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

Weekend full of fights

WILLMAR -- Area law enforcement responded to at least half-dozen fight calls over the weekend.

Three arrests were made and another citation was issued.

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Two incidents were reported at the Caribbean Club, 1108 N Business 71 in Willmar. One of those fights was reported at 1:11 a.m. on Saturday, when a 26-year old man was arrested on a warrant, and the other was reported at 12:36 a.m. on Sunday.

Willmar Police responded to another fight call at 12:41 a.m. Sunday at the VFW, 1108 East Highway 12, where they arrested a 23-year old man on disorderly conduct charges.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's department arrested a 23-year old Atwater woman at the IDK Sports Bar & Lanes, 122 N. Third St. in Atwater, following a report of a fight that was made to police at 1:21 a.m. on Sunday.

An 18-year old female was being treated at Rice Memorial Hospital at 3:24 a.m. Sunday after reporting she'd been "jumped" by three other females during a fight at Seventh Street Southwest and 15th Avenue. The victim, who was reportedly "extremely intoxicated" at Rice ER, was later cited with underage consumption.

Willmar Police took a call of a fight underway at 4:51 a.m. Sunday at Super America. The participants were gone by the time law enforcement arrived.

Willmar police also responded to a report of a loud party where males and females were reportedly running around without clothes on. That incident was reported at 3:05 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Southwest Fifth Street. When reporting the incident, the caller said people were "running around and being loud and some of them are naked."

Fire destroys garage

ATWATER -- A garage was destroyed in an early-morning fire Saturday in Atwater.

The Atwater Fire Department responded to the blaze, at 13760 East First Ave, at 2:20 a.m.

Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz said the wooden structure was "fully engulfed" in flames when crews arrived.

Because the building was about 12 feet away from the house, Schwartz said crews sprayed water on the home to prevent flames from spreading.

The garage and its contents were a total loss, said Schwartz. There were no vehicles in the building, but a number of lawn and garden tools, like lawn mowers and tillers that were stored in the garage were destroyed.

Schwartz said it's unknown how the blaze started.

Crews were on the scene for about two hours.

The Kandiyohi Fire Department assisted at the fire by providing a tanker.

Arrest made in assault

WILLMAR -- A 30-year old man from Kandiyohi was arrested Saturday for trying to strangle a woman during a domestic assault.

The incident was reported at 2:27 a.m. in the 700 block of Northwest Seventh Street. The man faces charges of assault by strangulation during a domestic incident.

Accidents

GLENCOE -- Three area teens were injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in McLeod County.

According to the State Patrol, Brennan Nordstrom, 19, of Montevideo, was driving a 2001 Chevy pickup that was also pulling an empty trailer, when the pick-up rolled over. Nordstrom was going west on state Highway 212 at the time of the accident, which was reported at 1 p.m. near Falcon Avenue in Glencoe.

Nordstrom was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the Glencoe Hospital.

A passenger, Zachary Lomax, 18, of Maynard was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis with unknown injuries.

Another passenger, Brianna Doty, 18, of Montevideo, was treated and released for injuries at the Glencoe Hospital.

About 10 minutes later, the State Patrol responded to another one-vehicle accident in McLeod County.

Jose Ramos, 36, of Hutchinson, was injured when the 2000 Chevy van he was driving rolled on Highway 7 near Falcon Avenue east of Silver Lake. He was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital and then flown to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

WATSON -- A South Dakota man was injured Friday when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line and struck a semi.

The accident happened around 6 p.m. on state Highway 7, north of Watson in Chippewa County.

According to the State Patrol, Jospeh Hoveland, 33, of Milbank, S.D., was going south on Highway 7 when his 1992 GMC Sierra crossed the center line and sideswiped a semi behind the fuel tank and dual tires.

Hoveland was taken to the Montevideo hospital where he was treated and released for injuries.

The driver of the semi, Todd Jordan, 47, of Winnebago, was not injured.

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