Records published Aug. 23, 2019

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Fire destroys garage, vehicle in Sunburg

SUNBURG — Fire destroyed a metal building used as a detached garage and a passenger car and tools in the garage early Thursday morning in Sunburg.

Firefighters with the Sunburg Fire Department received the call at around 12:48 a.m. for a fire on the 100 block of Front Street Northwest, Sunburg. They were assisted at the scene by the New London Fire Department with manpower, tanker trucks and a pumper.

The fire was reported by the residents at the site. They were awakened by the noise caused by the fire and spotted the flames, according to Sunburg Fire Chief Sean Swanson.

The garage was located about 10 feet from the residence. The fire chief said the firefighters were able to direct water on the house and prevent the fire from spreading to it. There was minimal damage to the exterior of the home from heat.

The roof on the detached garage collapsed. The fire also destroyed a non-operational truck and damaged a car that were parked outside the garage.


The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which appears accidental. The residents had been working in the garage earlier in the evening changing tires. They had not used torches or similar equipment.

Two hurt in three-vehicle collision near Clarkfield

CLARKFIELD — Two people were injured in a three-vehicle collision at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday on state Highway 67 about 2½ miles east of Clarkfield.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2010 Dodge Journey, driven by Melinda Lynn Hedman, 42, of Clarkfield, was eastbound on Highway 67 and was stopped to make a left turn onto Yellow Medicine County Road 8. A 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Justin Matthew Carlson, 39, of Hendricks, was eastbound and struck the rear of the Dodge Journey. The impact sent the Journey into the westbound lane of the highway and it struck the rear of a westbound 2015 Ram pickup truck driven by Jacob Aron Lee, 36, of Granite Falls.

Hedman and Carlson were transported to the Granite Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Lee was not injured.

All three drivers were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not involved, the State Patrol report said.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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