The caller said they saw a mountain lion. Officers found a stray house cat – Reuters


“The neighbor’s dog barks when people are outside.”

“The caller wants the part that lives in his storage unit removed.”

“A 14-year-old boy has his foot stuck in a guinea pig cage.”

Over the past 20 years we have collected many entries from area police blotters, a weekly summary of law enforcement reports.

So here are some of our favorites.

Monday, 5:12 p.m.: Dog stuck on a pool cover. Casson.

Monday, 6:06 p.m.: A 14-year-old boy has his foot stuck in a guinea pig cage. Rochester.

Monday, 8:47 p.m.: The caller reported a minor with a lawn mower pulling an RV, driving into town. Hayfield.

Monday, 11:56 p.m.: Ding Dong Ditch. Mantorville.

Tuesday, 8:29 a.m.: The man reports that the neighbor is blowing snow into the caller’s driveway. The declaring party believes this is intentional. Rochester.

Tuesday, 8:41 p.m.: The caller said the neighbor used water from the reporting party to fill his pool. Dodge Center.

Wednesday, 9:35 a.m.: The caller saw a mountain lion. Officers found a stray domestic cat. Dodge Center.

Wednesday, 5:56 p.m.: The Complainant smelled gas in and around the residence. Smell of natural gas (rotten eggs) from rotten eggs inside complainant’s garbage can. Isle of Pines.

Wednesday, 8:42 p.m.: Anonymous message: “Isn’t there a municipal ordinance to mow your lawn after 7 p.m., especially at the Royal Court of Pine Island? Oh, yes, there are. The deputy checked the area; no one cuts the grass. Isle of Pines.

Thursday, 11:32 a.m.: The neighbor’s dog barks when people are outside. Hayfield.

Thursday, 3:43 p.m.: The caller said they had sent money to India; now their computer is locked. Hayfield.

Thursday, 5:42 p.m.: The caller said the soft drink machine dispensed free soft drinks, thinking it should be reported. Wanamingo.

Thursday, 8 p.m.: The caller wants the part that lives in his storage unit to be removed. Dodge Center.

Friday, 4:44 p.m.: The caller reports that an unknown person hit him with a snowball as he walked through a (corporate) parking lot. Rochester.

Friday, 5:16 p.m.: Two kids have Nerf guns and pretend to shoot other kids at the park. Dodge Center.

Saturday, 12:04 p.m.: The people who are on a poster in the laundromat for stealing things are there right now. Casson.

Saturday, 4:02 p.m.: The caller said four juvenile men were playing with lighters and talking. The Complainant was calling from Pine Island, Florida. Isle of Pines.

Saturday, 5:08 p.m.: Caller reporting neighbor’s dog dropped trash in their yard. She says she can tell which dog it is by the size and shape of the waste. Casson.

Saturday, 6:59 p.m.: The postman found a live chicken in a mailbox. The neighbor takes care of the chicken. Dodge Center.

Saturday, 10:45 p.m.: Checked on occupied vehicle; spoke with the driver whose wife was sleeping in the passenger seat. She works at the high school prom after party, which starts at midnight. They were killing time until she had to go to school. Wanamingo.

Sunday, 11:10 a.m.: The car is stuck in the car wash. Casson.

Steve Lange is the editor of Rochester Magazine. His column appears every Tuesday.