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This is the records summary for Jan. 7.


SPICER — A 40-year-old Willmar man was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Saturday at Zorbaz, 159 Lake Ave. S, in Spicer. He was taken to detox on a peace officer hold and arrested for fourth-degree driving while intoxicated.


WILLMAR — A 19-year-old Willmar man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of fifth-degree assault, domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation, a felony charge. The man was arrested in the 3000 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest shortly before 6 a.m.

WILLMAR — A 27-year-old Willmar man was arrested for fifth-degree assault, domestic assault and driving after revocation in the 300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast. The incident was reported at 11:25 a.m. Saturday.


BLOMKEST — The Blomkest Fire Department was dispatched to a fish house fire at 45th Street Southeast and the Kandi-Renville Line Road shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. According to law enforcement reports, the fish house was totaled in a fire that may have been caused by electrical issues.

Renville County collects 201 pounds of unused meds

OLIVIA — The Renville County Sheriff’s Office collected 201 pounds of expired or otherwise unused medications in its Drug Take-back program, which was launched May 1.

The department had also collected nearly 110 pounds of medication in a one-day drug take-back event in April.

“This program has obviously been very successful” said Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable in a news release. “To put the weight of medications collected into perspective, think about how many bottles of pills it might take to equal the weight of a 5-pound bag of sugar, or a 40-pound bag of softener salt. To make 201 pounds, we’ve collected an enormous number of pills in the last eight months.”

Renville County residents are encouraged to deposit their unused medications in the drop-off box at the Renville County Office Building in Olivia. The box is available free of charge to county residents, 24 hours a day, no questions asked. Pills should be left in their original containers and patients’ names should be blacked out or scratched off the bottles.

Following collection, medications are incinerated at a specialized facility.

Flushing unused medication is discouraged. Wastewater treatment systems don’t remove many medications’ active ingredients, which results in the medication getting into lakes, streams and water supplies. Likewise, by throwing unused medication in the trash, the pills end up in landfills, where they can have the same effect.

“Getting rid of unused medication decreases the chance of accidental overdoses by children and may also take away the motive for some home burglaries and thefts,” Hable said.

The Sheriff’s Office operates its drug take-back program in a partnership with Renville County Public Health, Renville County Water and Household Hazardous Waste and the RAPAD Coalition.