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Meeker County Sheriff issues emergency no-wake rules

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze has issued no wake restrictions within 500 feet of shore for Lake Minnie Belle, Lake Erie, Lake Jennie, and Belle Lake, all located in Southern Meeker County, due to high water levels. The increased water levels and boating activity are causing damages along the shoreline on the lakes. Other lakes in the area are also being monitored and additional no wake advisories may be issued. Sheriff Cruze urges caution and reminds boaters to be mindful of the water levels on all lakes.

One injured as motorcycle strikes deer

DARWIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Litchfield man suffered noncritical injuries in a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at 5:48 a.m., a 1994 Honda M/C ridden by Scott Durken, 57, was westbound on Highway 12 at mile post 108 in Darwin Township when the motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway.

Durken was transported to Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Road conditions were dry and alcohol was not a factor, according to the State Patrol.

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.

Cokato, Hutchinson, and Glencoe stores added to the list of Shopko locations that will be closing

COKATO, MN – The Cokato Shopko, along with locations in Hutchinson and Glencoe, has been added to the list of Shopko locations that will be closing. The last scheduled date of operation for these stores is May 5, 2019, according to information released by the company.

Vehicle goes through ice in Meeker County

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report Jan. 20 at 9:48 a.m. of a vehicle through the ice on Greenleaf Lake in Ellsworth Township, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. Dustin Tolsma, 33, of Hutchinson, was driving a Dodge Dakota on the Northwest section of the lake when his vehicle went through. Tolsma was the only occupant of the vehicle and was able to get out. He walked to an occupied fish house on the lake where he was provided dry clothing and a place to warm up. It appears Tolsma drove his truck over an area that was recently cut open for spear fishing.

UPDATE: Meeker Co. authorities searching for armed man

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The man the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for is now in custody, according to a press release issued this morning (Dec. 31).

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a tip at about 8 p.m. last night (Dec. 30) that Anthony Kalland was back at the CSAH 16 residence where the standoff took place Dec. 27. Shortly before 10 p.m., Kalland was taken into custody without further incident.

Deputies searched the residence and found a loaded revolver, ammunition, and a small quantity of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information on where Kalland has been over the past several days is urged to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation regarding who helped Kalland evade law enforcement is ongoing.

Kalland is being held in the Meeker County Jail pending his first court appearance. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips during this investigation. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze appreciates the public for their assistance in locating Kalland.


This is the original post regarding the Dec. 27 incident:

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who allegedly brandished a revolver at a residence in Harvey Township Dec. 27.

Information from the sheriff’s office press release is as follows:

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a residence in the 58400 block of CSAH 16, in Harvey Township in reference to a domestic situation. The caller said a male, later identified as Anthony Steven Kalland, 38, of Brainerd, had brandished a revolver.

The caller fled the residence and deputies responded. Deputies confirmed Kalland was at the residence and a perimeter was established. Kalland failed to respond to deputies on scene.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office tactical and negotiation teams were called in for assistance. Contact was made with Kalland, but he refused to communicate or comply throughout the afternoon.

The standoff continued into the evening, and Kalland used the cover of darkness to sneak through an outer perimeter line and flee the scene. Deputies and Litchfield Police searched multiple locations that Kalland went to after leaving the CSAH 16 residence.

A search warrant on the CSAH 16 residence was executed. A stolen vehicle, ammunition and drug paraphernalia was recovered, but the firearm was not located.

Kalland is wanted on charges of domestic assault, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle. Kalland also has three outstanding felony warrants out of Crow Wing, Sherburne and Renville counties.

Kalland is considered armed and potentially dangerous. Anyone with information on Kalland’s whereabouts is asked to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at 320-693-5400. If anyone sees Kalland, they should immediately call 911. Do not approach him.

Anthony Kalland