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


WILLMAR — Heavy snow and slick roads resulted in numerous crashes and vehicles in ditches on Thursday and Friday morning. Highways were temporarily blocked in some regions while crashes were cleared up.


Most of the accidents didn’t result in serious injuries, however three people were injured when an armored truck and a semi collided in a head-on crash Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 71 near Renville County Road 2.

According to the State Patrol a 2002 Ford Econovan, driven by Mark Morris, 33, of Sioux Falls, S.D. was going south on Highway 71 when it lost control on icy roads and collided with a semi driven by Kevin Winters, 55, of De Pere, Wis.

Both drivers and a passenger in the armored truck, Drew Letcher, 22, of Sioux Falls, were taken to the hospital in Redwood Falls.


WILLMAR — A Willmar man who had previously reported to police that his identity was being used by an individual in North Carolina filed another complaint with police Friday that his identity is continued to be used, resulting in a financial loss.

The man told police that the identity thief had been fired from his job, apparently after it was revealed that he was working under a stolen identity. But now the individual was collecting unemployment payments under the false identity. The victim said that resulted in loss of a tax refund.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Frank Louis Klang, 46, of Willmar is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $80,000 unconditional bail on three drug-related char-ges, including possession of 36.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Klang made his first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Friday.

The felony charge of first degree controlled substance carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, according to the court file.

Klang is also charged with two counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which are petty misdemeanors.

Klang was arrested Thursday afternoon when officers with the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force acted on a tip that drugs were being sold at a residence in the 1000 block of Second Street Southeast.

Officers knocked on the door and when Klang answered it he was asked if there drugs in the apartment.

According to the police report, Klang initially denied having drugs in the home but later opened a drawer in a coffee table where several bags of a white substance, which field-tested positive as meth, were found.

Klang has two prior convictions for drug-related charges including third degree sale and fifth degree possession of controlled substances. Both of those convictions were in 2011.

Judge Stephanie Beckman set Klang’s next court appearance for April 29.

- Simon Torres III, 18, of Willmar made a first court appearance Friday on two felony drug charges, including fifth degree sale and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.

Torres was arrested Thursday night after a Willmar police officer saw him in his vehicle, which was running and parked in front of a Willmar residence, and confirmed that Torres had a suspended driving license.

Police discovered 91 grams of marijuana and $525 in cash in Torres’ possession in the vehicle.

Judge Stephanie Beckman set unconditional bail at $30,000.

His next court appearance is set for April 29.

Marriage Licenses

Kandiyohi County

Alfred Leon Richard, Jr., Willmar; Tawnya Maria Alvarado, Willmar

Noah David Retka, Le Sueur; Tamara Jo Hoese, Glencoe

Benjamin Michael Stiff, Willmar; Lisa Lynn Carlson, Willmar

Jacob Robert Gerhardson, Spicer; Libby June Liedman, Spicer