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Car found submerged in lake; driver dies

A car and driver were found in King Lake north of Willmar early Saturday morning.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received a call shortly before 2 a.m. of a vehicle in the water on 60th Avenue Northeast, east of North First Street in Dovre Township. The car, a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora, was found submerged upside down in the lake. The vehicle had apparently been westbound on 60th Avenue.

After rescue attempts, authorities determined the driver had died from injuries sustained in the crash, the sheriff's department said.

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by its water safety patrol, the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, the Willmar Ambulance Service, Spicer Fire Department and Spicer First Responders.

The name of the victim has not been released yet. The sheriff's department said an investigation is pending.


WILLMAR -- Electronics were among the things that were taken in two home burglaries reported Friday afternoon and evening to Willmar Police.

One of the break-ins took place at a home on Hawaii Street Northeast. Missing items included a laptop, two digital cameras, a flat-panel television, old coins, silver certificates, change and cash.

The second burglary, reported Friday evening in the 800 block of Fourth Street Southwest, apparently happened while the residents were out for dinner. They came home to find someone had gone through the house and taken about $5,000 worth of jewelry and electronics.

Willmar Police are investigating both burglaries.

WILLMAR -- An apparent hit-and-run at the Willow Run Apartments was followed by the theft of a Wii system, laptop computer, hard drive and X-box. The vehicle's owner reported the accident and theft to Willmar Police Saturday night.


WILLMAR -- A suspect was arrested in Willmar on Saturday in connection with a domestic assault.

The victim told Willmar Police that the 24-year-old man attempted to strangle her. The man left the scene but turned himself in to police later the same day. In addition to a felony charge of domestic assault, the suspect faces a charge of violating a no-contact order.


WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department responded to two fires over the weekend.

Fire broke out Friday night in the basement of a home in the 700 block of 27th Avenue Southwest. Firefighters got the call at around 8:45 p.m. Flames and smoke were reportedly coming up the stairway when fire crews arrived.

Firefighters were on the scene for two hours. The fire was believed to have started when some Christmas gifts were placed on top of a stove.

On Sunday afternoon the fire department was called to the north side of the J.C. Penney parking lot outside the Kandi Mall, where a car had caught fire. Two nearby vehicles also sustained some fire damage. Willmar Police assisted with traffic control.