Weather conditions lead to accidents
WILLMAR -- Ice, slush and snow added up to a rash of vehicles sliding into ditches on area roadways both Thursday night and Friday morning.
Four vehicles, including a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu, and a Toyota left U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar near the Sun Ray Plaza shortly before 8 a.m. on Friday.
There were two reports of vehicles leaving Highway 40 on Friday morning as well. A Nissan slid off the highway near County Road 7 at 8 a.m. At 8:39 a.m., a pickup went into a snow bank at the intersection of Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 12 in Willmar.
The Minnesota State Patrol responded to a one-vehicle roll-over accident on Minnesota Highway 7 east of Montevideo at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday. A 2006 Ford van driven by Robert Nerison, 56, of Clara City was eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the ditch and rolled, coming to a rest against a power pole. He suffered minor injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Kandiyohi County Sheriff's officers responded to a one-vehicle roll over on Minnesota Highway 23 about three miles east of Raymond at 9:17 p.m. on Thursday. A 2004 Ford Taurus driven by Veronica Trevino, 39, of Granite Falls left the road and rolled over. A passenger was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital.
There was also a report of a 2007 Lincoln going into the ditch a 9:23 p.m. on Thursday along Minnesota Highway 23 near the intersection with Kandiyohi County Road 5.
Car on fire
SPICER -- A truck driver used a fire extinguisher to squelch a car fire at 3:53 a.m. on Friday along Progress Way near Jahnke's Foods in Spicer.
A motorist reported that his 2000 Pontiac had started on fire. The truck driver was able to use his extinguisher to put out the fire before other assistance was required.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar resident reported that his propane tank was stolen from the outside of his ice fishing house on Foot Lake sometime after 8 p.m. on Thursday and before 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
Safe and Sober Super Bowl
ST. PAUL -- Make arrangements for a designated driver or call for a safe and sober ride as there will be added DWI patrols for Super Bowl weekend, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced.
There were 1,474 motorists arrested for driving while intoxicated during the Super Bowl weekends 2006-2008, according to the department.
In that period, alcohol-related crashes accounted for five of seven motorists killed; all five were not buckled up.
Lt. Eric Roeske with the Department urges party hosts to huddle with their friends and make certain that safe transportation plans are in place.
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Frank Oliver Hanson, Willmar to Heidi Lynn Hanson, Willmar
Lee Eric Nelson, Willmar, to Mandy Nicole Johnson, Willmar
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Sue Ann Schafer, Raymond; Lawrence Robert Schafer, Raymond, Jan. 25
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Nancy Jane Blad, ; Russel Herbert Blad, Bird Island, Jan. 27
Harold Albert Hegreberg, Spicer; Linda Frances Hegreberg, Spicer, Jan. 27