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Records published Dec. 1, 2021

The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.

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Arrest

WILLMAR — A 19-year-old man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday morning on the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he was not listed as in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Fraud

WILLMAR — A homeowner reported Monday afternoon that their Willmar home had been fraudulently listed for sale on the internet.

Another caller reported they had filled out a scam application for the same property.

BELGRADE — A caller reported Tuesday morning that someone was using their information for unemployment benefits.

Man convicted of 1970 mass murder in Sunburg, Minnesota, was strangled to death in 1988 by his roommate in their St. Paul apartment

A family of five was shot to death in their rural Sunburg home in 1970. The confessed murderer, Neil M. Pladson, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 1987, Pladson was released to a halfway house. A year later, he was found strangled to death in his apartment. His killer, Douglas Tank, was his roommate and he told authorities that Pladson had threatened to kill the man's family while brandishing a knife. Tank said he knocked the knife out of Pladson's hand and strangled him.

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Granite Falls man sentenced to three years for stealing guns and ammo from home of deceased neighbor

Gauge Allen Grimes, 19, of Granite Falls, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree burglary before his sentencing Nov. 22 as part of a plea agreement under which felony charges of third-degree burglary, illegal possession of ammunition or firearms and theft were dismissed. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

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Jury selection begins in trial of ex-Minnesota officer who shot Daunte Wright

Kimberly Potter, who was a police officer in the city of Brooklyn Center just north of Minneapolis, has pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges. Her lawyers have said Potter, 49, mistakenly used her handgun instead of her stun gun in the death of Wright, a 20-year-old shot during a traffic stop.

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A traffic stop turned violent after a suspect shot at a Willmar police officer, fled the scene and hid in a garage for several hours before being apprehended. The suspect had various injuries when arrested, which police said were self-inflicted, according to a news release.
MACCRAY School Board members approved preparing bid specifications for the demolition of elementary schools in Raymond and Maynard, but will save the gym, four classrooms and restrooms in Raymond. The Maynard facility can be spared the wrecking ball if the city and Chippewa County reach a deal before demolition bids are awarded, likely in June.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.
The late Jerry Anderson bequeathed money and land in his estate to the Calvary Lutheran Church of Willmar. The church rented the land out for several years, but in December put it for auction and watched as the 416 acres sold for $4.5 million.