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November 5, 2012
Women, children hurt in rural Wood Lake, Minn., crash
GRANITE FALLS -- Two women and six children were taken to Marshall Avera Hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. Sunday south of Wood Lake. According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office, the crash was reported at 550th...
November 5, 2012 - 9:38am
October 22, 2012
UPDATED: Madison, Minn., man killed by falling tree
MADISON -- A 32-year-old Madison man has died as a result of injuries sustained Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on him at a rural Madison location. According to a news release from Lac qui Parle Sheriff Rick Halvorson, Robert Tonn was one of three men cutting down trees in Section...
October 22, 2012 - 3:05pm
October 3, 2012
Buckle Up: Seat belt patrols coming in Minnesota, Kandiyohi, Swift counties
WILLMAR -- Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota, including those in Kandiyohi and Swift counties, are planning extra seat belt patrols between Oct. 12 and 26 to encourage motorists to buckle up. The Atwater, Benson and Willmar police departments and the Kandiyohi and Swift county...
October 3, 2012 - 9:44am
September 7, 2012
Semi trailer comes unhitched, blocks traffic in Litchfield
LITCHFIELD -- The State Patrol is investigating an semi-trailer incident that blocked traffic around 6:30 a.m. this morning in Litchfield. According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Gregory Volkers, 48, of Sauk Rapids was driving a 2000 Mack semi-tractor pulling a trailer south...
September 7, 2012 - 1:18pm
Dassel, Minn., man hurt in rollover east of Litchfield
LITCHFIELD -- A 51-year-old Dassel man was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon southeast of Litchfield. According to the Meeker County Sheriff's office, emergency responders were called around 1:40 p.m. Thursday...
September 7, 2012 - 9:02am
August 9, 2012
Kandiyohi, Swift Co., Minn., law officers ticket 135 drivers during speed enforcement
WILLMAR -- Law enforcement officers from Kandiyohi and Swift counties ticketed 135 motorists for speeding during the July statewide speed enforcement effort. The Atwater, Benson and Willmar police departments and the Kandiyohi and Swift county sheriff's offices participated in the...
August 9, 2012 - 10:59am
July 30, 2012
Belgrade man hurt in motorcycle crash near St. Martin, Minn.
ST. CLOUD -- A 49-year-old Belgrade man was taken to the Albany Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash around 8:40 p.m. Sunday northwest of St. Martin. According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, Mark C. Olmscheid was driving a...
July 30, 2012 - 12:15pm
May 3, 2012
Rural Kerkhoven, Minn., man killed in tractor rollover
KERKHOVEN -- A 70-year-old rural Kerkhoven man was pronounced dead at the scene of tractor rollover around 2 p.m. Wednesday along 70th Street Northeast. According to the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, the name of the man is not being released pending family notification. The accident...
May 3, 2012 - 8:42am
May 1, 2012
Renville County, Minn., drug take-back yields 133 lbs., sheriff says "good start"
OLIVIA -- Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable is calling last Saturday's medication take-back initiative in Renville County "an excellent start." "After the four-hour collection window at six collection sites across Renville County, deputies and officers collected a combined total...
May 1, 2012 - 8:47am
February 15, 2012
Officers bust 31 for underage consumption at Willmar, Minn., house party
WILLMAR -- A total of 31 people were cited for underage consumption after Willmar Police officers and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies busted a house party around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday along the 300 block of 11th Street Northwest. According to Police Capt. Jim Felt, officers...
February 15, 2012 - 4:44pm
December 19, 2011
Hartog named president of state Sheriffs' Association
WORTHINGTON -- After serving five years on the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Board of Directors, Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog recently stepped into the position of president of the association during a conference in Alexandria. The association has two main goals -- to educate...
December 19, 2011 - 12:00am
June 8, 2011
Rural Paynesville fire under investigation
PAYNESVILLE -- The cause of a shed fire reported around 11 p.m. Tuesday west of Paynesville is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff's office. According to a news release from Sheriff John Sanner, a sheriff's deputy on patrol noticed the fire at the Curtis and Geralyn...
June 8, 2011 - 9:28am
February 28, 2011
Sauk Centre man arrested, jailed after fight on bar bus
SAUK CENTRE -- A 32-year-old Sauk Centre man was arrested for second-degree assault and transported to the Stearns County Jail after a fight involving a knife early Sunday morning. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's office, the incident happened around 2:45 a.m. Sunday on...
February 28, 2011 - 12:27pm
Waite Park man not hurt, pickup drops through ice on Pearl Lake
KIMBALL -- A 42-year-old Waite Park man escaped through the driver side window of his pickup, which broke through the ice Friday on Pearl Lake in Stearns County. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Bryan Spychala was driving a 2004 1-ton Chevy on a previously plowed...
February 28, 2011 - 4:03am
January 24, 2011
Carbon monoxide poisoning claims Gibbon man
ATWATER -- The individual has been identified who apparently died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a fish house on Lake Elizabeth Sunday morning. He is Sidney Ray Schmidt, 40, of Gibbon. Further investigation into Schmidt's death is being conducted, according to a news release today...
January 24, 2011 - 2:53pm