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Cokato residents involved in crash

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Two Cokato residents were involved in a crash that injured a Howard Lake man at 8:33 a.m. Sunday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2015 Kia Forte driven by Jeffrey Svac, 63, of Howard Lake, was attempting to turn left onto Seventh Avenue from Highway 12 and made contact with an eastbound 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Stacy Yeazle, 18, of Cokato.

Svac was transported to Buffalo Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Neither Yeazle nor passenger Ethan Schutz, 18, of Cokato, were injured.

The State Patrol reports they were wearing seatbelts, while it is unknown if Svac was doing so.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Howard Lake Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ exhibit opens June 29 at Dassel History Center

DASSEL, MN – The opening for “The Red Wheelbarrow” art exhibit will be Saturday, June 29, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dassel History Center, 901 First St. N. The opening Wingding will feature art from more than 10 visual artists who have interpreted the poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams. A variety of art will be featured – painting, drawing, fiber art and pottery.

included in the festivities will be music by Barb and Craig Kay and Becky Holm, short readings of William Carlos Williams’ poetry, light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and fun. A wine and beer cash bar will be available. There is no admission charge.

Some of the art in the exhibit will be for sale and may be picked up following the closing of the exhibit Aug. 10.

Crash in Cokato Township injures two

COKATO TOWNSHIP, MN – Two individuals were sent to the hospital with noncritical injuries following a crash in Cokato Township Tuesday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Judy Hanson, 62, of Becker, was westbound on Highway 12 near Quimby Avenue Southwest at about 9:30 a.m. At the same time, a 1993 Ford F-150 driven by Gregory Martin, 68, of Belgrade, was towing a trailer eastbound. Martin’s vehicle drifted over the centerline and struck Hanson’s vehicle.

Hanson was transported to Buffalo Hospital for her injuries, as was Zona Smith, 67, of Buffalo.

All individuals were wearing seat belts, alcohol was not a factor, and road conditions were dry at the time of the crash.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Cokato Ambulance, and Cokato Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Dassel City Council to conduct special meeting June 12

DASSEL, MN – Dassel City Council will conduct a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at city hall to review and approve the city’s 2018 annual audit as presented by Oberloh & Associates.

Wright County sheriff reports thefts, burglaries

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Since June 3, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office has responded to more than 20 reports of vehicle thefts, theft from vehicles, and residential burglaries in Otsego, Monticello, Monticello Township, Rockford, and Buffalo. The Howard Lake Police Department also reported a similar incident Monday.

The suspects have been targeting unlocked vehicles and have been gaining entry into residences by utilizing the garage door opener that they locate inside of those unlocked vehicles at or near the residence.

In the case of the Howard Lake incident, several items were stolen from inside the vehicle and occupied residence, and a different vehicle was stolen from the residence using keys left in its cup holder.

The sheriff’s office believes these crimes are being perpetrated by the same suspect(s) or group(s).

At about 6 a.m. Monday, Wright County Deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the City of Otsego. Two adult males were apprehended and arrested for burglary and related crimes. This case, as well as several others, are still under investigation.

The suspects in these incidents are believed to be involved in similar criminal activity in other jurisdictions within Minnesota. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has been working with those other law enforcement agencies from seven different counties.

The sheriff’s office would like to remind everyone to lock vehicles and not leave valuables inside vehicles. If valuables must be left inside a vehicle, they should be put out of sight, preferably in a locked trunk or glove box. Individuals with garage door openers inside their vehicles, should make sure they are secured inside a locked compartment or placed in a location that is not visible from outside of the vehicle.

The suspects in these incidents have been working in small groups. The sheriff’s office encourages residents to call 911 if they see something suspicious in their neighborhoods.

Two injured in crash in Cokato

COKATO, MN – A crash on Highway 12 in Cokato Friday afternoon resulted in injuries for two individuals.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by Aaron Scadden, 41, of Monticello, was eastbound on Third Street at the Highway 12 intersection and stopped at a stop sign around 4 p.m.

It then pulled out in front of an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Edward Hoppe, 85, of Howard Lake, causing the two vehicles to collide.

Both Scadden and Hoppe suffered noncritical injuries and were transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Scadden’s passenger, Heidi Scadden, 39, of Monticello, was not injured, nor was Hoppe’s passenger, Barbara Hoppe, 79, of Howard Lake.

The State Patrol reported that the Hoppes and Aaron Scadden were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but said it was unknown if Heidi Scadden was wearing a seat belt.

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

Cokato Ambulance and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol.