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Howard Lake man charged with vehicular homicide

HOWARD LAKE, MN – A man is facing felony charges after the death of a pedestrian in Howard Lake Jan. 13, according to the Wright County Attorney’s Office.

Kent Clinton Mattson, 55, of Howard Lake was charged with criminal vehicular homicide for causing the death of another person while operating a vehicle in a negligent manner, under the influence of alcohol. According to the formal complaint, this is felony with a maximum sentence of 10 years, a $20,000 fine, or both.

The man who died was Richard James Jacobs, 59, of Waconia.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Mattson was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado north on Wright County Road 6 shortly after 6 p.m. when his vehicle struck Jacobs at the intersection of County Road 6 and Highway 12 in Howard Lake.

When asked to explain the crash, Mattson told police he had been traveling north on Wright County Road 6, and was stopped at Highway 12 in order to turn west. He said traffic was busy on Highway 12, and he waited for an opening. When there was a break in traffic, Mattson told police that he “floored it” by accelerating onto Highway 12.

According to the formal complaint, Mattson said he felt a bump shortly after he began to drive forward, and realized he hit something. He then said he pulled over and called 911. According to the log on his cell phone, this call was made at 6:08 p.m. Mattson said he assumed it was a person he had struck, and this was confirmed when he saw an injured man lying in the road.

A preliminary breath test indicated that Mattson’s blood alcohol concentration was .065. A blood sample was obtained and will be analyzed by a crime lab.

The formal complaint states that “it appears the defendant was focusing on vehicles traveling on Highway 12, assessing a safe time to enter the highway, and was not paying attention to a pedestrian in the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road 6.”

The pedestrian, Jacobs, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and later passed away, according to the state patrol.

Mattson is scheduled to appear in Wright County District Court Wednesday, March 1 at 8:30 a.m.

Kent Mattson

Kent Mattson

Funeral notice: Raymond Juncewski, 86, of Howard Lake

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Raymond Juncewski, 86, of Howard Lake, passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson. There will be a time of gathering Thursday, Jan. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Private inurnment will be at a later date. Arrangements are with the Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake.

UPDATE: Pedestrian struck in Howard Lake has died

HOWARD LAKE, MN – A Waconia man has died from injuries suffered when struck by a vehicle in Howard Lake.

Acording to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Kent Clinton Mattson, 55, of Howard Lake  was northbound on Wright County Road 6 at approximately 6:11 p.m. Jan. 13 when it struck a pedestrian at the intersection of County Road 6 and Highway 12 in Howard Lake, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The pedestrian, Richard James Jacobs, 59, of Waconia, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and has since passed away, according to the State Patrol.

Mattson was not injured.

The State Patrol reported alcohol was detected on Mattson. Snow and ice may also have been a factor, according to the State Patrol report.

First CNA class graduates from HLWW

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Jessica Schauer, an RN at Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake, was hired by Ridgewater College to teach Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School’s certified nursing assistant (CNA) course. She is pictured with the first class of graduates – Chase Lang, Roberto Gallegos-Celis, Jenna Koosman, Kayla Hooser, Kaitlyn Decker, Gemma Gutierrez, Anjela Turnock, Katrina Juncewski, and Ashley Spar.

Look for a story in the Monday, Jan. 23 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to see where to buy a copy, and how to subscribe.

HLWW CNA class

Cute baby contest now accepting entries

MINNESOTA – Know someone with an adorable baby? The Herald Journal’s sister paper, the Delano Herald Journal, is hosting a cute baby contest.

Entrants do not need to be from Delano to win.

Nearly $1,000 will be given away in cash prizes.

For details, click here: https://www.communitynewscontest.com/index.php?contestid=276 

Cards/Game Club at The Lodge of HL Jan. 19

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The Lodge of Howard Lake is hosting Cards/Game Club the third Thursday of every month beginning at 1:30 p.m. Free snack and coffee are provided. The Lodge is located at 445 1st Street East in Howard Lake. For more information, call 320-543-1010.