A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — Saying that the nation's farm economy is on the brink of a crisis and needs a strong safety net, people from a wide variety of backgrounds provided ideas Thursday in Willmar about what should be included in the next farm bill. The current farm bill expires in September of 2018, and with $10 billion in proposed cuts looming for the program, there's concern the safety net will have more holes than it does now.
GRANITE FALLS — A Granite Falls man who sexually abused a young child over a six-year period was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation. Adam Joseph Raney, 27, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree with a victim who was under the age of 13. In sentencing earlier this month in Yellow Medicine County District Court, Judge Dwayne Knutsen issued a stay of adjudication, which means no conviction will appear on Raney's criminal record if he successfully completes the conditions of his probation.
FRANKLIN -- A Renville County family is homeless after a fire destroyed their mobile home Monday. The fire was reported at 5:56 p.m. when the sheriff's office received a 911 call reporting a house on fire on the 41000 block of 660th Avenue., which is about three miles northeast of Franklin. The caller reported seeing flames coming out of the kitchen and that both occupants were outside. By the time fire crews arrived on scene, a majority of the trailer house was already engulfed in flames.
WILLMAR — A man who crashed a car in a cornfield south of Willmar and then fled on foot — leaving three injured children and an adult woman behind — will not serve prison as long as he successfully completes probation. Jason John Fobbe, 31, of Buffalo, was sentenced Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court to 22 months in prison for a charge of criminal vehicular operation and 21 months in prison for a charge of domestic assault.
LITCHFIELD — A 22-year-old Watkins man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young children. Thomas Lee Voigt Jr. had been charged with six felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. As part of an earlier plea agreement, Voigt pleaded guilty to two charges and four others were dismissed. Judge Stephanie Beckman sentenced Voigt to 216 months in prison for one charge and 144 months in prison for another.
ZUMBRO FALLS – Individuals from Kandiyohi and Cosmos were injured in a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Zumbro Falls in Wabasha County. According to the State Patrol, A 2008 Subaru Impreza driven by Taylor Charles Alsleben, 20, of Cosmos, was going west on Highway 60 and attempted to cross Highway 63 when it was struck by a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan that had the right-of-way.
MONTEVIDEO — A father and son in Montevideo agreed to enter Alford pleas this week on a charge of removing the gravestone from the burial plot of the wife and mother of the two. John Wendell Albrecht, 74, and John Darron Albrecht, 48, had each been charged with felony theft for removing a gravestone that other family members had placed at the burial site of Sandra Albrecht, who died in 2016.
REDWOOD FALLS – Two individuals injured in a one-car rollover Wednesday afternoon fled the ambulance when it reached the hospital emergency room. According to the State Patrol, the accident happened around 1:42 a.m. on state Highway 67 and Redwood County Road 1when a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer rolled in the ditch.
MONTEVIDEO — Five people were arrested Tuesday afternoon after a fight involving guns and baseball bats broke out at a Montevideo residence. According to a press release, the Montevideo Police Department was called at 1:45 p.m. that a "large fight with baseball bats" was taking place in the area of the Lincoln Apartments, on Seventeenth Street and Lincoln Avenue.
MONTEVIDEO – Five people were arrested Tuesday afternoon after a fight involving guns and baseball bats broke out at a Montevideo residence. According to a press release, the Montevideo Police Department was called at 1:45 p.m. that a “large fight with baseball bats” was taking place in the area of the Lincoln Apartments, on Seventeenth Street and Lincoln Avenue.