Archive for West Carver

New Germany man starts hybrid business out of necessity


Matt Mastenbrook of New Germany started his business Hybrid Hero after a personal experience left him in need of help.
Mastenbrook said he bought a 2010 Toyota Prius in 2015 and everything was good until 2016.


Teens rescued from Lake Waconia after ‘slush patch’ snags vehicle

WACONIA, MN — Two teenagers were rescued from Lake Waconia last week after the vehicle they were in got “stuck in a slush patch.”

According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office first responders were called to the lake near the eastern shore of Coney Island Jan. 14 at about 9:37 p.m. on a report of a vehicle sinking into the lake.

The Waconia Fire Department used an UTV to get the two 18-year-old women off the lake, but their vehicle — which actually hadn’t sunk through the frozen lake — wasn’t removed by deputies or firefighters.

The owner is responsible for retrieving it, the sheriff’s office said.

Fatal accident in Carver County

A Chanhassen man died as the result of injuries he sustained in a crash involving three vehicles in Chaska Tuesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The State Patrol identified the victim as 33-year-old Spencer Olson.

The crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. on Highway 41 near Engler Boulevard.

Olson was driving a car northbound Hwy 41, crossed over the center median and hit a southbound Jeep head on causing it to spin around. A southbound Chevrolet Suburban then hit the side of the Jeep, according to authorities.

The driver and passengers in the Suburban were not injured.

The driver of the Jeep, 70-year-old Mary Kulawik from Sioux City, Iowa, was taken to a metro hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Patrol reported Olson was not seat belted.

Watertown man involved in two-vehicle traffic crash in Southwest MN

WORTHINGTON, MN – - A man from the Watertown was involved in a two-vehicle crash with injuries this week in southwest Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Patrol the accident occurred the morning of Dec. 29 around 10:45 a.m., a Chevy passenger car and a Ford F550 truck collided on Highway 59 north of Worthington.

Authorities say the sedan was southbound, while the truck was northbound on Highway 59 when the vehicles collided. Officials report that the roads were snow and ice covered at the time of the crash.

Injured in the crash was the driver of the passenger car, 71-year-old Doreen Braun of Sibley, Iowa. She was taken to the Sanford Hospital in Worthington with non-life threatening injuries. Meanwhile, the driver of the truck, 37-year-old Michael Maguire of Watertown was not injured.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, the Brewster Fire Department, and the Fulda and Sanford EMS teams assisted the State Patrol at the scene.


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