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Seven hurt in van rollover

The Minnesota State Patrol said seven people were injured when the van in which they were riding rolled over Saturday afternoon at state Highway 40 and 110th Avenue Northeast, about 9½ miles north of Clara City.

They were the driver, Marco T. Sanchez, 26, address unknown; and passengers, Pamela D. Uhden, 51, of DeGraff; Claudia M. Gaitan, 12, address unknown; Cesia M. Gaitan, address unkown; Keilin Gaitan, 28, address unknown; Geovanny A. Gaitan, address unknown; and Cinthya C. Gaitan, 10, address unknown.

The patrol said the 1997 Dodge van was traveling westbound on Highway 40 when the vehicle lost control and rolled.

The patrol said Sanchez, Uhden, Cesia Gaitan, Keilin Gaitan, Geovanny Gaitan, and Cinthya Gaitan all received non-life threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Claudia Gaitan received a serious injury and was taken by Willmar Ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital.

Police cite 11 for underage drinking

WILLMAR — Willmar Police cited 11 young people ages 16-19 for underage consumption after being called at 12:59 a.m. Sunday to a loud party near the intersection of Third Street and Minnesota Avenue Southwest. Police were called by a neighbor. Also at the party, police arrested a 24-year-old Willmar man on an outstanding warrant.


SPICER — A 17-year-old Sunburg male was cited by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office for underage drinking and driving after the Lincoln he was driving went into the water at the intersection of County Road 9 and County Road 10 near George Lake. The crash was reported at 3:03 a.m. Saturday. The teen was not hurt.

WILLMAR — Willmar Police arrested a 21-year-old Willmar man early Saturday on charges of fourth-degree driving while intoxicated and failure to stop for an accident. Police said the man drove up on a residential yard and struck a tree. The driver and vehicle left the scene but were located down the block and the man was arrested.

WILLMAR — Willmar emergency services were called at about 4:58 p.m. Sunday to a crash at Becker Avenue and Lakeland Drive Southeast. Three people were injured. Police and fire departments, ambulance and rescue squad responded. No other information was available.


WILLMAR — Willmar Police investigated an assault in which a 21-year-old Willmar man said he was stabbed three times in the leg Friday night. The man said he was jumped by two Hispanic males on Gorton Avenue just east of the high rise at about 8 p.m. and was stabbed during the struggle. He said the assailants took his wallet.

Meeker Co. joins effort to cut speeding

LITCHFIELD — Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin announces that the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office will participate with agencies throughout Minnesota in an enhanced enforcement and education effort of the dangers of speeding.

The sheriff’s office will conduct increased speed patrols Nov. 4-8 to combat this deadly cause of traffic crashes. Law enforcement will be emphasizing the need to drive at safe speeds through the increased patrols.

Norlin says unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2009-11, speed was a contributing factor in four fatalities in Meeker County and a contributing factor in 254 traffic deaths statewide.

Traveling at unsafe speeds increases the chances of crashing violently, he said. Driving at unsafe speeds causes a greater potential for loss of vehicle control, increased stopping distance and less time available for drivers to respond for crash avoidance.

Combine fire

HUTCHINSON — The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Hutchinson Fire Department and Hutchinson Rescue responded to a report at 11:17 a.m. Saturday of a combine and corn field on fire west of 10853 610th Ave. in Hutchinson.

The field and combine are owned by Gary Hoff of Hutchinson. The combine is a 2010 Challenger 670 and had an estimated $500 in damage along with approximately 200 bushels of corn lost during the fire.

The cause of the fire from the combine is undetermined.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County Emily

Christina Rainey, Belgrade; Fawn Luzette Love, Belgrade

Amgad Magdy Yassa, Colorado Springs. Colo.; Laurie Ann Buer, Manitou Springs, Colo.