DANUBE—A 65-year-old man escaped from his vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames on a rural Renville County road Monday morning. The Renville County Sheriff's Office says the fire happened shortly before 6 a.m., while Gregory Penke was driving a 2000 Plymouth Breeze west on Renville County Road 11. Just west of 280th Street, Penke, of rural Danube, noticed smoke coming out of his heater vents. His vehicle caught fire minutes later. Penke escaped the vehicle before it became fully engulfed, the Sheriff's Office said.
Accident ORTONVILLE — Lisa M. Nord, 46, of Fergus Falls was injured Sunday near Ortonville when she swerved to miss a deer and went off the road. According to the State Patrol, at around 12:29 a.m. Nord was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer south on U.S. Highway 75. She swerved to avoid hitting a deer and went off the road near 390 Street. The vehicle rolled and came to a rest on its wheels facing northwest. Nord was taken to the hospital in Ortonville with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Incumbents seeking reelection and candidates hoping to win a spot on county boards will be on ballots Tuesday during the general election. There are competitive races in most west central Minnesota counties. Using data from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, the West Central Tribune is listing candidates for area counties. Chippewa County District 3 Tim Christensen Dave Nordaune, incumbent District 2 Commissioner Jeffrey Lopez and District 3 Commissioner Jim Dahlvang are running unopposed.
School board members are up for election, with competitive races in many area districts. Using data from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, the West Central Tribune is publishing the names of candidates in many races in area school districts. Just 28 Minnesota school districts, including three districts in west central Minnesota, are seeking operating levies this year. Operating Levy Referendums Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg is seeking renewal of its operating levy to eliminate deficit.
Municipal residents will cast ballots for mayor and city council members Tuesday. In many west Central Minnesota cities there are competitive races but in some cities not enough candidates filed to run for the open seats. Based on data from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, the West Central Tribune is publishing a list of candidates for mayor and city council from many area cities. The names are in alphabetical order and incumbents are noted. Appleton Mayor Chadwick C. Syltie, incumbent Council, elect 2 Larry Johnson
Norma Alicia Hernandez, Clara City; Freddy Sanchez Lopez, Clara City Tyler John Waldermarsen, Willmar; Sophia Lee Larson, Willmar Sonia Ciriaco, Willmar; Jose Jorge Andrade Lira, Murdock
Accident WILLMAR — Two people were injured in a head-on crash Friday afternoon east of Willmar on U.S. Highway 12. According to the State Patrol report, at around 1:30 p.m. a 2003 Ford Focus driven by Bonifacio G. Vicuna, 34, of Willmar, was going west on Highway 12 near 45th Street and swerved over the center line "to avoid a crash" but then crashed head-on with an eastbound 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan driven by Silvio Guzman, Jr., 34, of Svea. The Ford Focus then rolled onto its roof.
This is the records summary for Nov. 4. Search warrant executed WILLMAR — Just before 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, 15 officers from the Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a room at the Lakeview Inn on Business Highway 71 in Willmar. One woman was arrested. Public assist
This is the records summary for Nov. 3. Fraudulent phone call WILLMAR — A Willmar man received a phone call from someone who said he had won a Mercedes, but he would have to meet in the Walmart parking lot to receive it, and was not supposed to tell anyone. The man reported the suspicious call to police just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Criminal damage to vehicle
BENSON—The pedestrian struck by a van early Monday in Benson has died. Wayne Nicholson, of Benson, died Wednesday at CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, according to the State Patrol. He was 78.