Briefly

Relay for Life raises $75,000

FAIRMONT – The Martin County Relay for Life at the Martin County Fairgrounds on Saturday brought in $75,000 worth of donations.

“We had 20 teams and 100 survivors registered to walk,” said Darla Lytle of Martin County Relay for Life. “The top team raised more than $10,000 on their own.”

The top team this year was Cancer Fighters with Marsha Williams as captain. The team brought in $14,334. The other top fundraising teams were Walk with Winners with Janet Lepird as captain raising $6,542 and Angels Among Us-Mayo Clinic Health System, with Brenda Jones and Aubrey Plumhoff as captains, raising $6,478.

All donations go to the American Cancer Society.

Stabbing reported Sunday morning

WELCOME – Sherburn/Welcome Police Department is investigating a report of a stabbing early Sunday morning.

According to information released by police, a man reported the assault shortly before 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The assault involved a boxcutter, and the victim received a non life-threatening injury during the altercation. The suspect and victim knew each other and left the scene together after the incident occurred.

The victim notified law enforcement and sought medical attention well after the altercation occurred, according to police.

The identities of the suspect and victim were not released, other than police stating the parties involved were not from the local area. The suspect has not been apprehended, but is believed to no longer be in the area.

Man loses 2 relatives in crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota man who lost his brother and sister-in-law on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine said Monday that he and his family forgive whoever was responsible.

Drew Ryder, 52, of Willmar, said the 298 victims included his oldest brother, Arjen Ryder, 54, and his wife, Yvonne Ryder, 52, of Albany, Western Australia. He told The Associated Press his family is drawing comfort from their Christian Reformed faith, which teaches forgiveness.

“If we are true to our Christianity we must do that,” Drew Ryder said. “I don’t think we have a choice. Christianity at its very core is about turning the other cheek. If we respond with violence and retribution we are betraying our own faith.”

Ukrainian authorities and Western countries mostly blame pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine for shooting down the plane.