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Mayer planning commission/council meeting rescheduled

MAYER, MN – The Mayer planning commission meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled.

The regularly scheduled planning commission  meeting scheduled for

Nov. 6 was cancelled due to general elections.

It has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at mayer city hall.

A quorum of the city council will be present at this meeting.

Saturday blaze destroys Anytime Auto

SILVER LAKE – The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire at Anytime Auto, owned by Joel Zellman, age 52, of Silver Lake, Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11:21 a.m.  The business was located at Hwy 7 and Falcon Ave in SIlver Lake.

Dennis Bernier. age 45, of Stewart received burn injuries in the fire and was taken to HCMC for treatment. The shop and a nearby barn were a total loss.

Also responding were the MN State Patrol, Silver Lake Fire, Silver Lake Police, the Silver Lake Ambulance, Lester Prairie Fire, the Glencoe Fire, the Hutchinson Fire, and Allina Ambulance.

This case has been turned over to the State Fire Marshall for investigation.

New Germany couple charged with multiple tax crimes

NEW GERMANY, MN – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Oct. 16 that the Carver County Attorney’s Office recently charged Lawrence Phillip Kielbasa and Jennifer Lynn Hoese-Kielbasa, both of New Germany, with 15 tax-related felonies each. They are each charged with seven counts of failing to file sales tax returns, seven counts of failing to pay sales tax, and one count of distributing cigarette and tobacco products without a license.

According to the complaint, the Kielbasas, owners of Watertown Fuel and Food, failed to file sales tax returns and failed to pay sales tax for their business each month from December 2017 through June 2018. Department investigators further determined that the couple had failed to file sales tax returns and failed to pay sales tax since July 2014, despite numerous letters from the department demanding that they file and pay, the complaint states. Ms. Hoese-Kielbasa allegedly admitted that the couple failed to file their sales tax returns and that she knew the business collected sales tax, but had not submitted the money to the state. The Kielbasas owe more than $45,000 in unpaid sales tax from December 2017 through June 2018.

Additionally, Watertown Fuel and Food continued selling cigarette and tobacco products despite having its tobacco license revoked by the City of Watertown in February 2018, the complaint states.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Former HLWW band instructor charged with criminal sexual conduct

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Former Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School band instructor has been charged with four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a formal complaint.

Andrew Scott Rosevold, 30,  resigned in September.

HLWW High School Principal Jason Mix contacted police after a 15-year-old student told him she and Rosevold had kissed and had conversations on social media, according to the complaint.

Sept. 18, police executed a search warrant at Rosevold’s residence.

During the search, they found four videos that showed Rosevold and the student kissing, hugging, and “touching in a romantic and sexual manner while clothed,” according to the complaint.

As of Monday, Rosevold was in custody in the Wright County Jail, according to the Oct. 8 jail census.

If convicted, Rosevold could face up to 40 years in jail.

HLWW Superintendent Brad Sellner issued a statement to parents Monday noting that the district is aware that criminal charges have been filed against Rosevold, and is cooperating with law enforcement.

He advised parents to direct any questions or concerns to the Howard Lake Police Department.

The charges follow earlier speculation about Rosevold’s departure from his position.

In a Sept. 25 letter to parents,  Sellner noted many parents had raised questions about Rosevold being “unexpectedly absent for the past several days.”

Rosevold submitted his resignation, which was accepted by the school board Sept. 24.

Read more in the Friday, Oct. 12 issue of Herald Journal.

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HLWW band instructor resigns

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Superintendent Brad Sellner sent the following message to parents this week:

September 25, 2018

Dear HLWW Middle School/High School Parents and Guardians:

We understand that many of you have had questions as to the status of the Middle School and High School Band Department. Band Instructor Andrew Rosevold has been unexpectedly absent for the past several days. The School District has not communicated much about his absence, as there was very little information we could provide to you other than the fact that Mr. Rosevold was on a leave of absence.

Mr. Rosevold recently submitted his resignation that was accepted by the School Board at the September 24th School Board meeting and will take effect immediately. While this resignation leaves a hole in our music department, the School District has hired a substitute teacher, Nathan Mitchell, who is a licensed band/music instructor and is available to assume the duties of the vacant Middle School/High School Band Instructor for the remainder of the school year.

Mr. Mitchell comes to us with prior experience as a band instructor at Hill Murray and the Maple Lake School District. He has experience with the brass instruments and will be taking over the Middle and High School Jazz Bands, 5th grade general music, 6th grade band, and 8th grade band, as well as lessons.  Ms. Dailey will be continuing with the High School Concert Band, 7th grade band, and will now be taking the 5th grade band, as well as continuing lessons.

We are very excited to have Mr. Mitchell join our team of great teachers and hope everyone gives him a warm welcome to our schools!

Sincerely,

Brad Sellner

UPDATE: Cause of truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night a mystery

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UPDATED – HOWARD LAKE – Jami Berg was an eyewitness on the scene of a truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night, and captured the image above.  “I happened to notice it because the smoke was coming across Highway 12 and we thought it was fog at first, which seemed odd,” Berg said.  Berg said his father, Joey, placed the call to 911, and the Howard Lake Fire Department was on-scene within three to four minutes.

Brian J. Yager, a Safety Compliance/Credit Manager for Munson Lakes Nutrition said Wednesday afternoon that the cause of the fire remains a mystery.

Yager confirmed the Munson Lake Nutrition-owned vehicle involved was a delivery van/truck used for the transportation of bagged animal food.  Yager also indicated the vehicle was nearly a total loss, but said the lift gate might be salvageable. No one was injured during the incident, and Yager confirmed there was no further property damage.

Both Yager and Munson Lakes Nutrition General Manager John Zander expressed “high regard” for the fast action of the Howard Lake Fire Department.

See the Friday, Sept. 21 edition of Herald Journal for additional information.