A shooting in Willmar early yesterday morning was reported to Willmar Police. The incident happened in the 900 block of 2nd St. SW shortly after 3 am yesterday. The victim, who was shot in the chest, was airlifted to St. Cloud. The suspect was found around 5 am at a residence in SE Willmar. The 17 year old man was taken to the Prairie Lakes Detention Center.

Police were involved in a high speed chase that started in Willmar around 6 pm Friday night. A woman was seen driving a vehicle. Police knew her and knew she had a revoked license. The chase started on Pleasant View Drive and ended on the 71/23 by pass at speeds up to 100 mph. Police stopped the pursuit due to safety concerns. The driver will be facing a number of charges.

An accident early Sunday morning injured two Benson men, 37 year old Adam Gunderson and 41 year old Jesse Thompson. They suffered non-life threatening injuries when Gunderson blew a stop sign, went off the road and hit a tree and a fence. Police report that alcohol may have been a factor.

An accident northwest of Renville Saturday around 5:30 injured 16 year old Derek Reynolds of Renville. Reynolds tried to take a corner at the intersection of 870th Ave. and 210th St. and went into the ditch. He was treated at the hospital in Olivia for minor injuries.

A motorcyclist was killed Friday afternoon around 4:45 pm after being hit by an SUV trying to cross highway 10 near Staples. 47 year old Marco Puentes of Staples was headed west when he was struck by 73 year old Judy Bjerga off Motley. Bjerga suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Douglas County Deputies were called out to the Kensington area Saturday night after a 4 wheeler rolled onto a man. The victim, 53 year old Ken Boelens was loading the machine into a truck when it rolled back on him. He suffered head injuries and was airlifted to St. Cloud.

The Benson City Council meets tonight at 5:30 pm with a busy agenda including a public hearing for a small cities grant. They’ll consider a resolution to repair or raze a building at 810 Kansas Ave. They’ll also consider an engineering study for flood control in the Hawleywood area and receive an update on the airport arrival/departure building.


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