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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Oct. 18.

Hector man killed in

North Dakota truck crash

GARDNER, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a man who died in a trucking accident Tuesday near Gardner as 49-year-old George M. Grimm of Hector.

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Grimm was traveling eastbound on Cass County Road 26 about four miles east of Gardner when the 1984 International truck drifted off the blacktop road into the south ditch, the Patrol stated in a news release.

Grimm overcorrected and lost control, and the truck went back onto the road where it rolled and entered the south ditch a second time, the Patrol stated in a news release.

Grimm was ejected and died at the scene.

Forum Communications reports

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a garage door was reported around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday along the 3100 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest.

WILLMAR -- Slashed tires on a vehicle were reported around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday along the 200 block of Benson Avenue Southwest.

WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported around 8 a.m. Wednesday along the 500 block of Fifth Street Southwest.

Theft

NEW LONDON -- The theft of a chain saw and a gas can was reported around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday along the 19000 block of 65th Street Northwest.

Assault

WILLMAR -- A woman reported she had been assaulted around 8 p.m. Tuesday along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.

Fire burns $600K in equipment

in southern Meeker County

LITCHFIELD -- More than $600,000 in farm equipment was lost in an early morning fire Tuesday in southern Meeker County.

According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting the fire around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning about a half mile west of State Highway 22 along 180th Avenue in Greenleaf Township.

The responding deputy arrived to find a Case combine with a stalk chopping corn head and a Caterpillar tractor and grain cart engulfed in flames. The Litchfield Fire Department extinguished the flames before the blaze reached unharvested corn.

The equipment, owned by Douglas Johnson of Litchfield.

Woman, 72, critically burned

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A 72-year-old woman is in critical condition after a backyard fire at a farm in northern Minnesota.

The Itasca County sheriff's office says Patricia Pauna suffered severe burns on her legs and arms when she tried to put out the grass fire with a shovel Tuesday.

Pauna was airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary's Duluth Hospital burn unit.

She was in critical condition Wednesday.

Authorities say the fire started from a burning pit in the backyard and spread to tall grass and outbuildings. The fire was contained soon after firefighters arrived.

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