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Funeral notice: Megan J. Boss, 27, of Montrose

MONTROSE, MN – Megan Joan Boss, 27,of Montrose, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 24, 2017. A celebration of Megan’s life will take place Saturday, July 1 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. There will be a gathering of family and friends Friday, June 30 from 4 to 7 p.m., with 6:30 p.m. prayer, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake. The gathering will continue Saturday, one hour prior to the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake;

Good Neighbor Days photo gallery is now online

Howard Lake’s Good Neighbor Days may be over for 2017, but you can re-live the memories at the photo gallery.  Click this link to check it out.

Congratulations to Howard Lake’s new royalty!

HOWARD LAKE – The City of Howard Lake officially crowned a new royal court this evening.  Shelbi Johnson (right) is the city’s New Miss Howard Lake, and Natelee Gillmore Is Howard Lake Princess.  For complete coverage of Good Neighbor Days 2017, see the June 30 edition of the Herald Journal.


Howard Lake man badly injured in crash

ALBION TOWNSHIP, MN – A Howard Lake man suffered serious injuries in a crash with a Wright County Highway Department dump truck in Albion Township Thursday morning.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Lucas James Meinstad Klages, 23, of Howard Lake, was northbound on Wright County Road 7 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and continued into the path of a 2009 International dump truck that was eastbound on County Road 35.

The front of the International struck the left side of the S10.

Klages, who was the lone occupant of the S10, was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care for treatment of his injuries.

The driver of the International, James Timothy Casari, 39, of Montrose, was not injured.

The sheriff’s office did not indicate what factors may have contributed to the crash or if either driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Wright County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Maple Lake Fire and Rescue, Maple Lake Ambulance, and Allina Ambulance.

Concern raised over dog kennel near Howard Lake

MIDDLEVILLE TOWNSHIP, MN – A dog kennel at 1297 County Road 6 SW north of Howard Lake was a controversial topic at the June 13 Middleville Township meeting.

On a 4-1 vote, township officials voted to authorize attorney Troy Gilchrist to write a resolution for a conditional use permit (CUP) that would allow no more than 20 adult dogs (6 months or older).

Voting in favor were Walt Barlow, James Raymond, James Jacobson, and Dan Kyllonen. Voting against was Judy Forst.

According to draft meeting minutes, the resolution would allow operation seven days per week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Barking noise would need to be well-controlled.

The business, Celebrity Roscoe/Raven Kennels, is operated by Colton Kruzel of Cokato and former Vikings football player Tyrone Carter of Minnetonka. The property is owned by Kruzel’s father.

Celebrity Roscoe/Raven Kennels began about three years ago, and Kruzel previously stated he was not aware of the need for a permit until recently. Kruzel also said he and Carter both visit the kennel daily in order to take care of the animals.

In the draft meeting minutes, Kruzel stated that he started with two dogs (American Pitbull terriers). As of the June 13 meeting, he had 14 adult dogs, nine 2-week old puppies, and five 6-day-old puppies.

Kruzel stated that he is raising the dogs as family pets, and customers go to the property by appointment, one at a time.

There was “much concern from the public about the large number of dogs,” the draft minutes stated.

Melissa Shelton of rural Howard Lake shared her concerns via email Wednesday, stating, “I personally do not wish for any sort of puppy mill activity to exist in our community. It does not matter if it were poodles or pitbulls. This sort of breeding operation, with this many dogs, is disturbing.”

Shelton is a holistic veterinarian whose career is currently dedicated to teaching, writing, and researching complementary medicine. Although active in the veterinary community, she does not take patients in the traditional sense at this time.

Shelton said she plans to work on a petition regarding the kennel operations in order to give more people an opportunity to be heard.

As a public service, Shelton noted that anyone who would like to issue a statement about the kennel (for or against) is welcome to contact the Crow River Animal Hospital at (320) 286-3277.

In an email earlier this week, Barlow stated, “Our responsibility is to make sure the operation has adequate measures in place for the cleanliness and health of the animals, environment, and township members. It is an operation that falls within approved businesses listed in our and the county’s planning and zoning regulations. Thus, it cannot be denied by innuendoes and supposition as to the end-use of the animals.”

Before a CUP is issued, the operation will be inspected, Barlow added.

A vote regarding the CUP will likely be on the agenda for Middleville Township’s Tuesday, July 11 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the township hall.

Editor’s note: This article was written with the use of draft (unapproved) meeting minutes.

Good Neighbor Days Medallion Hunt Clue Number Two

Here’s clue number two:

Located in a public space,

An easy search won’t be the case,

Might be by water, might be by land,

You will be able to find it by hand.

If found call Cindy at 320-543-2209