A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt was the first uniformed officer in line to give blood Monday in the second annual Battle of the Badges blood donation challenge. But he wasn't the last. Throughout the day, law enforcement officers from the Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, as well as emergency personnel from the Willmar Fire Department, Willmar Ambulance and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, lined up to donate blood at the American Red Cross drive at the Assembly of God Church during the community blood drive.
WILLMAR — A Willmar man was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years in prison for possessing a large amount of methamphetamine when he was arrested this summer. Judge Michael Thompson sentenced Jose Armando Padilla, 37, to 128 months in prison. He was given credit for 79 days already served. As part of the sentence, Padilla was also ordered to pay fines and fees of $2,090.
HECTOR — A Willmar man is in jail after leading law enforcement on a 21-mile, high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle Saturday. Jeremy Nordberg, 25, was arrested four hours later in a cornfield near Hector after officers used a drone, a K-9 officer and State Patrol helicopter to get him to emerge from the field. He is being held in the Renville County Jail pending a court appearance on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer, driving after revocation and possession of drug paraphernalia.
MELROSE – Ten people, including a Paynesville couple and six children from Wisconsin, were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Melrose. The accident was reported at 12:52 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 4 and Stearns County Road 186.
NEW LONDON – Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon west of New London. According to the State Patrol, the accident was reported at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71.
MELROSE – Two brothers from Melrose were seriously injured Saturday afternoon when the all-terrain vehicles they were riding collided head-on. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, at around 12:25 p.m. Tyler Revermann, 22, and Anthony Revermann, 19, were operating ATVs on private property across the road from their home, at 31002 County Road 12 in Spring Hill Township.
STARBUCK – A school bus driver was injured Friday afternoon in Pope County when a pickup rear-ended the bus, which apparently did not have any children on board at the time. According to the State Patrol, just before 5 p.m. Vicki Lea Wallin, 65, of Starbuck, was driving a school bus north on Highway 29 and was making a left turn into a private driveway by Airport Road when the bus was rear-ended by a 2013 Ford pickup driven by Jeffery Leroy Chandler, 57, of Balaton.
LITCHFIELD – A Litchfield man was killed Wednesday in an industrial accident at a Watkins business. According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Todd Shoutz, 51, died at the scene of the incident, which was reported at 11:36 a.m. at a business in the 500 block of Fourth Street North. Shoutz, a maintenance worker at the business, was reportedly working on a machine and became pinned in a piece of equipment, according to a news release.
SPICER – Zebra mussels have been found in George Lake near Spicer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed Thursday that the invasive zebra mussels were in the small Kandiyohi County lake, which is surrounded by lake homes and a former Bible camp that was recently purchased by a church.
WILLMAR — Ellen Radel loves curling up with her grandkids and reading a stack of Little Golden Books with them. The semi-retired college professor said she remembers reading Little Golden Books when she was a kid and nothing tops the time spent reading them to her grandchildren — unless, of course, it's the pursuit of finding another Little Golden Book to add to her collection. Of the approximately 1,400 Little Golden Books currently published, Radel has collected 984 unique titles, including copies of the original 12 books published in 1942.