Records published Aug. 24, 2019


Pickup and school bus collide in Yellow Medicine County

COTTONWOOD — A pickup truck and a school bus operated by Palmer Bus out of Cottonwood collided in a two-vehicle crash at approximately 3:50 p.m. Friday.

According to a release from the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, 41 Lakeview School District students were on board the bus at the time of the crash, which occurred on Yellow Medicine County Road 8 just south 240th Avenue in Friendship Township.

The pickup driven by Tracy Kocher, 41, of Echo was traveling south on County Road 8 when the vehicle reportedly drifted into the lane of the north bound bus. The bus driver, Claire Erickson, 64, of Cottonwood tried to avoid Kocher’s vehicle by entering the edge of the road ditch. Kocher’s vehicle struck the school bus on the driver’s side as the bus was partially off the roadway trying to avoid the pickup on the wrong side of the roadway. Both vehicles received major damage.

All 41 students were checked and at the scene and suffered from no injuries at the time. The bus driver and pickup driver were both checked by ambulance staff with no apparent injuries. The pickup driver, Kocher stated he fell asleep; no other impairment was detected. Kocher was cited for multiple traffic violations. The case remains under investigation by the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office. No further information is available at this time.

Along with the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office the Clarkfield Ambulance, Granite Falls Ambulance and Minnesota State Patrol responded to the accident scene.



WILLMAR — A woman told Willmar Police that she had sent about $1,000 in eBay cards to a scammer. She was told to contact eBay to see if money was still on the card and to notify eBay's fraud department.

Drug paraphernalia

WILLMAR — Extra police patrol was requested around Bjorsell Park in the 400 block of Johanna Avenue Southeast after needles and other drug paraphernalia was found there Thursday evening.


WILLMAR — A 54-year-old man was arrested late Thursday at Lakeland Drive and U.S. Highway 12 East on suspicion of second-degree refusal to test and third-degree driving under the influence.

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