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Pedestrian struck by train in Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – The Wright County Communications Center received a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a train near 4th St in Waverly Feb. 20 at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to a release from Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty. Responding deputies, Waverly Rescue, and Allina Ambulance found an adult male on the north side of the tracks just east of the city limits. The initial investigation indicates a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was traveling eastbound and saw a male walking on the tracks. Despite sounding the train’s horn and applying the brakes, the train struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian, identified as Tre Ertl, 18, of Litchfield, was transported to a metro hospital in critical condition, according to the release. The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Howard Lake ‘Princess for a Day’

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Sparkles and crowns cascaded into St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake Feb. 16 for a “Princess for a Day” event. Check out our photos here:

Mid-County Coop Spring Conference RSVP



This meeting will be for growers to get information on seed, weed control and the latest in Agronomic news and updates.

Program Speakers:
Dale Scheffler • Monsanto Chemistry • XtendiMax with VaporGrip and Dicamba beans

Arthur Forst • Mid-County Coop • Fieldview/Crop Management

Tuesday, March 7, 12:30-2:30pm
Hors D’Oeuvres Served After The Meeting

Dahlgreen Golf Course
6940 Dahlgren Rd., Chaska, MN 55318
CALL (952) 466-3733 OR RSVP HERE BEFORE MARCH 2, 2017



Howard Lake City Council to consider approval of plans for downtown parking lot enhancement

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council will consider approval of plans and specifications for downtown parking lot enhancement during its Feb. 21 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include a report from the Howard Lake Library, approval of fire department officers for 2017, appointment of a part-time police officer, and approval of the scope and fee for services for surveying the Munson Lakes redevelopment project.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Note: date corrected.

Otsego man arrested for assault in fight outside Watertown bar

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson reports that Feb. 17 at about 11:23 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a fight at the Riverside Bar in Watertown. The victim was reported to be lying in the street, unconscious,  according to a press release from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find a group of people surrounding the victim, Derrick Douglas Sommerfeld, 32, of Bloomington, attempting to provide first aid. A deputy asked for the whereabouts of the alleged assailant and was told Sommerfeld had not been assaulted, but had simply fallen. Deputies provided emergency first aid until paramedics from Ridgeview Ambulance arrived along with personnel from Watertown Fire and Rescue. Sommerfeld was subsequently transported to HCMC to be treated for life threatening head injury, according to the release.

Deputies began their investigation by closing the bar to secure the scene, later serving a search warrant at the bar to review video evidence. They identified witnesses who reported that Sommerfeld had been assaulted by one of his siblings. According to witnesses, Sommerfeld and his sibling were fighting when the suspect punched Sommerfeld, knocking him to the ground and rendering him unconscious, according to the release.

The suspect, a 36 year old man from Otsego, whose shirt had been ripped and stained with blood, changed into a clean shirt provided by a bartender, and left the scene. A short while later, the suspect returned to the scene, wearing the shirt provided by the bartender. He approached a deputy and acknowledged involvement in the physical altercation. He was arrested for First Degree Assault and transported to the Carver County Jail to be held for Court.

Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate this incident.