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This is the records summary for July 17.

Are we there yet? Speeding enforcement has a few miles to go

WILLMAR -- Speeding motorists in west central Minnesota remain on the radar as we all blast through July. Serious traffic crashes in the news this week in Minnesota remind that July is typically the month with the most crash fatalities. In response to past patterns, law enforcement officers throughout the region have been working hours dedicated to enforcing traffic laws in July, specifically those related to speed and aggressive driving.

Area agencies participating in enhanced speeding patrols include the Willmar, Benson and Atwater police and the Kandiyohi County and Swift County sheriff's departments.

The reason for the attention? To prevent crashes and save lives. Speed limits are set based on roadway type, traffic volume, sight lines and hazards. While the statutory maximum may not be a safe speed for a certain roadway at a particular time, the posted speed is the speed limit. It's not a recommended minimum, it is the fastest you are allowed to drive on that roadway. The faster you travel, the more likely it is you will crash. Your injuries in a speed-related crash are more likely to be disabling or fatal.

Are we there yet? We've got a long way to slow. We're only half way there for this year's campaign, with two weeks left of enhanced speed education and enforcement.

Renville County law seeks information on Friday burglary

OLIVIA -- A burglary and assault that happened around 10:20 a.m. today at Two Way Communications, just east of Olivia, is under investigation by the Renville County Sheriff's Department.

Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff's office at 320-523-1161 or Renville County Crime Stoppers at 320-523-3790.

According to a news release, the Sheriff's Office and the Olivia Police responded to the incident. The suspects are described as two white males in their mid-20s. The first suspect is approximately 5'6" to 5'8" and 120 to 130pounds, with very short "buzz cut" hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, and has blue eyes and is missing two front teeth on the upper right side.

The other suspect is at least 5'8" and 150 to 170 pounds. He was wearing khaki-colored cargo shorts with a white tank-top style sleeveless T-shirt. He was not wearing shoes, and he had a dark blonde/light brown goatee.

The suspects left in an older, "box-top" style light-blue vehicle, heading west out of town.


WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off theft was reported around 4:10 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Lake County Store, 6647 Hwy 71 N.E. The unpaid bill was $50.03.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a glass door, caused by a rock, was reported around 11:10 p.m. Thursday along the 300 block of Fifth Street Southwest.


PENNOCK -- The Pennock Fire Department was called around 12:05 p.m. Friday to a vehicle fire near the intersection of County Road 5 and 67th Avenue. The department was on the scene for about 30 minutes.


WILLMAR -- A youth was cited for a drug violation around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at near the Civic Center, 2707 Civic Center Dr.

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Eden Prairie male was warned for consuming alcohol on the Sonshine grounds around 3:20 p.m. Thursday. The person was allowed to stay on the grounds, but the alcohol was confiscated.

WILLMAR -- Two teen girls, with Willmar addresses, were cited around 3:30 a.m. Friday on the Sonshine grounds.

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