Archive for Waverly

HLWW School Board: Book fine raises questions

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – At last night’s Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board work session, Board Member Charles Bush used a different problem-solving procedure than the school typically follows.

The problem at hand was a book fine complaint from a parent, and Bush’s method was to address the issue with the school board rather than having the parent meet with a principal directly.

“A couple parents approached me, one very upset,” Bush said. “She was faced with a $35 book fine, and was told her kid wouldn’t get grades if it wasn’t paid.”

Bush asked how the fine is determined, and where the money goes.

Middle School Principal Jim Schimelpfenig  said fines for lost or destroyed textbooks are based on the cost of the book, taking into account the book’s age. He said fines for books are uncommon, with only one or two a year normally.

Bush said he “hates to see [students] be held so accountable for accidents.”

High School Principal Jason Mix said Bush has spoken in the past about teaching responsibility to students.

“A student who damages something should help pay for it,” Mix explained, adding that he doesn’t want taxpayers to have to pay for property damage.

Schimelpfenig added that part of the reason book fines are rare is because students know they are responsible for taking care of the material. He said students are taught that the books need to last eight years, so they work to make the book as usable for the last student as the first.

Look for the rest of the story, along with other school board coverage, in the Monday, Oct. 3 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: HLWW homecoming coronation

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED – Click here for photos of the 2016 homecoming coronation at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Select photos will be printed in the Monday, Sept. 26 edition.

HLWW homecoming court

HLWW homecoming court

Funeral notice: Vernon Yager, 91, of Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – Vernon Yager, 91, of Waverly, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at the Buffalo Hospital. His funeral service will be Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake; preceded by visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

Cub Scout signup Sept. 22

Thursday, Sept. 22 is signup night for boys interested in joining Cub Scouts from 6 to 7 p.m. at Humphrey Elementary School, Winsted Elementary School, and Lester Prairie School. Cub Scouting is for boys in first through fifth grades, and combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more in a fun program that helps families teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and respect.

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.