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Milk truck tips over on Highway 7

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A section of Highway 7 near Watertown was closed for  about five hours after a milk truck tipped over late July 17.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Ralph Runnalls, 61, of New Jersey, was driving a milk truck at 9:46 p.m. when he lost control on the roundabout at Carver County Road 10 and the truck tipped over.

He was hauling 5,000 pounds of milk, none of which spilled, according to reports.

No injuries were reported at the scene. Runnalls was issued a citation for failure to drive with due care.

Funeral notice: Gavin Andrew Jopp, 2 days old, of New Germany

NEW GERMANY, MN – Gavin Andrew Jopp, the 2 day old son of Patrick and Leah Jopp of New Germany, passed away July 9, 2016, at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

Funeral service will take place Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Watertown, with interment at the Watertown Public Cemetery.  Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Doula offers support to new parents

Doula is a Greek word which means “a woman who serves.”

This is true of Jill Schwartz of Litchfield, a certified and experienced birth doula who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers before, during, and just after giving birth.

Besides helping moms, Schwartz is a support for dads who are sometimes nervous and don’t know what they should do.

“I keep dads at their comfort level, whatever it is,” she said. “I really enjoy that; the very best thing is to see them become a dad and see the tears roll down their cheeks.”

For Schwartz, witnessing birth is the most rewarding part of her job.

“To witness two people become parents and to see their immediate love; birth is a miracle, and I’m reminded of that each time,” she said.

Sweet Miracles Doula is the name of Schwartz’ business, and she can be reached by phone at (320) 699-1400, or by e-mail at Her website is

Read the full story in our special publication, Family Times, which came out with the Monday, July 11 edition of the Herald Journal. Subscribe to print here.



Funeral notice: Bonny M. Pawelk, 85, of New Germany

NEW GERMANY, MN – Bonny M. Pawelk, 85, of New Germany, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at The Legacy in Delano.  Funeral service will be Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, rural New Germany, with interment at the church cemetery.  There will be visitation Friday, July 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday, one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

Man sentenced after Carver Co. shooting

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A man who pleaded guilty to shooting both his ex-girlfriend and his father last fall was recently sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.

Joshua Lee Gilpin, 39, of Jordan, was sentenced June 30 in Carver County District Court to 331 consecutive months in prison after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, according to a press release from the Carver County Attorney’s Office. This sentence is the maximum allowed under the Minnesota sentencing guidelines.

The incident occurred Oct. 1, 2015, when Gilpin and his father drove to Gilpin’s ex-girlfriend’s home in Chaska to drop off Gilpin’s 4-year-old son. According to the attorney’s office, Gilpin was jealous that his ex-girlfriend was now dating another man.

Unknown to his father, Gilpin had brought a loaded .44 caliber black powder revolver. Gilpin met his ex-girlfriend in the garage of the home, and asked her whether she wanted him to kill her or her boyfriend first.

The ex-girlfriend called for help, and Gilpin’s father, who had been waiting in the car, ran into the garage.

Gilpin shot his ex-girlfriend in the back of her neck as she tried to flee, but missed her spinal cord and major arteries.

As Gilpin’s father tried to gain control of the gun, Gilpin shot him in the chest at point-blank range. The lead slug remains lodged in his father’s liver. Gilpin’s 4-year-old son witnessed the shootings.

Gilpin was later arrested outside his parents’ home in Jordan.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz noted that this was an attempted murder specifically occurring in the context of domestic violence.

Early deadlines this week

The Herald Journal will have early deadlines for the July 4 edition.

All advertising, news items, personals, thank you’s, and open houses are due by 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. Classified ad deadlines are 9 a.m. Thursday for the newspaper.