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Records for July 5

This is the records summary for July 5.

Chinese lanterns blamed for slough fire

LAKE LILLIAN — Paper Chinese lanterns that were illuminated by some type of flame or candle and floating in the sky Tuesday night near Kandiyohi County Park 2 caused a fire in a nearby wildlife area.

A group of young adults, possibly campers at the county park, allegedly launched the lit lanterns, which are popular sky decorations in some areas during celebrations.

Lake Lillian Fire Chief Ross Wittman said the fire was reported around 10:33 p.m. Tuesday after several lanterns landed in a slough on the north end of Big Kandiyohi Lake and started the grass on fire.

The two fire trucks and five crew members had to drive through the campground to get to the slough, which Wittman said had grass that was 7 to 8 feet tall.

He said they drove several hundred yards into the slough that had “tall grass over our heads” to find the “hot spots.”

Considering all the water and green grass in the slough, Wittman said it was surprising it caught fire. He said the dead grass at the bottom ignited but was put out in a few minutes.

Wittman said he didn’t know who launched the lanterns, but said it’s possible they could be billed for the fire department’s expense in responding to the fire.

Disorderly conduct arrests in Spicer

SPICER — Two Willmar men were arrested early Wednesday morning in Spicer after getting into a brawl on Saulsbury Beach near Zorbaz.

The men, who were 28 and 24 years old, were arrested around 1:22 a.m. on disorderly conduct charges and taken to the Kandiyohi County Jail.

In another incident, a 21-year-old Spicer man was arrested at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday at Zorbaz for disorderly conduct.

A 26-year-old man said he was assaulted at Zorbaz at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday. A 28-year-old man from Granite Falls was identified as a suspect in the assault.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office also issued numerous citations for public urination Tuesday night in Spicer, where a beer garden and street dance were held.


WILLMAR — A 24-year-old Willmar man was arrested Tuesday night for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

WILLMAR — A purse with cash and credit cards was reported stolen Tuesday night from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of 24th Avenue Southwest. A witness provided a description of a possible male suspect.

WILLMAR — Police responded Tuesday night to a complaint that a customer at the Holiday gas station had attempted to use a stolen check. A suspect was identified.


ATWATER — The Atwater Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming out of vents at a building in the 17000 block of Lake Elizabeth Pass, which is about five miles south of Atwater. No further information was available.

Boat violations

NEW LONDON — Officials were on the watch for boaters over the holiday. Several citations were issued to individuals on Games Lake and Green Lake who failed to have proper personal flotation devices.

Intoxicated grandmother

WILLMAR — A 51-year-old woman who was reportedly taking care of her 5-year-old granddaughter Wednesday night was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital after an initial breathalyzer test showed she had an alcohol level of 0.155 percent. People are legally too intoxicated to drive at 0.08.

Neighbors called police around 8 p.m. when they became concerned about the child’s safety after seeing the woman having difficulty walking and getting into her home.

The woman told police she was having a reaction to medications. The child was placed with another relative.