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Two dead after icy crash near Waconia

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A mother and daughter are dead after an icy crash near Waconia Nov. 15, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Misty Petschl, 34, of Waconia had been traveling west on County Road 10 near 102nd Street just after 3:30 p.m. when she lost control of her 2005 Dodge Caravan on the icy road and skidded into a 2002 GMC Yukon driven by David Splettstoeszer, 59, of Waconia.

Misty and her 6-year-old daughter, Jazmine, died after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center. Misty’s 8-year-old son was listed in critical condition.

Splettstoeszer was traveling with his wife, Cindy, his 3-year-old granddaughter, and 80-year-old Jean Harms of Waconia. All four were transported to Ridgeview Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

At the scene of the crash, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assisted by Ridgeview Ambulance, Waconia Fire and Rescue, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

All seven people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts or were fastened into appropriate child safety car seats.

Recount confirms result in McLeod County commissioner race

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – McLeod County Auditor/Treasurer Cindy Schultz announced the unofficial results of the recount in County Commissioner District 5 Monday, Nov. 17.

A discretionary recount was requested by candidate Jon Christensen at his expense.

The recount confirmed Christensen received 1,175 votes, and Joe Nagel received 1,209, the same totals posted after the Nov. 4 election.

Recount ordered in McLeod County District 5 commissioner election

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – McLeod County Auditor/Treasurer Cindy Schultz issued an Official Notice of Recount in County Commissioner District 5 Friday, Nov. 14.

Schultz sent a letter to the affected candidates to officially inform them that pursuant to M.S. 204C.36, a discretionary recount has been requested by candidate Jon Christensen at his expense.

The McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer will conduct the recount of the County Commissioner District 5 office beginning on Monday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. in  the large conference room of the North Complex, 2391 Hennepin Avenue North, Glencoe, Minnesota. The recount will be open to the public and candidates may be represented by counsel.

According to the results posted on the McLeod County website, Christensen received 1,175 votes, and Joe Nagel received 1,209.

Election results in changes for some local boards and councils

McLEOD, WRIGHT, AND CARVER COUNTIES, MN – Some area residents were elected to their first terms in office, some incumbents lost their bids for re-election, and some former elected officials will soon be back in the public eye. Read about local election results in the Nov. 10 issue of Herald Journal.

Half of Lester Prairie School Board seats could change after election

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – After the filing period for Lester Prairie School Board closed in August, there were no candidates for two of the three open seats. The only incumbent to file for re-election was Matt Klitzke. Board Chair Bob Carlson and Board Member Gregg Machemehl did not seek re-election.

Superintendent Mike McNulty has confirmed that Matt Klitze has announced he will be moving out of the district, and, as a result, is expected to resign from the board at its November meeting. In addition, he would not be eligible to be elected for another term, even though he will be the only Lester Prairie School Board candidate on the ballot (because the ballots were completed before the announcement).

This means three of the six board seats will be vacant, and it will not be determined until after the election who will fill those seats.

UPDATE 11-3-14: According to McNulty, once Klitzke resigns, his position will be open for appointment by the school board, and this position will be in place for two years, until the next election, which is November 2016.  At that time, even though the other 3 Board members will be up for a regular election, that appointed position would be a special election for a 2-year term.  If Klitzke is one of the top three vote recipients at this election, he will decline at the board canvass meeting, and the other two high votes will also have the chance to accept.

Mayer City Council schedules special meeting regarding roundabout

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Administrator Luayn Ruch-Hammond told the city council during its Oct. 27 meeting that the city received correspondence from Joel Landskroener, executive director of Mayer Lutheran High School (MLHS) indicating the board of directors has been discussing the proposed Highway 25 roundabout, and the project may now be out of the school’s price range.

The city started planning for the project at the school’s request, and the cost is to be shared between the city, the school, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The city has already spent a significant amount of money on engineering for the project and sending the project out for bids.

The council scheduled a special meeting to discuss the project, and invited representatives from MLHS to attend.

The meeting will take place Monday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayer Community Center.