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LHS student killed in car accident

Litchfield High School student Kaden Thomas of Cosmos was killed in a car accident this past weekend.  The Wright County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday morning at 1:12, deputies were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash near 7832 Nevens Avenue NW.   A car was traveling north on Nevens Avenue from Harrison Street, left the road and hit a tree.

16-year-old Thomas was driving and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Three passengers in the vehicle were injured.  A 17-year-old from Watkins and 19-year-old Nicholas Rohlik from Spicer were transported by ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Another juvenile, a 17-year-old from Grove City was extricated from the vehicle and airlifted to HCMC with non-life-threatening injuries.   Police say the group had recently left a residence in Annandale. The incident is under further investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.


Complete Winstock ’23 Lineup Announced, Along With Festival’s ‘Best Deal Yet’


Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Miranda Lambert and one of the hottest artists to emerge in recent years, Cody Johnson, were announced as headliners for the 29th Winstock Country Music Festival, set for Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, 2023, at the festival grounds in Winsted, MN. Tickets and camping are now on sale.


Lambert’s eighth studio album, “Palomino,” was released in April as the highest-debuting country album of 2022. It marks the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven previous number-one solo albums, 10 number-one hits, and more than 70 awards.

Heralded by MusicRow as “the future of real country music,” Cody Johnson will make his debut on the Winstock stage following the massive success of his 18-track double album “Human.” His hit “‘Til You Can’t” has set streaming records and remains one of the most played songs of the genre.
“Any time you can pair a reigning entertainer of the year with someone currently breaking down doors like Cody Johnson, you’re guaranteed a great weekend of country music,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Committee Chairman Dave Danielson.
Joining Lambert and Johnson will be Gabby Barrett, Jordan Davis, Dylan Scott, Jo Dee Messina, Diamond Rio, BlackHawk, Nate Smith, Hailey Whitters, George Birge, Chris Kroeze, Jenn Bostic, Anderson Daniels, Chad Johnson and the MN-T’s, and The Shaw Band/The Shaw Brothers. The complete artist lineup may be found HERE. 
“Each year, we work to build a lineup that features something for everyone,” Danielson said. “We’re grateful to be able to announce the lineup in its entirety so fans can make their plans for next summer.”
Organizers are excited to have Minnesota music royalty kick things off in 2023 at the pre-show beer tent party Thursday night.
“There isn’t a name more synonymous with Minnesota music than Shaw,” Danielson said. “Having both the original Shaw Band and The Shaw Brothers is going to make for a memorable Thursday night and will be a great start to the weekend.”


Get ‘em ‘Til You Can’t’

In addition to announcing the complete lineup for Winstock 2023, organizers also unveiled the festival’s “best deal yet” for camping passes and general admission tickets.


With campsites in campgrounds A, B, C, and D already sold out, this is the best opportunity – and best price – to guarantee a spot and not have to worry about it closer to the event.
“For those who didn’t renew at this year’s event for next year, or for those who may be new to Winstock, this is the best way to seal the deal and be sure you’ll be at Winstock next June,” Danielson said. “This is a limited-time offer, and once these sites are gone, they’re gone – they will go fast.”
VIP tickets sold out at this year’s event for 2023. A very limited number of reserved seats are now on sale, as is the best selection of camping sites.
For additional announcements, ticket information, and everything Winstock, go to and sign up for Winstock Email news. Be sure to follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMNFacebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


Details released regarding fatal accident near Silver Lake yesterday

The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) updated its report regarding a vehicle collision at Highway 7, mile marker 150, Hale Township, McLeod County yesterday, at approximately 11:03 a.m.

MSP reported two vehicles were involved in the accident. The first was a 2020 Ford Explorer, driven by Marsha Angela Schmidt, 53, of Danube. Schmidt had a passenger in her vehicle, Marcia Jean Schmidt, 54, of Willmar.

The second vehicle was a 2013 Ford Fusion, driven by Wilmer Espinoza Herrera, 25, of Montevideo.  Herrera had two passengers in his vehicle: Fanny Ramirez Perez, 21, of Montevideo, and Wilmer Osmani Espinoza-Ramirez Jr., 2, also of Montevideo.

MSP reported that the Ford Fusion was westbound on Highway 7 when it crossed the center line and collided with the Ford Explorer that was eastbound on Highway 7.

The Schmidts were transported to the Hutchinson Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Wilmer Espinoza Herrera and Fanny Ramirez Perez were killed in the collision.  Wilmer Osmani Espinoza-Ramirez Jr. was taken to HCMC and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

All involved were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.  Pavement conditions were wet at the time of the accident.

Also responding to the scene were the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Allina Ambulance, Silver Lake Ambulance, Silver Lake Fire Department.


Update on crash in Hollywood twp. where 6 were injured

Update from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office:

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

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

One Seriously Injured in Wright County Crash

A Maple Lake man was seriously injured in a crash near Clearwater the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) said 63-year-old Peter Miessen was taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

MSP said Miessen was driving his motorcycle south on Highway 24. A vehicle, driven by 67-year-old David Kunkel of Clearwater, was traveling west on 160th Street Northwest when the collision occurred in the intersection.

Kunkel was not injured.

The crash happened just before 5:30 p.m.

Two die in head-on crash Friday in Wright County

Two people died in a head-on traffic crash that happened Friday, Aug. 12 evening in Wright County.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department just before 10 p.m., two passenger cars collided on Wright County Road 3, near the intersection of County Road 30 in Stockholm Township, south of Cokato.

Officials say evidence deputies gathered at the scene, as well as witness statements suggest that a Mazda passenger car driven by 27-year-old Vincent Beaudet of Hutchinson was traveling north in the southbound lane when his vehicle collided head-on with a Hyundai passenger car driven by 39-year-old Michael Wolford of Litchfield, formerly of Winsted.

Authorities say both vehicles sustained heavy damage, and both drivers suffered severe injuries. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The Cokato Ambulance and Fire Department, Allina Ambulance, and personnel from Lifelink assisted Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The circumstances surrounding the fatal crash are still under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.