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Records for Jan. 21

This is the records summary for Jan. 21.

Winter conditions result in four-vehicle accident near Maynard

MAYNARD — White-out conditions and icy roads resulted in a four-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon near Maynard that injured at least seven of the 12 people in the vehicles.

None of the injuries were described as life-threatening in the accident, which was reported at 4:18 p.m. Saturday in Chippewa County.

According to the State Patrol, a 2002 Ford Windstar driven by Karen Haukos, 60, of Raymond, was pulled over on the shoulder of state Highway 23 north of Maynard because of white-out conditions when the vehicle was rear-ended by a 2002 Chevy Impala driven by Mohamud Mohamed, 28, of Marshall.

The impact of that collision forced the van into the traffic lane where it was struck by a 1995 Ford Ranger driven by William Burggraff, 78, of New London.

Finally, a 2012 Toyota Venza, driven by Ruth Roufs, 59, of St. Cloud rear-ended the Chevy Impala.

Haukos and her passenger, Wayne Haukos, 60, of Raymond, were taken to the hospital in Granite Falls where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Mohamed and the four passengers in his vehicle — Hibo Mohamed, 27, of Marshall, Abdinoor Shuriye, 25, of Marshall, Ismail Feisal, 21, of Willmar and Ali Abdi, 21, of Marshall —  were taken to the Granite Falls Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Burggraff and his passenger, Jacqueline Burggraff, 69, of New London had no apparent injuries.

Injuries for Roufs and her passengers, Paul Roufs, 55, of St. Cloud, and Margaret Hagemeier, 82, of Albany, were not documented.

Alcohol was not detected in any of the drivers, according to the State Patrol.

Willmar woman injured in crash near Olivia

OLIVIA — Teresa Koplin, 40, of Willmar was injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving was rear-ended on U.S. Highway 71 north of Olivia.

According to the State Patrol, Koplin was traveling south on Highway 71 when her 2006 Ford Focus was rear-ended by a 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Eli Dale, 28, of Bird Island.

Koplin was taken to the RC Hospital in Olivia and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Her passenger, Jordan Koplin, 17, had no apparent injuries.

Dale also had no apparent injuries.

Alcohol was not detected in either of the drivers.

There was blowing snow at the time of the accident. The Olivia Ambulance and Renville County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Unsafe lake ice reported in Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about unsafe ice conditions on Green Lake near Spicer.

At around 5:47 p.m. on Saturday, a pickup drove through an ice heave and the front end of the truck went into open water and became partially submerged in the lake. The incident happened about a quarter-mile south of the Kandiyohi County Park 5 access.

The driver, a 25-year-old man from New London, was the only person in the vehicle. He was not injured and the vehicle was successfully removed.

Earlier in the day the back wheels of a four-wheeler driven by a 30-year-old man from Minneapolis broke through ice in the same area on Green Lake. The man was not injured and the vehicle was removed from the water.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a warning reminding the public that “no ice is safe ice.”

One injured in Lac qui Parle County accident

MONTEVIDEO — Tenisha Kabow, 20, of Brooklyn Center, was injured when the 1997 Ford Explorer she was driving struck a deer at around 3:48 a.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 212 in Lac qui Parle County.

Kabow was taken to the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital where she was treated and released for injuries.

A passenger, Robert Johnson, 34, of Minneapolis, was not injured.


SPICER — A coat and wallet were reported stolen at 2:25 a.m. Sunday from Zorbaz in Spicer.


WILLMAR — A 28-year-old Willmar man was arrested around 1 a.m. Saturday after fleeing on foot from Willmar police officers. No other information was available.


NEW LONDON — The windows on the driver’s side of a van were shot out. The incident was reported at around 5 p.m. Saturday in the 16000 block of County Road 9 Northeast.