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Sheriff’s office responds to three-vehicle injury crash in Meeker County

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report April 10 at 1:21 p.m. of a three vehicle personal injury accident on Minnesota Highway 15 at 205th Street, in Collinwood Township, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze. Meeker County Deputies responded and learned Amanda Wanous, 28, of Hutchinson, was driving south on MN Highway 15 when she lost control of her vehicle, due to weather conditions, and slid sideways into oncoming traffic. Sarah Watson, 48, of St. Cloud, was driving north and collided with the Wanous vehicle. Ryan Dehmer, 25, of Brainerd, driving north also collided with the Wanous vehicle. Wanous was transported to Hutchinson hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Mayo Clinic Ambulance, Dassel Fire and Rescue also responded to the injury accident.


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Hutchinson Health hosts ‘snow-breaking’

HUTCHINSON, MN – Hutchinson Health leaders and board members, and community representatives tossed shovels full of snow April 1 during a unique groundbreaking on a new patient wing at Hutchinson Health. Pictured are: front – Jim Lyons, chief clinic operations officer; Mary Hodson, Hutchinson Chamber; Brian Pollmann, chief medical officer; David Maher, podiatrist, Hutchinson Health Chairman of the Board; Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners; Steve Mulder, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health; Susan Karnitz, chief nursing officer; Jen Myster, president, Methodist Hospital; back – Glen Kegley, chief operations officer; Duane Spiegle, vice president of real estate and supply services; Kara Neubarth, Hutchinson Health Foundation president; Rachael Gemuenden, Hutchinson Health Foundation director; and Pam Larson, chief financial officer. CLICK HERE to see a video of the event.

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Viewfinders Camera Club to host Susan Rydberg, freelance photographer, at its Thursday, April 4 meeting

COKATO -  The members of the Viewfinders Camera Club will host an award-winning photographer at their meeting Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., at the Cokato Library.

Susan Rydberg is a renowned photographer with Cokato connections.

Susan Rydberg is a renowned photographer with Cokato connections.

Susan Rydberg is a corporate project manger, and an award-winning photographer and digital artist who is published internationally by many well-known organizations including Virgin, House, Business,, and the State of Minnesota. Most recently, PBS featured Rydberg’s work in the November 2018 publication “Capture Minnesota VI.”

Rydberg is represented by several leading stock agencies including Getty Images and Shutterstock. Rydberg grew up in the Twin Cities area, and is the granddaughter of the late William Arthur Eliason of Cokato. Rydberg has two grown children and twin grandchildren who are an inspiration for her photography.

Members of the Viewfinders encourage the public to attend the meeting to hear Rydberg’s experiences, and view her photography during the Thursday, April 4 presentation. The meeting takes place in the Centennial Room of the Cokato Library at 7:30 p.m.  The event is free.

Rydberg's photo of ferns earned honors in the Capture Minnesota VI 2018 book.

Rydberg’s photo of ferns earned honors in the Capture Minnesota VI 2018 book.

Litchfield woman injured in Dassel Township crash

DASSEL TOWNSHIP, MN – Deputy Kaylin Hare, 22, of Litchfield was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Dassel Township Wednesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Timothy Servin of Dassel was driving a GMC Sierra, and was traveling eastbound on 240th St., when his vehicle struck Hare, who was in a Ford Explorer squad traveling northbound on 730th Ave., turning onto 240th St. The view at the intersection was obstructed by a large snow bank and hill crest.

Hare was taken to HCMC to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Servin was uninjured, according to the state patrol.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Litchfield Police Department, and Dassel Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Dassel council to discuss proposed cable and franchise ordinances

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council will discuss proposed cable and franchise ordinances during its meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at city hall. Other items on the agenda include staff and committee reports.