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Hagerty will not seek re-election

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – There will be a new sheriff in town, actually throughout Wright County, come Jan. 8, 2019, as Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty has announced he will not seek re-election, opting to retire after 33 years of service, including eight years as sheriff.


Sheriff Joe Hagerty

“I am going to pull the pin,” Hagerty said.

It is not a decision he has taken lightly.

“I’ve been struggling with this for quite a while, since September or October,” he said. ” . . . I know it’s a four-year commitment. I know I’ve got plenty of gas in the tank to go three or four years. I just wanted to make sure I left when I still really loved what I do.”

See more in the Feb. 9 edition of the Herald Journal.

Three vehicles involved in Hwy. 7 crash Jan. 31

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Minnesota State Patrol reported a crash the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 31 on Hwy. 7 at Babcock Ave, Winsted Twp, McLeod County. According to the state patrol, a 2007 Freightliner driven by Alexander Neal Jesme, 27, of St. Paul Park, was going northbound on Babcock Ave. attempting to go across Hwy 7. A 2007 Jeep Compass driven by Jordan Jon Weeks, 21, of Delano, was westbound on Hwy 7. the Freightliner and Jeep collided at the intersection. The vehicles then collided with a 2014 Kia Rio, driven by Jeffrey Paul Johnson, 31, of Buffalo, which was stopped facing southbound on Babcock Ave. Lester Prairie Fire and Ridgeview Ambulance assisted on scene. According to the state patrol, Weeks was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigating a report of an armed person at Ridgeview Medical Center

CARVER COUNTY, MN – At approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that sheriff’s deputies responded to a possible armed person at Ridgeview Medical Center. Bayview and Southview schools and local daycare centers locked down as a precaution while deputies investigate. More info to follow.

UPDATE 1-25-18 3:10 P.M. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a person with a firearm near Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia on 1/25/2018 at 1:17 pm. Deputies happened to be in the area at the time the call was dispatched and were able to begin an immediate investigation. Deputies notified Southview Elementary and Bayview Elementary Schools, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, and area day care centers of the situation and suggested lockdown as a precautionary measure. Deputies established a perimeter and searched for the subject, but were unable to locate the subject or any person matching the description. Deputies investigated the matter and determined there was no credible, firsthand knowledge of a person with a firearm. An anonymous caller reported a person with a gun on Cherry St, near Ridgeview Medical Center. Early indications are this incident is connected to an ongoing dispute between two people wherein one party made a threatening statement to the other. There does not appear to be a threat to the public. The matter remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple agencies respond to Howard Lake house fire

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Fire departments from across the area responded to a large house fire on Lake Ann Saturday. Firefighters were on the scene for 10 hours. Read more in the Jan. 26 issue of Herald Journal.

Woman dies in Norwood Young America fire

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to investigate a house fire at 414 Railroad Street East in Norwood Young America (NYA) January 11, 2018 at approximately 5:54 p.m., according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.

Initial reports indicated an adult female, who was paralyzed and unable to move on her own, was inside the residence. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and observed the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and smoke. NYA Fire and Rescue responded, along with the assistance of several area fire departments (Hamburg FD, Cologne FD, Plato FD, Mayer FD, New Germany FD), and extinguished the fire. Nancy Lee Green (71) of NYA was found in the residence, deceased.

Based on the preliminary investigation, fire officials believe this was an accidental fire. The residents had been thawing frozen pipes under the mobile home with a kerosene heater, which is believed to be the source of the fire. Ridgeview Medical Center Ambulance personnel treated two firefighters for non-life-threatening injuries sustained while fighting the fire. The Carver County Sheriff’s Office, MN State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, and NYA FD are continuing to investigate this incident.

Masked man flees with cash box from Blue Note in Winsted

WINSTED, MN – A man wearing a mask was seen stealing the bingo cash box from the Blue Note Bar & Ballroom at 320 3rd. St. S. in Winsted last night (Wednesday), according to the Winsted Police Department.

Several patrons were at the Blue Note for bingo night when a man walked in at about 7:35 p.m. and took the cashbox, according to police. The man did not say anything, and did not appear to be carrying a weapon.

The man is described as between 5’10″ and 6″ tall, slender, and caucasian. He was wearing a black and grey hooded sweatshirt, light-colored blue jeans, and a mask.

He was last seen in leaving the Blue Note in a dark-colored passenger car with large tail lights, heading south on 3rd Street South.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Winsted Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call (320) 485-2600.