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Montrose, Waverly residents experience natural gas outage

MONTROSE AND WAVERLY, MN – Montrose and Waverly residents are currently experiencing a natural gas outage.

Xcel Energy posted a message on its website regarding the outage.

Acording to the message, a construction project accidentally caused an interruption of natural gas service to the Waverly and Montrose areas.

“We are working safely and as quickly as possible to restore gas to the system; however, restoration work will continue into Wednesday,” the message said. “We will provide another update as more information becomes available.”

Xcel technicians are going house to house to turn off the gas meters as a safety precaution.

“We expect to complete repairs on our system this evening and will work throughout the night to go to each home impacted by this situation to relight the pilot lights on natural gas appliances,” the message said.

It encouraged residents to seek shelter if needed, but noted someone at least 18 years of age or older must be present to provide access for technicians.

“Please know that if you are at a shelter or other location, crews will continue to return to homes until we can relight your appliances and/or they may make entry, with law enforcement, through the use of a locksmith,” the message said. “Please leave an outside light on for our technicians. All Xcel Energy employees or authorized contract workers will have photo identification.”

To help prevent water pipes from freezing, residents are asked to open the faucets and leave a slow trickle of water running from them.

As an important safety reminder, if you ever detect a sulfur or “rotten egg” smell inside your home, it could be the odorant Xcel puts in natural gas to help detect leaks. If you notice that smell, leave your home immediately. Do not turn any electrical devices on or off and never use any phone until you are outside and safely away from the area. Then, call Xcel at 1-800-895-2999. In an emergency, call 911.

“We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience related to this incident,” the message concluded.

Annual meeting Dec. 9 for Mid-County Coop

SPONSORED POST. Mid-County Coop will conduct its annual meeting at the Willkommen Park Pavilion, 21 Main St. East, Norwood Young America Friday, Dec. 9. Lunch will be served at 12 noon followed by a business meeting at 1 pm. For more information, call (952) 466-3700.

Star-studded lineup to make its way to Winsted next June


Keith Urban. Brantley Gilbert. Little Big Town. Lynyrd Skynyrd.



And that’s not even half of the artists announced by K102 this morning who will perform at the 24th annual Winstock Country Music Festival Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017, in Winsted.

Also joining the fun on Winstock’s main stage will be LOCASH, Tucker Beathard, Drake White and the Big Fire, Lindsay Ell, Chris Hawkey, and Dylan Jakobsen. Artists set to perform on the Emerging Artist Stage and elsewhere at Winstock are Ryan Hurd, Brooke Eden, Runaway June, Shane Martin, and Copperhead Creek.

“This artist lineup, all the way through, is likely the most solid roster of entertainment we’ve ever been able to provide,” said Winstock Country Music Festival Chairman Dave Danielson. “To have that many top artists of that caliber at Winstock is really a testament to the long-standing success and reputation of our event and to the hard work of our terrific volunteers every year.”

Gilbert was announced at this year’s event as a Winstock ’17 performer. Tickets and camping passes for the 2017 event went on sale Oct. 3 and are selling fast.

VIP tickets for 2017 sold out at this year’s event. Reserved seating ($175) and general admission ($110) through the early-bird deadline of April 15, 2017 are available at or by calling (320) 485-4287. Camping passes ($120) and extra vehicle passes ($25) are also available.

About the artists

Keith Urban, who will headline Friday, June 9, is an artist truly at the top of his game, and he has become known as one of the most innovative, progressive artists of his time. As evident with his recent full-house performance at the Target Center Nov. 5, Urban and his creativity continue to move forward.

“I spoke to several people who saw Keith perform at the Target Center and they said it was one of the best shows they’ve ever seen,” Danielson said. “From his interaction and relating to the crowd, to song selection, to the huge confetti display toward the end of the show, it sounded top-notch all the way through.”

Gilbert, Saturday night’s closing act at Winstock ’17, has a voice that is an instrument of emotion, and he conducts the crowds at his live shows like a country rock orchestra of human experience. He has won over fans and has created his own BG Nation, which will soon include the Winstock audience.

Little Big Town, having become known as the Fleetwood Mac of country music, also left quite the impression on Minnesota when the band appeared on Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour at US Bank Stadium’s inaugural country concert Aug. 20. They first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago and have brought hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and “Little White Church” since then. The hits continue with their latest single, the Taylor Swift-written “Better Man.” The band will perform at Winstock Friday, June 9.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a cultural icon that appeals to all generations. The group brings a catalog of more than 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide, and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama,” which has more than two million downloaded ringtones, all to Winsted. This will mark the band’s second Winstock appearance – having taken the stage 10 years ago in 2006 – and drawing one of the biggest walk-up crowds in the festival’s history. Lynyrd Skynyrd will take the Winstock ’17 stage Saturday, June 10.

