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Fire destroys shed in Darwin

DARWIN, MN – Nov. 4 at 8:22 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Dassel Fire Department responded to a shed fire at the Richard Walls farm at 701 W Curran Street, Darwin, according to a release  from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.  A 40-by-96-foot quonset shed and contents burned during the overnight hours. The shed stored six tractors, a combine, backhoe and other farm implements. The cause of fire is undetermined, and loss is valued at $70,000, according to the release.

Litchfield woman arrested in connection with Dassel burglary

DASSEL, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress in the 24000 block of CSAH 24, Dassel Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:15 p.m. A witness confronted two suspects at the residence and was able to get a license plate number on their vehicle when they left. Deputies followed up on this information and located the vehicle at a residence in the 52000 block of US Highway 12, Grove City. Kalie Nelson, 32, of Litchfield, was arrested for burglary and controlled substance violation. Her juvenile accomplice was released to family members. A follow up search warrant was executed at approximately 8:23 p.m. at a residence in the 65000 block of 288th Street, Litchfield. Numerous items from the CSAH 24 burglary, along with other stolen items, were located in the residence. Patrick Goodwin, 39, from West St. Paul, was arrested for giving false information to a peace officer and two outstanding warrants. The investigation is ongoing.

Three injured in Wednesday morning crash at Meeker County intersection

MEEKER COUNTY – According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a crash between a semi and an automobile occurred at 8:49 a.m. this morning at the intersection of Highways 12 and 15, near Dassel.

The semi was northbound on Highway 15, and a GMC Sierra was eastbound on Highway 12. The vehicles collided at the intersection. One person was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance, and two people were transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Duane Lyle Mattson, 57, of Dassel, was the driver of the 2001 STLG STE tandem semi.  He was taken to the Hutchinson hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Mattson had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Rudolph Dwight Nyquist, 84, of Cokato, was the driver of the 2001 GMC Sierra involved in the crash.

The passenger in the Sierra was Mary Ann Nyquist, 82, also of Cokato. The Nyquists were transported to the hospital in Hutchinson with non-life threatening injuries.  Both individuals had been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Department, the Dassel Fire Department, and Gold Cross ambulance responded to the scene.


Dassel man dies in rollover crash

McLEOD COUNTY, MN – A Dassel man died in a single-vehicle rollover crash northeast of Hutchinson Sunday evening, according to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office responded to the scene in the area of County Rd. 7 and 240th St, north of Hutchinson at about 9:40 p.m. Sept. 2. Also responding were the Hutchinson Fire Department, Allina Ambulance, and the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2001 Ford F150, owned and driven by Phillip McGaw, age 30, of Dassel entered the ditch and rolled. McGaw died at the scene. There were no passengers. The case remains under investigation.

Dassel teen dies in crash

BECKER, DASSEL, MN – The community is grieving the loss of 18-year-old Kyle Scott Foley of Dassel, who was the victim of car crash in Becker Aug. 10.

According to the Becker Police Department, Foley was killed after his vehicle was hit by the car of another driver who had been fleeing the police.

Police officers received a complaint of a possible intoxicated man (later identified as Jason Jerome Rothmeyer, 38, of Clear Lake) entering a vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant in Becker at about 7:45 p.m. An officer saw the vehicle swerving near Sherburne Avenue and Edgewood Street and attempted a traffic stop.

Instead of stopping, however, the driver accelerated and attempted to flee, continuing north of Becker on Sherburne County roads. The incident report states that the vehicle almost struck a Sherburne County Deputy at one point.

Rothmeyer attempted to cross Highway 25 at 82nd Street, and struck a vehicle that was southbound on Highway 25. Foley and two other people were in this vehicle. Foley was ejected, and later airlifted to North Memorial Hospital. The police department was notified Aug. 11 that Foley had passed away due to his injuries.

The other two people in the vehicle were transported to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the report.

After crashing into the other vehicle, Rothmeyer attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short distance away. He was transported to the Sherburne County Jail, and is facing potential charges for fleeing in a motor vehicle, fourth degree driving under the influence, criminal vehicular operation, and criminal vehicular operation resulting in death. The incident is still under investigation.

Agencies who assisted the Becker Police Department at the scene include the Minnesota State Patrol, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Lake Police Department, and the Becker Fire Department.

The Becker Police Department noted, “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family of Mr. Foley as they grieve his loss.”

PHOTO GALLERY – Dassel area residents show off green thumbs at flower show

DASSEL – Area residents and flower fans gathered at the Dassel History Center Thursday to view artistic floral and plant arrangements at the Dassel Area Historical Society’s annual flower show.

The theme of the show was “Vases & Vessels; Bouquets and Botanicals.”  Both horticultural specimens and arrangements were judged.

Click the link below to see the beautiful arrangements, and other sights from the show:

Watch for more information in the Friday, Aug. 3 edition of Enterprise Dispatch.