Atwater driver hurt in accident in Dassel

DASSEL — An Atwater driver suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash at 12:31 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Fourth Street in Dassel.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office reported that Marcy Kearns, 50, of Dassel, went through a stop sign on Atlantic Avenue and collided with a vehicle driven by Erin Tollefsrud, 30, of Atwater.

Tollefsrud suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Mayo Ambulance. No other injuries were reported.

Meeker County sheriff's deputies, Dassel Fire and Rescue and Mayo Ambulance responded to the scene.

Chains left in field damage combine

CEDAR MILLS — A landowner reported Monday to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office that a chain left in a field caused minor damage to a combine when it picked up the chain while harvesting.

The rural Hutchinson landowner reported the chain was found in a field near the intersection of 130th Street and 610th Avenue in Cedar Mills Township.

According to the Sheriff's Office, upon further investigation of the damage to property, it was discovered the chains were wrapped around cornstalks in the field. No other incidents like this have been reported, the release states.

Anyone aware of similar incidents or anyone with information about this incident should contact the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at 320-693-5400. Anonymous tips may be left on the confidential tip line at 320-693-5411.

Meeker County suspends outdoor warning sirens tests during winter

LITCHFIELD — Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze has canceled the 1 p.m. monthly test of all Meeker County outdoor warning sirens from Dec. 4 through Feb. 5 to avoid unnecessary strain and damage to the Outdoor Warning System. Monthly siren tests will resume March 4, 2020.

Testing during extreme weather conditions during the winter puts the siren system equipment at risk for unnecessary strain and damage, he said in a news release.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office will continue to utilize the CodeRED system to notify the community of important safety alerts and time-sensitive messages, and will activate sirens as determined necessary in emergency weather events.

Residents who have not yet registered for CodeRED notifications may do so at the Sheriff’s Office website at by clicking on the CodeRED logo. It is a free service. Please contact Stephanie Johnson, Meeker County Emergency Management, at 320-693-5420 for questions or assistance with creating a CodeRED account.