Archive for Watertown

Funeral notice: Tia Nustad, 33, of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Tia Joy Nustad, 33 of Watertown, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, as a result of a tragic house fire, along with her two children. A memorial service will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Free Church of Watertown, with a gathering of family and friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church, prior to the service. There will also be a Service of Remembrance Sunday, Oct. 2 at p.m. at Cloverfield Marketplace Apartments Commons Room, 2915 Clover Ridge Dr, Chaska, preceded by a gathering from 2-5 p.m. in the commons room. Arrangements are with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Pedestrian in critical condition after being struck by vehicle in Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that Sept. 16 at 9:37 p.m. sheriff’s deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident at Carver County Road 20 and Paul Avenue in the City of Watertown. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a 23-year-old male lying in the roadway. He had been struck by a motor vehicle and sustained severe injuries. He was treated at the scene and subsequently transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition. The name of the victim is being withheld until next of kin have been notified. The driver of the vehicle, Kerry Kassulker, 54, of Delano, was travelling west on County Road 20, just west of Paul Avenue, when he struck the victim. The victim was not in a crosswalk at the time of the incident. Kassulker did not exhibit any signs of impairment or alcohol consumption, according to the press release. Ridgeview Ambulance and Watertown Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to assist sheriff’s deputies in accident reconstruction. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this incident.

UPDATE (9-20-16):

The victim, Dakota Lee Larson (23) of St. Paul, remains in stable but critical condition at HCMC.

Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this incident.

Three dead in Watertown Township house fire

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reported that at 2:21 a.m. Sept. 17, sheriff’s deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of a house fire on the 11000 block of Carver County Road 20 in Watertown Township. Sheriff’s deputies and Watertown Fire and Rescue arrived on scene to a fully involved house fire. Watertown Fire and Rescue, with the assistance of surrounding fire departments, extinguished the fire. Firefighters found two victims inside the residence: both were deceased. They found a third victim outside of the residence who had suffered significant injuries. The burn victim was in critical condition and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. The names of all three victims are being withheld until next of kin have been notified. Watertown Fire, Victoria Fire, Mayer Fire, New Germany Fire, Waconia Fire, Delano Fire, Maple Plain Fire, Montrose Fire, St. Bonifacious Fire, Ridgeview Ambulance, Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Midwest Medical Examiner Office assisted on-scene. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating this incident.

UPDATE (9-20-16):

The third victim, an adult female, died at about 2:35 p.m. on September 17, 2016, from

injuries sustained in the fire.

The two deceased victims have been described as a female toddler and a pre-adolescent male.

The names of the three decedents are not being released because they have not yet been

positively identified.

Funeral notice: Walter J. Swartzer, 90, of Waconia, formerly of Watertown

WACONIA, MN – Walter J. Swartzer, 90, of The Lighthouse of Waconia, formerly of Watertown, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in rural Delano. Interment with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.
There will be visitation Sunday, Sept. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a 3:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary. Visitation will continue Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Final Week for DISCOUNTED PRICING – St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival in Winsted


Don’t miss out on DISCOUNTED pricing for the 3rd Annual St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival Saturday, September 10th. Order before the event and save $$$. CLICK HERE to order tickets

event_guideAlso check out this year’s event guide which includes the beer, wine, and liqueur samples available at the festival. CLICK HERE to view the guide online.

Making a corn maze

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – What does it take to create a corn maze?

Don Nelson, owner of Nelson Farm in Litchfield, knows that the process starts long before stalks are tall and tasseling.

“We’ve been doing this for many years,” he said, noting that the mazes are part of the farm’s annual Pumpkin Patch Festival, which runs the last weekend in September through the last weekend in October.

Look for this story in “Fall Destinations,” a special section in the Monday, Aug. 29 edition of the Herald Journal, Enterprise Dispatch, and Delano Herald Journal.

Pick up a copy at any of our newsstand locations, or read it online here:

The corn maze is different every year.

The corn maze is different every year.