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'Hit and run' in Preston


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

It's not often that a person witnesses a hit and run, especially when it involves a horse-drawn buggy and a Ford F-150.

As I sat at my desk on the morning of Wednesday, March 31, typing away on my computer keyboard, while casually peering out the window overlooking Main Street in downtown Preston, a commotion caught my attention. There was a horse and buggy driven by an Amish woman, and it appeared the horse was giving her a hard time. While it didn't seem unusual at the time, I later found out that what I witnessed turned about to be a hit and run.

What I played witness to was a horse swinging its head while guiding the buggy towards a parked pick-up truck. I recalled standing up and looking out the window to see what was going on.

At that time, I didn't realize how close the horse came within the rear end of the vehicle, and I didn't hear any noise that made me believe there would have been any damage.

Within seconds the woman gained control of the startled horse, backed up the buggy and guided the horse down Main Street without any further complications.

I sat back down and resumed business as usual.

Later that day, an employee of a downtown business came into the Journal office asking our staff if any of us had seen or heard any load noises that sounded like a vehicle collision.

My ears perked up.

I turned to talk with Deneen Trogstad about her inquiry.

She indicated that her pick-up had a large dent in the tailgate. I told her about the incident I had witnessed earlier that morning with a stationary pick-up and a horse-drawn buggy traveling down Main Street, but I didn't think there was any contact made from my view.

I pointed out the window at the truck located where the incident would have taken place.

Deneen said, "That's my truck."

Curious as to the extent of damage, I followed Deneen out to her pick-up truck and saw a huge dent high up on the tailgate. It appeared the horse had slammed into the rearend of the pick-up, causing significant damage.

There's no way a vehicle could have caused this type of damage.

Wearing my "CSI" hat, the lightbulb went off and I explained to Deneen what I had witnessed, realizing her dark green 2006 Ford F-150 had fallen victim to a hit and run -- and of the unusual sort.

Several days later, I heard rumors around Preston that discussion of this event had made it as far as Facebook.com.

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172 arrested for DWI in March

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Enhanced DWI patrols conducted in the state's counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries resulted in 172 DWI arrests in March.

Participating officers in the overtime patrols stopped 3,908 vehicles and issued 1,212 cit ..... 
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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the ..... 
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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the ..... 
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Local Red Cross Responds to Home in Spring Valley

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, March 31, 2010] - The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding this morning to a home in Spring Valley after a semi-truck collided with it. The Red Cross is meeting with the family and making arrangements fo ..... 
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Vehicle Accident March 24, 2010

Thu, Mar 25th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

A 37-year old Preston man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident in rural Fillmore County Wednesday afternoon.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Gregory Bremseth was traveling westbound on Fillmore County Road #22 in ..... 
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News from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety: 11 days, 10 road deaths -- a deadly stretch on Minnesota roads.

Thu, Mar 25th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - According to preliminary Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic crash report information, at least 10 people died during March 14-24, making it the deadliest period of the year since Jan. 12-22 when eight people were killed. T ..... 
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY LEADS HOLIDAYS FOR DWI ARRESTS, PERCENTAGE OF ALCOHOL-RELATED FATALS

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL -DWI patrols will roll out on St. Patrick's Day, the holiday period with the highest percentage of alcohol-related traffic deaths and the most DWI arrests in the last five years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).< ..... 
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Spring Valley Emergency Management responds to fire

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The calm of a warm Spring Valley morning was broken by the sounds of smoke alarms going off in Hillside Homes, an independent living facility. At first residents didn't know what was happening but then it became apparent that there was smoke in the b ..... 
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