BENSON, Minn. — A crash early Saturday morning, Sept. 30, near Benson has claimed three lives. The three were identified by family and friends on social media this past weekend as Dylan Peterson of Benson; Austin Ardoff, of Willmar, Minnesota, formerly of Clara City, Minnesota; and Autumn Nicole McLain of Willmar. The three were together in a vehicle that collided with another vehicle at a township road intersection just southeast of Benson. The crash was reported to the Swift County Sheriff's Office at about 5 a.m. Saturday.
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MINNEAPOLIS -- With tears in his eyes and often searching for words, Jerry Kill stepped down as the Gophers football coach Wednesday morning. Midway through his fifth season with the University of Minnesota, Kill told reporters that his decision comes after multiple health scares this season, including at least two seizures, and that he must focus on his long-term health.
Blizzard conditions are developing rapidly this afternoon across much of western and southern Minnesota. The National Weather Service has extented its blizzard warning further northwest into west central Minnesota. The blizzard warning has now includes Kandiyohi, Swift, Stevens and Big Stones counties, including the cities of Willmar, Benson, Morris and Ortonville. The blizzard warnings remains in effect through Midnight in the uppre Minnesota River Falls. It continued until 3 a.m.
The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a tornado warning for south central Pope County and northeastern Swift County in west central Minnesota until 4:45 p.m. At 4:07 p.m., law enforcement a confirmed tornado was located west of Benson, and moving northeast at 20 mph. This is damaging tornado with flying debris that will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile Homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur.
GLENWOOD — A man from St. Louis Park was charged in Pope County on Monday with allegedly soliciting a minor for sex through use of the social media. The Pope County Sheriff’s Office, working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the St. Louis Park Police Department, executed a search warrant Friday at a St. Louis Park address and arrested the 24-year-old suspect.
BENSON — The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified the Swift County deputy in the officer-involved shooting on Feb. 22 in rural Swift County. According to the Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Patrick Hammerud has been with the department for more than five years. The BCA will turn its findings over to the Swift County Attorney’s Office for review when its investigation is complete.
Dangerous wind chills are expected continue in west central Minnesota today through midday Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. A wind chill warning remains in effect through Tuesday morning. Temperatures have now fallen below zero and will remain there until at least midday Tuesday. During this time period, winds will remain mainly above 10 mph, allowing for dangerous wind chills from 35 to 50 below zero today through Tuesday morning.
Road conditions across much of west central Minnesota have improved as of 9 a.m. this morning, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT’s 511MN.org website shows most highways in the region in fair driving condition at this time. Several roads in the region still remain closed. State Highway 28 remains closed between Pope County Road 23 near Westport and U.S. Highway 71 near Sauk Centre. State Highway 19 remains closed between U.S.
While a wind chill advisory remains in effect until noon across much of west central Minnesota, the temperature is starting to warm a bit. The Arctic polar vortex is retreating northward into Canada and the coldest air mass has shifted eastward, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Improving weather conditions are expected throughout today in west central Minnesota, with western counties experiencing the warming trend first. A fresh high pressure will build over the upper Midwest tonight with temperatures falling again into the -10s and -20s.