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This is the records summary for Dec. 14.


WILLMAR — A 14-year-old boy was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital after a one-vehicle crash Thursday morning.


The crash occurred at 7:40 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 71 Northeast and Hawaii Street in Willmar, according to a release from Willmar Police.

A northbound 1996 Geo Prism had apparently lost control while passing another car and then struck the median and a light pole. The street was snow-covered, according to the release.

The driver was identified as Christian Schmidt, 16, of Willmar. A 14-year-old passenger was injured and transported to Rice Hospital via Willmar Ambulance.

Police were also assisted at the scene by the Willmar Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and Willmar Municipal Utilities.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jarod Jeffrey Hennen, 23, of Willmar, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of tampering with a witness, first degree, Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation. He is expected to receive a stayed imposition of sentence, according to a plea agreement in the case.

The criminal complaint charged that Hennen used a tire iron to smash a windshield of a vehicle owned by a man he accused of being an informant against him in Stearns County, where he was charged with fifth degree sale of marijuana.

The complaint charged that Hennen drove around the community of Kandiyohi on Sept. 29 until he located the victim’s residence. He allegedly smashed the windshield, which triggered an alarm.

The victim followed the defendant to Willmar in a vehicle and a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy responded to his call. A witness told deputies Hennen smashed the windshield and he then admitted to it, according to the complaint.

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