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Meeker County awarded grantfor radio equipment

LITCHFIELD -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded to the Meeker County fire departments $162,540 in grant funding for Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response 800 MHz radio equipment.

Sheriff Jeff Norlin, as director of county emergency management, sought the firefighters grant funding in May 2009 on behalf of all the Meeker County fire departments. He was informed on Friday that the funding was awarded.

"Grant awards are generally very competitive and any time we are successful in being awarded a grant, we are very happy," he said. "This award though is extra special," he added, "as the dollar amount is significant; it is for essential mobile and portable radio equipment for volunteer fire departments, and comes at a time when local funds are stretched to the limit."

Teen treated, released after crash with semi

OLIVIA -- A 16-year-old Bird Island teenager was treated and released at Renville County Hospital for injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 7:10 p.m. Sunday along U.S. Highway 212 east of Olivia.

According to the State Patrol, Tyann J. Caspers was driving a 1998 Olds Aurora eastbound and collided with the rear wheels of a 2009 Cornhusker trailer pulled by a 2004 Peterbilt semi driven by Timothy J. Radermacher, 51, of Hector. Radermacher was not injured.

Man freed from grainbin, auger in YM County

CLARKFIELD -- A Montevideo man has been transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained when his leg became caught in an auger inside of a grain bin.

According to a news release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office, Colin Lee was taken by ambulance to Montevideo Hospital. The sheriff's office was notified around 3:20 p.m. Monday that a man was caught in a grain auger northeast of Clarkfield.

Emergency personnel responding to the incident included the Clarkfield ambulance and fire department, and Granite Falls Ambulance.


SPICER -- A 51-year-old Spicer man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 10 p.m. Sunday along Highway 23 in Spicer. The arrest was made after a Willmar restaurant refused to serve alcohol to the man, and another person, and restaurant personnel called law enforcement to report that they had driven away from the establishment.

WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old Willmar man was arrested on domestic assault charges around 9 p.m. Sunday after police were called to the 200 block of Dolson Street Southeast.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a lawn ornament was reported around 6 p.m. Sunday along the1300 block of Ella Avenue Northwest.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a package, containing parts for sunglasses, was reported around 10:55 a.m. Monday along the 900 block of Fifth Street Southwest.

RAYMOND -- The theft of money from the cash register was reported around 9 a.m. Monday at the Cenex Convenience store, along Babcock Avenue.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Ronald Floyd Evenson, 54, of Benson, made his first appearance Monday on felony charges of driving while impaired.

Unconditional bail was set at $28,000 with conditional bail allowed for $500. Conditions include no driving without a valid driver's license and not being at facilities where alcohol is served. His next appearance is June 16.

According to the court file, Evenson has three prior convictions for driving while impaired, in February 2007 in Kandiyohi County, in September 2007 in Hennepin County and August 2003 in Douglas County.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was on patrol around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in Spicer and observed a vehicle weaving and crossing the center and fog lines on the road. The deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Evenson. He exhibited signs of alcohol consumption and failed field sobriety tests. He was taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where a breath test showed in blood-alcohol content at 0.13.