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Suspects in rural Litchfield drug shooting appear in court

Litchfield MN – The four suspects in the drug-related shooting of a rural Litchfield man last weekend were arraigned in Meeker County District Court Thursday. The most serious charges are against 18-year-old Carl Leaf of rural Grove City, who is charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, and 2 counts of 5th Degree Controlled Substance. Judge Stephanie Beckman granted Leaf’s request for a public defender and set conditional bail at 1 million dollars. Leaf’s next court appearance is an omnibus hearing on November 11th.

R. Lee Ingalls carries on family tradition of writing

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When you are a descendent of the famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who penned the series of “Little House”  children’s books, writing just might be in your blood.
R. Lee Ingalls sought to tell a story that would continue the legacy of the Ingalls name into a new generation.

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Hwy. 12 construction project nearing completion

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The construction on Hwy. 12 through Cokato and near Dassel-Cokato High School is moving closer to completion.

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Dassel to start ‘Pennies for Parks’ program

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The City of Dassel is implementing a volunteer program to try to bring some needed monetary support to the city parks.
Council Member Andrew Carlson proposed that the city participate in the “Pennies for Parks” program at the last city council meeting, and the council approved the city’s participation in the program.

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Two suspects arrested in connection with shooting of Litchfield man sunday

Litchfield MN- In a press release, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department says two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a rural Litchfield man Sunday. The press release stated “an arrested 18-year-old Elizabeth Smith of rural Litchfield and Nicole Radke, 45 of rural Grove City for their involvement in the shooting of  34-year-old Tyeson Schaumburg.   As of Tuesday, Schaumburg was listed in critical but stable condition.  Detectives have determined the motive for the shooting was drug related.   Two other men, Carl Leaf of rural Grove City and Jaden Kramp of rural Litchfield, both 18, were arrested earlier but haven’t been in court yet,” according to Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.

“A follow up search warrant was executed in the 24200 block of 548th Ave near Grove City and the firearm used in the shooting was recovered.   A subsequent search warrant for drugs was also executed at the residence and methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy were located along with drug paraphernalia.  Arrested on drug charges were 20-year-old Hunter Radke of rural Grove City, Daniel Pinkerton, 45, rural Litchfield and 48-year-old Shawn Denardo of Minneapolis.  The CEE-VI Drug Task Force assisted the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office with this search and arrests.  All person arrested Tuesday were booked into the Meeker County Jail pending formal charges.  The investigation is ongoing,” Cruze said.

Mayor Hungerford takes on the task of explaining taxes to the public

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Mayor Ron Hungerford of Dassel will readily admit that he is not an expert in taxes, but has become more acquainted with them during his time on the Dassel City Council. Hungerford came up with the idea of having a “casual conversation about taxes” with the public while discussing his worry about the city’s budget and tax levy with City Clerk/Treasurer Terri Boese.

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