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WILLMAR, Minn. —Despite a request for leniency, a Willmar man convicted of kidnapping his estranged wife was sentenced Monday to more than three years in prison. Judge Jennifer Fischer ordered Cesar Octavio Garcia-Gonzalez, 38, to serve 41 months in prison. In an agreement reached in July, Garcia-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping, a felony. Seven additional charges, including stalking, assault and domestic assault, were dismissed as part of the agreement.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Public health officials are reminding people to practice good hand-washing and avoid swimming in lakes or pools if they have diarrhea. Renville County in central Minnesota reported an uptick earlier this month in cryptosporidium infections. At least two day cares were seeing cases of the disease, which is caused by a parasite and is often waterborne. It's one of the most common illnesses associated with recreational water use. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the state had 67 outbreaks of cryptosporidium from 2007 to 2016.
WILLMAR— At 82, Ralph S. Johnson still goes to work daily at Woodland Centers, where he's a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist. His schedule is always full. Many of his clients have been seeing him for years. This week Johnson reaches a milestone: 50 years with Woodland Centers. The time has flown, he said. "This field has been meaningful to me. I can't think of anything better to do with my life."
BENSON — An ex-professional football player, formerly of Benson, is facing a criminal charge for allegedly making a fraudulent insurance claim over an AFC title ring he reported as stolen. Brent Dwayne Griffith, 51, made his first appearance Tuesday in Swift County District Court. He is charged with one felony count of insurance fraud. Court records said Griffith was returning from a trip to Mexico in March 2013 with his then-wife when he reported the ring missing from a shaving kit in his luggage.
WILLMAR, Minn. — Dogs at a central Minnesota animal shelter are under quarantine and dog adoptions have been suspended after an outbreak of canine influenza was confirmed late last week. Respiratory symptoms first showed up July 7, said Bobbie Bauman, director of operations for the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter By July 10, several dogs were sick, she said.
WILLMAR, Minn.—If you need to renew your license plate tabs or transfer a vehicle title this month, better do it soon. License bureaus around Minnesota will be partially or fully closed later this month while the state upgrades its vehicle services computer system. Online vehicle registration renewal and other online vehicle services will be unavailable July 17-24. License bureaus across the state also will be either partially or fully closed July 20-24 while the new information system is installed and implemented.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn.—A covert operation in Redwood County targeting the demand for underage sex trafficking has led to the arrest of three area men, including the police chief of the small southwestern Minnesota town of Walnut Grove. The arrests Friday were part of Operation Guardian Angel, a law enforcement sting. The suspects include Police Chief Michael Robert Zeug, 45, Scott Glenn Berglund, 41, of Montevideo and Javier Bulmaro Turrubiartes, 40, of Renville.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar truck driver is facing two criminal charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident last month on Minnesota Highway 23 between Clara City and Willmar. Matthew Donavon Monson, 34, made a first appearance Wednesday, May 31, in Kandiyohi County District Court. He is charged with first-degree criminal damage to property, which is a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
WILLMAR, Minn.—Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers formally agreed to a letter of intent Wednesday, May 24, to join forces with CentraCare Health of St. Cloud. It's the first step toward forming a new corporation to collaboratively deliver health care in Willmar and the region. Leaders of both organizations said the move will help preserve and enhance local health care in the face of accelerating change.
OLIVIA, Minn. — Two Olivia doctors have been disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for mismanaging a labor and delivery that resulted in a pre-term birth. The action was announced this week by the board, which oversees physician licensing in Minnesota. Dr. Mark Ahlquist and Dr. Paul Buhr were both reprimanded for failing to conform to minimal standards of acceptable medical practice.