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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.

 

Names released from fatal crash near Lester Prairie Christmas day

MCLEOD COUNTY – A two-vehicle crash occurred near the area of 180th St. west of Baldwin Court, southwest of Lester Prairie, at 4:36 p.m. Dec. 25., according to a press release issued by the McLeod County Sheriff’s office.

A 1994 Dodge Caravan driven by Virgil Richter, 69, of Glencoe collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Dolores Ramirez De Juarez, 35, from Glencoe, according to the release.

The occupants of the Dodge Caravan were trapped inside their vehicle and needed to be extricated. The passenger, Bonnie Richter, 63, of Glencoe, was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. North Memorial Air Care transported Virgil Richter to the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where he later died.

All occupants of the Chevrolet Suburban, Dolores Ramirez De Juarez, two 3 year-old children, a 13-year old female, a 10-year old female, a female infant, and Salvador Juarez-Medina, 36, of Glencoe, were transported to the Glencoe Hospital.

Also responding to the scene were the Lester Prairie Police Department, Lester Prairie Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Silver Lake Ambulance, Winsted Fire Department, Allina Ambulance, Ridgeview Ambulance, and North Memorial Air Care.

The crash is still under investigation.

 

McLeod County Road 1 closed due to crash Dec. 25

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office posted the following notice the evening of Monday, Dec. 25: DUE TO A MAJOR CRASH, COUNTY ROAD # 1 WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE NEXT 2 HOURS BETWEEN DARY AVE AND BABCOCK AVENUE.(JUST SOUTHWEST OF LESTER PRAIRIE).

Douglas Kugler Eco-Site in Watertown to Close Permanently Dec. 30

CARVER COUNTY, MN –

The Douglas Kugler Eco-Site, which serves as a year-round recycling and special waste collection facility in the city of Watertown, will close for good Dec. 30, according to a press release. Economic conditions have forced the Adult Training and Habilitation Center (ATHC) to close the Eco-Site as it focuses on cost-effective programs within the non-profit.

Read more in the Dec. 8 issue of Herald Journal.

Howard Lake’s Pit Stop million dollar lottery ticket winner claims prize

WAVERLY – A woman from Waverly has a lot of be thankful for this Thanksgiving after claiming a $1 million Powerball® prize.

The $1 million Powerball prize was claimed by Jean Davis of Waverly Nov. 22. Davis won a $1 million Powerball prize Aug. 23—the same drawing that the $758 million jackpot, Powerball’s second-largest prize ever, was won in Massachusetts.

Davis purchased her winning ticket at Pit Stop, located at 620 Dutch Lake Drive, in Howard Lake. The winning Powerball numbers  Aug. 23 were 6-7-16-23-26 and the Powerball was 4.