Records published Oct. 15, 2019


Vehicle rolls numerous times, shearing off a power pole

ST. CLOUD — A Paynesville man was injured when his pickup truck rolled numerous times in a ditch and sheared off a power pole at 1:54 p.m. Sunday on the 65000 block of County Road 11 in Stearns County, about five miles north of Paynesville.

Brady Wuertz, 32, was transported to the Paynesville hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received an OnStar notification from the vehicle indicating it was involved in the accident. OnStar provided the vehicle’s location near County Road 33 and 233rd Street in Zion Township. Dispatchers attempted to talk to anyone who might be in the vehicle but were unsuccessful.

Deputies arrived at the site and located a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck in the ditch. Officers were unable to locate anyone with the vehicle.


A second vehicle arrived at the crash site and the driver told deputies he had a male passenger in the truck. The man had walked up to his house and was believed to be the driver of the truck.

According to a news release, Wuertz said he was the driver of the pickup.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Paynesville Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Fire destroys rural Litchfield shed, farm equipment

LITCHFIELD — Fire destroyed a large shed and numerous pieces of farm equipment it contained at 6:29 p.m. Friday on the 65000 block of County Road 11 in Darwin Township of Meeker County.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office reported that the 70-foot-by-40-foot shed was fully engulfed in flames as Litchfield firefighters and sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene.

The property belongs to Milton Housman, of rural Litchfield. The cause of the fire is not known. The shed and contents are considered a total loss.

The Dassel Fire Department assisted at the scene.



PENNOCK — A vehicle was keyed and air let out of one of its tires on the 200 block of Fifth Street Northeast, Pennock, it was reported Monday morning.

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