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Silver Lake woman injured in crash

SILVER LAKE, MN — A Silver Lake woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash the morning of Jan. 22.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 68-year-old Roxanne Lewandowski was taken to Glencoe Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

She was a passenger in a pickup driven by 62-year-old David Lewandowski of Silver Lake. He was not injured.

David Lewandowski was driving westbound on Highway 7 at Grove Avenue in Silver Lake when he lost control of the vehicle, went into the ditch, and rolled, according to authorities.

The crash happened just after 9 a.m.

Buffalo man with COVID-19 dies after legal battle over ventilator

BUFFALO, MN – A Buffalo man who had been battling COVID-19 on a ventilator has died days after he was moved to a Texas hospital amid a legal battle between his family and a Minnesota health care system, according to a statement from Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital.

Last week, an Anoka County judge ordered Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids to keep Scott Quiner on a ventilator. Quiner had gone to the hospital after he contracted COVID-19 for the second time in October, according to WCCO.

His wife of 35 years, Anne, said she went to court after the hospital said that nothing more could be done for him, and it was time to take him off the ventilator.

She asked for other treatments, and vehemently disagreed with the hospital’s decision, which she said could “end [her] husband’s life.”

Quiner was transported to a “health care facility of the family’s choice” on Jan. 15, according to Allina Health.

Quiner’s family attorney said that when he was admitted to the Texas hospital, he was determined to be “severely malnourished.” Since then Quiner had been receiving nutrition, hydration, along with “other medications that his wife had requested and Mercy Hospital refused to administer.”

Allina said in a statement that the system has “great confidence in the exceptional care provided to our patients, which is administered according to evidence-based practices by our talented and compassionate medical teams. Due to patient privacy, we cannot comment on care provided to specific patients.”

The family attorney on Saturday said the family is “deeply appreciative” of community support. “We request some time to grieve but hoping to use our knowledge and experience to help others going through similar experiences,” she added.

Local public works crews attempt to minimize salt usage while ensuring road safety


For most people who’ve endured a Minnesota winter, staying safe while driving on ice and snow covered roads is paramount. To ensure the safe passage of motorists, each winter the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and local public works crews are tasked with the responsibility of removing snow and ice from Minnesota roads.


New Germany man starts hybrid business out of necessity


Matt Mastenbrook of New Germany started his business Hybrid Hero after a personal experience left him in need of help.
Mastenbrook said he bought a 2010 Toyota Prius in 2015 and everything was good until 2016.


Teens rescued from Lake Waconia after ‘slush patch’ snags vehicle

WACONIA, MN — Two teenagers were rescued from Lake Waconia last week after the vehicle they were in got “stuck in a slush patch.”

According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office first responders were called to the lake near the eastern shore of Coney Island Jan. 14 at about 9:37 p.m. on a report of a vehicle sinking into the lake.

The Waconia Fire Department used an UTV to get the two 18-year-old women off the lake, but their vehicle — which actually hadn’t sunk through the frozen lake — wasn’t removed by deputies or firefighters.

The owner is responsible for retrieving it, the sheriff’s office said.

Fatal accident in Carver County

A Chanhassen man died as the result of injuries he sustained in a crash involving three vehicles in Chaska Tuesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The State Patrol identified the victim as 33-year-old Spencer Olson.

The crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. on Highway 41 near Engler Boulevard.

Olson was driving a car northbound Hwy 41, crossed over the center median and hit a southbound Jeep head on causing it to spin around. A southbound Chevrolet Suburban then hit the side of the Jeep, according to authorities.

The driver and passengers in the Suburban were not injured.

The driver of the Jeep, 70-year-old Mary Kulawik from Sioux City, Iowa, was taken to a metro hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Patrol reported Olson was not seat belted.