Records for July 29



WILLMAR — A resident reported that her vehicle was missing at 3:36 a.m. Sunday. She stopped home and left it running with the keys in it while parked on the lawn.

WILLMAR — A vehicle parked on the 700 block of 11th Street SW was reported missing Saturday. The vehicle had been marked for parking June 7 and a placard placed on it June 11, but had not been towed by the city.

WILLMAR — A resident reported that an acquaintance left in the middle of the night taking prescription medicines and credit card and causing vandalism to a phone at the residence on the 300 block of 10th Street NE on Saturday night.

SPICER — A Hummingbird Solix 12 depth finder was stolen from a boat on the 11000 block of Indian Beach Circle, Spicer, it was reported Sunday morning.



WILLMAR — Police responded to a report of fighting on the 1000 block of Litchfield Avenue SW at 2:43 a.m. on Sunday. No one admitted a fight occurred and attributed the victim’s injuries to a beer pong game. One male was extremely intoxicated and transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Rice Memorial Hospital.


WILLMAR — A garage was broken into and the back door of the house was damaged on the 700 block of Fifth Street SW, the owner reported Saturday.


WILLMAR — The hood of a vehicle and its windshield were damaged on the 600 block of 19th Street SE, Willmar, it was reported Saturday morning.

ATWATER — A door and decorative sign were damaged on the 600 block of Main Street N, Atwater, it was reported Sunday morning.

Vehicle in slough

SPICER — A four-door truck pulling a trailer went into a slough near the intersection of County Road 9 NE and 113 Avenue NE, Spicer, it was reported at 4:11 a.m. on Saturday. The vehicle was unoccupied when emergency responders and officers arrived.

WILLMAR — A vehicle with its tires shredded was towed after it was left where it blocked the bicycle trail west of Willmar Avenue near Willmar Avenue SE and 23rd Street SE at 9:24 a.m on Saturday. Tire tracks in the off-road area near the site indicated the vehicle’s tires had been shredded by driving over the area.

Stranded boater

SPICER — A sheriff’s officer located a stranded boater and towed the party to shore on Nest Lake around 9:56 p.m. on Saturday.


Man drowns in Stearns County

SAINT CLOUD — A 50-year-old cold Spring man drowned Friday in Knaus Lake in Stearns County after being struck by the wakes of passing watercraft.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Barry Ray Schramel was swimming to retrieve an inflatable swimming toy that floated away around 5 p.m. Friday. A witness said Schramel was swimming back to the island when a wake from a passing watercraft struck him and he appeared to swallow water. He continued to swim back to shore when a second wake from another watercraft struck him and he went under.

Numerous boats and people began searching the water where Mr. Schramel was last seen, which was about 30 yards from the main island near the sandbar.

Shortly after first responders arrived, Schramel was located by searchers. He was found in approximately 6 feet of water. He had been underwater for nearly 20 minutes before being located.

Life-saving measures were immediately started and continued when back onshore. A pulse was found, and Mr. Schramel was airlifted via Life Link Helicopter to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mr. Schramel was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Cold Spring Police Department, Cold Spring Fire and Rescue, and Mayo Ambulance assisted at the scene.


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