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Body found in Mississippi River in Otsego

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The body of an adult male has been recovered from the Mississippi River in the city of Otsego, according to Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty.

The body was discovered at about 11:30 a.m. by volunteers assisting in the search for Joseph Brunn, who went missing from the area Oct. 3.

The body was found about 300 yards south of the Highway 101 Bridge and 30 feet from shore.

The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and an autopsy.

The circumstances surrounding the death of this individual are under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

The Family of Joseph Brunn and members from United Legacy will be addressing the media at 3 p.m. today at their search headquarters located near Holiday Inn in Otsego.

Hutchinson Health helps protect against the flu

SPONSORED POST – Seventy-nine percent of Hutchinson Health’s employees received the flu vaccine in the 2014-15 season, helping to protect patient safety.

For this effort, Hutchinson Health recently received white ribbon status from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) as part of the FluSafe program.

Participating in this program represents the high level of commitment at Hutchinson Health. Getting vaccinated is the first step in protecting against getting the flu.

According to the MDH, unvaccinated health care workers pose a greater risk of passing highly contagious influenza to vulnerable patients, without even knowing it. The FluSafe program aims to get all health care personnel, except those with medical exemptions, at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota vaccinated against influenza each season.

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Search continues for missing Monticello man

OTSEGO, MN – Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports that the search for missing person Joseph Brunn will continue today. Brunn, 23, of Monticello, went missing during the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 3. Brunn was last seen in the area of the Holiday Inn located at 9200 Quaday Ave. NE in the Otsego. He is described as being 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, and wearing black/grey dress pants, light blue button-up dress shirt, and black shoes.

Members of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol, Recreational Services Unit, and sheriff’s deputies will continue their search in the Otsego and Elk River area.

Family and friends have set up a Facebook site to assist in their search efforts. For information on how to help, click here.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Joseph Brunn is asked to call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 682-1162.

Joe Brunn

Joseph Brunn

Wright Co. deputy arrested for possible drunk driving

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff’s deputy Craig Canton, 55, was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, WCCO reported.

According to ABC News, Canton drove his personal vehicle to the Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo to report for bailiff duty, and a coworker reported him, believing that he was drunk.

After Canton took a breath test, he was arrested at 9:15 a.m. and booked at the Wright County Jail. His blood-alcohol level was not provided.

ABC News reported that according to Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty, Canton has worked for the sheriff’s department for 11 years with no problems.

The case is under review, and could be moved to a different county if it is determined to be a conflict of interest.

A stellar apple crop for Luce Line Orchard in Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Although a tornado tore through Luce Line Orchard in Watertown in July, orchard activities are in full swing this season.

Luce Line Orchard in Watertown has apples galore.

Luce Line Orchard in Watertown has apples galore.

More than 200 volunteers helped bring the landscape back to a state of beauty, and even with the loss of 5,000 trees, there’s still 5,000 trees left – and plenty of ripe, red fruit to go with it.

“We have tons of apples – Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Harlson, SnoSweet, and Zestar!” said Abby Pawelk, daughter of owners Rich Pawelk and Terri Traen Pawelk.

Now, the only signs that a storm swiped the area are on the nature trail.

“We left some of the twisted trees for people to see, and we have markers out there so they can read about what happened,” Abby said.

Luce Line Orchard is popular for dates, and couples have been known to get engaged on the romantic nature trail.

Children love the orchard, too, with a u-pick pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, hayrides, food, and more.

A service member appreciation day is planned for Saturday, Oct. 17, and firefighters, police officers, and military personnel who display their badges will receive special discounts.

$5 off a peck of #1 apples!

Mention this blog post to receive $5 off a full peck of #1 apples at Luce Line Orchard in Watertown. Expires Nov. 1, 2015

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(Content sponsored by Luce Line Orchard.)

Breast cancer benefit in Waverly Saturday

WAVERLY, MN – When Theresa Christensen of Waverly went in for her yearly checkup in July, the doctor discovered a suspicious lump in her breast.

A benefit for lifelong Waverly resident Theresa Christensen will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waverly Village Hall.

A benefit for lifelong Waverly resident Theresa Christensen will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waverly Village Hall.

An ultrasound was scheduled for the next morning, and a biopsy took place the following week.

Christensen found out it was malignant July 27, and underwent a double mastectomy for stage-2 breast cancer Aug. 19.

“She will be out at least eight months recovering from several surgeries,” noted Kathy Breault of Waverly, one of Christensen’s coworkers and friends who is organizing a benefit Saturday, Oct. 3 for Christensen.

Christensen is married to Rob, and she has two children – Miranda and Donevan. She has been a hairstylist for more than 18 years.

How to help

A benefit to help Christensen with medical costs and lost wages will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waverly Village Hall (204 Fourth St.). The pork meal is $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 10.

Activities include a DJ, silent auction, cake walk, kids games, root beer floats, bean bag tournament, backyard bingo, and more.

Before the benefit, people can pre-order take-and-bake pies from Carlson’s Orchard in Winsted for $12 each, with all proceeds going to help Christensen. Pies can be picked up at the benefit, or delivered.

For details, call Dawn at (763) 658-6175.

For those who’d like to donate but aren’t able to attend the benefit, a “Theresa Christensen fund” has been set up at Citizens State Bank in Waverly.