LOCASH’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust will also deliver infectious energy to the Winstock stage Saturday afternoon with hits such as “I Know Somebody,” and “I Love This Life.”

His father is a hit songwriter, his brothers star quarterbacks, and Tucker Beathard is quickly on his way to becoming a country music superstar. Beathard, who served as the inspiration for his father to write the Eric Church hit “Homeboy,” will bring his own brand of country music to the Winstock stage Saturday.

Drake White and the Fire and Lindsay Ell round out the national acts who will be performing on the main stage, along with fan favorite Chris Hawkey and Winstock newcomer Dylan Jakobsen. Those who have witnessed bearded Seattle native Jakobsen perform live can testify to the energy and raw emotion he pours onto the stage every night.

Winstock ’17 emerging artists Ryan Hurd, Brooke Eden, and Runaway June are all making their mark on the industry, and each have projects in the works that are going to bring them into the spotlight in 2017. Shane Martin and Copperhead Creek round out the entertainment lineup for next year’s festival. Complete artist information and the performance schedule may be found by following the link from the website below.

“We’re excited to have been able to announce our complete lineup in one shot,” Danielson said. “We know this is a bit later than we’ve announced in the recent past, but we’re confident our fans will agree it was worth the wait.”

More information

For additional announcements, Rumble on the Road nights, promotions, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, continue to follow our website, sign up for Winstock E-mail news, follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMN, and like Winstock on Facebook. New for 2017, Winstock is also on Instagram and Snapchat.

Hutchinson Health wins performance award

SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health was recently named a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey.

The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in patient experience.

“This award recognizes the efforts of the entire Cancer Clinic staff and all who support them,” said Dr. Steven Mulder, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health. “We strive throughout the organization to provide patient-centered care. The Cancer Clinic award recognizes what can be achieved when our principles of effective and thorough communication with our patients are skillfully applied.”

According to Dr. Steven Mulder, the award represents an important recognition from the industry’s leader in measuring, understanding and improving the patient experience.

“We are proud to partner with Hutchinson Health,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “This award is a testament to the organization’s leadership in delivering patient-centered care. By achieving and sustaining this level of excellence, Hutchinson Health continues to demonstrate its commitment to reducing patient suffering and advancing the overall quality of health care.”

Hutchinson Health is one of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota. Services include primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs. To learn more, go to

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Winsted woman injured in crash in Montrose

MONTROSE, MN – A rear-end crash late Sunday evening in Montrose resulted in non-life-threatening injuries for a Winsted woman.

The crash occurred at about 9:25 p.m. when a 2003 Buick Rendezvous driven by Aubrey Wren, 27, of Waverly, slowed for a turning vehicle near Bishop Avenue on Highway 12. Wren’s vehicle was rear-ended by a 2001 Mazda Tribute driven by Noe Cedeno-Rodriguez, 28, of Winsted.

Breanna Bielefeld, 26, of Winsted, the passenger in Cedeno-Rodriguez’s vehicle, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

All individuals were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Both vehicles were considered total losses.

Freed from prison: Man convicted of murder released after serving nearly 11 years

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Terry Olson, 57, of Andover, was released from prison in Faribault Tuesday (Sept. 13), after serving more than a decade behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit.

Olson was convicted in 2007 for the 1979 death of Jeff Hammill, 21, whose body was found on a rural road two miles north of Montrose that summer.

“Terry Olson has absolutely always maintained his innocence,” his attorney, David Schultz of Maslon’s Litigation Group, said the day after Olson’s release. Schultz noted that Olson was offered some “incredible deals” during the 2007 trial if he pleaded guilty, but consistently refused.

Olson was originally sentenced to 17 years in prison; he was re-sentenced Tuesday under the 1980 Minnesota sentencing guidelines, and immediately released from custody.

“In an agreement with my office, we agreed to re-sentence Mr. Olson to time served,” Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly noted. “. . . Being that Mr. Olson has already served more than what the sentencing guidelines called for in 1980, his conviction remains intact, and to bring finality to these proceedings we agreed to re-sentence Mr. Olson under the 1980 guidelines. Jeff Hammill’s family was brought into the discussion and agreed with the resolution regarding this matter.”

Kelly noted that “Mr. Olson wasn’t wrongfully charged, nor was he unlawfully convicted. He was convicted in a court of law by a jury of his peers.”

Schultz took a different view of the case, stating that he believes legal errors were made during the trial, which led to a wrongful conviction.

Look for the full story in the Monday, Sept. 19 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.