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Carver Co. 14-year-old apprehended for terroristic threats

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A 14-year-old boy at Chanhassen High School is in custody after threatening to shoot a classmate, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The sheriff’s office responded to a complaint of terroristic threats at about 7:11 p.m. Nov. 13. The victim, a 14-year-old boy who is a freshman at Chanhassen High School, had received an email from a 14-year-old male classmate a earlier in the day while at school, stating, “I’m going to shoot you.”

Deputies served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in Victoria just after midnight Nov. 14. They seized two laptop computers, a smart phone, and three firearms. The juvenile suspect was apprehended for terroristic threats and transported to the Carver County Juvenile Detention Center where he is being held for court. The case has been submitted to the Carver County Attorney’s Office.

HLWW to offer fitness center memberships

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Adults who’d like to use Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District’s new gym, weight room, and indoor track will soon have an opportunity to do so.

At the Nov. 9 school board meeting, board members approved public use of the these facilities, along with the hiring of a facilities supervisor.

Board Member Charles Bush commented that while he supports the public use of the gymnasium and walking track, he is concerned that opening the weight room to the public is unfair to area fitness centers.

“Do we really want to compete with local businesses?” he said. “I don’t think we should.”

HLWW Activities Director Scott Berning said the school is not trying to make money with this venture, but instead is offering a service to the people who helped pay for the facility.

“I’ve had a minimum of 30 to 40 people come up and ask when we are going to have something,” Berning said.

Board Member Paul Bravinder said he’s had inquiries, as well.

“This is really considered community ed,” he said, noting that many people who don’t have children in the district attended the middle school open house in August, and use of the facility would foster community pride.

Superintendent Brad Sellner said the goal is to start opening the indoor track in December, if possible. The other parts of the facility would open afterward.

Look for the full story, including details about hours and membership fees, in the Monday, Nov. 16 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

HLWW's new weight room

HLWW’s new weight room

TDK to acquire Hutchinson Technology

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – TDK and Hutchinson Technology Inc. (HTI) today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which TDK will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of HTI.

“This transaction represents a compelling opportunity for Hutchinson Technology shareholders, employees, customers, and suppliers,” HTI President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Penn stated in a press release. “By combining the market position, resources, and scale of TDK with our precision component manufacturing capabilities, we can ensure that our customers have access to the advanced technology they need. We are pleased to become part of TDK, a premier company in the electronics industry.”

The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors, is currently expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2016, subject to HTI shareholders’ approval, regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions.

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK’s portfolio includes electronic components, modules, and systems marketed under the product brands TDK and EPCOS, power supplies, magnetic application products as well as energy devices, flash memory application devices, and others.

TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and consumer, automotive, and industrial electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2015, TDK posted total sales of $9 billion and employed about 88,000 people worldwide.

HTI’s board of directors recommends that shareholders vote to approve the transaction. A press release stated that Hutchinson Technology shareholders will receive up to $4 per share.

The press release did not state what the merger will mean for employees of HTI, which has locations in Hutchinson, Eau Claire, WI, and Thailand. About 600 people are employed at the Hutchinson plant.

Police seek help in Howard Lake Municipal Liquor shoplifting case

HOWARD LAKE, MN – In connection with an ongoing shoplifting investigation at Howard Lake Municipal Liquor, the Howard Lake Police Department is looking for help identifying the individual in these photos.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this individual is asked to contact the police department at (320) 543-3670 ext. 4.


PHOTO GALLERY: Winsted’s Halloween bash

WINSTED, MN – Click here to see photos of the Oct. 24 Halloween bash at Winsted City Hall, organized by Winsted Holding Activities That Unite People (WHAT UP).

Select photos will be printed in the Monday, Nov. 2 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Man wanted for felony assault charges caught near Lester Prairie

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – A 38-year-old man who was wanted for felony domestic assault charges in Wright County was apprehended in a corn bin along the Dakota Rail Regional Trail west of Lester Prairie this afternoon (Oct. 13), the Lester Prairie Police Department reported.

At about 3:15 p.m., Lester Prairie Police Chief Robert Carlson saw a man matching the description of Justin Hayward Trueblood, 38, who was wanted on felony domestic assault charges. Carlson attempted to stop Trueblood as he fled into a residence in the 18000 block of Babcock Avenue.

The Lester Prairie Police Department, Mcleod County Sheriff’s Office, Winsted Police Department, and Minnesota State Patrol entered the home. The Wright County K9 assisted, and it was determined that Trueblood fled out of a side window.

The Wright County K9 located Trueblood in a corn bin and he was transported to the Wright County Jail to be held for court. The Lester Prairie Police Department will be requesting charges against Trueblood.