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Meeker County sheriff lifts no wake restrictions

MEEKER COUNTY– Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze has removed the no wake restrictions for Lake Minnie Belle, Lake Erie, Lake Jennie and Belle Lake. Lakes will continue to be monitored to determine the need for additional advisories.  Sheriff Cruze urges caution and reminds boaters to be mindful as water levels remain high on many lakes in the Meeker County area.

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.