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

This is the records summary for May 16.

Milan, Dawson women to hospital after Montevideo crash

MONTEVIDEO — Two women were taken to Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in a two vehicle crash around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Montevideo.


According to the State Patrol, Burnette G. Larson, 89, of Milan, was driving a 2006 Chevy Impala northbound on County Road 15 and collided with a 2001 Ford Windstar driven westbound on State Highway 7 by Roger Lien, 70, of Dawson.

Larson and Lien’s passenger, Marlys Lien, 67, of Dawson, were taken to the hospital. Roger Lien was not injured. All three were wearing their seat belts.

Also responding was the Montevideo Police Department.

Passenger to hospital after Willmar crash

WILLMAR — A 9-year-old passenger of one of two vehicles involved in an intersection crash around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Fifth Street and Monongalia Avenue Southwest was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The child was a passenger in a 2002 Chevy driven westbound on Monongalia by Perla Diaz, 44, of Willmar. Diaz stopped at the stop sign and then pulled out, failing to yield for a 2005 Chrysler van driven southbound on Fifth Street by Joanne Shannon, 78, of Willmar.

Diaz was cited for not having insurance on the vehicle.

Police investigating assault at Rice Park

WILLMAR — Willmar Police are continuing to investigate an assault that was reported around 6:45 p.m. Monday at Rice Park.

According to Chief David Wyffels, the 28-year-old victim told police he was sitting on a park bench when two Hispanic males came to him and assaulted him. The two men, who appeared to be about 20 years old, then walked away. The man suffered facial injuries and went on his own to receive medical attention.


WILLMAR — The theft of tools and an iPod from a garage was reported around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday along the 2200 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast.


WILLMAR — A domestic assault was reported around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 300 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast.

Grass fire

WILLMAR — The Willmar Fire Department was called just after midnight Wednesday to a grass fire near Fairview Cemetery, 2400 Gorton Avenue N.W. The department was on the scene for about an hour.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Christopher Peter Padin, 16, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault for assaulting another student on Dec. 3 at Willmar Senior High School.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony level charge of third-degree assault. He will be sentenced June 11.

The charge was filed after a 16-year-old student reported to the school resource officer that Padin had hit him in the face multiple times while they were in the commons area of the school. The teen had two chipped teeth and one of the teeth was very loose.

Padin was interviewed and admitted to hitting the other teen because the teen had made sexual comments about a girl. Another student also video-recorded the incident on a cell phone.