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This is the records summary for Oct. 23.

Kandiyohi County

K9 officer dies,

program under review

WILLMAR -- One of two dogs serving as K9 officers for the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office was recently euthanized.

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According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, the 9-year-old black Labrador retriever named "Angel" had a medical condition for which there was no cure, so she had to be put down by her veterinarian two weeks ago.

The dog was one of two in the department. Niko, who is 12 years old, is still working with Deputy Eric Holien. Angel worked with Deputy Rick Rolffs.

In light of the dog's death and the future retirement of Niko, Hartog says the Sheriff's Office is reviewing the K9 program to determine how the program will be handled in the future.

Madison man killed

by falling tree

MADISON -- A 32-year-old Madison man died as a result of injuries sustained Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on him at a rural Madison location.

According to a news release from Lac qui Parle Sheriff Rick Halvorson, Robert Tonn was one of three men cutting down trees in Section 17 of Hamlin Township. Apparently, a tree twisted and fell the wrong way, striking Tonn.

The incident was reported around 2 p.m. Sunday and the Sheriff's Office and the Madison Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. Tonn was taken by ambulance to Madison Hospital and later air lifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died.

The incident is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

State seat belt compliance climbs, region still lags behind

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's new seat belt compliance rate is 93.6 percent, marking another increase in belt use which has resulted in fewer unbelted deaths, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. DPS conducted its annual observational belt use survey in June.

DPS officials attribute the continued increase in seat belt use to awareness and enforcement of the state's primary seat belt law, which became effective in June 2009.

In addition to the annual statewide survey, Toward Zero Deaths partners conduct separate, Greater Minnesota regional belt use surveys. Officials stress that the regional surveys are unrelated to the statewide survey and cannot be compared to the statewide results. The statewide survey provides a comprehensive gauge of statewide belt use, while the regional surveys have a smaller sample size and aim to provide an additional snapshot of belt use to measure local progress.

In the southwest Minnesota counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine, surveyors found that 82.5 percent of drivers and passengers were wearing their seat belt. That's up from the 81.1 percent in 2011.

The announcement of the new seat belt use rate comes during a statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that runs through Friday.

"The continued increase in belt use reflects a growing culture of safety on our roads that will lead to fewer tragedies," says DPS Commissioner Mona Dohman. "Yet the issue remains serious considering more than 100 people are killed annually who were not buckled up and could be with us today."

Rural Dassel summer home burns, cause under investigation

DASSEL -- The cause of a fire that burned a summer home Sunday evening in rural Dassel is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, the State Fire Marshal, and the Dassel Fire Department.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, a neighbor to the David and Brenda Munsinger home at 74642 250th Street reported the fire around 8:45 p.m. Sunday. The Dassel and Cokato fire departments arrived to find the home fully engulfed and then extinguished the blaze, but the house was a total loss.

The owners, who live in Mounds View, had been at the home earlier in the day. No one was injured and no other buildings were damaged.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of more than $2,000 in tools was reported around 11 a.m. Monday along the 900 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast. The tools were stored in a locked trailer that was broken into at that location.

ATWATER -- The theft of a saw and overalls was reported around 1 p.m. Sunday along the 15000 block of 75th Avenue Northeast.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Gerald Anthony Knisely, Paynesville; Michele Marie Barg, Paynesville

Property damage

SPICER -- Damage to a trailer and the theft of a small amount of change was reported around 2:20 p.m. Sunday along Third Avenue.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Gabriella Marie Engelkes, 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to two days in jail, a $500 fine and two years of probation on a felony charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer for kicking a corrections officer in the face at the county jail.

Engelkes was given credit for two days already served in custody and ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment, not use drugs or alcohol, write an apology letter and submit to counseling as directed by probation officials.

She received a stay of adjudication on her sentence. Under the stay, no conviction will appear on her record if she complies with the conditions of sentence.

The charge was filed after a deputy was called to the jail June 19 regarding an assault by a jail inmate on a corrections office. The officer had attempted to put Engelkes in a restraint chair after Engelkes repeatedly hit her head against a wall in her cell. The officer had a red mark on her face and was experiencing pain and nausea. The deputy suspected the officer had sustained a concussion and she was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment.

