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Sheriff closes Lake Marion to motorized vehicles due to unsafe ice conditions

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann has closed Marion Lake (aka Lake Marion) to motorized traffic, effective immediately (Feb. 13). This includes snowmobiles, ATVs, and any vehicle that is motorized. This will remain in effect until further notice. Any questions may be directed to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.

Carver Co. man charged with six counts of felony theft

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Six stolen vehicles, with a combined value of $188,000, were recovered from a storage property in Waconia Township Jan. 27, according to a press release from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

An employee of Minnesota Inboard Watersports (which has locations in Excelsior and New Germany) told the sheriff’s office that two Malibu Wakesetter boats (combined value of $134,000) had been stolen and were currently at 6750 Co. Rd. 10 in Waconia Township.

Sheriff’s deputies learned Roger David Nitz, 52, of Chanhassen leases the County Road 10 property for small engine repair and vehicle/boat storage. Deputies obtained a search warrant and recovered the boats, as well as four other stolen vehicles: a 2003 Ford F350, a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, a Bobcat S185 with plow attachment, and an Audi A6, with a combined value of about $54,000.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Nitz without incident at a Chanhassen address. He was transported to the Carver County Jail and charged with six felony counts of receiving stolen property. Nitz posted $5,000 bail Jan. 31. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8:30 am.

Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to investigate this matter.

UPDATE: Pedestrian struck in Howard Lake has died

HOWARD LAKE, MN – A Waconia man has died from injuries suffered when struck by a vehicle in Howard Lake.

Acording to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Kent Clinton Mattson, 55, of Howard Lake  was northbound on Wright County Road 6 at approximately 6:11 p.m. Jan. 13 when it struck a pedestrian at the intersection of County Road 6 and Highway 12 in Howard Lake, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The pedestrian, Richard James Jacobs, 59, of Waconia, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and has since passed away, according to the State Patrol.

Mattson was not injured.

The State Patrol reported alcohol was detected on Mattson. Snow and ice may also have been a factor, according to the State Patrol report.

Dakota Rail Regional Trail awarded grant

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – McLeod County Board will consider acceptance of a $647,000 Legacy grant for Phase 1 of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail project during its Tuesday, Dec. 20 meeting, according to the agenda for the meeting. Parks Director Al Koglin will present information concerning the grant award during the meeting.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Glencoe City Center.

Two from Waverly hurt in crash

WAVERLY, MN – A woman from Waverly and her 15-year-old daughter sustained non life-threatening injuries in a crash near St. Cloud Sunday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The state patrol reported that Angela Schlangen, 24, of Sartell was driving a 2011 Toyota Rav4 north on Highway 15 at about 9:52 p.m. Her vehicle was about to turn left onto County Road 1 when it was struck by a 1998 GMC K15 traveling south on Highway 15.

The driver of the GMC was Theresa Brown, 45, of Waverly. She and her passenger, 15-year-old Charese Brown, were transported to CentraCare in St. Cloud for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

No apparent injuries were reported for Schlangen. All three people in the crash were wearing their seatbelts, according to the state patrol.

Waconia man missing after paddleboarding on lake

WACONIA, MN – The Carver County Sheriff Office is investigating an incident on Lake Waconia that was reported Nov. 26 just after 3 p.m., according to a press release.

The caller stated that an unoccupied paddleboard was seen about 100 feet offshore. Deputies learned Andrew John Stifter, 35, of Waconia had gone to Lake Waconia to photograph wildlife from his paddleboard. A search began, and sheriff’s deputies were able to recover property believed to belong to Stifter, but were unable to find Stifter.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at (952) 361-1231 or use the tip line (952) 361-1224.