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Adrian's Saturday marked by act of arson, instances of vandalism

ADRIAN -- Some round bales and a message to the Adrian girls' basketball team wishing them good luck were reduced to ashes early Saturday morning when the bales were ignited during an act of arson.

The bales on a hay rack were in front of an Adrian business, the Nobles County Review, according to Adrian Police Chief Shawn Langseth.

"The bales were intentionally set on fire, and the fire spread to the building," Langseth stated Monday. "We are not certain of the exact time."

The fire was called in to Nobles County dispatch at 2:44 a.m. Saturday, and the Adrian Fire Department was sent out to fight the blaze.

"I know they had quite a bit of smoke damage, but as far as fire damage, I'm not certain," Langseth said. "We also had, we assume around the same time, some windows broken out at the fitness center attached to our high school."

Also reported over the next few hours were various vehicle vandalism instances, with several vehicle windows also broken out and cars damaged.

"I think it is pretty much all connected," Langseth stated. "And it probably all occurred at approximately the same time."

By Monday, everything was mostly cleaned up, he said, and the broken windows at the school boarded up quickly.

"The incidents are still under investigation," he reported. "We're conducting interviews and that kind of thing right now."

The intentional damage, although relatively minor, is not a common occurrence in the city of Adrian, Langseth said.

"It is kind of a rotten deal, that's for sure," he added.