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LP music in the park moved indoors June 11

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The music in the park event Tuesday, June 11 has been moved indoors due to the weather.

LP music in the park Tuesday, June 11

Music in the park featuring music by Lowell S and Nancy B and Friends will take place Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at ST. PAUL EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 124 MAPLE ST. N. in Lester Prairie. Food will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Howard Lake among cities targeted by burglars

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake has been added to the list of communities in Wright County and beyond that have been targeted by burglars.

According to the Howard Lake Police Department, a theft was reported Monday morning.

The suspect(s) used a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle to gain entry into an occupied residence. Several items were stolen from inside the vehicle and the residence. A different unlocked vehicle was stolen using keys left in its cupholder.

This incident is similar to several being reported by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

That department has responded to more than 20 reports of vehicle thefts, theft from vehicles, and residential burglaries in Otsego, Monticello, Monticello Township, Rockford, and Buffalo.

The suspects have been targeting unlocked vehicles and have been gaining entry into residences by utilizing the garage door opener that they locate inside of those unlocked vehicles at or near the residence.

The sheriff’s office believes these crimes are being perpetrated by the same suspect(s) or group(s).

At about 6 a.m. Monday, Wright County Deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the City of Otsego. Two adult males were apprehended and arrested for burglary and related crimes. This case, as well as several others, are still under investigation.

The suspects in these incidents are believed to be involved in similar criminal activity in other jurisdictions within Minnesota. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has been working with those other law enforcement agencies from seven different counties.

The sheriff’s office would like to remind everyone to lock vehicles and not leave valuables inside vehicles. If valuables must be left inside a vehicle, they should be put out of sight, preferably in a locked trunk or glove box. Individuals with garage door openers inside their vehicles, should make sure they are secured inside a locked compartment or placed in a location that is not visible from outside of the vehicle.

The suspects in these incidents have been working in small groups. The sheriff’s office encourages residents to call 911 if they see something suspicious in their neighborhoods.

Carver County Sheriff’s Office investigating incident at Watertown High School

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud issued a release stating that at 2:33 p.m. June 9 his Office received a 9-1-1 call to report a burglary in progress at the Watertown High School, 1001 Hwy 25 NW, Watertown. A teacher at the school encountered some teens who were throwing a garbage can onto the High School gym floor. The teacher chased the teens out of the school and they got into a late model black color passenger car which drove north on Quarry Avenue. The teacher thought there were four subjects inside the school at the time he chased them.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the incident and was able to locate the vehicle
with the teenage parties involved in Montrose at a Casey’s store. The teenagers were transported
back to the Watertown High School.
Through our investigation, a juvenile located an open door the day before and put a sock in it in
order to open it at a later time. The teenagers had been driving around and had come to the
school and entered by going in the entrance door with the sock in it. They said they had kicked
some garbage cans on the basketball floor and had only been inside the school a short period of
time when the teacher showed up, so they ran out of the school, leaving in a vehicle.
Parents of the juveniles were notified and released to their parents. This case is still under
investigation by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

Howard Lake man injured in crash

COKATO, MN – A crash on Highway 12 in Cokato Friday afternoon resulted in injuries for two individuals, including a Howard Lake man.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by Aaron Scadden, 41, of Monticello, was eastbound on Third Street at the Highway 12 intersection and stopped at a stop sign around 4 p.m.

It then pulled out in front of an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Edward Hoppe, 85, of Howard Lake, causing the two vehicles to collide.

Both Scadden and Hoppe suffered noncritical injuries and were transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Scadden’s passenger, Heidi Scadden, 39, of Monticello, was not injured, nor was Hoppe’s passenger, Barbara Hoppe, 79, of Howard Lake.

The State Patrol reported that the Hoppes and Aaron Scadden were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but said it was unknown if Heidi Scadden was wearing a seat belt.

Road conditions were dry and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

Cokato Ambulance and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol.

Winsted City Council to discuss issues with city hall HVAC system

WINSTED, MN – Winsted City Council will discuss issues with the city hall heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system during its work session Tuesday, June 4. Other items on the agenda include a special closed city council meeting at 4 p.m. in the Lewis Room at City Hall, 201 – 1st Street North to conduct the six-month performance review for City Administrator Adam Birkholz; and discussion regarding a phase 1 environmental site assessment for 121 Baker Ave. E., a review of Winsted Volunteer Fire Department charges for service methodology; and a 2018 audit report.

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