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This is the records summary for Dec. 16.

Woman hurt, strikes vehicle parked on highway

REDWOOD FALLS — A 41-year-old woman from Hanska was injured Saturday night when she struck a vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway that was being used to pull another from the ditch late at night.

Gwynda Halvorson was driving a 2005 Pontiac G6 southbound on state Highway 67 at Milepost 89 near Morgan in Redwood County at 11:42 p.m. when her vehicle collided with a 2003 GMC Sierra parked on the roadway, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Halvorson was transported by ambulance to the Redwood Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Her vehicle was totaled and the airbag had deployed.

Preston Maurer, 16, of Morgan, had been driving a 2003 GMC Sierra on Ranch Road near the site when it went into the ditch earlier in the evening. He returned with a 2003 GMC Sierra, and had parked it on the highway with a tow rope to the vehicle in the ditch. No one was in the two stationary vehicles at the time of the collision.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Redwood County Sheriff’s Department, Morgan Police, Morgan Ambulance and North Memorial Ambulance assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the State Patrol.

Party busted, 30 citations issued

WILLMAR — One person was taken by ambulance to the Rice Memorial Hospital emergency room, and another by squad car to the Kandiyohi County Jail when law officers responded to complaints of a noisy party shortly before midnight on Friday on the 300 block of 11th Street Northwest in Willmar.

Responding officers issued 30 citations for underage consumption and five citations for alleged violations of the social host ordinance at the scene.

The location has been the cause of previous complaints about loud noise and parties. A 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody and a 20-year female taken by ambulance.

Two women make get-away in brazen theft

WILLMAR — Two women confronted by store security at the Wal-Mart Superstore in Willmar eluded capture when they outran their pursuers and are believed to have reached an escape vehicle waiting for them around 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.

 The two women reportedly had been in the store about three hours earlier and were suspected of having stolen items.

Store personnel saw them return and fill carts with merchandise which they attempted to push out of the store. Approached by staff at the store, they fled as police were called to assist in their apprehension.

They fled on foot towards the store’s Garden Center.


WILLMAR — A Willmar resident reported Saturday afternoon that someone opened a window to gain entry into his apartment and stole a television and electronic tablet.

The burglary at the apartment on the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest may have been captured on a video camera in the residence.


WILLMAR — A Blue and White taxi cab driver reported that his fare left without paying after he drove the suspect from Minneapolis to Willmar on Saturday.

The driver transported the suspect to the Kum and Go Convenience Store on U.S. Highway 12 East in Willmar. The incident was reported at 5:47 a.m.

Sign hit

WILLMAR — A vehicle hit a road sign at the intersection of Becker Avenue Southeast and Fifth Street Southeast in Willmar around 10:05 p.m. Friday, knocking it over.

The vehicle drove on into a neighboring yard and on to the curb bending a street sign pole.

A silver piece of bumper from the vehicle was found at the scene.

Natural gas odor reported

WILLMAR — The Willmar Fire Department responded to reports of a strong odor of natural gas on the 300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast around 8:15 a.m. Saturday in Willmar.


WILLMAR — Willmar Police responded to a report that a man seated in the front seat of a vehicle parked in a parking lot on the 1600 block of First Street South was attempting to assault a woman in the back seat around 12:28 p.m. on Saturday. She was asking for help, according to a call made to police. The vehicle left the scene shortly after the call.

WILLMAR — Police responded to reports of a man attempting to break out the windows of a van on 900 block of 20th Avenue Southeast in Willmar around 11:21 p.m. on Friday. A woman in the van told police that the suspect had been drinking and was now with a sober parent.

WILLMAR — A man told police that a female suspect punched him after waking up around 5 a.m. Sunday at his Willmar residence, and then broke out the windows of his pickup truck while leaving.

Marriage licenses, Kandiyohi County

John Michael Dwyer Jr., Sunburg; Aileen Rachel Sorenson, Sunburg

Jimmy Lopez Jr., Willmar; Elizabeth Imelda Campos Velasquez, Willmar