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

This is the records summary for Aug. 12.

Lake Lillian man hurt in motorcycle crash

LAKE LILLIAN -- A 60-year-old Lake Lillian man was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash around 5 p.m. Wednesday.


According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Thomas Rieke was driving a 1998 Harley-Davidson southbound on Big Kandi Drive and lost control of the cycle, which began sliding sideways and then tumbled over. Rieke was not wearing a helmet.


WILLMAR -- The theft of $300 from a purse was reported around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at Burger King, 1201 First St. S.

LAKE LILLIAN -- The theft of a skid loader was reported around 11 a.m. Thursday along 60th Street Southeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a window was reported around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday along the 700 block of 17th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle was reported around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday along Bernard Street.

WILLMAR -- Damage to a window and egg debris on the window was reported around 1 a.m. Thursday along the 700 block of Johanna Avenue Southeast.

Impaired driving enforcement starts today

WILLMAR -- Area law enforcement agencies are participating in the statewide impaired driving enforcement effort that runs from today to Sept. 6.

Agencies involved include the Willmar, Montevideo and Benson police departments and the Kandiyohi, Chippewa, Swift and Meeker County sheriff's offices.

According to a news release from Meeker Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the three weekends this enforcement period covers were among the top 11 deadliest weekends of the year for drunk driving over the last three years, 2007-2009.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates this effort. Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will participate in the effort aimed toward taking impaired drivers off the road and encouraging motorists to make safe decisions. Last year, alcohol-related crashes factored in 141 deaths of 421 total road fatalities.