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This is the records summary for Aug. 5.

One person dies Monday in Hwy. 40 collision near Milan

MILAN — Larry Bollman, 58, of Paynesville, was killed  while parked with his 2014 Harley Davidson Road Start motorcycle on Minnesota Highway 40 about five miles east of Milan at 6:42 a.m. on Monday, according to Minnesota State Patrol.

A 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Erik Lindstrand, 24, of Arlington, veered off the roadway and struck the motorcycle that was parked on the shoulder of the road, according to the accident report.

The Minnesota State Patrol and Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office along with Milan Fire and Appleton Ambulance responded to the accident. The Minnesota Department of Transportation temporarily detoured traffic at the site.

Mailbox vandalism

WILLMAR — Six mailboxes were plowed over at as many addresses on the 1800 and 1700 blocks of 48th Avenue Northeast, Willmar, their owners reported Monday morning.

Motorist saw gun

WILLMAR — A motorist on U.S. Highway 12 near the Kandiyohi County-Swift County line reported at 4:11 p.m. Sunday that someone in a 2003 or 2004 model Chevrolet Silverado had flashed a gun at them after the vehicle had been swerving all over the road.


SUNBURG —  A resident on the 8700 block of Minnesota Highway 9, Sunburg, reported on Sunday that someone had stolen three small Albuterol aerosol inhalers from their mailbox.


WILLMAR — A burglary with forced entry and the theft of items was reported at a home on Irene Avenue Southeast in Willmar on Sunday.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n German Tot-Che, 26, of Belgrade, was arraigned Monday in district court in Willmar on a felony charge of issuance of a dishonored check.

The complaint charges that he issued a check for $2,570.46 to Paffrath Jewelers in Willmar on March 2, and did not respond to requests for payments when the check was returned for insufficient funds.

n Tyler Ryks, 24, of New London, will serve 24 months in prison for his conviction on selling $45 worth of synthetic cannabinoid in Kandiyohi County.

Ryks was sentenced Monday in Willmar for a felony conviction of sale of drugs, synthetic cannabinoid. He was given credit for 60 days served. He must pay fines and fees totaling $1,090.

The criminal complaint alleges he sold the synthetic cannabinoid to a confidential informant on March 14 after the individual met him in Willmar.

n A warrant for the arrest of Daniel O’Connor, 58, of Montevideo, was issued Monday after he failed to make a scheduled court appearance in Willmar.

O’Connor is charged with receiving stolen property.

The criminal complaint charges that he brought a Bobcat skid-loader for repairs to the Farm-Rite Equipment in Willmar on October 28, 2013. Workers there checked the machine’s identity number in a computer database and learned it had been reported as stolen.

The complaint alleges that O’Connor subsequently told an investigator that he had purchased the machine for $6,500 about 1½ to 2 years earlier. About six to eight months after purchasing it, the man who had sold it to him called and told him it was stolen.

O’Connor told the investigator he kept quiet about the report and continued to use the machine, according to the allegations.

The machine had a $15,200 value when the actual owner reported the theft, court documents state.

District Court

Chippewa County

n Lance Lokken, 65, of Milan, appeared Monday in district court in Montevideo on felony charges of burglary in the second degree and theft and a misdemeanor charge of trespass i.

The court allowed his release on his own recognizance, and scheduled a settlement conference in the case.

The criminal complaint charges that Lokken entered an unoccupied residence in Milan on June 1 and took a Cobra compound bow from it.

The complaint stated that residents living near the unoccupied residence observed Lokken enter it during the day, and contacted the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy drove to Lokken’s residence, and he allegedly admitted having entered the property and retrieved the hunting bow from his shed, according to the complaint.

A caretaker for the property told the officer that Lokken did not have permission to enter the premises or remove anything.