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Traffic was reduced to one lane for more than one hour Wednesday morning on Highway 71/23 as law enforcement and emergency responders cleared the scene involving a 1968 Ford Galaxy and Duininck Company concrete truck. Tribune photo by Kelly Boldan

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

This is the records summary for Aug. 19

Concrete truck, car collide, both drivers refuse medical attention

WILLMAR -- Both drivers involved in a two-vehicle crash around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday north of Willmar refused medical attention from emergency responders.

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According to the State Patrol, Leroy Ekstrom, 88, of Willmar, was northbound on Highway 71/23 and attempting to turn and cross the southbound lanes of traffic onto 48th Avenue when his 1968 Ford Galaxy was struck by a southbound Duininck Company concrete truck driven by John Francis Woodring, 45, of Clara City.

According to the patrol, the concrete truck, which was empty, left 170 feet of skid marks on the highway before the location of the impact along the right side of the highway. After the impact, the truck rolled into the ditch onto its passenger side.

Traffic along the highway was reduced to one lane for more than one hour as law enforcement and emergency responders cleared the scene. Also responding were the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Rescue Squad, Willmar Fire Department and MnDOT crews.

Sheriff warns of money scam, urges citizens to research charities

WILLMAR -- A scam, with individuals contacting local citizens by e-mail or phone and asking for money, is taking place in west central Minnesota.

According to a news release from Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog, the scam involves a person contacting citizens and stating that he or she is on a trip to Cyprus or some other country for a program. The person says they are having difficulties because they misplaced their wallet and don't have money to pay hotel bills or get themselves home. The person also mentions working with the local embassy and states that the embassy officials are not responding effectively. Then, the caller will ask the person to send whatever they can afford to help them.

The person also states that they will refund the money and that they don't have a phone where they can be reached.

Citizens are reminded to only donate money to legitimate charities and if they have concerns about a charity, to research before giving a donation.

Also, citizens are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency with questions regarding individuals asking for donations.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of cable television services was reported around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday along the 700 block of 16th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off theft was reported around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday at Casey's, 1021 19th Ave. S.W. The unpaid bill was $14.01.

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