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


WILLMAR -- Three incidents of spray-painted graffiti were reported Thursday night and Friday to Willmar Police.

The graffiti was found on a building in the 400 block of Southwest Minnesota Avenue, under a railroad bridge at Highway 12 and 28th Street Southwest, and on a business sign and building in the 100 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast.


Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Alan Lee Miller, Ramsey, and Carla Jane Kahle Vauk, Spicer.

Christopher Thomas Guse, Kerkhoven, and Katie Lynn Syverson, Kerkhoven.

Matthew Laurence Allinder, Willmar, and Mallory Janell Moore, Spicer.

Lee Thomas Martin, Willmar, and Amber Nicole Austad, Litchfield.

Jordan Patrick Rozeboom, Mason, Mich., and Jennifer Joy Blom, Prinsburg.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Veronica A. Garcia, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation, $100 in fines and 180 days in the county jail on two felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance theft and perjury.

She was also ordered to pay $18,940 in restitution to Kandiyohi County Family Services, gain employment within 30 days of her release from jail, attend a property crime impact panel and write a two-page paper about it.

In return for the guilty pleas, 12 other perjury charges were dismissed.

The charges were filed after an investigation revealed that Garcia accepted $18,940 in public assistance over payments from Kandiyohi County Family Service from Sept. 2005 to Dec. 2007.

During this period, she signed a variety of documents with statements on her household income and the number of dependent children in her care. A subsequent investigation determined that a man who was the father of three of the children claimed as dependents was living with her and had income from employment during this period. The defendant did not acknowledge his presence or income in the statements, resulting in the over payment of assistance.

Confronted about the allegations, the complaint charges that she told an investigator that she did not want to acknowledge the man's presence because she was afraid of immigration issues and that she would pay the county back for the over payments.

- Matthew Allen Bloom-quist, 20, of Hawick, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly slashing a knife at two people.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional release allowed for $10,000. His next court appearance is May 26. Bloomquist also faces misdemeanor charges of domestic assault, damage to property and disorderly conduct.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called to a rural Hawick address April 15 for a domestic situation. A woman there said Bloomquist had come to the home intoxicated and asked for a ride to New London. When she told him he'd have to wait, he got angry, took a knife and slashed a tire on her vehicle. He then approached her and another person with the knife, slashing it in their direction before running off. Deputies were unable to find him.