Archive for Watertown

‘Family Time’ magazine is Herald Journal’s newest special publication

McLEOD, CARVER, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – A new, free magazine called “Family Time” was recently mailed to people with children in the area of western Carver, eastern McLeod, southern Wright, and eastern Meeker counties.

If you know anyone else who would like to receive Family Time, call the Herald Journal at (320) 485-2535 or sign up at

Herald Journal's new Family Time magazine

Herald Journal’s new Family Time magazine

Carver County deputy Erick Boder in head-on crash while on patrol

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Mayer resident Erick Boder, who serves on the Mayer City Council, was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening while on patrol with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. Boder has been a deputy for Carver County for the past 10 years.

Boder was patrolling Carver shortly after 9 p.m., traveling north on CSAH 11 just south of Fourth Street, when a southbound vehicle driven by Jason Horowitz, 46, of Carver, crossed the center line and collided with Boder’s patrol squad, according to the sheriff’s report.

An off-duty Carver firefighter behind Horowitz witnessed the crash and stopped immediately to assist. An off-duty sheriff’s sergeant who was traveling in the area also stopped to provide aid to the injured drivers.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, but sustained injuries in the crash. Horowitz was transported by Ridgeview Ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center. Firefighters from the Carver and Chaska fire departments used the Jaws of Life tool to extricate Boder from the wrecked squad. He had suffered severe injuries and was transported by North Memorial Air Care to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The crash is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol.


Funeral notice: Mark “Lenny” Lange, 49, of Watertown

WATERTOWN, MN – Mark A. “Lenny” Lange, 49, of Watertown, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, after a short, courageous battle with cancer. A memorial gathering will take place Friday, Jan. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano.

Benefit for Mark Lange Sat., Jan. 24

A benefit planned for Mark Lange, a lifetime resident of Watertown and a firefighter on the Watertown Fire Department, will be at the Neaton Brothers Shop (3840 CR 21, Mayer) Saturday, Jan. 24 from 4 p.m. to midnight. Lange was diagnosed with a malignant esophageal tumor and metastatic disease to his liver in July 2014 and died Jan. 15.
A silent and live auction is planned. To donate contact Brenda Neaton or Bonnie Salonek or any Lange or Roy family member. Monetary donations: Bremer Bank (checks payable to Mark Lange Benefit) or submitted on – “Mark Lange Medical/Living Expenses.”

Watertown man arrested in road rage incident

WATERTOWN, MN – Charles Robert Christie, 30, of Watertown, was arrested and charged with second degree assault, a felony, and impersonating a police officer, a misdemeanor, in connection with a road rage incident, according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.

Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle being followed by a motorist later identified as Christie, who was yelling and brandishing a handgun at approximately 9 p.m. Jan. 2 in Mound, according to the release.

According to the release, Christie followed the victim, driving “aggressively,” until he reached Watertown.

The victim then pulled over to allow Christie to pass.

According to the release, Christie then got out of his vehicle and was yelling and pointing a handgun toward the victim and his passenger. Christie also allegedly displayed a black wallet with a white ID badge asserting he was a detective from the Minnetrista Police Department.

Based on information provided by the victim, deputies located Christie at his home in Watertown, where they searched Christie’s vehicle and recovered a handgun matching the description provided by the victim.

Christie was arrested and transported to the Carver County Jail.

See the full story in the Jan. 19 issue of Herald Journal.

Dairy princess candidates sought in Carver County

CARVER COUNTY, MN – The Midwest American Dairy Association of Carver County is seeking candidates for its 2015 Carver County Dairy Princess competition, which will take place at the Carver County Extension Office in Cologne. Coronation will be Saturday, April 11 at the 63rd annual Carver County Dairy Day Dinner at the Cologne Community Center, 1211 Village Parkway.

A dairy princess informational/ registration meeting for all who are interested will take place Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m. at the Carver County Extension Office, 11360 Hwy. 212 W. in Cologne. The meeting will include information about the duties of a dairy princess, rules, and procedures of the county and state princess competitions. Potential candidates and/or parents will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Candidate entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 13. For more information or questions, contact Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476 or .

Candidates are also being sought to serve as dairy ambassadors to assist the princesses. Contact Juliene at (952) 442-0422 for more information.

What is a dairy princess?
Dairy Princesses serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry. Throughout their reign they take part in dairy promotions, media interviews, classroom presentations, parades, and other public appearances to promote the dairy industry and its products.

Who is eligible?
A candidate must be a high school senior about to graduate or already be a graduate, unmarried, childless, and not yet 24 years old as of July 1, 2015. Her Carver County farm must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant contributing to the dairy promotion check-off. A candidate also qualifies if she, or either of her parents, are employed on a dairy farm in a dairy-related capacity. That farm must also contribute to the dairy promotion check-off program.

Princess Kay of the Milky Way
County dairy princesses are eligible to attend a statewide training seminar at St. Cloud State University May 15-17, and may apply to be a finalist for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title.

Twelve finalists will be selected to compete for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way in August.

At all levels of competition, contestants are judged on their communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for dairy promotion, and general knowledge of the dairy industry.