This is the records summary for Oct. 23.

Kandiyohi County

K9 officer dies,

program under review

WILLMAR -- One of two dogs serving as K9 officers for the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office was recently euthanized.

According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, the 9-year-old black Labrador retriever named "Angel" had a medical condition for which there was no cure, so she had to be put down by her veterinarian two weeks ago.

The dog was one of two in the department. Niko, who is 12 years old, is still working with Deputy Eric Holien. Angel worked with Deputy Rick Rolffs.

In light of the dog's death and the future retirement of Niko, Hartog says the Sheriff's Office is reviewing the K9 program to determine how the program will be handled in the future.

Madison man killed

by falling tree

MADISON -- A 32-year-old Madison man died as a result of injuries sustained Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on him at a rural Madison location.

According to a news release from Lac qui Parle Sheriff Rick Halvorson, Robert Tonn was one of three men cutting down trees in Section 17 of Hamlin Township. Apparently, a tree twisted and fell the wrong way, striking Tonn.

The incident was reported around 2 p.m. Sunday and the Sheriff's Office and the Madison Ambulance were dispatched to the scene. Tonn was taken by ambulance to Madison Hospital and later air lifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where he died.

The incident is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

State seat belt compliance climbs, region still lags behind

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's new seat belt compliance rate is 93.6 percent, marking another increase in belt use which has resulted in fewer unbelted deaths, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. DPS conducted its annual observational belt use survey in June.

DPS officials attribute the continued increase in seat belt use to awareness and enforcement of the state's primary seat belt law, which became effective in June 2009.

In addition to the annual statewide survey, Toward Zero Deaths partners conduct separate, Greater Minnesota regional belt use surveys. Officials stress that the regional surveys are unrelated to the statewide survey and cannot be compared to the statewide results. The statewide survey provides a comprehensive gauge of statewide belt use, while the regional surveys have a smaller sample size and aim to provide an additional snapshot of belt use to measure local progress.

In the southwest Minnesota counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine, surveyors found that 82.5 percent of drivers and passengers were wearing their seat belt. That's up from the 81.1 percent in 2011.

The announcement of the new seat belt use rate comes during a statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that runs through Friday.

"The continued increase in belt use reflects a growing culture of safety on our roads that will lead to fewer tragedies," says DPS Commissioner Mona Dohman. "Yet the issue remains serious considering more than 100 people are killed annually who were not buckled up and could be with us today."

Rural Dassel summer home burns, cause under investigation

DASSEL -- The cause of a fire that burned a summer home Sunday evening in rural Dassel is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, the State Fire Marshal, and the Dassel Fire Department.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, a neighbor to the David and Brenda Munsinger home at 74642 250th Street reported the fire around 8:45 p.m. Sunday. The Dassel and Cokato fire departments arrived to find the home fully engulfed and then extinguished the blaze, but the house was a total loss.

The owners, who live in Mounds View, had been at the home earlier in the day. No one was injured and no other buildings were damaged.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of more than $2,000 in tools was reported around 11 a.m. Monday along the 900 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast. The tools were stored in a locked trailer that was broken into at that location.

ATWATER -- The theft of a saw and overalls was reported around 1 p.m. Sunday along the 15000 block of 75th Avenue Northeast.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Gerald Anthony Knisely, Paynesville; Michele Marie Barg, Paynesville

Property damage

SPICER -- Damage to a trailer and the theft of a small amount of change was reported around 2:20 p.m. Sunday along Third Avenue.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Gabriella Marie Engelkes, 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to two days in jail, a $500 fine and two years of probation on a felony charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer for kicking a corrections officer in the face at the county jail.

Engelkes was given credit for two days already served in custody and ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment, not use drugs or alcohol, write an apology letter and submit to counseling as directed by probation officials.

She received a stay of adjudication on her sentence. Under the stay, no conviction will appear on her record if she complies with the conditions of sentence.

The charge was filed after a deputy was called to the jail June 19 regarding an assault by a jail inmate on a corrections office. The officer had attempted to put Engelkes in a restraint chair after Engelkes repeatedly hit her head against a wall in her cell. The officer had a red mark on her face and was experiencing pain and nausea. The deputy suspected the officer had sustained a concussion and she was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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