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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Bystanders save girl from drowning at Willmar beach

WILLMAR, Minn.  -- Quick thinking of four bystanders at a Willmar swimming beach Thursday is credited with saving the life of an eleven-year-old girl.

She was swimming with friends when she disappeared. Daniel Ruter and Robert Rodriquez of Willmar entered the water and found the girl a few minutes later in about seven feet of water and pulled her to shore. Two visitors from Canada, Melissa Bobrowski and Travis Toews -- who happen to be lifeguards -- then began CPR until paramedics arrived. The girl was later airlifited to Minneapolis Children? Hospital. Her current condition is unavailable. The two Canadians were in town for the Sonshine Christian Music Festival.


A Chatfield woman has died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Highway 52 south of Rochester. The Minnesota State Patrol reports 76-year-old Evelyn Fisher was one of three passengers in a van driven by her husband, 80-year-old William Fisher. He was making a left turn into a gas station when his van collided with an SUV. Fisher was taken to a Rochester hospital with serious injuries. Two teenage relatives in Fisher's vehicle and a passenger in the SUV had non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver wasn't hurt.


A six-day undercover operation near Lake Street in Minneapolis has resulted in the arrests of 53 "johns". It's in response to complaints from residents and coincided with a nationwide "john" sweep. Most of the operation was conducted at night and during the lunch hour from July 12th through the 17th. The sweep also resulted in three arrests for narcotics and one for promoting prostitution.