Image of Linda Wandersee-Callanan courtesy Kandiyohi County.

A Willmar woman, Linda Wandersee-Callanan, age 58, has been charged with seven counts of second degree arson for trying to burn down government offices and medical clinics in Willmar on Sunday. Linda Wandersee-Callanan, made her first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Wednesday, with bail set at $75,000.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office states Wandersee-Callanan has a recent history of making complaints against government institutions and healthcare facilities. After her arrest she was taken to CentraCare Hospital for a mental health evaluation before being transported to the Kandiyohi County jail.

At about 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, an officer on patrol found what appeared to be an attempt to set the front doorway of the Willmar Fire Station on fire. Further checks showed similar attempts to start fires at the CentraCare Lakeland Clinic, CentraCare Main Clinic, Kandiyohi County Courthouse, Willmar City Hall and a Dental Clinic. Flammable liquids and other items were found at each site, but officers found no active fires or fire damage.

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