Archive for Howard Lake

County Attorney provides statement on Monday shooting in Howard Lake

Kevin Zelaya Asencio appeared in Wright County District Court, the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Strand presiding, this morning (March 22) on the charge of 2nd degree intentional murder in connection with the murder of Adrian Montano Medina in Howard Lake March 20.

At the request of Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes, Judge Strand set bail in the amount of $5,000,000 without conditions or $2,000,000 with conditions that include no contact with any family members of the deceased victim, no contact with the defendant’s wife, no use or possession of firearms, don’t leave the State without permission and surrender any paperwork that would allow travel out of the country.

The defendant’s next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2023. County Attorney Lutes will evaluate the case for presentation to a grand jury seeking an indictment of 1st degree premeditated murder in the upcoming weeks.

Read the full complaint document here Zelaya Asencio Complaint.

Howard Lake drinking water protection

Public Hearing Notice
City of Howard Lake
The City of Howard Lake is in the process of developing a Wellhead Protection Plan for its drinking water supply wells. Consistent with the Minnesota Wellhead Protection Rule (park 4720.5350, sub part 4), a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023, at 7:00 PM at Howard Lake City Hall located at 625 Eighth Avenue, Howard Lake, MN to discuss comments provided from local units of government and solicit comments from the public.
A copy of the Wellhead Protection Plan is available at the City of Howard Lake City Hall for review. Questions may be directed to Nick Haggenmiller at 320-543-3670.
Meagan Theisen,
Assistant City Administrator
Published in the Herald Journal, March 24, 2023. |

Breaking news: Update on Howard Lake shooting

Update regarding the incident yesterday in the City of Howard Lake:

On 03/20/23 at about 12:06 p.m., Wright County Communications received a call for a shooting at 300 Dura Drive in the City of Howard Lake. A caller on scene was able to provide Wright County Communications with the license plate and vehicle description of the suspect vehicle as it left the scene.

Howard Lake Police Officers arrived, secured the scene and located a victim of an apparent gunshot wound, Adrian Montano Medina (20 years old from Lester Prairie). Montano Medina was pronounced deceased at the scene of the shooting.

A Wright County Deputy located the suspect vehicle in the City of Waverly and a traffic stop was initiated south of the city limits. The suspect and lone occupant of the vehicle, Kevin Zelayo Asencio (23 years old from Glencoe) was taken into custody by Deputies without incident. A firearm was recovered from inside the vehicle at the traffic stop location.

Zalayo Ascencio was transported to and booked into the Wright County Jail. Reports from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Howard Lake Police Department are being forwarded to the Wright County Attorney’s Office for criminal charges.

Breaking News: Sheriff Deringer Releases Statement on Howard Lake Shooting

A Statement from Wright County Sheriff Sean Deringer: 2:02 p.m.
At approximately 12:06 p.m. today (March 20), Wright County deputies were dispatched to assist Howard Lake Police Department with the report of a shooting in the 300 block of Dura Drive in the City of Howard Lake.

A gunshot wound victim was located at the scene of the call. A suspect was taken into custody a short distance away. There is no known risk to public safety at this time. The incident is currently under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the Howard Lake Police Department.

More details will follow identifying the suspect and victim.

Unconfirmed shots reported near Dura Supreme In Howard Lake

Howard Lake, MN–Several members of the public are reporting on social media either a shooting or shots being fired heard by or near the Dura Supreme factory in Howard Lake.

The Herald Journal reached out to the city for comment and was told that they are unable at this time to confirm the reports.

Update 1:32 p.m.– the social media posts reporting the situation have now been marked private. And the city has said that the chief of police has given the all clear in the area but that a police presence is still within the vacinity of the factory at this time and will remain.



HLPD takes the plunge for Special Olympics


For the last couple of years, members of the Howard Lake Police Department have participated in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Buffalo.