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Man taken into custody in Watertown after report of terroristic threats

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud reported that at 10:41p.m. April 18 his office received a report of terroristic threats at a business in Watertown.

Deputies responded to the report and during the investigation they located the suspect. The suspect fled from deputies to a residence in the 100 block of Jefferson Ave N.W. in the City of Watertown. After attempts to contact the suspect were unsuccessful, the Tri-City Tactical Team was summoned and provided necessary assistance. Negotiations were started by the team and the suspect was taken into custody without incident a short time later.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. The suspect is in jail pending charges.

Millerbernd Systems, Inc. to become ProForm Fabrication, LLC

WINSTED, MN – ProForm Fabrication, LLC, a custom fabrication and contract manufacturing facility, is excited to announce the asset purchase agreement of Millerbernd Systems, Inc.

After 86 years of hometown fabrication, the Millerbernd Systems, Inc. will pass along the expertise and capabilities of quality manufacturing to ProForm Fabrication, LLC.

While the name and ownership will change, potential customers will find the same reliable experts ready to serve your needs.

“I’m pleased to see the company and staff remain intact through the transition. The new ownership has similar family values and pride in the success of the company,” said Ralph Millerbernd, CEO of Millerbernd Systems.

“The expertise of the company’s staff members forms a foundation that is able to serve the needs of several industries. The contributions of each employee are a pivotal part of sustaining Minnesota’s rural manufacturing economy and ProForm intends on helping them make the biggest impact possible,” said Brian Mumford, Chief Operating Officer of ProForm Fabrication.

ProForm Fabrication, LLC intends to be a custom manufacturer in the wind, agriculture, food processing and energy fields and remain in Winsted.

New Germany seeks applicants for city council

NEW GERMANY, MN –  The City of New Germany is looking to fill a vacancy on the City Council. The person selected to fill the vacancy will hold the position until a special election is held on November 3, 2020, to elect an individual to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. A person interested in being appointed to fill the vacancy may choose to run in the election, but is not required to run for election.

Interested parties should submit council application packet and letter of interest by May 7, via email ( or deliver/mail to City Hall (P O Box 177, New Germany, MN 55367). In order to be appointed, applicants must be a resident of the City of New Germany, eligible to vote in the State of Minnesota, and be 21 years of age or more. Anyone who meets these requirements and is interested in helping to shape the future of New Germany, is encouraged to contact the city clerk-treasurer for a council application packet and submit a letter which includes why they are interested in the position, and why they think they would be a good representative of the residents of New Germany. Application packet and letters will be accepted until May 7,at 4:30 p.m. The council hopes to fill this vacancy at their May 21, 2019 meeting. Council applications may be requested by calling 952-353-2488, city office, Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by email.

Funeral notice: Malvina Dalbec, 83, of Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Malvina Dorothy Frances (Lange) Dalbec, 83, of  rural Howard Lake, passed away  Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted. Funeral services will take place Tuesday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with the Rev. Mark Loder officiating.
There will be visitation Monday, April 22 from 4 to 8  p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday morning at the church, one hour prior to the services.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to

Funeral notice: Claire M. Eckel, 28, of Dassel

DASSEL, MN – Claire Marie Eckel, 28, of Dassel, died Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Her funeral service will be Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at First Apostolic Lutheran Church, Dassel, with Mark Koivisto conducting the service.  A Celebration of Life will follow the funeral at the Dassel History Center, beginning at noon.There will also be a time to gather with the family Thursday evening, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.  The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the arrangements.

Funeral notice: Dale K. Straub, 69, of Litchfield, formerly of Dassel

DASSEL, MN – Dale Keith Straub, 69, of Litchfield, formerly of Dassel, died Monday, April 15, 2019, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield.  A memorial service will take place Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Laurie O’Shea officiating.  Interment of the urn will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Lengby, MN at a later date. There will be a time to gather with the family Saturday, at the church, one hour prior to the service. The Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel is in charge of the memorial arrangements.