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Suspicious activity reported in Winsted

WINSTED, MN – In the last few weeks, the Winsted Police Department has received two calls regarding suspicious activity in the city.

For the first incident, a man came onto the homeowner’s property and took photographs. When confronted by the homeowner, the man stated that the house was in foreclosure and he was taking photographs for an insurance company. This was not the case, as the home was not in foreclosure. The man then left the residence.

In the second incident, two Hispanic men went onto a person’s property and attempted to open the garage door with an electronic device. They remained on the property for approximately 20 minutes and then knocked on the house door.

The homeowner said the men claimed the home was being foreclosed and they were checking out the property. When the homeowner stated that the home was not being foreclosed, they told her they had the wrong address. The men were said to be driving an older white van.

“I would like the public to be made aware of this activity and to make sure they call the police department right away if similar activity occurs at their residence,” Winsted Police Chief Justin Heldt noted.

The Winsted Police Department can be reached at (320) 485-2600. In an emergency, dial 911.

McLeod County administrator accepts job in Arlington

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – McLeod County Administrator Patrick Melvin said Oct. 3 that he has accepted a job as Arlington city administrator.
“I will be with the county another month,” he said. “I will work with commissioner (Board Chair Joe) Nagel to put together an interim plan and do what I can to leave a list of outstanding items.”
Melvin, who commutes from the metro area, said the switch to Arlington will be a fairly similar drive. He was hired by McLeod County in 2008, and said he’s at the point where he is looking for new challenges.

Howard Lake teen passes away; counseling to be offered for students

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – An email was sent to Dassel-Cokato School District staff this afternoon (Friday, Sept. 22) regarding DC sophomore Jacob MacDonald of Howard Lake.

Jacob was airlifted to Children’s Hospital Sept. 16 after suffering from a severe food allergy reaction. At that time, he was put into an induced coma and placed on life support.

The email stated that Jacob’s mother contacted the school to report that Jacob had died. She wanted everyone to know that Jacob went peacefully and did not suffer.

The school email noted: “We know that the news of Jacob’s death may cause strong, varied reactions and we want to support each other as best we can. Please seek out support today as you need.”

School officials have confirmed that the football game at Watertown-Mayer High School tonight will still be played. Jacob was a member of the football team, wearing jersey number 34.

Special counseling services for students will be available in the media center Monday, Sept. 25.

A story about Jacob’s prayer vigil was printed in today’s edition of the Herald Journal:

DC sophomore from Howard Lake on life support after allergic reaction

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – A Dassel-Cokato sophomore remained on life support Monday after a severe allergic reaction over the weekend.

Jacob MacDonald of Howard Lake, who plays football and wrestles for the Chargers, had a peanut allergy reaction sometime Saturday evening and was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

On Monday morning, news hit the DC school district that MacDonald was on life support. After many teammates and friends indicated a desire to visit MacDonald, the DC school administration authorized a bus to bring the students there safely instead of having them all drive separately, said DC Schools Superintendent Jeff Powers.

Many of MacDonald’s friends were able to visit him and with his family. Powers said the district provided support for both the friends who visited, and those who remained at school.

More information will be provided as it arrives.


Waverly pedestrians hit while crossing Highway 12

WAVERLY – A crash on Hwy 12 and Elder Ave. SW in Waverly, sent two pedestrians to the hospital Thursday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported a passenger car that was not involved in the crash, was west bound and stopped to allow pedestrians to cross in a marked crosswalk, when a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Patricia Kathleen Dahlheimer, 56, of Dassel, passed the passenger car in the right turn lane, striking two pedestrians who were crossing Highway 12.

Jane Christine Krueger, 40, of Waverly, was transported to the Buffalo Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Roy Michael Krueger, 57, also of Waverly, was transported to the Buffalo Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Department assisted on scene.

Howard Lake’s Pit Stop sells one million dollar lottery ticket

HOWARD LAKE – Minnesotans have many reasons to celebrate after last night’s Powerball® drawing, including a $1 million winning ticket sold in Howard Lake and millions of dollars raised for Minnesota’s environment and State programs.

The jackpot run lasted for 21 drawings and ended with a $758.7 million winning ticket sold in Massachusetts, which is the largest grand prize ever won on a single ticket in the United States.

The winning Powerball numbers for Aug. 23, 2017 were 6-7-16-23-26 and Powerball 4. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Minnesota’s winners (August 23, 2017 drawing):

$1 million (matched five white ball numbers)

  • Pit Stop, 620 Dutch Lake Drive in Howard Lake – business earns $5,000 winning ticket bonus

$50,000 (matched 4 white ball numbers plus Powerball number)

  • Federated Co-Ops Inc., 14860 Scandia Trail N. in Scandia
  • Isanti Mobil721 Heritage Blvd. N.W. in Isanti
  • Maggie’s Superette2665 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood