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UPDATED: charge filed in Watertown death

WATERTOWN, MN – Authorities are investigating the death of a 33-year-old woman from Watertown.

According to a press release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, sheriff’s deputies were called to the 800 block of Deerfield Road in Watertown at about 6:41 p.m. Nov. 14 because of an unresponsive woman in the roadway. As deputies arrived, Ridgeview paramedics were loading the victim into an ambulance for transport at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia.

Deputies spoke with Watertown fire personnel, who were first on-scene, and learned the victim had suffered traumatic injuries and needed immediate transport for medical treatment. Ridgeview emergency room personnel later informed deputies the victim had died from injuries sustained in the incident.

According to the press release, the preliminary investigation indicates that Jessica Suzanne Ludenia, 33, of Watertown, had been struck by a motor vehicle driven by her boyfriend, 42, also of Watertown.

Sheriff’s deputies summoned assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to process the scene for preservation and collection of physical evidence. The driver was subsequently arrested and booked into the Carver County Jail pending charges of criminal vehicular operation.

The matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

UPDATE 11-17-17 According to a formal complaint, Casey Belden Hoskins, 42, of Watertown, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide – operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner, a felony. If convicted, this charge is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine.


Dr. Knudtson receives achievement award

SPONSORED POST – Dr. Erin Knudtson was recently awarded the Specialty Preceptor Achievement Award for her work in pediatrics with Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) students at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson. The student who nominated her for this award explained, “I will never forget the kindness and empathy she showed her patients. She is the physician I aspire to be.”

RPAP is a nine-month, community-based educational experience for University of Minnesota third-year medical students who live and train in rural communities.


Knudtson is pictured with Dr. Kirby Clark (director of RPAP), and Dr. Ray Christensen (associate director of RPAP) at Hutchinson Health.

Hutchinson Health

Smart money webinar in Mayer Tuesday, Nov. 7

Zion Lutheran Church, 209 Bluejay Ave. in Mayer will host a free smart money webinar featuring Dave Ramsey Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendees may sign up at

Mayer council hears about upcoming Highway 25 project

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council, during its Oct. 23 meeting, heard from city engineer Dave Martini, as well as a representative from MnDOT, about a proposed Highway 25 improvement project that is being planned from Mayer to Watertown, with construction to begin in 2020. Read about it in the Oct. 27 issue of Herald Journal.

Funeral notice: Lowell A. Haga-Leas, 48, of Mayer

MAYER, MN – Lowell A. Haga-Leas, 48, of Mayer, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2017, at University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.  Funeral service will be Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, with interment at the church cemetery.  Visitation will be at the church Saturday, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.  Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Kent Kassulker, 60, of Mayer

MAYER, MN – Kent K. Kassulker, 60, of Mayer, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.  Funeral service will be Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Hollywood Township, with interment at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Hollywood Township.  Visitation will take place at the church Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.