McLEOD COUNTY – On Tuesday Dec. 4 at 1:07 p.m., the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two- vehicle fatal accident in the area of Jefferson Rd S and Airport Rd, west of Hutchinson.
Also responding were Hutchinson Fire, Allina Ambulance, Minnesota State Patrol, and McLeod County Highway Dept.
Vehicle #1 was a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, owned and driven by Rodney Manderscheid, age 52, of Hutchinson. The driver of Vehicle #1 was wearing his seatbelt, and was transported to the Hutchinson Hospital.
Vehicle #2 was a 1999 Volkswagon Jetta, owned and driven by Isaak Erickson, age 21, of Hutchinson. The driver of vehicle #2 was not wearing his seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger of Vehicle #2, Alexander Schmidt, age 22, of Hutchinson, was wearing his seatbelt. He was transported to the Hutchinson Hospital for serious injuries, and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.
This case remains under investigation, accoriding to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.
WINSTED – Lisa Veaderko stopped at the Herald Journal office this afternoon to show off the Winsted Medallion she found around 2 p.m. Veaderko lives in Cokato, and works at Littfin in Winsted. She’s got some experience in the medallion-finding area – she found the Winsted Medallion last year, too!
Veaderko said following the trail of today’s clue was a little scary, since she discovered the Winsted Medallion on a fence near the police station and Winsted City Hall, and she wasn’t sure she could legally be there. But, she bravely took a quick glance at the fence, and spotted the coveted circle.
Veaderko has won $100 in Winsted Chamber of Commerce Bucks for her big find. Congratulations, Lisa!
(Medallion hunters best be on their toes next year, so Veaderko doesn’t score a hat-trick!)
PHOTO GALLERY – Lester Prairie City Hall was the site of much excitement on Sunday, as children were delighted to see Santa and a big lion while they attended a breakfast there. Lester Prairie Lions club members served pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast, juice and coffee. (All proceeds from the breakfast support local Lions’ projects.)
Check out the fun here:
HOWARD LAKE – Little ones got a big surprise when they stopped at the annual Howard Lake Lions pancake breakfast Dec. 2. Santa and Mrs. Claus were upstairs waiting to greet everyone, and listen to Christmas wishes. (All proceeds from the freewill donation breakfast, which featured pancakes, french toast, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy, desserts, coffee and juice, were designated for the Silent Santa program.)
Check out pictures of the famous duo and area visitors in our photo gallery, located here:
WINSTED – On Nov. 28 at 6:33 p.m., the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a snowmobile possibly going into Winsted Lake just east of Winsted. At approximately 2:35 p.m. on Nov. 29, Lawrence Stifter, age 52, from Winsted, was found in the lake and his body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiners Office. Also assisting on the scene were the Winsted Police, Winsted Fire, Lester Prairie Fire, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Carver County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, and the Minnesota State Patrol. The cause of death is still under investigation.
WINSTED – The City of Winsted will host an open house to discuss the upcoming McLeod County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 5 extension project with citizens. The open house will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Winsted City Hall.
The extension will be constructed between CSAH 1 and CSAH 9 in Winsted.
Information regarding the CSAH 5 extension, including existing conditions, a safety analysis, recommended alignment for the extension, and recommended concept and cost estimates, will be available for review and discussion during the open house.
Individuals having questions or concerns may contact Winsted City Hall at 320-485-2366.