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Two drivers injured in Wright County crash

Delano, MN, Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle crash north of Delano Tuesday, June 29 in the  afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), 26-year-old Matthew Hendrickson of Cokato and 51-year-old Tamara Schaust of Delano were taken to HCMC in Minneapolis for treatment.

The MSP said Schaust suffered life-threatening injuries. Hendrickson suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Highway 12 at Eaken Avenue Southeast.

Buffalo Teen, 15, arrested in Golden Valley gas station carjacking

A teenage boy is in custody in connection to the carjacking of teenage sisters Monday evening at a Twin Cities gas station.

According to Golden Valley police it happened at the Speedway on the 1900 block of Douglas Drive North at about 8:37 p.m. The 16-year-old sister told investigators she was filling her 2018 Lexus RX with gas, while her 14-year-old sister stayed inside the vehicle.

The girls say a boy, who police describe as a “15-year-old white male suspect from Buffalo, MN,” came up to the Lexus, showed the 14-year-old a gun and demanded the keys. He then drove off, leaving the sisters unharmed.

Bloomington police tracked down the Lexus about two hours later, which contained the suspect and three other teens. The 15-year-old was arrested, and is awaiting criminal charges.

Golden Valley police did not say if they believe the suspect has any connection to the string of carjacking’s in the city in the past month, including the armed theft of a golfer’s Audi A5 last week outside of Theodore Wirth Golf Club.

Wright County in Heat Advisory Tuesday, June 14

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Advisory for the Twin Cities metro area and a Heat Advisory for much of the eastern part of Minnesota for Tuesday, June 14, including Wright County. Air temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to high 90s with heat indices of around 100 degrees are expected.

Those with health conditions who don’t have be outside are advised to stay somewhere cool. For those who have to be outside, they are advised to remain hydrated because heat-related illness can happen quickly.

Wright County truck driver involved in fatal crash in Chisago County

According to the the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) early in the morning of Thursday, June 9, a semi truck collided with a small pickup on Highway 95 at Sunrise Road in Chisago County near North Branch.

Authorities say the small pickup was southbound on Sunrise Road and went through a stop sign, colliding with the semi in the eastbound lanes of Minnesota Highway 95. Both vehicles caught fire following the collision.

The driver of the pickup, 37-year-old Nathan Austin of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin died in the crash. The driver of the semi, 26-year-old Andrew Kohnen of Buffalo, was not injured.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Lakes Regions EMS, the North Branch Police Department and MnDOT all assisted at the scene.

Funeral Notice: Brian Kuntz. 63

Brian K. Kuntz, age 63, of Delano passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
Funeral Service will take place Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (505 Westminster Ave SW) in Watertown, MN with Rev. George Morris as officiant.
Visitation is Monday, June 6, 2022 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, 1 hour prior to the service, all at the church. Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waconia.

Ulrich found guilty on all charges in Allina Clinic attack

Guilty on all charges.

That was the verdict of the jury that has been hearing testimony in the trial of Gregory Ulrich, the lone defendant in the violent and deadly attack at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo on February 9th, 2021, according to KRWC.

Thursday, the 68-year-old Ulrich took the stand in his own defense, testifying from his wheelchair that his acts at the Allina Clinic stemmed from years of what his defense team called excruciating pain following surgery to help injuries he sustained in a work accident in the late 1970s. Ulrich told the jury through defense questioning that when he was denied any further prescriptions to opioid based pain medications, it began a period of months and years of requests of up to 50 doctors and health care providers for help with pain management.

Ulrich said he also sought the help of law enforcement and government officials all the way up to the White House to intervene on his behalf. Ulrich said he ultimately gave up. He testified “…I was a corpse…my life was over.” He said it was this that led to the events at the Allina Crossroads Clinic on February 9th, 2021. Ulrich answered questions from the defense about his intent, which he said was to do property damage to the building, to blow out windows and damage equipment to inform the public about what he felt was wrongful denial of pain management. He said to help send a “louder message,” he fired the handgun on health care workers, though he said he did not intend to kill anyone. Ulrich admitted that once the shooting began, he “…lost control.” He said when realized that someone may have gotten seriously hurt, he placed his 911 call.

