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Starbuck resident arrested for alleged bat assault

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SWIFT FALLS -- A Starbuck man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly attacking another man with a bat in Swift Falls.

Ricky Kimble, 34, of Swift Falls, is in critical condition at St. Cloud Hospital after being struck in the head.

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John Evans, 24, of Starbuck, was arrested and is being held on a charge of second-degree assault.

According to Swift County Sheriff John Holtz, the incident occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Danelz Avenue in Swift Falls.

Authorities were notified that Kimble had been struck in the head with a bat and needed an ambulance.

Kimble was taken to Swift County-Benson Hospital and later transferred to St. Cloud Hospital.

Holtz said it appears alcohol was a factor in the altercation. "The incident is still under investigation at this time," he said.

Swift County deputies and a Benson police officer responded to the scene as well as Swift Falls First Responders, Swift County Benson Ambulance and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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