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NEW LONDON -- A semi carrying a load of lumber overturned Monday morning on state Highway 23 north of New London. The driver, Philip Waldner, 32, of Willow Lake, S.D., was not injured in the 11:35 a.m. accident. The New London Fire Department responded to the scene because diesel fuel was leaking from the vehicle.

WILLMAR -- A vehicle crashed into a utility pole at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday on Sixth Street Southeast and Becker Avenue. The driver, a 19-year-old male from Willmar, was cited for an instruction permit violation, not having proof of insurance and for not wearing a seat belt.

LESUEUR -- Icy roads are being blamed for a two-vehicle crash Monday morning south of LeSueur that killed a young Marshall man.

According to the State Patrol, Benjamin Dirckx, 22, was killed when the 2001 Ford Explorer he was driving crossed the median and was hit broadside by a semi on U.S. Highway 169.

Dirckx was going north when he lost control of the vehicle on icy roads, according to the State Patrol. The semi was going south at the time of the crash, which happened around 7 a.m.

The semi was driven by John Schmitz, 54, of New Prague. Schmitz was not injured.


WILLMAR -- A flat-screen television was reported stolen from an apartment in the 1200 block of 24th Street Northwest. The incident was reported at 10:19 p.m. Monday, but the report indicated the theft had happened in the previous 48 hours.


WILLMAR -- The theft of $426.58 in cash was reported Tuesday morning from the Fan Zone, located at the Kandi Mall.

HAWICK -- A 16-foot gate was reported stolen Tuesday morning from the 20000 block of 160th Street Northeast. The theft is believed to have happened sometime within the last week.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Darien Cole Frank, 17, of New London was adjudicated delinquent on Monday by Judge Michael J. Thompson on a gross misdemeanor theft charge stemming from the theft of a guitar, amplifier, guitar case and related equipment valued at $1,270 from a rural New London residence on June 4.

Frank was on the run from a drug treatment program in St. Cloud and was wanted on a warrant issued by Faribault County when he was taken into custody, according to court records. Thompson placed Frank on supervised for probation until July 18, 2012, and ordered Frank to comply with a number of conditions, including a requirement that he attend a victim impact panel or attend victim-offender mediation if the victim was willing or at a minimum write an apology letter. Frank is to remain law-abiding, sign a probation agreement and follow probation instructions.

Juveniles cases for 16- and 17-year-olds are public record if the case initially includes felony charges.