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Wright County Sheriff remains on scene of barricaded suspect in St. Michael – traffic rerouted

On 06/21/22 at 12:37 AM Wright County Deputies were dispatched to a gun complaint at 599 Central Ave. W. in the city of St. Michael. The reporting party stated a male and a female were verbally arguing and that the male was carrying a rifle.

The male suspect was identified as Brandon Gardas, 39 year-old from St. Michael.  Gardas has active warrants for his arrest for domestic assault, as well as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has been on scene at 599 Central Ave. attempting to apprehend Gardas and remains on scene at this time.

The suspect has fired several rounds at law enforcement. The immediate vicinity around the home has been notified to evacuate due to the volatile nature of this incident. The public is being asked to stay clear of the area. Several roads in the area have been re-routed due to public safety including County Rd. 35. To County RD 19. Further updates will be made as information becomes available.

Good Neighbor Days Medallion Hunt Clue #2

Please be respectful of public places,

There is no need to dig in any of these spaces.

As you explore,

The hints do not ignore.

Must have a Good Neighbor Days shirt to win! Shirts can be purchased at Emmy’s Salon, Country Store, Vintage Exchange, City Hall and Howard Lake Wine & Spirits.  Prize is $100, and a clue will be posted each day of GND.  If found, contact Cindy Zitzloff at 612-202-4868 to claim your prize.


Lester Prairie Police request help locating missing teen

The Lester Prairie Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Cheyenne Cadena, age 15. She was last seen at her residence June 17 possibly wearing sweatpants or jeans with a crop top and a black sweatshirt prior to leaving. She wears black rimmed glasses and has a nose and belly button piercing. It is unknown if she left on foot or in a vehicle with friends.

If you have seen or know the whereabouts of Cheyenne Cadena, age 15, please contact the Lester Prairie Police Department via McLeod County Communications Center at 320-864-1359.

Good Neighbor Day Medallion Hunt Clue #1 is here!

With summer near,

The hunt is here.

It is only located in public places,

So make sure to cover all the bases.

Must have a Good Neighbor Days shirt to win! Shirts can be purchased at Emmy’s Salon, Country Store, Vintage Exchange, City Hall and Howard Lake Wine & Spirits.  Prize is $100, and a clue will be posted each day of GND.  If found, contact Cindy Zitzloff at 612-202-4868 to claim your prize.

Ulrich sentenced to life without parole in Alina shootings

More the 50 onlookers, including victims and family members, packed into a courtroom Thursday afternoon in the Wright County Justice Center to witness the sentencing of Gregory Ulrich – convicted of the shootings and bombing of the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo Feb. 9, 2021.

Tenth District Court Judge Catherine McPherson sentenced Ulrich to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in the first-degree premeditated murder of Allina Crossroads Clinic medical assistant Lindsay Overbay. McPherson also sentenced Ulrich to an additional 72 years for the attempted first-degree premeditated murders of four other shooting victims in the Allina tragedy – four 216-month sentences to run consecutively to the murder charge.

With the convictions on the five major charges and the sentences that came with them, McPherson sentenced Ulrich to 45 months on the charge of detonating an explosive device – a sentence that will run concurrently. On the five lesser charges, no sentence was given, but McPherson kept in place the guilty verdicts rendered by the jury June 2.

Prior to sentencing, Wright County Attorney Brian Lutes addressed the court and directly confronted Ulrich, saying he brought “an element of evil to the Allina Clinic” Feb. 9, 2021 and that Ulrich’s “twisted attack on innocent victims shattered families forever.”

Lutes went on to address Ulrich, calling the shooting a “cowardly act” and referring to Ulrich as a coward repeatedly for the acts he perpetrated on each of the victims – all of whom had nothing to do with Ulrich’s dispute with Allina medical personnel.

Lutes said that, despite the sorrow of such a senseless tragedy, there was some good that came in the aftermath of the shooting, as the Allina family and the community of Buffalo came together in their resolve not to allow the tragic events of Feb. 9, 2021 to break the spirit of those impacted.

While the defense attorneys had no comment for the court, Ulrich spoke for approximately five minutes. He said his attack could have been avoided, blaming medical personnel who denied him pain medication following surgery six years earlier and falsely reporting that he had suffered an opioid overdose.

Ulrich stated he wasn’t looking for leniency from Judge McPherson, but added that he had been in agony for six years and the pain drove him out of his mind. In response to comments made by Lutes, Ulrich showed no remorse, saying, “I’m not ashamed of anything and I’m not a coward.”

In her sentencing, McPherson said she “had no words for the horror and tragedy” of that fateful day and acknowledged the strength, courage and resilience of those who testified during the emotional trial.

When the sentencing was finished and McPherson announced that court was adjourned, many in attendance broke into applause. In a press conference following the sentencing, Lutes said he wasn’t surprised that Ulrich chose to speak, citing that none of the victims or their families delivered impact statements because “they didn’t want to give him (Ulrich) the attention.” He added that it was the first time in his legal career that he had witnessed a courtroom gallery break into applause at the end of sentencing.

After spending the last 494 days since the shooting in the Wright County Jail, following sentencing Ulrich was remanded of the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections to be assigned to a state prison for the rest of his life.

Funeral Notice: John Dalheimer, 79

John Henry Dalheimer, age 79 of Watertown, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022.
He was born Sept, 19, 1942 to Edmund and Laura (Pogreba) Dalheimer in Watertown, MN.
John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.
Gathering of family and friends will take place in the church on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass. Inurnment with military honors will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.