Records published Nov. 9, 2019


Hector man pinned in corn head Wednesday

HECTOR — A Hector man pinned in a combine corn head Wednesday was freed and airlifted from the scene. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office said 28-year-old Benjamin Beadell had one leg trapped in the corn head mechanism between snouts.

The accident investigation revealed that the combine was stationary while Beadell and others were working near the running corn head. Beadell’s leg became pinned in the head by its gathering chains. A slip clutch on the head then engaged, which prevented Beadell from being pulled further into the mechanism, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The farm accident was reported at 2:44 p.m. Wednesday along the 47000 block of 835th Avenue, which is about 4 miles north of Hector in Hector Township.

Beadell was treated at the scene by Hector Ambulance Service personnel and then flown to North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale by a North Air Care helicopter.


Agencies dispatched to the scene included the Hector Ambulance Service, Hector Fire and Rescue, North Air Care and the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.

Renville crash knocks out power to some

OLIVIA — Two motorists escaped injury in a two-vehicle accident Thursday night that damaged an electrical power box and caused a power outage to some residences north of the community of Renville.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office reported that the crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday near the intersection County Road 6 and 880th Avenue about five miles north of Renville in Crooks Township.

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that a 2003 Dodge Ram driven by 69-year-old Gerald Erstad, of Worthington, and a 1973 Chevrolet grain truck driven by 40-year-old Nathan Sunvold, of Renville, were traveling northbound on Renville County Road 6.

Erstad attempted to pass Sunvold as Sunvold was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto 880th Avenue. Sunvold’s vehicle collided with Erstad’s, and both vehicles entered the drainage ditch just north of the intersection. The grain truck was not loaded at the time of the incident. Both drivers were assessed on scene by the Renville Ambulance Service, and released without injury.

As a result of the accident, a power box was damaged, causing power outages to residents in the area of the crash. Renville-Sibley Co-op Power was contacted to ensure the scene was safe, and to restore power to the area.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Renville Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Renville Ambulance Service, and Renville-Sibley Co-Op Power.

The incident remains under investigation.



WILLMAR — Willmar police are investigating reports of break-ins on Thursday. They include burglary reports on the 700 block of Fifth Street Southwest, the 2600 block of Sixth Street Southwest and the 700 block of Second Street Southwest, all on Thursday morning. Equipment and tools were taken in a burglary reported Thursday morning on the 600 block of 60th Street Northwest as well.


NEW LONDON — Mailboxes were reported damaged Friday morning on the 25000 block of 18th Street Northwest, New London.

Counterfeit money

WILLMAR — A bank employee reported the discovery of counterfeit money Thursday in a deposit bag brought to the bank on the 500 block of Willmar Avenue Southeast.

No coat or hat

WILLMAR — A citizen reported to police at 8:53 a.m. Friday that an individual was walking without a hat or coat on the 700 block of First Street South.

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