42 year old Allen Shepard of Minneapolis pleaded guilty to a felony count of threats of violence from an incident in July of last year. He was given a stayed jail sentence and will have to spend 5 years on supervised probation. Numerous other charges were dropped. Shepard had caused over $4,000.00 in damage to a couples mobile home after drinking and becoming angry. He damaged their vehicle, and also threatened to burn down the mobile home of the couple in Willmar. Shepard left the scene, and after police found him in the woods, it took 6 officers to get him out. Mace and a taser had little effect on him. He also damaged the squad car and had to be taken to Rice Hospital to be treated for injuries due to resisting arrest.

A 30 year old Willmar man, Rogelio Torres, was in court last week and was charged for his part in a kidnapping in Willmar last June. Torres was charged with felony kidnapping for ransom and also for check forgery, a gross misdemeanor. He allegedly helped hold a teen captive in an apartment in Willmar, assaulted him and took money. Two other suspects in the case, Jose Sanchez and Ashley Valadez were charged in June. Bail was set at $100,000.00 for Torres, who is also facing other burglary, criminal damage and motor vehicle theft charges in different cases.

An accident on highway 12 east of Willmar injured 2 on Friday morning. The sideswipe accident between 17 year old Reagan Toedter (TAY-der) of Atwater and 38 year old Kristin Hiniker of Pennock injured both and sent Hiniker to Rice Hospital in Willmar. Toedter was treated at the scene.

The Renville County Sheriff’s office and the DNR report that a bull elk, weighing close to 700 pounds, was hit by a car Friday morning a couple miles north of Hector on highway 4. The car driver was not hurt but the car sustained a lot of damage. The DNR says there are no nearby elk farms, the animal wasn’t tagged and it appears to be a wild elk. The elk was taken by a man who came up on the scene, and got a possession permit to have it butchered. Minnesota’s only wild elk herds are in northwest Minnesota and total 97 animals.


Due to flooding, some Renville County Parks are closed. They include Anderson Lake, Beaver Falls Horse Camp, and Mack Lake. The parks will remain closed until further notice. Park officials remind you to use caution in the parks that remain open due to ground that is very saturated.

Police in Willmar along with area county sheriff’s offices are looking for a man who stole a pickup in Stearns County last Thursday. The truck, a gray 2002 Chevy 4 door with a loud exhaust, has some damage on the rear passenger side. The victim’s wallet was in the truck, and a credit card from the victim was used at a Kwik Trip in St. Cloud and in Willmar. Photos of the thief were taken from video surveillance and can be seen on police websites. The victim was shown the photos and does not know the thief.

The league of women voters of the Willmar area remind you that forums to learn more about local candidates will be held now through October. Tomorrow night, candidates for Willmar Mayor will be featured at 7 pm and Willmar Council Candidates at 8:00 at the Willmar Municipal Utilities Auditorium.

The Willmar School board meets at 4:30 today in room 102 of the Area Learning Center to Certify the preliminary levy for 2018 Payable 2019. The board then meets for a work session at 5:00 for a strategic plan update to be discussed.

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