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Howard Lake couple hurt in Highway 12 crash

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Thursday evening crash on Highway 12 resulted in noncritical injuries for a Howard Lake couple.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2013 Ford pickup driven by Paul Nelson, 43, of Montrose, was eastbound on Highway 12 at 7:18 p.m. when it turned left toward Calder Avenue in front of a 2013 Chevrolet Express Van driven by Larry Miller, 70, of Howard Lake.

Miller suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. Passenger Diane Miller, 66, of Howard Lake, also suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Ridgeview.

Nelson was not injured.

All individuals involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Howard Lake man badly injured in crash

ALBION TOWNSHIP, MN – A Howard Lake man suffered serious injuries in a crash with a Wright County Highway Department dump truck in Albion Township Thursday morning.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Lucas James Meinstad Klages, 23, of Howard Lake, was northbound on Wright County Road 7 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and continued into the path of a 2009 International dump truck that was eastbound on County Road 35.

The front of the International struck the left side of the S10.

Klages, who was the lone occupant of the S10, was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care for treatment of his injuries.

The driver of the International, James Timothy Casari, 39, of Montrose, was not injured.

The sheriff’s office did not indicate what factors may have contributed to the crash or if either driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Wright County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Maple Lake Fire and Rescue, Maple Lake Ambulance, and Allina Ambulance.

Wright County announces 2017 construction projects


WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Highway Department has announced the 2017 construction projects.

“The projects we’ll be constructing this year provides a continued emphasis on preservation of the existing Wright County highway system, combined with an aggressive program of safety projects and a major reconstruction project along Highway 3 in the northwest portion of the county,” the department announced in a press release. “This project will provide a continuous north-south corridor that meets current design standards, from the south county line to the north county line. The Highway 3 corridor is a relatively higher traffic volume route in western Wright County that carries a lot of truck traffic through the county. Combined with the recent traffic signal system installation at the intersection of Trunk Highway 55 and Highway 3, by MnDOT, the improvement of this corridor with this year’s project will provide safe travels for vehicles for many years to come.”

The 2017 construction projects total about $10 million dollars in improvements to the county highway system.

Safety improvements included in the plan include rural intersection warning systems at the intersections of highways 35 and 6; and highways 35 and 8. Other safety improvements include the construction of dedicated center left turn lanes at the intersection of highway 39 and Nashua Avenue in Otsego, and the creation of center left turn lanes on 37 over the I-94 bridge in Albertville to facilitate safer left turning movements onto I-94.

Fire destroys machine shed in Woodland Township

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, MN – A machine shed in Woodland Township  is a total loss after a Christmas morning fire.

The Montrose Fire Department was called to the fire at 8577 Hwy. 25 at 1:32 a.m. Sunday.

The shed and its contents were a total loss, but there were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Delano and Watertown fire departments assisted at the scene.

Firefighters were on scene for about three hours, followed by two hours of cleanup.

Delano schools cancel events for Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17

DELANO, MN – Delano Public Schools have canceled all events for Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, due to inclement weather. All facilities will be closed, as well.

Montrose, Waverly residents experience natural gas outage

MONTROSE AND WAVERLY, MN – Montrose and Waverly residents are currently experiencing a natural gas outage.

Xcel Energy posted a message on its website regarding the outage.

Acording to the message, a construction project accidentally caused an interruption of natural gas service to the Waverly and Montrose areas.

“We are working safely and as quickly as possible to restore gas to the system; however, restoration work will continue into Wednesday,” the message said. “We will provide another update as more information becomes available.”

Xcel technicians are going house to house to turn off the gas meters as a safety precaution.

“We expect to complete repairs on our system this evening and will work throughout the night to go to each home impacted by this situation to relight the pilot lights on natural gas appliances,” the message said.

It encouraged residents to seek shelter if needed, but noted someone at least 18 years of age or older must be present to provide access for technicians.

“Please know that if you are at a shelter or other location, crews will continue to return to homes until we can relight your appliances and/or they may make entry, with law enforcement, through the use of a locksmith,” the message said. “Please leave an outside light on for our technicians. All Xcel Energy employees or authorized contract workers will have photo identification.”

To help prevent water pipes from freezing, residents are asked to open the faucets and leave a slow trickle of water running from them.

As an important safety reminder, if you ever detect a sulfur or “rotten egg” smell inside your home, it could be the odorant Xcel puts in natural gas to help detect leaks. If you notice that smell, leave your home immediately. Do not turn any electrical devices on or off and never use any phone until you are outside and safely away from the area. Then, call Xcel at 1-800-895-2999. In an emergency, call 911.

“We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience related to this incident,” the message concluded.