Fire causes heavy damage to Hawick garage

HAWICK — Fire departments from three area towns battled a garage fire for four hours Friday morning in Hawick.

Although there was an estimated $50,000 in damages reported to the garage and the contents, there was no damage to a home that was located just a few feet away from the burning structure and there were no injuries reported, according to New London Fire Chief Anthony Rupp.

The fire was reported at 8:28 a.m. Friday in the 23000 block of 157th Street Northeast in Roseville Township.

The initial call indicated a detached garage was engulfed in flames.

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“When firefighters arrived, they made an aggressive exterior attack on the garage to keep the fire from spreading to two nearby houses,” said Rupp in a news release. "Firefighters were then able to make entry to fully extinguish the fire with minimal damage done to the nearby houses.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The New London Fire Department was assisted by the Spicer Fire Department and the Paynesville Fire Department along with the New London Ambulance, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Stolen highway signs reported throughout Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR — During the last week, about 20 new county road signs have been stolen in Kandiyohi County, creating safety concerns for travelers and added expenses for taxpayers.

Each sign costs $150 to make and install, said Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County Public Works director.

“It starts to add up,” Odens said. “People need to realize it all costs money.”

He said it’s hard to explain the random thefts that have been reported on roads and bridges around Willmar, Atwater, Spicer and New London.

The missing signs include those warning of no passing zones, stop ahead, detours and yield.

Odens said he’s especially concerned about the missing regulatory signs that could result in accidents and “somebody getting hurt” because they didn’t yield or stop at an intersection where a sign was stolen.

While concerned about the number of signs the county has already reported stolen, Odens said he’s also worried about the number of stolen signs that they haven’t discovered missing yet.

He said if anyone knows where the signs are and wants to return them, they can be left by the fence by the Public Works Department in Willmar — no questions asked.

Arrests

WILLMAR — A 60-year-old man was arrested at 6:44 p.m. Thursday on the U.S. Highway 71 Bypass at U.S. Highway 12 East in connection with a crash reported at the location. No additional information was available.

WILLMAR — A 40-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were arrested at 10:59 a.m. Friday at a location on 28th Avenue Southwest and First Street South. The arrests were made in connection with warrants.

Vandalism

WILLMAR — A window to a home was damaged in the 1400 block of 19th Avenue Southeast. A report was filed at 11:28 a.m. Friday.

WILLMAR — Rocks thrown by kids broke a living room window at a home in the 900 block of Fourth Street Southeast, according to a report filed at 9:57 p.m. Thursday.

WILLMAR — A report filed at 10:47 p.m. Thursday indicated that kids were throwing coffee cups and garbage out of the windows in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest, causing a cracked window to a vehicle.