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No injuries reported in semi-car accident

WILLMAR -- Neither driver was injured in an accident between a semi and a passenger car around 6:30 p.m. Thursday along Highway 277 south of Highway 40 in Chippewa County.

According to the State Patrol, Glen W. Grube, 55, of St. Paul, was driving a 1973 International semi and was slowing to turn when a 2005 Saturn driven by Jacob L. Winberg, 22, of North Branch rear-ended the semi.

Driver strikes gas pump, faces possible charges

WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old man from Minneapolis faces possible charges of driving while impaired, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a driver's license after allegedly striking and damaging a gasoline pump at 9:48 p.m. Thursday at the Willmar Holiday Store, 810 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

Dolan Mitchell Gurley of Minneapolis was the driver of a 1993 Mazda that backed into a gas pump at the station and then drove off, according to a police report of the incident. A Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy located Gurley in his vehicle on Gorton Avenue a short time later and placed him under arrest.


WILLMAR -- A small, almond-colored cash box and about $15 was stolen from the Hennen Furniture Store on Abbott Avenue Southeast, Willmar. It was reported Friday.

Accident on Litchfield Ave.

WILLMAR -- Willmar police and an ambulance crew responded to a two-vehicle accident at 7:51 p.m. Thursday on the 800 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest, Willmar.

A 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Crystal Swierenga, 25, of Svea was eastbound on Litchfield Avenue when it stopped for a vehicle backing out of Gerry's Liquor Store. A 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Travis Cole, 28, struck the back of the pickup, according to the accident report.

There were three passengers in the pickup truck including a 14-month-old child who was checked out by ambulance personnel and reported to be OK.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Ryan Lee Theel, 27, of Paynesville, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for allegedly possessing three motors stolen from a Paynesville business.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Nov. 30.

According to the complaint, Theel also faces a similar felony charge in Stearns County for possessing other items from Premier Motor Company. He pleaded not guilty on June 5 and his next court date is also Nov. 30.

Two Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called Sept. 7 to a rural Willmar residence on a report of stolen property. The resident showed the deputies three motors that had been placed in the yard and covered with sleeping bags. The motors included a Kama diesel, a Honda and a small motor for a weed trimmer, all in excellent condition, with tags on them.

Another person there reported that the motors had been removed from a vehicle the night before and another said that Theel had bought them at Premier.

Theel arrived as the deputies were loading the motors into a squad car. He claimed he had taken them for a relative to fix. When confronted with the fact that they were new, he claimed he was holding them until he got paid for work he had done for Premier.

A deputy contacted the owner of Premier, who positively identified the motors and said Theel didn't have permission to take them. The value of the items was estimated at $1,367.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Jonathan Robert Bohner, Willmar; Jamie Leigh Ruether, Willmar

Joshua John McHugh, Willmar; Francine Colleen-Dougherty, Willmar