On re-direct, Assistant County Attorney Shane Simonds forced Ulrich to stick to the main points. Under questioning, Ulrich admitted to purchasing the handgun and ammunition, as well as gathering ingredients for, and constructing the pipe bombs used in the attack. He acknowledged scheduling a ride from Trailblazer Transit to get from the Super 8 Motel in Buffalo to the Allina Crossroads Clinic, and admitted to shooting “at” Tammy Schaufler, Antonya Fransen-Pruden, Lindsay Overbay, Jennifer Gibson and Sherri Curtis. When Simonds asked if any of those individuals were armed or had any other means of defending themselves, Ulrich answered, “no.” Simonds concluded his re-direct by asking Ulrich to re-verify that he had gone back to the lobby that morning and shot out more windows, ignited bombs and placed his 911 call. Ulrich indicated that he had. Following the prosecution’s re-direct, the defense rested its case.

Judge McPherson had lengthy instructions for the jury, which was followed by closing statements in which County Attorney Brian Lutes urged jurors to find Ulrich guilty on all counts including the premeditation segments of the charges. He asked the jury to consider the intent, saying it should be a natural and probable outcome that shooting anyone in the torso has a high likelihood of resulting in death. He asked “…how dare he?” “What gives him the right to shoot innocent victims to promote his twisted cause?” Assistant Shane Simonds also took a part of the closing statement telling jurors “…Don’t think for a moment that his (Ulrich) calling 911 means he cared about the individuals who were shot.” Simonds hammered home facts that he said go completely to premeditation. Preparing everything ahead of time, the gun and ammunition purchase, making the bombs and planning out his attack. Simonds also replayed the two video segments seen earlier in the trial where Ulrich encouraged seniors wracked with pain like he is to pick up a pistol and kill as many nurses as possible.

The closing statement from defense attorney Virginia Murphrey was a longer version of her opening statement. She told the jury that while Ulrich’s grandiose actions were “horrific,” the decision he made on how to handle his distress does not make it a premeditated murder or attempted murder. She re-played the audio of Ulrich’s 911 call….identifying key elements that the defense claims shows empathy and no intent to inflict the kind of damage that resulted from his actions. Murphrey said Ulrich’s intent was to create havoc and mayhem to gain publicity to get some resolve to his medical care concerns, as well as those of anyone who may be in a similar situation.

Judge McPherson thanked the jury for its attentiveness through the many hours of testimony with some very disturbing and emotional presentations. She then dismissed four jurors who had been selected prior to the trial phase as alternates, then had final deliberation instructions for the remaining 12 jurors.

Around 7:30 PM Thursday, the press was alerted that the jury had reached a verdict, and at 8 PM, the verdict was read. Ulrich was found guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder in the death of medical assistant Lindsay Overbay, and guilty on all four counts of 1st degree premeditated attempted murder of Sherri Curtis, Antonya Fransen-Pruden, Jennifer Gibson and Tammy Schaufler, all of whom were injured in varying degrees by bullets fired by Ulrich, but ultimately survived the attack. It was the 1st degree premeditated charges that were really the only ones that were in question as the defense counsel for Ulrich basically conceded the explosives charge, 2nd degree murder charge, three 1st degree assault charges, and a 2nd degree assault with a deadly weapon charge.

Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes appeared with a number of Allina Health Care administrators, doctors, nurses and other health care workers outside the Wright County Justice Center following the reading of the verdict. Lutes said he hopes that the verdict brings at least some closure to a day of terror that reverberated throughout the city, county, state and the U-S. The conviction on the 1st degree premeditated murder charge alone carries a mandatory life in prison sentence without the possibility of parole.

Judge Catherine McPherson set Friday, June 17th at 1:30 PM for the sentencing of Ulrich. He was remanded to the custody of the Wright County Sheriff without bail.