Posted on June 6, 2023
by Andrew Meuleners
HOWARD LAKE, Minn. — A 7-year-old boy playing with a lighter started a fire that damaged two homes and a church in Howard Lake late last month, according to the State Fire Marshal Division.
The division released its investigative report about the fire on the 1000 block of Seventh Avenue Tuesday. The report listed the cause as “juvenile fire setter.”
The boy’s father told investigators that his son used a lighter to set a stick aflame, then stomped it out. A storage shed in the yard caught fire, and the flames eventually spread to the garage and house, a neighboring house and nearby St. James Lutheran Church.
The report states there is “no previous history of juvenile firesetting.”
Per the marshal’s report, all three structures sustained exterior damage, and the house where the fire started also has interior damage. The garage was completely destroyed. No injuries were reported.
Posted on June 2, 2023
by Andrew Meuleners
WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, MN – The Wright County Highway Department wishes to notify the public of two forthcoming projects that will necessitate road closures, commencing Monday, June 5. One of the projects involves the replacement of a culvert on CSAH 8, situated approximately 100 feet south of 105th Street SW. Weather permitting, the culvert replacement project is scheduled to commence on June 5 and is anticipated to conclude by Thursday, June 8.
The second project will encompass County Road 107, extending between CSAH 6 and CSAH 12, spanning Middleville and Marysville Townships. This particular road segment will undergo a two-part construction process. The initial phase will involve a safety and maintenance undertaking near the intersections of Emerson Avenue and Clementa Avenue. Beginning Monday, June 5, this portion of the project is projected to finalize by Friday, June 16, subject to favorable weather conditions. A larger project on County Road 107 is planned for July, with an estimated completion date in August.