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SPICER - Local officials said this morning that the storm that hit Spicer yesterday was a tornado. Kandiyohi County Emergency Management Deputy Director Kim Lindahl said spotters confirmed the presence of a tornado at 4:42 p.m. that started west of County Road 9 in the Twin Lakes area. "It was a confirmed tornado," said Lindahl. It was on the ground for about 16 minutes and traveled about eight miles, she said. It's not known strength the tornado was rated at.
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WOOD LAKE - An 82-year-old Yellow Medicine County man was injured Sunday when a tractor tipped over on him as he was raking hay south of Wood Lake. Roger Rebers, of rural Cottonwood, was raking hay in a road ditch when he hit a culvert that caused the tractor to roll over. Rebers was pinned under the tractor. Emergency crews rescued Rebers from underneath the tractor and he was taken by ambulance to the Granite Falls Hospital. The accident happened at about 6:30 p.m.
SAUK CENTRE -- A Grey Eagle woman was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident near Sauk Centre that involved a Belgrade woman. Linda Arnzen, 54, was a passenger in a 2000 Ford Super Duty pickup that was struck at 2:38 p.m. at the intersection of Stearns County Road 24 and Highway 28. The truck, driven by Joseph Arnzen, 53, of Grey Eagle, was going east on Highway 28 when it was struck broadside by a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Sharon Brunner, 48, of Belgrade.
SAUK CENTRE -- A Belgrade woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday near Sauk Centre. According to the State Patrol, Sharon Brunner, 48, of Belgrade, was heading south on Stearns County Road 24 near Sauk Centre at 2:38 p.m. when the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado she was driving broadsided a 2000 Ford Super Duty pickup driven by Joseph Arnzen, 53, of Grey Eagle. Arnzen was heading east on Highway 28. Both Brunner and Arnzen were seriously injured, but no further details were available. A female passenger in Arnzen's vehicle was killed.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners has approved two road construction agreements with the city of Willmar for two phases of a three-phase project that will link Willmar Avenue with the new County Road 5 on the west side of town. The first phase includes reconstructing Willmar Avenue from 18th Street to 22nd Street Southwest. The county will pay $248,814 for the project. The city's share is $209,760.
WILLMAR -- A 30-year-old Willmar man was sent to prison for 12 years for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy. Once his sentence is complete, Manuel De Jesus Diaz-Orellana will be de-ported to El Salvador. In May, a Kandiyohi County ju-ry found Diaz-Orellana guilty of a felony charge of criminal sexual co-nduct in the first degree for raping the boy, who was 6 years old at the time. Judge Mi-chael Thompson sentenced Diaz-Orellana on Thursday to 144 months in prison.
WILLMAR -- A 30-year-old Willmar man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting a six-year old boy. Once his sentence is completed, Manuel De Jesus Diaz-Orellana will be deported back to El Salvador. In May, a Kandiyohi County jury found Diaz-Orellana guilty of a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree for raping the boy, who was six years old at the time. Judge Michael Thompson sentenced Diaz-Orellana today to 144 months in prison. Assistant County Attorney Connie Crowell said Diaz-Orellana will be deported when he is done serving his time. Rea
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department will begin work Friday in New London Township on a bridge replacement project that will require traffic to be detoured. Another project and detour will begin Monday in the southern part of the county. Weather permitting, work will begin Friday to replace a bridge in New London Township located three-tenths of a mile southeast of the junction of Kandiyohi County Road 9 on 153rd St NE. The construction zone will be closed to traffic.