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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.

Candidate forum in Mayer Tuesday, Oct. 28

MAYER, MN – Voters will have a chance to meet candidates for Carver County sheriff and Carver County commissioner during a forum Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Mayer Community Center, 413 Bluejay Avenue.

There will be a social hour starting at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session beginning at 7 p.m.

Sheriff: Christopher Rossing case now being handled as a death investigation

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty announced today, Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the disappearance of Christopher Rossing is now being handled as a death investigation.

On Monday Oct. 13, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Robert Nuttall and Gwen Butcher residence located at 22164 150th Street in Hutchinson. Robert Nuttall and Gwen Butcher have been formally charged in connection to the disappearance of Christopher Rossing. The Sheriff’s Office confirms that evidence of human remains, including bone fragments and teeth, were recovered from a fire pit located at the residence. Human remains were also recovered from a corn field located across the street from this address. The evidence was sent to the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Lab for analysis and identification.

Investigators suspect that additional persons have information relevant to this death investigation, and are asking for assistance in identifying those persons who have knowledge about this death or the cover up of that death.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with information on the death of Christopher Rossing to contact the Sheriff’s office at (763) 682-7637. Investigators are also seeking the assistance of the public and dental professionals in locating clinics where Christopher Rossing may have received dental work.

Two drownings in 24-hours in Carver County

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Two separate drownings were reported within 24 hours at Parley Lake in Carver County, including one incident that claimed the life of a 6-year-old, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Fox 9.

Preliminary findings suggest that a boat was adrift from the dock with 6-year-old Hunter Andrew Heyrman on board. The child’s father, Chad Heyrman, attempted to swim to retrieve the boat, but was unsuccessful. A short time later, the boat was located, and the boy was not in it. Deputies found him unresponsive in the water, and rescue workers performed CPR. The child was transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia where he was pronounced dead.

In a separate incident Oct. 18, 60-year-old Dean William Beautow fell out of a boat on Parley Lake, and was pulled unconscious from the water. Beautow was taken to Ridgeview Hospital, where he later died.

Neither of the victims appeared to be wearing life jackets.

Evidence found in Rossing case

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty announced Oct. 16 that Monday, Oct. 13, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence located at 22164 150th Street in Hutchinson in connection to the Christopher Rossing missing person case.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and McLeod County Sheriff’s Office. The search was completed Thursday, Oct. 16.

Evidence believed to be connected to the disappearance of Christopher Rossing was collected from the property and sent to state and local labs for analysis. No further information will be released as to the nature of the evidence.

The investigation into the disappearance of Christopher Rossing continues. The sheriff’s office is requesting anyone with information about the disappearance of Christopher Rossing, including suspicious activity at 22164 150th Street, Hutchinson, on or after Friday Aug. 22, to contact the sheriff’s office at (763) 682-7637.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire Prevention Week at area schools

HOWARD LAKE, WINSTED, LESTER PRAIRIE, WAVERLY, MAYER, MN – Firefighters have been visiting students in area communities for Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-11. To see our photos, click here

More photos will be added throughout the week. Two pages of photos will be printed in the Monday, Oct. 13 edition of the Herald Journal.