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This is the records summary for Nov. 4.

Kandiyohi man not hurt, Fairfax family to hospital in Nicollet County crash

NICOLLET -- A 34-year-old Kandiyohi man was involved in a two-vehicle crash around 5:35 p.m. Tuesday four miles west of Nicollet on U.S. Highway 14.

The driver and four passengers in the other vehicle were treated and released from New Ulm Hospital.

According to the State Patrol, James J. Kraus was eastbound in a 2009 Mack truck and rear-ended an eastbound 2009 Toyota Scion. That vehicle was driven by Maria D. San-Miguel, 40, of Fairfax. Her passengers were Maria San-Miguel, 63, Lesllie Davila, 1, Litzy Davila, 4, and Michelle Davila, 9, all of Fairfax.

The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office, Nicollet Fire Department and New Ulm Ambulance assisted at the scene.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a shotgun from a vehicle was reported around noon Tuesday along the 1500 block of Seventh Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- The theft of an iPod, sunglasses and phone charger from a vehicle was reported around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday along the 1800 block of Ninth Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a GPS unit from a vehicle was reported around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday along the 1700 block of 7½ Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- The theft of an iPod was reported around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E.

Chair on fire in park

WILLMAR -- Police officers extinguished the a burning chair after being called around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday to Minnegasco Park, 520 16th St. S.W., by a citizen who reported hearing noises in the park, possibly from fireworks, and then a bright light in the park.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jordan Dean DeGrote, 19, of Raymond, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer for allegedly fleeing from a sheriff's deputy at speeds of 75 mph on gravel and dirt roads.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Conditional bail was allowed on his personal recognizance, provided he not drive without a valid license.

DeGrote also faces misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid license and reckless driving, plus a petty misdemeanor for failure to stop at a stop sign. His next appearance is Nov. 15.

According to the complaint, a deputy was on routine patrol around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Raymond. As the deputy was conducting speed checks, he saw a vehicle driven by DeGrote, and the deputy knew DeGrote was driving without a valid license.

The vehicle accelerated from a stop sign at a high rate of speed and the officer pursued it onto 105th Avenue. Speeds on the gravel road reached 75 mph and the pursuit continued onto a deeply rutted and muddy field road. The deputy discontinued the pursuit, but went to a Raymond residence where he suspected he would find DeGrote.

A citizen reported a person, matching DeGrote's description, had parked a car, which matched the one the deputy pursued, and ran away from a nearby location. Meanwhile, the deputy saw another car, driven by a young man known to associate with DeGrote, drive up. The young man and DeGrote got out of the car and the deputy approached DeGrote and arrested him. The keys in his pocket started the vehicle involved in the pursuit, which smelled of hot brakes and hot oil.