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Gun fired in Norwood Young America KWIK Trip

CARVER COUNTY, MN – A gun was fired at the KWIK Trip store in Norwood Young America at about 2:39 a.m. this morning (April 17), according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the report, an “unruly patron” in the KWIK Trip store was involved in a struggle with an off-duty McLeod County Deputy Sheriff who also happened to be at the store. At some point during the confrontation, a firearm was discharged.

The “unruly patron” fled the scene and was later found a few blocks away. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries.

The off-duty deputy remained on the scene and was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia where he was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation was summoned to conduct the investigation, which is standard protocol for the Carver County Sheriff’s Office when investigating officer-involved shootings.

The KWIP Trip remains closed while investigators continue to process the scene for physical evidence. The roadways adjacent to the store are open at this time.

The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time, pending interviews.


HL Chamber will proceed with farmers market planning

HOWARD LAKE, MN – After receiving results from a survey regarding a possible farmers market in Howard Lake, the Howard Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (HLACC) decided to move forward with planning the event at its meeting Wednesday.

Out of 100 completed surveys, 70 people would prefer a Saturday farmers market; 47 would like it to be in the morning; and 44 think it should occur every week, according to the survey.

Based on the survey, HLACC President Jeff Schoess recommended finding a person to organize the event with a plan to conduct the farmers market every Saturday morning.

For full story, see April 20 issue.


HL plans informational meeting about sewer project

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City staff will host an informational meeting for residents regarding a new sewer line televising project, Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Howard Lake City Hall.

Letters have been sent to about 60 homeowners notifying them of plans to begin the project in their area.

The pilot area includes homes on 5th Avenue, south of 9th Street; both sides of 4th Avenue; the east side of 6th Avenue, south of 9th Street; and some streets between 6th and 5th avenues.

For full story, see April 20 issue.


Waverly council approves Lakeview project financing

WAVERLY, MN – Shelly Eldridge of Ehlers Financial Consulting presented the Waverly City Council with three funding options for its Lakeview Drive improvement project at its meeting Tuesday.

The options included combinations of general obligation bond refinancing, additional general obligation bonds, and a Public Facilities Authority (PFA) loan.

Council approved an option that includes $400,000 of new bonded funding, and an advance refinancing of two of its general obligation bonds, 2005B and 2007A, for $1.8 million.

Refinancing the bonds is expected to save the city $27,000 per year, for a total of $170,000.

The total amount the city will receive for the bonds is estimated to total $2.2 million.

The project is expected to cost $950,00 total. A PFA loan of $600,000 will fund a majority of the funding, and the $400,000 in new general obligation bonds will fund the rest.

For full story, see April 20 issue.

*Blog post edited to reflect correct amounts of loans and bonds. *


Being a firefighter now is different than in the past

McLEOD, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – In 1980, US firefighters responded to nearly 3 million fires, and just over 5 million calls for medical aid, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.

In 2013, the number of fire calls dropped to 1.2 million, while medical-related calls quadrupled to more than 21 million.

Check out our story about the changes in volunteer firefighting on page 2A of the Monday, April 13 edition of the Herald Journal.

Lester Prairie Fire Department

Lester Prairie Fire Department

Video: HLWW wrestling coach resigns; parents speak out

HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Several parents and other community members attended the April 13 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting to support Jeff Granrud, who has served as head wrestling coach the past 16 years.

At the meeting, Granrud said he submitted his letter of resignation after the school gave him a list of corrective measures. He stated that the school did not give him an opportunity to make changes. Granrud said he was given the option of resigning, or letting the school board vote on his employment.

“I’m not here to talk about getting my job back; you have my letter of resignation,” Granrud said. “I’m here to talk about the process that this was done.”

The resignation is solely for Granrud’s coaching position, and it does not affect his position as a math teacher in the district.

Look for the full story in the Monday, April 20 edition of the Herald Journal.

Click here to see a one-minute video of some of the parent comments: