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

Bison calf killed

WILLMAR -- A 400-pound bison calf was shot and killed sometime over the weekend at the J & L Bison Ranch north of Willmar, according to ranch owner John Arndt.

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The matter was reported to authorities.

Arndt came upon the calf while giving a tour of the ranch Monday. The bullet went completely through the animal just below the heart, leading Arndt to believe that the culprit used a high-powered rifle.

Arndt wasn't sure about the motive, but said that his guess was that someone came to the ranch with the intention of getting a calf to eat. He speculated that the calf ran a distance after it had been shot, leading the person to believe that the calf was not harmed.

While he said this was the first incident where a bison had been shot, he often finds intruders on the property late at night.

"We give tours here, so I think people think they can come out here at night," he said. "We've really had problems here with that."

Arndt estimated the calf's value at more than $600. The ranch has 38 bison in total.

Theft

WILLMAR -- A Willmar man reported Tuesday to Willmar police that someone had been using his missing debit card. He said he may have left it at the Little Dukes carwash over the weekend. Records show that there were numerous attempts made to use the card at convenience stores and ATM machines throughout the area. The man, who canceled the card on Monday, said at the time of the report that he had lost $44 from his account.

WILLMAR -- A Willmar man reported to police that his painting tools had been stolen from his job site at the 400 block of Ninth Street Southwest in Willmar. The theft was reported at 4:13 p.m. Monday.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Vickie Lynn Jacobson, 46, of New London was sentenced Monday by Judge Michael Thompson to serve 90 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail and ordered to pay a fine and fees totaling $1,120 after the defendant pleaded guilty May 26 to a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. Three other charges were dismissed. Jacobson was arrested and charged in connection with a driving incident on March 18 on State Highway 9 northwest of New London. Court documents said Jacobson had two prior impaired-driving incidents on Sept. 22, 2000, and on Nov. 17, 2001.

- Judge Michael Thompson sentenced Rachel Paula O'Brien, 40, of Willmar on Tuesday to 44 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee on drug-related charges stemming from investigations during the past five years in Kandiyohi and Renville counties.

O'Brien had pleaded guilty on June 1, 2009, to felony third-degree narcotics sale on Dec. 7, 2007, for which she was charged with selling 2.7 grams of methamphetamine. A felony second-degree charge of conspiracy to sell 3 grams or more within a 90-day period was dismissed. The judge gave O'Brien credit for serving 32 days in jail and ordered payment of fine and fees totaling $1,587. Court documents said O'Brien had a prior conviction for third-degree controlled substance crime in Willmar.

The prison term will run concurrently with a 21-month prison sentence ordered Tuesday by Judge Thompson for O'Brien who violated the terms of her probation on a previous conviction. O'Brien had received a stay of imposition of sentence on Oct. 21, 2004, after pleading guilty to felony third-degree controlled substance crime in connection with a drug investigation on April 14, 2004. She was placed on probation and served 120 days in jail. One of the terms of her probation was to commit no felonies or other crimes.

Judge Thompson also sentenced O'Brien on Tuesday to 39 months in prison after the defendant pleaded guilty on June 1 to felony third-degree controlled substance crime. She was charged in connection with the sale of 1.5 grams of methamphetamine on May 2, 2009, in Morton. O'Brien was given credit for serving 32 days in the county jail and ordered to pay $1,087 in fine and fees. The judge ruled the sentence will run concurrently with the 44-month prison term.

- Jesse O'Brien, 26, of Brooten was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Thompson to serve 88 days in the county jail, and was given credit for serving 88 days, after O'Brien pleaded guilty May 11 to felony fifth-degree possession-not a small amount of marijuana. Two other charges were dismissed. The defendant was ordered to pay $1,590 in fine and fees. O'Brien was arrested on Feb. 13 in connection with a drug investigation in Willmar.

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