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Shed, equipment lost in Hollywood Township fire

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Winsted Fire Department was paged to a machine shed fire in the 1400 block of Yale Avenue in Hollywood Township at approximately 9:50 a.m March 11, according to Fire Chief Brian Langenfeld.
The blaze began as a controlled burn, Langenfeld said, but it spread to become a grass fire and extended to a nearby machine shed. The shed and some equipment, as well as some round hay bales were lost, he noted.
The fire also damaged the edge of another nearby shed, but firefighters were able to save that structure.
Langenfeld said firefighters were on the scene for approximately four hours.
Other agencies assisting at the scene were fire departments from New Germany, Howard Lake, Waverly, and Montrose, as well as the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and a representative from the Minnesota Department of Natural

Mayer council chooses not to renew city administrator’s contract

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council, following little discussion, chose not to renew City Administrator Luayn Ruch-Hammond’s contract during the Feb. 27 council meeting. The council was split 3-2, with Mayor Mike Dodge and council members Erick Boder and Tice Stieve-McPadden voting against renewing the contract, and council members Nikki McNeilly and Elizabeth Butterfield in favor.

Dodge stated he wants to see the city move in a new direction.

As a result of the action, Ruch-Hammond’s last day will be May 9, which is when her current contract expires.

The council may determine its next steps during a personnel committee meeting March 20, or possibly sooner.

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.