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Wright County Sheriff responds to two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning

WRIGHT COUNTY – Wright County Sheriff Deputies were called to a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 14 SE, near the address of 4784 County Road 14 SE this morning, Aug.26, at approximately 6:15 a.m, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on the west side of the road, with extensive front end damage. Deputies also located a second vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet Blazer, on the west side ditch of County Road 14 SE, south of the Crow River, also with extensive front end damage.

The driver and only occupant of the Silverado pickup was identified as Harley Entenmann, 29, of Big Lake. The driver and only occupant of the Blazer was identified as Phoenix Kihega, 18, of Cokato, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Evidence gathered from the scene, as well as information gathered from those involved in the crash, determined the vehicle being driven by Kihega crossed over into the southbound lane, causing the collision with the vehicle being driven by Entenmann.

Kihega was transported to the St. Cloud hospital by Allina Ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Delano Fire and Rescue.

HLWW School Board appoints new member to fill vacancy

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School board interviewed two applicants for the board vacancy left by Lacy Detlefsen’s resignation.

Kelsey Puncochar and Brian Marketon both attended the board’s work session tonight, Monday, Aug. 24.

Both candidates completed interviews previously with a subcommittee of school board members.

Board members asked each candidate several questions, and allowed time for the candidates to ask questions.

Following the departure of the candidates, board member John Scheuch made a motion to nominate Puncochar, which Jeremy Peterson seconded.  Following a short period of discussion, Puncochar was unanimously appointed.

Puncochar’s seat on the board will not become official for 30 days by law, allowing the public a chance to respond.

Watch Friday’s Herald Journal for the full article about the meeting.

Howard Lake American Legion makes list of bars with COVID-19 outbreaks

There are now 29 bars or restaurants that have been connected to COVID-19 outbreaks since dine-in service was allowed to resume in Minnesota June 10.  That’s an increase from the 19 establishments that were linked to outbreaks in late July.  Howard Lake’s American Legion Post 145 is on that list, with 11 COVID-19 cases linked to it, according to Bring Me the News.

In Minnesota, an outbreak is defined as 7 or more cases at an establishment, with every establishment named by the Minnesota Department of Health meeting the threshold for patrons likely contracting the virus while at the bar or restaurant.

Since the Department of Public Safety sent warning letters to 14 establishments for breaching COVID-19 rules concerning mask-wearing, distancing and capacity rules, there have no further substantiated complaints announced about bars and restaurants breaching the rules.

And a health department spokesperson said they are “moving away from providing numbers” of cases linked to bars in the future “since many simply are not accurate given the rate of transmission.”

However, the locations listed in the information provided to Bring Me The News does include the number of cases connected to specific places.

  • Los Grandes – Burnsville – 32 cases
  • Crave – Minneapolis (Downtown) – 24 cases
  • 4th Street Saloon – Minneapolis – 14 cases
  • American Legion Post 145 – Howard Lake – 11 cases
  • VFW Post 9433 – Rosemount – 14 cases
  • Texas Roadhouse – Coon Rapids – 15 cases
  • Fogo de Chao – Minneapolis – 20 cases
  • Billy’s on Grand – St. Paul – 15 cases
  • Graze – Minneapolis (North Loop) – 22 cases
  • The Saloon – Minneapolis (Downtown) – 24 cases

The 19 bars/restaurants that were previously named include:

  • Rounders – Mankato – 118 cases
  • The Pickled Loon – St. Cloud – 117 cases
  • Cowboy Jack’s – Minneapolis – 78 cases
  • The 507 – Mankato – 70 cases
  • The Underground – Mankato – 67 cases
  • The Kollege Klub – Minneapolis – 69 cases
  • The Loop – Minneapolis (North Loop) – 66 cases
  • Sally’s – Minneapolis – 49 cases
  • Dooley’s Pub – Rochester – 39 cases
  • Stella’s Fish Cafe – Minneapolis – 44 cases
  • Union Rooftop & Bar – Minneapolis – 40 cases
  • Lord Fletcher’s – Spring Park – 38 cases
  • Uptown Tavern – Minneapolis – 36 cases
  • Maynard’s – Excelsior – 42 cases
  • The Pourhouse – Minneapolis (Uptown) – 29 cases
  • Seven Steakhouse – Minneapolis – 31 cases
  • Moonlight Bay – Cross Lake – 20 cases
  • CoV – Wayzata – 18 cases
  • City Club Bar – New Prague – 15 cases

Bars, restaurants, breweries and other establishments were allowed to reopen indoors at limited capacity more than two months ago, with Gov. Tim Walz ordering that all employees must wear masks at all times, while customers have table seating limits and are supposed to wear masks any time they are not eating or drinking.


Howard Lake City Council looks at 2019 audit, 2021 CIP


The Howard Lake City Council covered a lot of ground at its session Tuesday evening during a marathon four-hour work session and meeting.



Lester Prairie police chief reports vehicle break-ins

LESTER PRAIRIE – Lester Prairie Police Chief Robert Carlson reported that there were three vehicle break-ins in the city overnight Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Carlson said the three incidents took place in vehicles left unlocked and parked in driveways.

Items taken include lighters, cups, and other miscellaneous items.  No money, credit cards, or checkbooks were reported missing.

Carlson said there were probably more than three break-ins, but people may have not discovered the thefts yet, or they may not call to report a theft.

Carlson provided the following additional information for residents to keep in mind.

Theft from vehicles is strictly a crime of opportunity that can be prevented if drivers take away the opportunity. Thieves generally won’t waste their time breaking into autos that don’t have valuables in plain sight.

The best way to prevent theft from an auto is to always keep valuables “outta sight.” Never leave cell phones, briefcases, suitcases, or small electronic devices in a car in plain view. Take these items with you, or secure them — all the time, every time.

If your car has a trunk, use it. Put valuables in there, or in a locked glove compartment. Hiding items under seats is better than leaving them in plain view, but securing them inside the glove compartment or trunk is a far better deterrent.

During the holiday season especially, or any time you’re shopping, place packages in the trunk, not on the passenger seats or floors.

Look for car radios or other sound systems that can operate only in the vehicle it was originally installed in. This reduces the risk of theft.

If you can, unfasten your sound system and take it with you, or lock it in your trunk.

Keep your car doors and windows locked — all the time.



HLWW School Board chooses pre-K to 6th grade in-person learning; 7-12 hybrid learning

At tonight’s Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board meeting, the board unanimously followed the recommendation of its COVID-19 Committee to open in-person for students in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade; and to open using a hybrid model for students in grades 7 through 12.

Watch here and in Friday’s Herald Journal for additional information.