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One dead in industrial accident near Litchfiled

Litchfield – October 16, 2020 at 11:46 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Officer received a report of an
industrial accident at a construction site in the 31700 block of MN Highway 22, Harvey
Township, according to a press release by the sheriff’s office. The initial report was that a concrete boom truck had tipped and two people were trapped. Meeker County deputies, Litchfield Rescue, Litchfield Fire, Gold Cross Ambulance and LifeLink III were all dispatched to the scene. One person died at the scene as a result of
injuries while a second person was airlifted from the scene with critical injuries and flown to St.
Cloud Hospital. The names of the victims are being withheld until families are notified. The
initial investigation revealed the stabilizing platform for the concrete boom truck gave way,
causing the boom to fall to the ground. The two individuals were struck by the boom as it fell.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and OSHA has
been notified. Also assisting at the scene was the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Past homecoming stories

Hey Enterprise Dispatch readers, we are looking at doing a couple of articles about Dassel, Cokato and Dassel-Cokato homecoming history. We were hoping to get some appropriate stories to publish in the newspaper and we would like your help. If you have a fun or interesting story about past homecomings, again either Dassel, Cokato or Dassel-Cokato, that you think others would like to hear about please send them to us at We are looking to publish these stories over the next couple of weeks our next deadline is noon Tuesday, Oct. 20. Thank you for your help.

Suspects in rural Litchfield drug shooting appear in court

Litchfield MN – The four suspects in the drug-related shooting of a rural Litchfield man last weekend were arraigned in Meeker County District Court Thursday. The most serious charges are against 18-year-old Carl Leaf of rural Grove City, who is charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, and 2 counts of 5th Degree Controlled Substance. Judge Stephanie Beckman granted Leaf’s request for a public defender and set conditional bail at 1 million dollars. Leaf’s next court appearance is an omnibus hearing on November 11th.

Two suspects arrested in connection with shooting of Litchfield man sunday

Litchfield MN- In a press release, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department says two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a rural Litchfield man Sunday. The press release stated “an arrested 18-year-old Elizabeth Smith of rural Litchfield and Nicole Radke, 45 of rural Grove City for their involvement in the shooting of  34-year-old Tyeson Schaumburg.   As of Tuesday, Schaumburg was listed in critical but stable condition.  Detectives have determined the motive for the shooting was drug related.   Two other men, Carl Leaf of rural Grove City and Jaden Kramp of rural Litchfield, both 18, were arrested earlier but haven’t been in court yet,” according to Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.

“A follow up search warrant was executed in the 24200 block of 548th Ave near Grove City and the firearm used in the shooting was recovered.   A subsequent search warrant for drugs was also executed at the residence and methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy were located along with drug paraphernalia.  Arrested on drug charges were 20-year-old Hunter Radke of rural Grove City, Daniel Pinkerton, 45, rural Litchfield and 48-year-old Shawn Denardo of Minneapolis.  The CEE-VI Drug Task Force assisted the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office with this search and arrests.  All person arrested Tuesday were booked into the Meeker County Jail pending formal charges.  The investigation is ongoing,” Cruze said.

Structure fire in Forest City Township

MEEKER COUNTY – On September 23, 2020 at 5:42 PM, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a structure fire in the 31000 block of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 2 in Forest City
Township, according to a press release by Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. The Litchfield Fire Department and Meeker County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene. “Upon arrival it was learned a 100′x40′ shed/workshop combined space was smoking heavily from the roof. Over the course of battling the fire the building and its contents were fully engulfed. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The property belongs to James Peterson, 33, and Katie Peterson, 31, of rural Litchfield. The shed and all contents were a
total loss. Also assisting at the scene were Watkins Fire Department, Eden Valley Fire Department, and Litchfield Rescue Squad. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined,” according to the statement.

Meeker County 911 outage

9/24/2020 9:50 a.m. – Meeker County is currently experiencing cell phone and 911 outages
throughout the county, according to a press release by Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. It appears to only affect cell service at this time and is across multiple providers. “If you are unable to reach the our office, please use a land line if possible, and/or call our dispatch main number 320-693-5400. Cell calls to 911 on the north end of Meeker County are routing to Stearns County and should be answered. We have reached out to the providers to address the issue but at this time we do not know the extent of the outage or any time frame for
repair,” the statement said.