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First Street Center offers virtual support group

CARVER COUNTY – First Street Center, Carver County’s community mental health center, now offers residents a free online video support group to those struggling with difficult emotions and thoughts during the COVID-19 crisis. The support group members listen and provides caring advice for one other. This is not a therapy group where people deal with intense conditions. Rather, this group offers listening, understanding, and ideas on coping with the current pandemic on a day-to-day basis.

Any county resident may participate free of charge. The group began meeting May 14, and continues every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. People may attend the group as needed, with no weekly commitment necessary.

Interested residents can register online, or by calling First Street Center at (952) 442-4437. Visit the First Street Center’s website for more information on mental health resources offered.


Wright County Parks and Rec reveals updated operations plan

WRIGHT COUNTY – The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department has issued a policy statement regarding operations following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-56 that will allow the stay at home order to expire Monday, May 18.

The Parks & Recreation operation plan details changes that are taking place in the parks, and the policies and protocols that will be in place as representatives slowly attempt to return to something resembling normalcy.

To read the entire statement, click here:

Wright County Public Health clarifies news release regarding COVID-19 clusters

WRIGHT COUNTY – Wright County Public Health issued a news release regarding the first confirmed case of a COVID-19 cluster at an unidentified business in Wright County Wednesday, May 13. The release generated quite a bit of feedback on social media – both county accounts and private/group accounts.

Wright County Public Health wishes to clarify some of the points brought up by residents with the following statement:

“Earlier this week, we sent out a news release emphasizing the presence of community transmission of COVID-19, which inevitably includes businesses. All community members are encouraged to take precautions when going out in public.

In consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health, it was determined that the cluster identified in a local business is considered low risk to the public. The business is working with Wright County Public Health to take proper precautions to continue protecting their employees and the public. We are not able to name the business, most importantly because doing so could identify those with confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is a violation of the Minnesota Government Data Privacy Act.

A cluster is defined by three or more cases.”

To see the news release itself, which provides background information on the matter, click here:

New Germany announces Memorial Day plans


NEW GERMANY – Commander Myron Taylor recently announced that the New Germany American Legion will be honoring deceased veterans on Memorial Day at local cemeteries with an honor guard, rifle squad, and taps.

A minimum number of people will be performing the brief ceremonies. Social distancing protocol will be followed.

The Legion requests that any families or friends attending stay in their vehicles and practice the current social distancing guidelines.

The Memorial Day service at the Carver County Veterans Memorial will be posted on Facebook live.

Memorial Day Schedule

9 a.m. – Crow River Cemetery

9:30 a.m. – St. Marks in New Germany

10 a.m.–  St. Johns in Hollywood

10:20 a.m. – Methodist in Mayer

10:30 –  Zion in Mayer

11 a.m. – Carver County Veterans Memorial


Lester Prairie woman involved in fatal wrong-way crash on 169

BROOKLYN PARK – A Lester Prairie woman was involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident at approximately 1:17 a.m. Wednesday near Brooklyn Park, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Yana Madeline Olson, 28, of Lester Prairie was driving a Nissan Altima traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 169 near County Road 81, when it collided with a Chevrolet Impala which was traveling north.
Ahmud Quadir Carrington, 22, of Minneapolis was the driver of the Impala. Ashley Mae Elizabeth Behrendt, 22, of Rush City; Valentino Jerome Jackson, 23, of Minneapolis; and Brooklyn Diane Simonitch, 21, of St Paul were passengers in the Impala.
Olson, Behrendt, Jackson, and Simonitch were transported to North Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Carrington suffered injuries that would eventually claim his life, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.  The Minnesota State Patrol indicated alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.
The wreckage from the crash closed northbound 169 for several hours as the crash was reconstructed and cleaned up.
Allina and North Ambulance, Brooklyn Park Fire Department and Police Department, Maple Grove Fire Department and Police Department, Osseo Police Department, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

County Road 54 construction project begins Monday, May 18

MCLEOD COUNTY – McLeod County Public Works announced today, Wednesday, May 13, that a road construction project on County Road 54 (Tagus Ave.) between CR 87 (108th Street) and CR 7 is scheduled to begin Monday, May 18. The length of project is four miles.

Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg was awarded the $850,000 county-funded project. The project includes placing aggregate base on a portion of the project and bituminous (blacktop) paving on the entire length.

During construction, the road will be closed to all thru traffic, but access will be maintained for individuals living along, or doing business along the road. There will be no posted detours in place. The work on County Road 54 is expected to be completed in early June.


Map courtesy McLeod County Public Works

Any questions regarding the project should be directed to McLeod County Public Works at 320-484-4321 or email