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Records, June 29

Three hurt in two-vehicle crash

WILLMAR -- Three people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of state Highway 40 and County Road 5 in Willmar, the Minnesota State Patrol said.

Injured were Harriet Dittes, 69, of Prinsburg, who was southbound on County Road 5 in a 1998 Chrysler minivan, and Jennifer Gomes, 26, of Fridley and a 1-year-old girl passenger who were eastbound on Highway 40 in a 2005 Toyota.

The State Patrol said all three were transported by Willmar Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar where they were treated and released.

Other agencies responding to the crash were Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Willmar Police Department, Willmar Fire Department, which dealt with cleanup of fluids on the roadway, and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, which helped with traffic control.

Fire destroys home in rural New London

NEW LONDON -- The New London Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that started in a parked truck Friday afternoon and destroyed the Jeffrey Meyer home of rural New London.

New London Fire Chief Sig Holme said a neighbor reported the fire at 2:12 p.m. at 9335 Riverwood Circle. The truck was parked next to the garage when the fire started. Holme said the garage was engulfed and the house was half engulfed when firefighters arrived. No one was home at the time.

New London firefighters received mutual aid from the Belgrade, Spicer and Sunburg fire departments. One firefighter suffered a back injury and the Meyer family dog died in the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for three hours.

Fire destroys rural Atwater home

ATWATER -- Fire destroyed an unoccupied rural Atwater house Saturday night at 10130 195th St. S.E. A passerby reported the fire at 10:52 p.m. Saturday. Atwater Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz said the two-story house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. He said the cause is not known.

The Atwater department requested mutual aid from the Lake Lillian and Grove City fire departments, which provided tankers and pumpers, said Schwartz. No one was hurt and firefighters were on the scene almost three hours.


BIRD ISLAND -- The Renville County Sheriff's Office said two persons injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash approximately five miles south of Bird Island were airlifted for treatment at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

They were Matt Sorem, 22, of rural Bird Island and Phillip Varberg, 20, of California. The conditions of the individuals are unknown at this time, the Sheriff's Office said.

The crash was reported at 1:47 p.m. at the intersection of Renville County Road 5 and 760th Avenue. The caller reported that one of the victims was trapped inside the vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Bird Island Police, Bird Island First Responders, Bird Island Fire Department, State Patrol, Olivia Ambulance, Olivia Fire and Rescue, North Air Care and Life-Link.

OGILVIE -- The State Patrol said Harold W. Anderson, 67, of Granite Falls suffered a head injury and broken ribs when the 2007 Kenworth tanker truck he was driving went off state Highway 23 and rolled over at 3:36 a.m. Saturday four miles west of Ogilvie. The State Patrol said Anderson was treated at St. Cloud Hospital.

Criminal damage

WILLMAR -- A resident in the 900 block of Olena Avenue Southeast reported Saturday the side mirror was broken on a truck. Willmar police investigated.


NEW LONDON -- Tools and other items valued at $4,658 were stolen from a detached garage in the 2800 block of 195th Avenue Northeast, rural New London, according to a report to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office. Taken were a Black and Decker chain saw, a Skil Sawzall and jigsaw, 30 CDs and three gallons of gasoline.