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Records published June 4

This is the records summary for June 4.

Semi, farm tractor collide in Renville County

SACRED HEART — Two drivers escaped serious injury in a collision between a semitractor-trailer and farm tractor in Renville County that sent both vehicles into a wetland at 1:24 p.m. Friday about three miles southeast of Sacred Heart.

The Renville County Sheriff's Office reported that Wayne Berglund, 81, of Montevideo, was driving a 2007 Volvo semitractor pulling a belly dump trailer loaded with sand northbound on County Road 12. Michael Bozich, 55, of Morton, was driving a 1977 John Deere tractor pulling a gravity wagon loaded with soybeans, also northbound on County Road 12.

The semi driven by Berglund was attempting to pass the farm tractor driven by Bozich when the tractor crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided with the semi near the intersection of County Road 12 and 810th Avenue, according to a preliminary investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

The collision sent both vehicles into a ditch and into a wetland, where they were partially submerged. One of the fuel tanks on the semi was punctured and leaked diesel fuel.

Both drivers were able to get out of their vehicles, and they were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Renville County Sheriff's Office coordinated with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the diesel fuel cleanup.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

Also assisting at the scene were the Sacred Heart Medical Response Unit and the Renville Ambulance.

Motorcyclist hurt after swerving to miss deer

KERKHOVEN — A 25-year-old motorcyclist was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after swerving to miss a deer at 12:11 a.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 12 east of Kerkhoven.

Wesley Robert Coffey of Willmar was treated at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Coffey was driving a 2017 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on Highway 12 near 175th Avenue Southeast when he swerved to miss a deer and came to a rest in the south ditch.

The State Patrol and Kerkhoven Ambulance responded.

Military placards missing

WILLMAR — Some of the markers placed along the Glacial Lakes Trail in memory of fallen troops were reported missing Saturday evening between 45th Street Northwest and 37th Avenue. Placards with photos and short biographies of the 109 Minnesota military service members who lost their lives since 9/11 were placed along the trail from Willmar to Paynesville. They were installed for memorial walks on the weekend of May 18 with plans for them to remain along the trail through July 4.


SUNBURG — A 1985 Polaris Trail Boss four-wheeler was stolen from a shed Saturday at a property on 62nd Street Northwest and state Highway 9 in rural Sunburg, it was reported Saturday.

Woman burned

ATWATER — The Atwater Ambulance and volunteer Fire Department were called to a report that a woman had fallen into a bonfire and burned her foot and part of her leg at 7:28 p.m. Friday. It is not clear why the location was not given in the initial report.


SPICER — An intoxicated male reported to be running down the street at 2:18 a.m. Sunday along Minnesota Highway 23 in Spicer with a flag and pole was cited for the theft of the flag and pole.