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Man dies in Camden Township ATV crash

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a personal injury accident at 15590 102nd Street in Camden Township at about 6:55 p.m. May 8, according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.

Kevin Lynn Jorgensen, 47, had been riding an ATV around a track built on the property when he lost control and flipped the ATV. Jorgensen was riding alone and was found by family members who summoned emergency responders. Norwood Young America Fire and Rescue, Ridgeview Paramedics, and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and provided lifesaving efforts. Jorgensen, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the release. Personnel from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office responded and gathered relevant evidence for their investigation and took custody of Jorgensen. The case remains under investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

May 5 HLWW Mock Crash photo gallery online

HLWW was the site of a mock two-vehicle crash this morning.  Students watched as the crash was revealed, and as law enforcement was paged and arrived on scene.

The scenario:  an impaired driver, a student, blew through a stop sign and hit a vehicle in which FFA teachers and students were riding.

Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted, and Wright County law enforcement, Ridgeview Medical, and the local coroner responded to show students the horrific aftermath of impaired driving.

After the crash, students watched a video about the process the impaired driver went through after arrest.   They also heard presentations from Wright County prosecutor Tom Kelly, and Greg LaValle of Monticello, who tragically lost his son, Phillip, to a distracted driver.

View photos from the event here:

Watch for a full story in the May 15 edition of the Herald Journal.

HLWW FFA earns national award and state championships

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – The hard work of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School FFA paid off big at this year’s state convention, with several number-one finishes.

“I lost my voice from all the screaming, because we won so many things,” commented Gabriell (Bella) Bayerl.

The chapter as a whole won first place for “land of service” and “agricultural literacy,” and was also honored with the National Chapter Award.

Three teams were state champions, including:

• best informed greenhand team 1 – Cody Dickhausen, Anthony Lueck, Rebecca Uecker, Macenzie Ramola, and Bethany Groos;

• nursery/landscape – Kylee Sherod, Bella Bayerl, Savanna Weber, and Jenna Benson; and

• agricultural issues – Maddie Weninger, Bella Bayerl, Keith Lent, Lauren Painschab, Naomi Hinojis, and Kylee Sherod.

Senior Maddie Weninger, daughter of Jim “Winnie” and Lisa Weninger, was elected as the 2017-18 Minnesota FFA sentinel.

In addition to Weninger, newly-elected state FFA team members include Spencer Flood of Dassel-Cokato, Kylee Kohls of Litchfield, Katie Benson of Staples-Motley, Emily Pliscott of Kenyon-Wanamingo, and Eleora DeMuth of Grand Rapids.

“It’s the first year in Minnesota FFA history that an all-girls team has been elected,” Weninger commented.

Look for the full story with other award winners in the Monday, May 1 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here for information about how to subscribe.

HLWW FFA won big this year at the state convention.

HLWW FFA won big this year at the state convention.

Mayer approves interim city administrator

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council appointed Rick Almich as interim city administrator during its April 24 meeting. He will start Thursday, May 4. Read more in the May 1 issue of Herald Journal.

Mayer to appoint interim city administrator

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council is expected to appoint an interim city administrator during its meeting tonight, Monday, April 24.

The council is also expected to act on a counter-offer from a new public works employee during the meeting.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

McLeod County vitality meeting tonight, Thursday, April 20

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – The public is welcome to join elected officials from townships, school districts, cities, and the county in discussing the connections between three types of businesses: farms, manufacturers and Main Street retailers Thursday, April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the library of Glencoe Silver Lake High School, 1825 16th St East in Glencoe
University of Minnesota Extension economists Brigid Tuck and Liz Templin will share information about McLeod County’s job trends, drivers of past economic changes, and the ripple effects of job changes in the county. Local businesses will also share their challenges in today’s labor market.
“This is a great opportunity for local government officials from throughout the county to hear about the economic connections between businesses, including agriculture, in our county.  It will also give us insights into how a growth or decline in employment in one area affects other businesses” said Joe Nagel, chair of the McLeod County Board of Commissioners.
The program is sponsored by the McLeod County Board of Commissioners.