Records published Dec. 26, 2019


Woman injured in Christmas Day crash in Meeker County

LITCHFIELD — Jessie Renea Janiak, 27, of Dassel, was injured in a single-vehicle rollover Christmas Day in Meeker County.

The accident was reported at 6:22 a.m. Wednesday on state Highway 22 at 180th Street in Greenleaf Township.

According to the State Patrol, Janiak was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu south on Highway 22 when the vehicle went off the road and rolled in the ditch.

She was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield with non-life-threatening injuries.

Road conditions were wet at the time and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol. The report indicates it's unclear if the lone occupant of the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.


Driver escapes injury after vehicle goes through ice in Yellow Medicine County

WOOD LAKE — The driver of a Can-Am side-by-side escaped injury Christmas Eve after the vehicle fell through the ice on Wood Lake, located south of Granite Falls in Yellow Medicine County.

The incident was reported around 7 p.m. Tuesday by the the male driver who was able to get to safety.

According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, the driver reported that the vehicle went through the ice on the southwest side of Wood Lake in about five feet of water.

He was able to get out and return home to warm up and report the incident and refused medical attention, according to the news release.

The Sheriff’s Office reiterated a warning that ice is “never 100% safe” and urged people to be cautious at all times when traveling on frozen lakes.


WILLMAR — A business owner in the 1200 block of First Street South in Willmar told police at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday that $1,600 in cash was missing from the safe. The report indicated that video was being reviewed.

Car fire

ATWATER — A car fire was reported at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday in the 17000 block of U.S. Highway 12 Northeast in Atwater.

Lost pony

SPICER — A Shetland pony was seen running down a road toward Spicer on Christmas Eve. The incident was reported at 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 15000 block along on state Highway 23 Northeast. The caller indicated they knew the owner of the animal.



WILLMAR — An individual flagged down an officer at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of First Street South in Willmar to report that windows had been shot out sometime during the night. The report didn't indicate if the windows were in a vehicle or buildings.

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