Car rollover with injuries Oct. 12
At 11:37 a.m. Saturday Oct. 12, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a personal injury accident near the address of 71500 CSAH 18. Meeker County Deputies, Dassel Fire and Rescue, Allina Ambulance, and Life-Link Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.
Steven Oman, 26 years old, from rural Dassel was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix east on CSAH 18 when he lost control of the vehicle and went into the ditch causing the vehicle to roll over. Steven Oman was ejected from the vehicle.
Steven Oman was air lifted to North Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.
The accident is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
Nearly one-third of car-deer collisions each year occur between now and November, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), citing a national report.
Minnesota is ranked eighth when it comes to car-deer crash totals, according to State Farm Insurance, which tracks the trends nationwide. Most states, the company reports, are seeing a decline in their numbers. There are two exceptions: Wyoming and Minnesota.
Though most people would expect these crashes to be more likely in rural areas, motorists in urban regions of the state also need to watch out for these dangerous – and sometimes deadly – accidents involving deer. Minnesota has 3 million drivers and 136,000 miles of roadway.
Barn fire in South Haven
Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 5:58 p.m.,
the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dassel Fire Department, Litchfield Fire Department, Kimball Fire Department, Cokato Fire Department, and Meeker Co-op Light and Power Association responded to multiple calls at 31252 733rd Avenue for a barn fire. One of the reporting parties, a neighbor, noticed the fire after a lightning strike had hit the barn. The owners, Dale Atkinson, age 61, and Linda Atkinson, age 62, of South Haven, were not at home at the time the fire started. The barn 32 X 60 (feet) was used to store antiques and household items. The barn had an attached shed
16 X 30 (feet) on one side, and a second shed, a chicken coop about
12 X 20 (feet) with approximately 50 young laying chickens that were caught in the fire. The barn was insured and was a total loss. The damage is estimated at approximately $207,000 with buildings and contents. There were no injuries resulting from the fire and no one was present at the residence at the time of the fire. Lindberg Excavating Inc. of Cokato, was called to assist in spreading the rubble, to extinguish hot spots.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 28, several individuals arrived at the Poplar Ave. home of Kyle Greene in Annandale. Their intent, stated later to police, was to rob him of cash and/or drugs. The result was that Greene was shot with a shotgun as the group left. Greene died, everyone else fled. Police were called after Greene’s girlfriend came home from work and found him dead in the garage; that was just before 8 a.m. Saturday.
Five people have been arrested in the case thus far, and a juvenile has been questioned. A sixth suspect is sought for second-degree murder and aggravated robbery.
Information is being released by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052, regarding a level 3 predatory offender moving into Eden Lake Township Oct. 14. Michael Shawn Klappenbach, age 40, is not wanted by the police, and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. He has a history of engaging in sexual contact with a female age 15. Contact included fondling and penetration. The offender was known to the victim. A community notification meeting has been scheduled for the Paynesville City Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office will be available to provide the public with useful information on public safety.