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New Germany Council to conduct special meeting regarding Trophy Lake Estates

NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council will conduct a special meeting Monday, July 28 regarding the Trophy Lake Estates development. The council will meet at 7 p.m. at city hall to discuss proposals made by Mark Overbye, who has been trying to market the lots. Overbye will be present at 8 p.m. to discuss the proposals with the council.

Man killed in Highway 7 crash near Silver Lake

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Ryan Sturges, 23, of Glencoe, died due to injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash three miles west of Silver Lake Wednesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Sturges had been driving east on Highway 7 shortly before 5 p.m. when his 1997 Chevrolet GMT-400 rear-ended an eastbound 2012 International semi that was slowing to turn into a business lot. The driver of the semi, Jerry Ball, 33, of Lake Crystal, had no apparant injuries, according to the state patrol.

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and the Silver Lake Police Department assisted at the scene.

New Germany City Council schedules special meeting regarding Trophy Lake Estates

NEW GERMANY, MN – New Germany City Council has scheduled a special meeting Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at city hall to discuss new proposals regarding the Trophy Lake Estates development.

Red Cross offers safety tips during hot weather

ROCHESTER, MN Dangerously hot weather is predicted, and the American Red Cross would like to remind people of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

It doesn’t get as many headlines as violent storms, but there are more deaths related to heat than to any other type of weather,” said Joellen Barak, Communications Specialist for the Southern Minnesota Region. “Some simple steps can help people to stay safe when temperatures are high.”


  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

  • Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.

  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Ensure they have water and a shady place to rest.

  • Eat small meals and eat more often.

  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.


Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To help avoid problems, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and limit drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.

If a person is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.


Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if some shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

LP Ambassadors crowned at Prairie Days

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie 2014-15 Ambassadors were crowned during Prairie Days at the coronation Saturday, July19.

Chelsea Forcier, Emma Leverich, and Grace Nelson were crowned ambassadors; and Sabina Wallace was named Miss Congeniality.

For full story, see July 21 issue.

Man sentenced in Winsted Farmers Elevator case

WINSTED, MN – The man accused of stealing grain stored and sold at the Winsted Farmers Elevator in 2011 was sentenced July 15 at the McLeod County Courthouse.

Sunil Vidyadhar Sapatnekar, 57, of Long Lake was given two years of probation, a fine of $1,585, and 360 days in jail, 300 of which were stayed. Sapatnekar also has two days of jail credit.

Sapatnekar is required to complete 15 days in the Sentencing to Service (STS). Under probation, he must obtain permission before leaving the state, and is not allowed to possess or use firearms, ammunition, alcohol, and controlled substances. Also, he cannot have any same or similar charges.

In addition, Sapatnekar must write a letter of apology to all the victims.

Sapatnekar was the majority owner of the Winsted Farmers Elevator, which is no longer in operation.

From January 2011 to June 2011, Sapatnekar sold farmers’ grain and transferred the proceeds to companies he owned, according to the McLeod County Attorney’s Office.

Nineteen farmers from Wright, Carver, and McLeod counties either had grain sold without permission or did not receive payment for grain sold to the elevator. The total loss was more than $100,000. Individual losses for the 19 farmers ranged from less than $500 to nearly $30,000.

Sapatnekar was convicted of felony theft June 3.

The investigation was led by the Winsted Police Department, with assistance from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau.