HOWARD LAKE – The City of Howard Lake Fire & Rescue/Ambulance Chief Daryl (“Taddy”) Drusch died in the early morning hours of January 13 at his residence from a suspected heart attack. Drusch had responded to an emergency call 12 hours prior.
A fire service procession started at 2 p.m. today, and transported Drusch from the medical examiner in Minneapolis to Cokato; fire departments along the route will participated. Final arrangements and memorials will be shared as they are made available.
Video by Dan Birkholz.
While the family isn’t available to speak with the media at this time, Chris Parsons, president of the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters, can be reached at 651-545-8100 and may be available for an in-person interview in the Twin Cities. Jay Wood, president of the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation, can be reached at 651-755-5037.
WAVERLY, MN – The Waverly Knights of Columbus will host 12 games of bingo at Waverly KC Hall Saturday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. There will be free coffee and popcorn, and a light lunch available for purchase.
WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – A Waverly man sustained life-threatening injuries in a crash on Highway 12 at about 5:58 Monday Monday evening on Highway 12 near the intersection with Gowan Ave. SW in Victor Township, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A 2007 Ford pickup truck driven by Thomas Edward Perra, 70, of Waverly, was traveling north on Gowan Ave. at Hwy. 12. A 2000 Ford Excursion driven by Eric Charles Frayseth, 46, 0f Cokato, was eastbound on Hwy. 12. The vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 12 at the intersection with Gowan Ave., according to the State Patrol.
Airbags were deployed in both vehicles.
Perra was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.
Frayseth was not injured, according to the State Patrol.
The State Patrol reported alcohol was involved for Perra, but not Frayseth. Frayseth was wearing his seat belt. It is unknown if Perra was wearing his seatbelt, according to the State Patrol.
Other agencies responding to the scene included Life Link, Hennepin County Medical Center, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, and the Howard Lake Police Department.
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WRIGHT COUNTY, MN - An accident adjacent to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School on County Road 6 was one of several reported in the county this morning.
photo by Jami Berg
As of 10 a.m. Monday, Captain Dan Anselment of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office reported that there were six accidents that involved property damage, one spinout that left a vehicle in a ditch, and no reported crashes that involved injuries.
Although the snow is winding down and moving out of Wright County, Anselment said that many roads, off-ramps, and bridge decks remain treacherous, and extreme caution should be used for those that have to be out on the roads this afternoon.
One issue that will continue to be a concern is that because of the high winds that have accompanied the storm, the Wright County Highway Department will not be able to chemically treat the roads and will depend on plowing to get the roads as clear possible.
Wright County Highway Maintenance Superintendent Steve Meyer said that all of the county’s plows were out on the roads clearing snow, but that, given the gusting wind the came behind the storm not only has created limited visibility in open areas, but that chemical treating of roads isn’t effective. It tends to collect on the road surface because of the wind and, at times, can create more problems than it solves in these kinds of conditions.