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Funeral notice: George Schaar, 90, Howard Lake

George Joseph Immanuel Schaar was born under a full moon at 6:10 a.m. on Christmas Day, 1931. He was baptized Jan. 1, 1932. He was the third child of John and Lillie (Kettenacker) Schaar. He grew up on a farm between Rockford and Buffalo in rural Wright County. George went to a one-room country school (district 40) through eighth grade and graduated from Rockford High School in 1949. In 1952,
Uncle Sam called George to two years of Army service during the Korean War. While in the service, he married the love of his life Patricia A. Hayes of Delano, Minnesota.
After his military service, they moved back to Delano to start their lives. Upon arrival, George got a job as an electric diesel operator and lineman at the Delano Power Plant. He worked there for 20 years, with varying side jobs such as school bus driving, part-time police work, captain on the Delano Fire Department, and firearm safety instructor. Later, he worked part-time as a police officer for Maple Lake and Howard Lake.
George went on to be the police chief of Howard Lake for five years. George then worked as a lieutenant for the armed security at the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant for two years. He also worked at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis for two years, being sworn in as a deputy US marshal by US judge Miles Ford.
Following his time as a marshal, George worked as an undercover operator for a private security company.
Failing healthy prompted him to retire and help his wife Pat with her home daycare business.
George passed away May 5, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Tim Schaar; grand-daughter Angela Schaar; great-grand-daughter Peyton Hamill; sister Irma Tombers; brothers John (Ann) Schaar, Walter (Sandy) Schaar, and Marvin Schaar;
George is survived by his wife of 67 years, Pat; children Steven (Michelle), Susan (John) Hamill, Rita Decker (Robert Brown), and Vanessa (Matt) Zimmerman; daughter-in-law Chris Schaar; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, Church of St. Mary, Waverly, MN. Visitation 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. prayer service in St. Mary’s Parish Center. Visitation will continue on Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to Mass.
Arrangements by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, Minnesota.

MSP reports fatal accident in Litchfield Township

The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) reported that a collision that took place this morning at approximately 4:52 a.m. in Litchfield Township resulted in a fatality.

MSP indicated that a 1998 Subaru Legacy, driven northbound on Hwy. 22 by Rick Braun, 36, of Stewart, collided with a 2015 Kenworth tractor driven southbound on Hwy. 22 by Matthew Felegy, 33, of New London.

Braun suffered fatal injuries.  Felegy was not injured. Alcohol was not a factor in the collision. Litchfield Fire Department and Mayo Ambulance assisted on scene.

Lester Prairie Schools sent to “soft lockdown hold”

Lester Prairie Schools posted on its website today, that the school had gone into a “soft lockdown hold” earlier in the day, after school officials became aware of a troubling note and social media post referring to a threat to school safety.

The statement is below.


MSP reports on two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 7 near Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE – The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) reported it responded to a two-vehicle accident this morning at approximately 7:10 a.m.
The crash took place on Hwy. 7, near Silver Lake, in Winsted Township, McLeod County.
A 2016 Ram pickup, driven by Luis Procoro Garibay, 26, of Inver Grove Heights, was traveling westbound on Hwy. 7, when it collided with a 2016 Toyota Tundra traveling eastbound, driven by Peter Allen Nordang, 39, of Lester Prairie.
Garibay was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) with non-life threatening injuries.
Garibay had two passengers in his vehicle at the time of the crash. Diago Marques, 23, city unknown, was transported to HCMC with non-life threatening injuries. Eric Sanchez, 26, St. Paul, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to HCMC with life threatening injuries.
Nordan was transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia with non-life threatening injuries.
MSP reported air bags deployed in both vehicles, and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt except Sanchez.
The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Lester Prairie Fire, Winsted Fire, Ridgeview Ambulance and Silver Lake Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Highway 7 near Silver Lake closed due to crash

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports that Highway 7 is temporarily closed near Cable Avenue/County Road 63 east of Silver Lake due to a crash. Flaggers are redirecting traffic. Fog remains present in many areas throughout southwest Minnesota and drivers are asked to manually turn on their headlights, slow down and drive according to current conditions.

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FUNERAL NOTICE *Note correction* – Eric Westlund, 49, of Delano

Eric William Westlund, 49, of Delano, passed away Friday, Oct. 8, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, MN, surrounded by his family, after a seven-month battle with Extensive Small Cell Lung cancer.
A Celebration of Life will take place Friday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at B’s on the River, 1455 County Road 27, in Watertown.
The family asks that you share your favorite memories of Eric, and enjoy this time together.
Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.