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Photos: Storm passes through Cokato

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN — A tornado warning was issued in Wright County earlier this evening (March 6), and the area experienced heavy rain and hail.

An Enterprise Dispatch reader submitted these rainbow and rain photos, taken near Peyton Ave SW in Cokato (110th St) after three hail periods during a 30-minute tornado warning.

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Area fire departments respond to turkey barn fire

On Feb. 21, at 11:58 am, the Meeker County Sheriff’s office received a report of a turkey barn fire in the 61900 block of 363rd Street, Manannah Township.
Meeker County Deputies, Eden Valley Fire Department, Watkins Fire Department, and Litchfield Fire Department responded.
A 76 foot by 416 foot barn and a tractor were a total loss. There were approximately 8,300 young birds in the barn at the time and no birds survived the fire.
The initial investigation revealed the fire started in a propane heater in the barn. No people were hurt as a result of the fire. The barn is owned by Langmo farms and a dollar loss has not been determined.

Litchfield man struck by a train in Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – The Wright County Communications Center received a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a train near 4th St in Waverly Feb. 20 at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to a release from Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty. Responding deputies, Waverly Rescue, and Allina Ambulance found an adult male on the north side of the tracks just east of the city limits. The initial investigation indicates a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was traveling eastbound and saw a male walking on the tracks. Despite sounding the train’s horn and applying the brakes, the train struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian, identified as Tre Ertl, 18, of Litchfield, was transported to a metro hospital in critical condition, according to the release. The accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Rural Hutchinson man seriously injured in crash

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – Jeffrey Conklin, 32, of rural Hutchinson sustained life-threatening injuries in a crash in Meeker County Saturday evening, according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The initial investigation showed that Conklin had been traveling west on 610th Avenue in Greenleaf Township Jan. 28 when he failed to stop at the “T” intersection at 190th Street, the sheriff’s office reported. The report states that Conklin drove off the road and crashed into a grove of trees.

The crash was reported at 8:23 p.m., and the sheriff’s office, the Litchfield Fire Department, Litchfield Rescue, Gold Cross Ambulance, and Life Link responded to the scene.

Conklin was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.

The crash remains under investigation.

One injured in Dassel Twp. crash on Highway 12

DASSEL TOWNSHIP, MN – A man from Minneapolis sustained non-life threatening injuries in a crash in Dassel Township early this morning, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Jaden Armondo Ritz, 21, of Minneapolis had been driving a 2013 Ford Escape west on Highway 12 near 745th Avenue when he crossed the center line and struck an eastbound semi truck.

Ritz was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, according to the state patrol.

The driver of the 2012 Peterbilt semi truck, 63-year-old Charles W. Loos of Granite City, IL was not injured.

Both people involved in the crash were wearing their seat belts.

Other agencies that assisted included the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, and the Dassel Fire Department.

Collinwood Twp. meeting moved to Tuesday

COLLINWOOD TOWNSHIP, MN – The regular meeting for Collinwood Township will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the home of David Prieve.

The meeting was moved because of Martin Luther King Day Monday, Jan. 16.