money.

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