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

Eagle Lake womanslightly hurt in rollover

FAIRFAX -- A 36-year-old Eagle Lake woman complained of side pain, but did not want medical attention, after a one-vehicle rollover accident around 4 a.m. Tuesday near Fairfax.

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According to the State Patrol, Heather A. Reiniger was driving a 2002 Buick Rendevous on State Highway 4 south of Fairfax, swerved to avoid a deer and rolled the vehicle into the ditch.

Property damage

SUNBURG -- Damage to a soda vending machine was reported around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Tollefson Oil, 115 Front St.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jonathan Mark Larsen, 27, of Hutchinson, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation, 180 days in the county jail and a $1,500 fine for possessing a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of a violent crime conviction.

Larson will also be prohibited from possessing firearms for life.

The charge was filed after Oct. 25, when a Department of Natural Resources officer was following up on a trespassing complaint received on waterfowl hunters on the west side of Lake Lillian. Larson was in the group of five hunters and his shotgun, license and stamps were checked by the officer. A few days later, the officer was checking members of the group through the state system and learned that Larson had prior felony convictions, for theft by swindle in McLeod County and burglary and theft in Meeker County. Both were in 2001. DNR records showed in he bought a firearms deer license from 2002 to 2007 and tagged a deer in 2006.

Two DNR officers went to Larson's home, where he allegedly admitted he was hunting with the group, showed officers the shotgun and said he thought his hunting rights were restored in 2006. A review of his criminal history showed that in May 2005, the stay of execution on his sentence for the burglary charge was revoked, resulting in an 18-month commitment to the Department of Corrections.

- Muhamad Nur Abdi, 25, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property for smashing the windows of a vehicle parked in downtown Willmar.

He will be sentenced Sept. 22.

The charges were filed after two Willmar police officers were called around 1:30 a.m. May 12 to the downtown area on a report that a van was being broken into. They observed a van with numerous broken windows and a boom-box type stereo lying in the street nearby. It appeared the boom box had been used to strike something. The owner of the vehicle told officers that a man who lived in a nearby building had done the damage. Abdi, the man, denied involvement but could not explain why he had bleeding cuts on his hands. He was arrested and when searched, officers found a pipe that smelled of marijuana in his pocket. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $1,200.

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