A Sauk Rapids man was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 in Albertville. The Minnesota State Patrol says the incident happened at about 3:00 p.m. Wednesday. Three vehicles were traveling west in the left lane when a fourth vehicle approached and struck them. The driver of that fourth vehicle, 43-year-old Benjamin Wittrock of Sauk Rapids, died in the crash. Troopers say he was not wearing his seat belt. Seventy-three-year-old Kristine Anderson of Minnetonka was driving one of the other vehicles. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are investigating multiple swatting incidents that happened across the state Wednesday. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says at least 25 schools and nine Jewish facilities in the state have received emailed shooting or bomb threats. Local law enforcement agencies are responding to the various incidents. The BCA says so far, none of the threats have turned out to be real. According to the BCA, the wording of each threat is nearly identical and the person and address identified in the threats are not actually involved. Swatting is making a prank threat that usually involves imitating a particular person and either their phone number, IP address, or physical address, with the goal of creating a large law enforcement reponse to a particular location. Authorities say suspected threats should always be reported either to local law enforcement or to the BCA via their anonymous tip line.
On Tuesday 12-05-23 at approximately 10pm Todd County Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover on County 14 near the intersection of 275th Ave.18 year old Charles Symanietz, was traveling back home to Avon when he fell asleep at the wheel. Symanietz lost control, hit a field approach and rolled the vehicle. Symanietz was freed by mechanical means and taken by ground EMS to Centra Care Hospital in Long Prairie for nonlife-threatening injuries. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor. The Todd County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Browerville Ambulance and Fire Department.
A tree on the road caused a one-car crash Monday. The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was called to a crash on 400th Avenue and 263rd Street, about nine miles east of Harding, Monday at 6:23 a.m. Authorities say 60-year-old Joseph Virnig of Hillman was traveling south on 400th Avenue when his vehicle hit a downed tree in the roadway. Virnig was taken to Onamia Hospital with unknown injuries.
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