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Franklin Township residence burglarized while wife attends husband’s funeral

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – On April 16 at 3:29 p.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary at 5511 57th Street Southeast in Franklin Township. The homeowner and person reporting, Anne Crowley, had just returned home from her husband, Steven Crowley’s funeral and discovered that the house had been burglarized. The burglary occurred sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. The exact loss is undetermined at this time. A possible suspect vehicle was described as an older Suburban style truck charcoal grey in color. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763 682-1162.

Kuehn resigns from HLWW, accepts new position at Ada-Borup

Jason Kuehn has enjoyed a very successful run as the head girls basketball coach for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, a run which just included a fourth-place finish in the Class 2A state girls basketball team this past March.

This week, Kuehn resigned from HLWW and accepted a new position as an elementary principal in the Ada-Borup school district.

Look for more on Kuehn’s departure from HLWW in the April 21 edition of the Herald Journal.


Number of medical calls in Winsted has doubled since 2010

WINSTED, MN – In 2013, the Winsted Police Department responded to 175 medical calls, up from 84 calls in 2010.

“This number is quite staggering,” interim Police Chief Justin Heldt said at the April 15 city council meeting. Look for details in the Monday, April 21 edition of the Herald Journal.

Graph courtesy of the Winsted Police Department

Graph courtesy of the Winsted Police Department


Mayer hires architect for Old Schoolhouse Park restroom project

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council hired the firm of Oleson & Hobbie Architects to design the restrooms for Old Schoolhouse Park at a cost of $8,800 during its April 14 meeting. The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Mike Dodge and council members Tice Stieve-McPadden and Bruce Osborn in favor, and council members Daniel Lueth and Erick Boder opposed. Read more about it in the April 21 issue of Herald Journal.

Burning restrictions take effect today, Monday, April 14 for central Minnesota

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that, although much of Minnesota was blanketed in snow just last week, fire danger in central Minnesota is expected to rapidly increase in the coming week. Warmer weather and sunshine continue to melt snow and spring winds are rapidly drying dead standing grass and brush. Because of the increase in fire danger, the DNR will place burning restrictions over the central part of the state beginning April 14.

Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green-up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error. DNR Wildfire Prevention Coordinator Larry Himanga said, “Because of the high fire incidence during this time period, the DNR initiates burning restrictions to coincide with this annual fire season.”

The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Spring fire restrictions have resulted in a dramatic decrease in both the numbers and sizes of accidental fires, Himanga said.

The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. The following counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions beginning April 14: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Washington, and Wright.

As spring weather continues, additional counties will be added as conditions warrant.

Campfires are still allowed. Be sure to watch the fire continuously and make sure it is out and cold to the touch before leaving.

Fire conditions may change quickly over the next few weeks. For more information and maps, and to check fire conditions, visit

Wright County Board to consider resolution regarding Trailblazer Transit

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The Wright County Board will consider a resolution regarding moving forward with an agreement with Trailblazer Transit during it’s Tuesday, April 15 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include a presentation by Dan Nadeau and Kerry Saxton of Wright Soil and Water Conservation District regarding enforcement of Minnesota’s noxious weed law, a presentation by Diane Sander of the Crow River Organization of Waters regarding a watershed plan, revisions to the county’s bring your own device agreement, and recognition of a sheriff’s deputy.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.