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Man in custody after a pursuit

DOVRE TOWNSHIP, KANDIYOHI COUNTY — A 33-year-old man is in custody after fleeing in a motor vehicle and on foot on Friday.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office reports that the suspect was apprehended in Willmar early Friday afternoon after a pursuit by the and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Willmar Police Department.

The incident began at 12:49 p.m. when agents of the drug and task force attempted to stop a vehicle near 60th Avenue NE and First Street North in Dovre Township, according to a news release from Kandiyoh County Sheriff Sergeant Robbie Braness.

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The vehicle failed to stop and a motor vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled approximately 3.4 miles to the City of Willmar, where the suspect abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined the driver to be a 33-year-old man from Willmar. He was taken into custody shortly after without further incident.

The investigation is ongoing by the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force.


Bird Island man injured in accident

OLIVIA — An 85-year-old Bird Island man was treated for non-life threatening injuries after his vehicle went into a drainage ditch around 5 p.m. on Saturday near the intersection of County Road 5 and 840th Avenue about two miles north of Bird Island.

William Gass Jr. was transported to the Olivia Hospital and Clinics with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that responders to the scene found a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado in a drainage ditch. Gass was driving the vehicle south on County Road 5 when the vehicle entered the ditch and came to a rest in it.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Bird Island First Responders, Olivia Ambulance Service, Bird Island Fire Department, Olivia Fire Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

The crash remains under investigation.

Highway 7 collision injures Dawson couple

HUTCHINSON — A husband and wife from Dawson and a Waconia man were treated for injuries they suffered in a two-vehicle crasg on Minnesota Highway 7 in Acoma Township, northwest of Hutchinson in McLeod County, around 7:37 a.m. on Sunday.

John Paul Wager, 59, of Dawson, was driving a 2019 Ford F-150 pulling a trailer eastbound on Highway 7. Dylan James Myers, 20, of Waconia, was driving a 2019 Ford Mustang westbound on Highway 7 when the two vehicles collided, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Wager and his passenger, Tamera Darlene Wager, 57, also of Dawson, and Myers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the Glencoe Hospital.

Road conditions were described as snow and ice-covered at the time of the mishaps.

The Hutchinson Fire and Ambulance departments and the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the accident.

Vehicle break-ins

WILLMAR — Police responded to five separate reports made Saturday morning that vehicles had been entered and items taken from some of them on the 1000, 600, and 1100 blocks of 17th Street Southwest, 1100 block of 15th Street Southwest, and the 700 block of 17th Street Southwest in Willmar. In one instance, cash was taken from one of the vehicles, which was unlocked.

Vehicle theft

WILLMAR — A vehicle owner reported the theft of his vehicle around 3 p.m. on Saturday on the 1000 block of 17th Street Southwest, Willmar. It was located and returned.


WILLMAR — Windows on two vehicles were damaged around 3:25 a.m. on Saturday on the 400 block of Trott Avenue Southeast in Willmar. It’s believed a BB or pellet gun was used.

WILLMAR — A caller reported Sunday morning that someone had thrown about eight bricks through a building on the 300 block of Fourth Street in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Someone ran over and shattered numerous traffic cones along the 600 block of Business Highway 71 North of Willmar around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A green, older-model Ford F-150 is the suspect vehicle.

WILLMAR — A padlock on a shed was drilled out on the 1200 block of Olaf Avenue Northwest in Willmar, it’s owner reported Friday afternoon. It did not appear items were taken from the shed.

NEW LONDON — A car and a pickup truck were vandalized with spray paint on the 200 block of Cedar Street Northeast in New London, it was reported Saturday morning.

Safe found

WILLMAR — A Sentry gun safe was found by the bleachers at the Miller Park baseball field


KANDIYOHI — Multiple buckets of random garbage were found along the roadway near the intersection of 105th Street Southeast and 30th Avenue Southeast, Kandiyohi, around noon on Saturday. What appeared to be a catalytic convertor was among the items found amidst the garbage.

Grass fire is extinguished

WILLMAR — A patrolling Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s officer reported a grass fire just into Meeker County near the Kandiyohi-Meeker Road Southeast and 195th Avenue around 7 p.m. on Saturday. A unit from Meeker County responded to extinguish the grass fire.


WILLMAR — An apartment resident on the 300 block of 10th Street Northeast reported someone was trying to break into the apartment around 2:27 a.m. on Sunday.


WILLMAR — Police responded to a report of a noisy disturbance at 11 p.m. on Saturday on the 400 block of 16th Avenue Southwest.