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New Germany couple charged with multiple tax crimes

NEW GERMANY, MN – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Oct. 16 that the Carver County Attorney’s Office recently charged Lawrence Phillip Kielbasa and Jennifer Lynn Hoese-Kielbasa, both of New Germany, with 15 tax-related felonies each. They are each charged with seven counts of failing to file sales tax returns, seven counts of failing to pay sales tax, and one count of distributing cigarette and tobacco products without a license.

According to the complaint, the Kielbasas, owners of Watertown Fuel and Food, failed to file sales tax returns and failed to pay sales tax for their business each month from December 2017 through June 2018. Department investigators further determined that the couple had failed to file sales tax returns and failed to pay sales tax since July 2014, despite numerous letters from the department demanding that they file and pay, the complaint states. Ms. Hoese-Kielbasa allegedly admitted that the couple failed to file their sales tax returns and that she knew the business collected sales tax, but had not submitted the money to the state. The Kielbasas owe more than $45,000 in unpaid sales tax from December 2017 through June 2018.

Additionally, Watertown Fuel and Food continued selling cigarette and tobacco products despite having its tobacco license revoked by the City of Watertown in February 2018, the complaint states.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Former HLWW band instructor charged with criminal sexual conduct

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Former Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School band instructor has been charged with four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a formal complaint.

Andrew Scott Rosevold, 30,  resigned in September.

HLWW High School Principal Jason Mix contacted police after a 15-year-old student told him she and Rosevold had kissed and had conversations on social media, according to the complaint.

Sept. 18, police executed a search warrant at Rosevold’s residence.

During the search, they found four videos that showed Rosevold and the student kissing, hugging, and “touching in a romantic and sexual manner while clothed,” according to the complaint.

As of Monday, Rosevold was in custody in the Wright County Jail, according to the Oct. 8 jail census.

If convicted, Rosevold could face up to 40 years in jail.

HLWW Superintendent Brad Sellner issued a statement to parents Monday noting that the district is aware that criminal charges have been filed against Rosevold, and is cooperating with law enforcement.

He advised parents to direct any questions or concerns to the Howard Lake Police Department.

The charges follow earlier speculation about Rosevold’s departure from his position.

In a Sept. 25 letter to parents,  Sellner noted many parents had raised questions about Rosevold being “unexpectedly absent for the past several days.”

Rosevold submitted his resignation, which was accepted by the school board Sept. 24.

Read more in the Friday, Oct. 12 issue of Herald Journal.

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HLWW band instructor resigns

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Superintendent Brad Sellner sent the following message to parents this week:

September 25, 2018

Dear HLWW Middle School/High School Parents and Guardians:

We understand that many of you have had questions as to the status of the Middle School and High School Band Department. Band Instructor Andrew Rosevold has been unexpectedly absent for the past several days. The School District has not communicated much about his absence, as there was very little information we could provide to you other than the fact that Mr. Rosevold was on a leave of absence.

Mr. Rosevold recently submitted his resignation that was accepted by the School Board at the September 24th School Board meeting and will take effect immediately. While this resignation leaves a hole in our music department, the School District has hired a substitute teacher, Nathan Mitchell, who is a licensed band/music instructor and is available to assume the duties of the vacant Middle School/High School Band Instructor for the remainder of the school year.

Mr. Mitchell comes to us with prior experience as a band instructor at Hill Murray and the Maple Lake School District. He has experience with the brass instruments and will be taking over the Middle and High School Jazz Bands, 5th grade general music, 6th grade band, and 8th grade band, as well as lessons.  Ms. Dailey will be continuing with the High School Concert Band, 7th grade band, and will now be taking the 5th grade band, as well as continuing lessons.

We are very excited to have Mr. Mitchell join our team of great teachers and hope everyone gives him a warm welcome to our schools!


Brad Sellner

UPDATE: Cause of truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night a mystery


UPDATED – HOWARD LAKE – Jami Berg was an eyewitness on the scene of a truck fire at Munson Lakes Nutrition Monday night, and captured the image above.  “I happened to notice it because the smoke was coming across Highway 12 and we thought it was fog at first, which seemed odd,” Berg said.  Berg said his father, Joey, placed the call to 911, and the Howard Lake Fire Department was on-scene within three to four minutes.

Brian J. Yager, a Safety Compliance/Credit Manager for Munson Lakes Nutrition said Wednesday afternoon that the cause of the fire remains a mystery.

Yager confirmed the Munson Lake Nutrition-owned vehicle involved was a delivery van/truck used for the transportation of bagged animal food.  Yager also indicated the vehicle was nearly a total loss, but said the lift gate might be salvageable. No one was injured during the incident, and Yager confirmed there was no further property damage.

Both Yager and Munson Lakes Nutrition General Manager John Zander expressed “high regard” for the fast action of the Howard Lake Fire Department.

See the Friday, Sept. 21 edition of Herald Journal for additional information.




Broker confirms sale of LP’s former Prairie Market grocery building

LESTER PRAIRIE – ReMax Commercial Broker Douglas Harris confirmed today that the former Prairie Market grocery store building at 26 Juniper Street has been sold.  Closing on the property took place Aug. 31.

Former owners Mark and Linda Detlefsen purchased the grocery store in 2008 from Dan and Shari Wagner, who had purchased the business in 2006.  The Detlefsens operated the grocery store until early this year, closing it permanently Jan. 26.

Harris indicated the new owners, an investment group, allegedly intend to open a bakery in the building.

Lester Prairie’s Economic/Community Developement Coordinator Adam Birkholz knows rumors have been circulating about the building‘s fate.  As of today, Birkholz said, no one has approached him regarding potential city Economic Development Authority (EDA) opportunities at the former grocery store building.  No one has inquired about planning and zoning issues related to the property, either.

Watch this blog and Herald Journal for updates.


Resurfacing project on Highway 7 begins Aug. 29

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – A resurfacing project on Highway 7 near Silver Lake is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 29. Paving will occur on Highway 7 from just east of Silver Lake to the junction of Highway 25.

The road will be reduced to one lane and a pilot car will be directing traffic. Motorists should anticipate delays. Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface and extending the life of the pavement.

The project is estimated to cost $3.1 million and to be complete by Oct. 12. Central Specialties is the contractor.

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MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones. Remember, orange cones, no phones. Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers face a $300 fine.




Plan ahead for your travel using 511. For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-14 or visit