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Woman motorcyclist injured in crash with deer in Darwin Township

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle accident with injuries on County Road 11 just east of 655th Avenue in Darwin Township May 10 at 8:26 p.m.. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Mayo Ambulance, Litchfield Rescue and Litchfield Fire all responded to the accident.

Julia Zaka’an, 30, of Eden Vally was riding a 1999 Harley Davidson east on County Road 11 when she struck a deer. Zaka’an was thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the collision with the deer, she was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Zaka’an was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with critical injuries, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.

Fairfax man dies in Dassel Township crash

DASSEL TOWNSHIP, MN – A Fairfax man died Thursday, May 2 in a crash at the intersection of Hwy. 15 and 278th St. in Dassel Township, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2015 Freightliner semi driven by Alfred Jutkiewicz, 56, of Boston, MA was northbound on Hwy. 15, when a 2012 Ford pickup, driven by Lorenz Ray Canfield, 80, of Fairfax, that was southbound on Hwy. 15, crossed over into the northbound lanes, colliding with the Freightliner, according to the State Patrol. The Freightliner rolled into the ditch and into a pond. Canfield died at the scene. Jutkiewicz was not injured. Gold Cross Ambulance, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, and the Dassel Fire Department responded to the scene. Both Jutkiewicz and Canfield were wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

More counties added to list with spring burn restrictions

As warm and dry weather continues to spread throughout the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added the following counties to the burn restriction list: Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Ottertail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis South, Wadena, Wilkin

The state will not issue burning permits for brush or yard waste in these counties until the restrictions are lifted.

Restrictions also remain in place for: Anoka, Douglas, Benton, Chisago, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Pope, Ramsey, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Washington, Wright

“Warm and dry conditions are key factors for wildfires, so we have to remain vigilant about restricting open burning,” said Casey McCoy, DNR fire prevention supervisor. “These restrictions really do work: they’ve helped us reduce wildfires by more than 30 percent over the past decade.”

McCoy encourages landowners to compost, chip, or take brush to a collection site rather than burn it. For information on how compost yard waste, visit the DNR’s webpage for woodland composting.

People who burn debris will be held financially responsible if their fire escapes and burns other property.

Sheriff’s office responds to three-vehicle injury crash in Meeker County

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report April 10 at 1:21 p.m. of a three vehicle personal injury accident on Minnesota Highway 15 at 205th Street, in Collinwood Township, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. Meeker County Deputies responded and learned Amanda Wanous, 28, of Hutchinson, was driving south on MN Highway 15 when she lost control of her vehicle, due to weather conditions, and slid sideways into oncoming traffic. Sarah Watson, 48, of St. Cloud, was driving north and collided with the Wanous vehicle. Ryan Dehmer, 25, of Brainerd, driving north also collided with the Wanous vehicle. Wanous was transported to Hutchinson hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Mayo Clinic Ambulance, Dassel Fire and Rescue also responded to the injury accident.

Hutchinson Health hosts ‘snow-breaking’

HUTCHINSON, MN – Hutchinson Health leaders and board members, and community representatives tossed shovels full of snow April 1 during a unique groundbreaking on a new patient wing at Hutchinson Health. Pictured are: front – Jim Lyons, chief clinic operations officer; Mary Hodson, Hutchinson Chamber; Brian Pollmann, chief medical officer; David Maher, podiatrist, Hutchinson Health Chairman of the Board; Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners; Steve Mulder, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health; Susan Karnitz, chief nursing officer; Jen Myster, president, Methodist Hospital; back – Glen Kegley, chief operations officer; Duane Spiegle, vice president of real estate and supply services; Kara Neubarth, Hutchinson Health Foundation president; Rachael Gemuenden, Hutchinson Health Foundation director; and Pam Larson, chief financial officer. CLICK HERE to see a video of the event.

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Faribault Foods closing Cokato plant

COKATO, MN – Employees at Faribault Foods’ Cokato plant were notified March 7 of the company’s plan to discontinue production there later this year. The precise timing is not final yet, but anticipated to be early fall. Approximately 130 employees in Cokato are affected. This decision allows Faribault Foods to consolidate manufacturing into its Faribault facility, which the company expanded in 2017 to nearly 1 million square feet and is now one of the most modern and diversified manufacturing plants in the canned food industry. The consolidation of Cokato production into this new facility allows the company to leverage this investment and continue to succeed in the very competitive packaged food industry. Faribault Foods is committed to assisting its employees during this transition. All employees who want to stay with the company will be offered jobs in Faribault. Regardless of an employee’s decision to move, all employees that continue to work through the shutdown date will receive financial incentives including additional compensation and extended benefits.

Faribault Foods, Inc. is a US subsidiary of privately held La Costeña Group, a leading consumer products group headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico. Faribault Foods operates plants in Faribault, Minn. and Tucson, Ariz. in addition to the plant in Cokato, Minn. Faribault Foods is a leading manufacturer of canned foods including all types of bean products, soup, pasta, chili, and vegetables. Its products are sold under brands including S&W beans, SunVista, Luck’s, Butter Kernel, Kuner’s, and Mrs. Grimes among others. Faribault Foods also has a strong private label business as well as long standing contract manufacturing business with top branded companies.