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This is the records summary for May 21.

Rural Belgrade home burns in grease fire blaze, family out safely

BELGRADE -- A 20-year-old woman and two small children safely escaped a burning home Thursday afternoon southeast of Belgrade.

According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, the Belgrade and Brooten fire departments, along with the Brooten Ambulance and sheriff's deputies, responded to a house fire at 3:47 p.m. at 41463 Eastbend Road in Crow River Township.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, the home was fully engulfed. Samantha Shroyer, 20, a 2-year-old child and 7-month-old child got out of the home safely.

The cause of the fire is believed to be hot grease on the stove. The Red Cross is providing assistance to those involved.

The home is owned by Michelle Huffman, 44, of Belgrade, and Michael Huffman, 49, of Willmar.


WILLMAR -- Two people were arrested Thursday night after a traffic stop revealed the couple had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The incident was reported at 11:09 p.m. at Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest and Fifth Street Southwest.

The 30-year old man and 30-year old woman, both from Willmar, were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

RAYMOND -- A 35-year old St. Cloud man was arrested for driving while intoxicated at 6:35 a.m. Friday near Raymond.

Officers made the arrest while responding to a driving complaint on state Highway 23 Southwest near the Kandi-Chippewa County Line.

The initial police report said the vehicle went from road shoulder to shoulder as it crossed both lanes of traffic. The vehicle was partially in the ditch when it was stopped by police.


WILLMAR -- A female told police Friday morning that $175 had been stolen from her vehicle that was parked in the Kandiyohi County Jail parking lot. The woman was a prisoner in the jail at the time of theft, according to the initial report.

'Click It or Ticket' enforcement starts Monday

WILLMAR -- In an effort to gain better compliance with the law and reduce traffic crash deaths and serious injuries, area law enforcement agencies will kick off the spring "Click it or Ticket" campaign starting Monday and continuing through June 5.

The agencies involved in the campaign include the Willmar, Atwater and Benson police departments and the Kandiyohi and Swift county sheriff's offices.

State law requires every person in a passenger vehicle to wear a seat belt. But informal seat belt surveys conducted locally this month have found that too many drivers and passengers still aren't buckling up a seat belt to protect themselves.

This lack of seat belt use was most noticeable in towns: the sites surveyed during the morning commute on major highways in Kandiyohi and Swift counties had nearly 96 percent of drivers using seat belts. Yet in early afternoon on local streets in Willmar, surveys averaged only 75 percent.

In 2009, more than 9,300 people died in the United States in crashes on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or lower. Half of all serious injuries happen on those same roads.

The change in speed from 30 mph to 0 mph with a frontal impact gives a person a 30 percent chance of fatal injury; in a 30 mph side-impact change in speed, the probability of fatal injury is nearly 80 percent.

Many unbuckled drivers and passengers are killed in rural crashes, particularly when a single vehicle goes off a roadway and rolls over.

Risk of serious injury or death is six times more likely for an unbuckled driver than for one properly restrained. This results in significant costs for emergency responders, significantly increased insurance rates for all vehicle owners, and increased taxes since 26 percent of the costs of treating vehicle crash injuries are paid with public funds.

Properly worn seat belts are over 45 percent effective at preventing deadly injury in passenger cars, and 60 percent effective in SUVs and light trucks.

At the supper hour, belt use rates drop substantially. Therefore, during the statewide May seat belt-focused wave, there will be significant emphasis on evening and nighttime seat belt law enforcement.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Scott Robert Schaible, Glendale, Ariz.; Luanna Jean Kern, Glendale, Ariz.

Daniel Carranza, Willmar; Nancy Orveliua Zometa, Willmar

Benjamin Bruce Deadrick, Atwater; Robyn Marie Dahlseng, Atwater

Mark Robert Olson, Willmar; Pamela Jean Helland, Willmar

Derek Andrew Hilding, St. Paul; Alison Louise Pelton, St. Paul

Joronimo Leiva Zelaya, Willmar; Lucia Esmeralda Amaya, Willmar

Sergio Armando Magana, Willmar; Maria Angelica Sanchez, Willmar

Gerzon L. Maldonado Castanon, Willmar; Julissa Margoni Juarez Miranda, Willmar

Chirstopher Martin Ramirez, Willmar; Elia Crystal Padilla, Willmar

Tyler Tennus Knott, Raymond; Melissa Joy Grupp, Willmar