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Authorities respond to a two-vehicle crash early Friday afternoon on Business 71 in Willmar near the intersection with 10th Street Northeast. Details of the crash or any injuries were not available at press time. (Tribune photo by Mark Herman)

Eden Valley firedestroys rural home

EDEN VALLEY -- A rural Eden Valley home was destroyed by fire Thursday evening, according to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin.

The Sheriff's Office dispatch received a 911 call around 9:10 p.m. reporting a house fire on 592nd Avenue in Manannah Township.

County deputies and firefighters from Eden Valley and Litchfield responded. The deputies were the first units to arrive and the house was engulfed in flames at that time.

The homeowner, Richard McCann, 70, was the only person at the house and was out of the house and uninjured upon the deputies' arrival. The home was heated by a wood stove and the fire appeared to have started in the upstairs ceiling area. The house and contents are a total loss and the homeowner indicated there is no insurance coverage in place.

Criminal damage

SPICER -- Damage was estimated at $650 to a fish house and items inside the fish house at Salsbury Beach in Spicer, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said. Two windows, three lights and a microwave were damaged. Tackle estimated at $50 was taken.

The Sheriff's Office said two other fish houses were forcibly entered and an attempt was being made to notify the owners.


HAWICK -- A house in the 24000 block of state Highway 23 Northeast was entered through an unlocked door and a Wii and possibly a couple of rings were taken, according to a report Thursday to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office. Several items were rummaged through.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- John David Tomes, 29, of Sacred Heart, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge for driving while impaired.

Under a plea agreement, an additional felony will be dismissed and he will serve 90 days of jail time and 90 days of electronic alcohol monitoring. He will be sentenced April 19.

The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County Sheriff 's deputy was on patrol Dec. 19 in the area of County Roads 25 and 5 when the officer met a vehicle that crossed the center line. The deputy stopped the vehicle and observed an open 24-pack of beer in the vehicle and a strong smell of alcohol coming from the driver.

Tomes failed field sobriety tests and was arrested after breath test revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.189. He refused further testing at the Law Enforcement Center. He has three prior convictions for impaired driving -- in December 2003, September 2001 and May 2001.

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