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One person hurt in Wright Co. crash

ALBION TOWNSHIP, MN – A two-vehicle crash occurred in Albion Township (north of Howard Lake) Tuesday evening, involving one Cokato resident and one Maple Lake resident, the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Ivan Mccrae Ostlund LaTour, 16, of Maple Lake was driving a 2009 Jeep Commander south on Spruce Avenue at Highway 55 just before 5:30 p.m. He stopped at the stop sign, then attempted to cross Highway 55 and pulled out in front of a 2003 Ford pickup that was traveling east on Highway 55. The vehicles collided and the Jeep rolled on its side, according to the state patrol.

The driver of the Ford, Bruce Elroy Burkowske, 55, of Cokato, was not injured. LaTour was transported to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Both people involved in the crash were wearing seat belts at the time.


Dassel woman injured in single-vehicle crash

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A Dassel woman was injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday, March 2 at approximately 6:59 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Carmen Marie Luebke, 38, of Dassel was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on Highway 12 at County Road 34 in Darwin Township when it went off the road to the right and struck the railroad tracks, according to the state patrol. The vehicle went airborne before coming to rest on the south side of the railroad tracks. Luebke was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to Meeker Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the state patrol.

Meeker County Sheriff investigating death of Waverly man

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze issued the following release concerning a death investigation Feb. 12.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unresponsive male at a rural Ellsworth Township location Feb. 11 at approximately 2:15 p.m. The exact location is being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
The initial investigation revealed the man had been deceased for quite some time and investigators believe he died somewhere other than where he was found, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.
The deceased has been identified as Shawn Jacob Medley, 40, of Waverly. Medley had been reported missing Feb. 7 in Wright County. Medley’s vehicle, a 2010 Silver Hyundai Elantra with MN plates 748HUD, was located abandoned in Litchfield in the early morning hours on Feb. 10. The investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing, according to the release.
Anyone who had contact with or knows where Medley, or his vehicle, has been during the past week is urged to call the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 693-5400 or leave information on the confidential tip-line (320) 693-5411. Assisting with the investigation are the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Litchfield Police Department.

Shawn Medley

Shawn Medley

Hagerty will not seek re-election

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – There will be a new sheriff in town, actually throughout Wright County, come Jan. 8, 2019, as Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty has announced he will not seek re-election, opting to retire after 33 years of service, including eight years as sheriff.

Sheriff Joe Hagerty

“I am going to pull the pin,” Hagerty said.

It is not a decision he has taken lightly.

“I’ve been struggling with this for quite a while, since September or October,” he said. ” . . . I know it’s a four-year commitment. I know I’ve got plenty of gas in the tank to go three or four years. I just wanted to make sure I left when I still really loved what I do.”

See more in the Feb. 9 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

Dassel-Cokato Schools closing early today

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel-Cokato Schools are closing at 1:30 p.m. today (Monday, Jan. 22) due to inclement weather.

All practices are cancelled for today. Middle school conferences have also been cancelled.

Truck falls through ice on Lake Washington

DARWIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A pickup truck broke through thin ice on Lake Washington in Darwin Township yesterday evening (Jan. 11), according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the 2003 Ford Ranger, Alexander Madsen, 25, of Litchfield, and his passenger, Thomas Wold, 26, of rural Darwin, were able to get out of the water and walk to shore for help.

“We are both lucky to be alive,” Wold said.

Wold posted on social media that he and Madsen had been on the lake to check on the fish houses when the ice suddenly broke out from under them and the truck began to roll to the passenger side. Wold noted that Madsen was able to jump out onto the ice, but Wold was pinched between the door and was getting pulled under. Wold said Madsen grabbed hold of him, pulling him back onto the ice.

They were able to dial 911, and the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 7:28 p.m. When the sheriff’s deputy arrived, Wold and Madsen were walking toward the shore, near 233rd Street. The sheriff’s office stated that Madsen and Wold were treated on scene by Gold Cross Ambulance. The Dassel Fire Department and Litchfield Rescue also assisted at the scene.

The pickup truck was fully submerged in the lake, and attempts to locate it were unsuccessful, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office urges the public to be careful on Lake Washington. Thin ice signs are posted at the public water access locations.

Look for more details in the Friday, Jan. 19 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.