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HL man arrested for drug possession

Michael Neumann

Michael Neumann

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Michael Richard Neuman, 24, of Howard Lake was arrested April 11 around 12:06 p.m. in Buffalo on a felony charge after violating probation on a Wright County warrant for fifth degree drug possession of a controlled substance, according to the criminal complaint.

The probation was the result of an earlier incident in Feb. 2016 in which a sheriff’s deputy had pulled Neumann’s vehicle over for driving 36 mph in a 30 mph zone on Pulaski Road near Douglas Drive in Buffalo.

While conversing with Neumann, the deputy noticed some marijuana in the front passenger seat. In searching the vehicle, the deputy also found a plastic bag containing 35 pink tablets, identified as Oxycodone, in a space under the gear shifter.

Oxycodone is a schedule II controlled substance.

It appears Neumann did not have a prescription to process the pills lawfully, according to the formal complaint.

A maximum sentence of five years, a fine of $10,000, or both is possible for the offense.

Waverly man arrested on felony charges

Joseph Doering

Joseph Doering

WAVERLY, MN – Joseph Thomas Doering, 32, of Waverly was arrested April 14 after violating probation on felony charges of possessing stolen property, giving a peace officer false identity information (misdemeanor), and for third degree sale of a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint provided by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies were patrolling Woodland Township Feb. 14, 2016 around 2:54 a.m. when they saw a Polaris Ranger ATV on 100th Street SW, just east of Forman Avenue.

As the deputies approached the ATV, they spotted a man next to it. When asked for identification, the man replied he didn’t have any, and claimed he was Frank Irving Doering, born May 27, 1989.

Upon running a license check, the deputy observed that the photo did not match the man he was speaking with.

The individual then admitted his name was Joseph Thomas Doering, born Aug. 10, 1984.

Wright County dispatch confirmed there was a warrant out for Doering from McLeod County.

Doering was then asked about the ATV not carrying registration, to which Doering stated he had purchased it online.

Further investigation revealed the ATV had been reported stolen in Wright County in Aug. 2015. Doering admitted he suspected the ATV might have been stolen when he purchased it for $3,000.

The ATV is valued at more than $1,000.

Doering was also charged with felony possession of stolen property after a 2002 Arctic Cat model 02-Z570 snowmobile was found during a warrant search in Doering’s garage in March 2016.

The snowmobile had been reported stolen at All Power Sports in Victoria in December 2015.

Doering refused to provide a statement.

Maximum sentences for the above offenses include:

• possession of the ATV – five years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both;

• giving peace officer false information – one year in prison, a fine of $3,000 or both; and

• possession of the stolen snowmobile – five years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or both.

Funeral notice: Rose Mary Braden, 57, of Delano

Rose Mary Braden, age 57, of Delano, lost her fight to cancer Wednesday, April 19, 2017. A memorial gathering of family and friends will take place Saturday, April 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Delano American Legion Post 377. Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

A Christian view of suicide Sunday

“When Believers Consider Suicide” will be presented by the Rev. Peter Preus, author of “And She Was a Christian.” The presentation will be Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 124 Maple St. N, Lester Prairie. A time of questions and answers will follow.

Funeral notice: Leroy ‘Bud’ Williams, 81, of Winsted

WINSTED, MN – Leroy Raymond “Bud” Williams, 81, of Winsted, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with visitation from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, prior to the Mass. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be made to

Funeral notice: Jon F. Menke, 62, of Bandon, OR, formerly of Cokato

COKATO, MN – Jon F. Menke, 62, of Bandon, OR, formerly of Cokato, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. There will be a memorial service at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, Sunday, April 30 at noon.