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Two teens critically injured in car accident in Hollywood Township

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office reports that at approximately 1:47 p.m.  Aug.  14, it received a 9-1-1 call of a personal injury crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Country Road 21 and County Road 20 in Hollywood Township.
Deputies arrived on the scene and learned that a 23-year-old male from Norwood Young America, was driving a motor vehicle southbound on County Road 21 and ran through a stop sign at County Road 20 hitting an eastbound vehicle occupied by four juvenile females.

The eastbound vehicle did not have a stop sign.
The 23-year-old male driver and his 20-year-old female passenger from Waverly, were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Two juvenile female occupants of the eastbound vehicle, the 16-year-old driver from Kimball, and a 15- year-old from Cokato, were transported by air to Hennepin County Medical Center with critical injuries. The other two juvenile female occupants, a 15-year-old from Watertown Township, and a 17-year-old from Dassel, were transported to Ridgeview Medical Center via ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Watertown Fire Department, Mayer Fire Department, Ridgeview Ambulance, North Air Care, Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) ,and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

The driver of the southbound vehicle has been identified as Chad Zellmann, 23, from Norwood
Young America. The passenger was Carmen Grangroth, 20, from Waverly, MN.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle has been identified as Annie Hendrickson, 16, from Kimball,
MN. The passengers were Selina Siltala, 15, Vanessa Homola, 15, and Kindra Foley, 17, from
Cokato, Watertown Township, and Dassel, respectively.

Hendrickson and Siltala remain hospitalized at this time, all others have been treated and

The crash remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and the MSP.

Wright County Deputies fatally shoot man in Otsego

A man was shot dead by deputies in Otsego during an incident in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 7.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a press release that a man had died after two of its deputies opened fire in the 12000 block of 72nd Court NE.

According to the sheriff’s office, police had been called at 12:52 a.m. to a report that the man “was having mental health challenges and had threatened physical harm to his family and himself.”

Police reportedly spoke with the man when they arrived, and he agreed to go to hospital for an evaluation.

But as they waited for the ambulance, police say “the man ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife,” fleeing the home and “ran into the neighborhood,” prompting police to set up a perimeter.

Per the Wright County Sheriff’s Office:

“A short time later, the man confronted deputies in a neighboring backyard. Two deputies attempted to TASE the subject but it was not successful. While in close proximity to the deputies, he physically threatened them with the knife. Two deputies discharged their firearms, striking the subject.”

The man died at North Memorial Hospital a short time after arriving.

The deputies who shot him have been placed on administrative leave, with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension now investigating.

Buffalo man in custody after his father found fatally shot

A Buffalo man is in custody in connection to the shooting death of his father, who was found dead inside his northern Minnesota cabin.
According to the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the 62-year-old father, also from Buffalo, was reported missing July 26 after he hadn’t been heard from in three days.
The father and his 24-year-old son had gone up to their cabin in Aitkin County July 22.
The father’s other son went to the cabin after making “numerous unanswered calls” and found no vehicles around and the cabin’s main door padlocked.
Deputies were called in to search around the cabin and soon saw a dead man inside through a window.
After a search warrant was granted, investigators went inside and confirmed the victim was the father, who had “a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.”
The 24-year-old son is awaiting criminal charges in the Aitkin County Jail.

Hutchinson man seriously injured in motorcycle crash near Alexandria

Alexandria, MN–A Hutchinson man suffered life-threatening injuries July 27 in a motorcycle crash near Alexandria. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, shortly before 7 p.m., 36-year-old Eric Tonn was riding eastbound on I-94 in Moe Township when he crashed. Tonn is being treated for his injuries at Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Wall That Heals arrives today

The Wall That Heals is slated to arrive in Winsted today, Tuesday, July 26. Winsted Police Chief Justin Heldt and Howard Lake Police Chief Dave Thompson are coordinating an arrival escort of motorcyclists, law enforcement vehicles, first-responders, and others.
The will see the escort beginning at Dura Supreme in Howard Lake, moving up Hwy. 12, to CSAH 6 and onto the Winstock grounds. The escort should arrive at approximately 2:15 p.m.

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