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Sonshine police calls decrease

WILLMAR -- Willmar Police Chief David Wyffels this week presented statistics on police department activity during the Sonshine music festival that took place July 13-17 in Willmar.

Wyffels said the Christian rock festival has historically been a well-run event. He said police employees worked 334.5 hours in preparation and during the event, and the department billed $13,299 for services provided to Sonshine.

Police received 30 calls generated specifically to Sonshine in 2011, compared with 99 in 2010, 138 in 2009, 105 in 2008 and 93 in 2007. Police issued 67 parking tickets in 2011, compared with 62 in 2010, 63 in 2009, 75 in 2008 and 81 in 2007.

Willmar Ambulance Service served 318 patients, of which 276 were from Minnesota.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 people -- mostly from Minnesota -- attend theannual music festival, Wyffels said.

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