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Howard Lake woman dies in motorcycle crash after police chase

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Nicole Annette Hahn, 32, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Bemidji Tuesday, Aug. 22, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Hahn was a passenger on a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Michael Joseph Bahl, 34 of Maplewood.
According to the state patrol, law enforcement attempted to initiate a traffic stop and Bahl fled, resulting in a chase that ended when the motorcycle crashed on Highway 89 near mile post 7 in Beltrami County.
Bahl was transported to a hospital with life threatening injuries.
Neither rider was wearing a helmet.

Four hurt in Wright County crash

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Four people, including one woman from Winsted, sustained non-life threatening injuries in a two vehicle crash in Buffalo Township Thursday afternoon (Aug. 10), the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

A 2007 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Bobbi Jean Smith, 33, of Buffalo, was traveling east on 10th Street NE and turned to go north onto Calder Avenue NE. A 1989 Buick LeSabre, driven by Cortney Marie Mattila, 19, of Winsted was traveling west on 10th Street NE and failed to stop at the stop sign, resulting in a collision with the Aveo, according to the report.

Bobbi Jean Smith and her 5-year-old passenger, Brylee Jean Smith, were both transported to North Memorial Hospital.

Mattila was transported to Buffalo Hospital. No health care facility was listed for her passenger, David Thomas Mosford, 13, of Buffalo.

All four people involved were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Assisting agencies included the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the Buffalo Police Department, and Allina.



Winsted Night Out moved to Hainlin Park

WINSTED, MN – The location for Winsted Night Out has been changed for this evening (Thursday, Aug. 10), due to standing water at Weinbeck Field. The new location is Hainlin Park by the water tower, according to the City of Winsted.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

Look for photos from the event in the Friday, Aug. 18 edition of the Herald Journal.

Mayer to negotiate with Montrose city clerk for administrator position

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council, during a special meeting July 31, authorized staff to begin negotiations with current Montrose City Clerk/Treasurer Margaret (Maggie) McCallum to fill the vacant city administrator position in Mayer.

The council had previously made an offer to its top candidate, David Mandt, who withdrew from the process. McCallum was the next finalist in line.

Read more in the Aug. 4 issue of Herald Journal.

Minor trampled in cow incident at Wright County Fair unscathed

HOWARD LAKE – A minor preparing to show a cow at the Wright County Fair had an interesting experience yesterday.

The cow became upset and threw the minor up against a wall of the milk parlor building.  The cow then escaped from the fairgrounds, while the minor was transported to a local medical facility for evaluation.

Members of the Fair Board were dispatched to capture the loose bovine.  Fair board members determined the cow crossed Highway 12, and was eventually tracked to 9th Ave. and 11th St. in Howard Lake.

A veterinarian was dispatched to the cow’s location and was able to tranquilize the animal, and return it to the fairgrounds.   The cow was eventually returned to its home farm.

The minor was reportedly not severely injured in the incident.

–with reporting by Mallory Gutknecht

Mayer man killed in head-on crash with semi on Highway 7

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – Justin John Nowak, 26, of Mayer was riding a 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on Highway 7 near Vale Avenue July 19 at approximately 5:11 p.m. when he crossed the centerline and was struck head-on by an eastbound 2016 Freightliner Cascadia 125 semi driven by Daniel Dan McBride, 55, of Watertown, SD, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Nowak was killed in the crash according to the state patrol.

McBride was transported to Hutchinson Hospital for evaluation, but suffered no visible injuries.

Other agencies assisting at the scene included the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Hutchinson police and fire departments, and Allina Ambulance.