Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications.
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GILFILLAN -- Warmer temperatures are needed, and quickly, if the region's crops are going to be mature by the time the first frost comes this fall. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist, says the cool summer needs to warm up, specifically at least 3 degrees warmer than the normal temperature, for the lagging crops to catch up and be mature by first frost. The state recorded the third coldest July ever recorded. Plus, it's as dry as the severe drought year of 1988, he said Tuesday at the U of M tent at Farmfest.
WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old Willmar man now faces a first-degree burglary charge and a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for allegedly entering a home in the city and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl on May 23. Jose Luis Zepada-Caballero, also known as Carlos Antonio Nevarez-Lopez, made his first appearance on the charges Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000. His next appearance is Aug.
GILFILLAN -- Serving in Congress has been like "drinking from a fire hose" since the new farm bill became law last May, Rep. Collin Peterson said Tuesday at Farmfest. The 28th annual farm show kicked off Tuesday morning and Peterson and Rep. Tim Walz, both Democrats, kept the rapid-fire pace up by discussing the economy, government stimulus actions, health care, the economy and cap-and-trade legislation under the big forum tent. The congressmen were not joined by Sens.
GILFILLAN -- Serving in Congress has been like "drinking from a fire hose" since the new Farm Bill became law last May, Rep. Collin Peterson said Tuesday at Farmfest. The 28th annual farm show kicked off Tuesday morning and Peterson and Rep. Tim Walz kept the rapid-fire pace up by discussing the economy, government stimulus actions, healthcare, the economy, energy and cap and trade legislation under the big forum tent. The Congressmen were not joined by Sens.
WILLMAR -- The first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge against a 24-year-old Willmar man has been dismissed in Kandiyohi County District Court. Judge Donald M. Spilseth has ordered that there were not sufficient facts to support the first-degree charge against Jose Luis Zapeda-Caballero, also known as Carlos Antonio Nevarez-Lopez. The man was charged after police were called May 23 to a home along the 600 block of Third Street Southwest where a 13-year-old girl reported she was sexually assaulted by him while going to check on her crying 2-year-old sister.
WILLMAR -- A 16-year-old Willmar teen pleaded not guilty to felony first-degree witness tampering Friday for allegedly threatening a witness in the Jose Zapeda-Caballero case. Selvin Rolando Fernandez was released on his personal recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the witness. His next court appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Sept.
BENSON -- A 36-year-old Moundsview man was arrested without incident Friday afternoon after leading Swift County lawmen and State Troopers on a miles-long high-speed chase. According to Benson Police Chief Jim Crace, Dennis Wayne Aasen was found hiding in a parked vehicle and was taken into custody about 45 minutes after the incident began. He was wanted on two felony arrest warrants and was driving a stolen vehicle, which he crashed into another vehicle in Benson before running from the scene. According to Crace, the incident began around 3:30 p.m.
WILLMAR -- A 22-year-old Pennock man pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a weapon as a person convicted of a violent crime and a misdemeanor driving while impaired charge. As part of a plea agreement, three additional driving while impaired charges, plus another misdemeanor charge for transporting an uncased and loaded firearm against Jacob Allen Leuze will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Sept. 9. Leuze was charged with driving while impaired twice on April 21.
WILLMAR -- Hong David Phaengkhouane, 19, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Thursday on two felony, first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling cocaine to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent during an undercover drug investigation. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. Phaengkhouane, who is currently in the Jackson County Jail, will make his next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Sept. 24. He also faces two first-degree drug sale charges in Jackson County for allegedly selling cocaine there.
WILLMAR -- A Twin Cities man was sentenced Thursday to 13 months of stayed prison time, five years of probation, 120 days in the county jail and a $200 fine on a theft ch-arge for hosting a benefit for a dying fr-iend and then keeping the cash for himself instead of giving the funds to her kids. Ryan Albert Stark, 34, of Anoka, was also ordered to pay at least $200 per month in restitution and continuing paying until $5,382 is paid back, and to write an apology letter and attend victim-offender mediation. As a condition of the stayed prison time, Stark must serve at least 30 days in the coun