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Thursday, December 9, 2010 Tri-County News • Kimball, MN Calf thieves arrested Theft of 17 calves from Stea- rns, Todd and Douglass Coun- ties has been under investigation since Nov. 26. Thursday, Dec. 2, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office received information on the loca- tion of the 17 stolen calves from these three counties. The caller had heard of the thefts through the extensive media coverage and provided information to investi- gators that led them to the rural Rothsay and Barnesville areas in Wilkin and Clay Counties. Investigators from Stearns and Todd Counties were assisted by deputies in Wilkin County and they were able to recover all of the cattle reported stolen over the past two weeks. The calves were turned over to their owners. Dep- uties arrested Jesse Ronsberg, age 19, of Rothsay, who was booked into the Wilkin County Jail on the theft charges. The juvenile, a 16-year old boy from Barnesville, was also arrested and released to his parents. Investigators will forward the case to the local County Attorneys for prosecution on theft and bur- glary charges. Lo00lals Government Page 13 ill, II I IIIII 1 nl Man killed pushing snow On the afternoon of Nov. 30, at 12:47 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a farm accident/medical at the address of 61953 363rd Street, Eden Valley. Deputies responded and found the victim seated on a trac- tor seat deceased and slumped over the fender• The victim was an employee of Langmo Farms and was pushing snow with a small John Deere loader tractor. Tracks indicated the loader tractor hit an old windmill located upon the property. Ttie 40-foot tall windmill collapsed and fell upon the loader tractor as it was backing away. After being struck by the falling wind- mill, the loader tractor that was still in gear continued backing away for a short distance before becoming hung up on a steel post. The trac- tor began spinning and was still running when another employee of Langmo Farms discovered the vic- tim. The Medical Examiners Office was contacted and responded to the scene• The body of the deceased is being transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine file cause of the death. The victim of the accident has been identified as Patrick Ladd, age 52, of Eden Valley. Legals also are available on-line at WWW. tricountynews.MN Sgt. Kathy Pederson : .... : Minnesota State Patrol December DWI mobilization Throughout December, around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will increase DWI patrols to combat impaired driving. This effort will include seat belt patrols as 75 percent of impaired drivers killed are also not belted. The pri- mary seat belt law means everyone in a vehicle must be belted. Law enforcement will stop and ticket drivers and passengers for belt vio- lations. • Each year, alcohol-related crashes account for more than one- third of all traffic deaths, more than 140 a year. Another 30,000-plus are arrested for DWI. • In 2009, Minnesota recorded a record low number of alcohol- related deaths, 141. A big reason for the drop is enhanced DWI enforce- ment campaigns, paired with edu- cational outreach. • Despite this drop, these deaths accounted for more than one-third of all deaths, typical for each year. • Majority of DWI offenders are male, but female arrests are increasing. Female DWI arrests have increased 6 percent since 1999, a significant jump in regard to DWI arrests. They now account for more than one-quarter of all DWI arrests. • Vast majority (75 percent) of impaired drivers killed were also not buckled up; more than 60 per- cent of nighttime fatalities are not belted• • December has the potential to be a deadly and dangerous time on roads because of holiday celebra- tions. Minnesota law enforcement will increase DWI patrols to com- bat the ongoing threat of impaired driving on our roads and ensure safe holidays• Motorists need to take responsibility and make a seri- ous effort to plan for a safe and sober ride, or they will face the seri- ous consequences of a DWI, or something much worse. • Increased DWI enforcement will be on the road statewide. December has the potential to be deadly as holiday celebrations ramp up. Your job is to have a plan for a safe and sober ride to avoid a DWI. • There are plenty of safe alter- natives to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking too much: take a cab or public transportation, des- ignate a driver, or spend the night at the location of the celebration. • If you know a family mem- ber or friend will be partying and you're staying in, offer to give them a ride home at anytime that night. A phone call at 3 a.m. beats a knock on the door at 3 a.m. from law enforcement. • This campaign will also include seat belt enforcement, remem- ber the state's primary seat belt law means everybody needs to be buckled up, even in the back. Law enforcement will stop a vehicle if anyone in the vehicle is not belted, • even passengers. • A DWI is a serious crime with serious consequences. It can cost as much as $20,000 when you fac- tor court costs, lawyer fees, insur- ance and more. You Hill also lose your license for up to a year, and maybe do jail time• • Everyone has a role to keep our roads safe, and that means never get- ring behind the wheel impairecL Always plan for a safe fide home before you party, and make sure your friends don't risk drinking and driving,. • Guys in their 20s are the biggest DWI offenders, the ones who are arrested most often, and of course, killed most often• * Holiday parties all too often include adults providing alcohol to minors• Those under 21 need to understand that when they are caught behind the wheel and an officer detects any amount of alco- hol, the minor will lose his license for up to 30 days. 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