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HLWW Hall of Fame induction postponed

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been postponed due to the rise of COVID-19 cases.

The event will take place at HLWW High School Saturday, Feb. 19, beginning with a social hour at noon in the Commons, and the ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Minnesota man battling COVID-19 moved to Texas hospital after lawsuit over ventilator

BUFFALO, MN — A Buffalo, Minnesota man suffering from COVID-19 is in Texas where his family is hoping and praying doctors there can save his life, according to FOX 9.

Scott Quiner’s family went to court last week to get a restraining order to keep Allina Health from pulling the plug on the ventilator that was keeping him alive in Minnesota.

Quiner’s loved ones and their attorney report the 55-year old father of three was unvaccinated when he was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in late October, around Halloween.

He required deep sedation, a breathing tube, and a ventilator when his oxygen levels got dangerously low and did not improve.

Scott’s wife, Anne Quiner claims Allina threatened to pull the plug on that ventilator last week and that is when she went to court to fight.

Anne has power of attorney over Scott’s healthcare decisions. She hired lawyer Marjorie Holsten to stop Allina from pulling the plug on the ventilator, a move she believes would have killed him.

“This is a life-saving thing. It is going to be critical,” explained Holsten, who admits she has never handled a case like this one.

The Quiners have stated in public comments and social media that Allina would not treat Scott with certain drugs, nor would they attempt other extraordinary measures that might save his life. When the medical team allegedly told the family that Scott had just a couple more days on the ventilator, Holsten rushed to court to obtain the restraining order. The judge signed it Jan. 13.

“It was mentioned Monday, confirmed on Tuesday,” said Holsten. “By Tuesday, they said, ok, Thursday at noon, we pull the plug. I don’t think the judge wanted to be on the wrong side of saying, ‘Of course, you should be able to pull the plug’ so the judge was correct doing that.”

Over the weekend, Scott was transferred on a med flight to an unidentified hospital in Texas, apparently willing to meet the family’s medical wishes for life-saving treatments. By Sunday, Jan. 16 in the evening, he was already said to be improving on the ventilator while being weaned from the heavy sedatives, and provided extra nutrients.

His family claims that it appears most of his major organs are functioning well, except his lungs.

Allina provided a brief written statement that read in part: “Allina Health is grateful the family was able to find a health care facility that meets their needs and we continue to wish them all the best,” according to FOX 9

Meantime, the Quiners have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Scott’s emergency, life-saving care through a pair of online fundraisers in recent days, boosted by significant online coverage of his case.


Four injured in school bus/pickup crash

Four people were injured in a crash east of Hutchinson Dec. 13 that involved a school bus and pickup truck.

According to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office at 7:46 a. m., they responded to the crash in the area of 200th St & Major Ave.

The school bus, owned by New Discoveries Montessori Academy, was being driven by 66-year-old Bruce Mortenson of Glencoe authorities reported.

The pickup was driven by 22-year-old Richard Benson of Hutchinson.

Four individuals were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, although officials did not identify those taken to the hospital.

Winsted resident prepares for fourth Polar Plunge


After participating in the Polar Plunge three consecutive years, Winsted resident Eric Valen was unsure if he’d be willing to jump into icy waters for the fourth straight time this winter. Ultimately, compelled by a cause and support of friends and family, Valen decided he will be embracing the frigid temps once again, plunging into Lake Waconia Saturday, Feb. 12.


Girl Scout Troop 37980 make tie blankets for an animal shelter


Girl Scout Troop 37980 is raising money to make tie blankets for the Crossroads Animal Shelter in Buffalo. They will earn their Bronze Award by making the blankets.


Lester Prairie City Council discusses organizational structure


The Lester Prairie City Council at its meeting Tuesday discussed plans to fill the city’s vacant city administrator position.