Records published Dec. 10, 2019

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Inattentive driving blamed in Meeker County crash

LITCHFIELD — Inattentive driving is blamed in a one-vehicle accident that injured a driver at 5:36 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Meeker County Roads 21 and 14 in Darwin Township.

Caitlin Gunter, 18, of Hopkins, was treated for minor injuries at the accident scene by Mayo Ambulance, according to a report from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Gunter failed to stop for the stop sign at the T-intersection and her vehicle ended up in a field west of the intersection. She was on her phone in a video call during the accident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Area responders train for active threat

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office hosted a two-day training event for area law enforcement and emergency responders on how to respond to a variety of active threat situations. Training took place Friday and Saturday at the Kennedy Elementary School, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel participated in training in an active threat response plan called 3-ECHO. The 12-hour training teaches the personnel from the different organizations how to respond in a coordinated manner to an incident such as an active shooter or intentional detonation of an explosive device.


Public safety partners learned how to quickly and efficiently deal with a threat and also get critical care to those who would be affected by such an event.

More than 50 participants worked through various scenarios put on by the 3-ECHO training group. There were approximately 14 trained instructors from across the state. The training also included 23 volunteers from the New London-Spicer and Willmar school districts and several Willmar Police Explorers and community service officers who played roles in the exercises.

The news release from Detective Sgt. Kent Bauman stated that the training will play an important role in local first responders' ability to efficiently work together if a traumatic event like this would occur in the area.

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