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FUNERAL NOTICE: Ronald Karie, 77, South Haven

Ronald R. Karie, age 77, of South Haven, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at his home with all of his loved ones by his side.

A celebration of life took place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the French Lake Town Hall.

One injured in McLeod County accident

A Willmar woman was injured in a crash west of Hutchinson the afternoon of Dec. 28.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol 38 year old Latoya Patterson was taken to the Hutchinson Emergency Room for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Patterson was a passenger in car driven by 36 year old Jermaine Mohondhis of Portsmouth, VA. He was not injured.

Mohondhis was driving westbound on Highway 7 at Highway 22 when he lost control, went into the ditch, and struck a pole according to authorities.

The crash happened just before 1 p.m.

Roads were snow and ice covered at the time of the crash.

Lester Prairie Schools sent to “soft lockdown hold”

Lester Prairie Schools posted on its website today, that the school had gone into a “soft lockdown hold” earlier in the day, after school officials became aware of a troubling note and social media post referring to a threat to school safety.

The statement is below.


MSP reports on two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 7 near Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE – The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) reported it responded to a two-vehicle accident this morning at approximately 7:10 a.m.
The crash took place on Hwy. 7, near Silver Lake, in Winsted Township, McLeod County.
A 2016 Ram pickup, driven by Luis Procoro Garibay, 26, of Inver Grove Heights, was traveling westbound on Hwy. 7, when it collided with a 2016 Toyota Tundra traveling eastbound, driven by Peter Allen Nordang, 39, of Lester Prairie.
Garibay was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) with non-life threatening injuries.
Garibay had two passengers in his vehicle at the time of the crash. Diago Marques, 23, city unknown, was transported to HCMC with non-life threatening injuries. Eric Sanchez, 26, St. Paul, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to HCMC with life threatening injuries.
Nordan was transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia with non-life threatening injuries.
MSP reported air bags deployed in both vehicles, and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt except Sanchez.
The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Lester Prairie Fire, Winsted Fire, Ridgeview Ambulance and Silver Lake Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Highway 7 near Silver Lake closed due to crash

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports that Highway 7 is temporarily closed near Cable Avenue/County Road 63 east of Silver Lake due to a crash. Flaggers are redirecting traffic. Fog remains present in many areas throughout southwest Minnesota and drivers are asked to manually turn on their headlights, slow down and drive according to current conditions.

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