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Buildings at Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds damaged by vandals

Doors were discovered broken on nine buildings at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds Friday morning. Vandals smashed a glass display case in a 4-H building and broke fluorescent lights and discharged a fire extinguisher inside the main office building. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

WILLMAR -- Vandals have damaged buildings at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in Willmar.

Nine doors were kicked in, a glass display case in a 4-H building was damaged and fluorescent light bulbs were broken, and a fire extinguisher was discharged in the log cabin building.

"It's disappointing, that's for sure," said Rollie Boll, a member of the Kandiyohi County Fair's board of directors. "Fixing things like that is going to take a lot of time. It's something we weren't looking forward to doing."

The incident was reported at 8:27 a.m. Friday when another board member was driving through the grounds to check on cattle that remain in barns from a Holstein cattle show Thursday night. Boll said those associated with the show were at the fairgrounds until around midnight. The vandalism apparently occurred after that time.

According to the police report, doors were damaged at the activity building, the main office, the little red school house, the Knights of Columbus building, two 4-H buildings and the dairy bar.

Two doors were also kicked in at the grandstand.

Some of the doors were kicked so hard that they splintered from the doorframes.

"The big thing is to fix the doors. They'll have to be replaced," Boll said.

Most of the damage appeared to be contained to the exterior doors, although there was a mess in the log building where dust from the fire extinguisher was on the floor, as well as glass from the broken lights. It doesn't appear that anything was taken.

"The nuisance is the big thing here," said Boll, adding an insurance claim will be submitted.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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