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May 2, 2016

Litchfield business dispute results in charges
A business dispute turned into a criminal matter this past year between two men with ties to a Litchfield insurance agency, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.
The agency’s founder, Gilbert Dick, 69, pleaded guilty April 5 to possession of stolen property and violation of a harassment restraining order, both misdemeanors. His sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, May 19. The charges portray a conflict between Dick and his one-time business associate, Patrick Niska, who bought the insurance agency in December 2014. Niska obtained a restraining order against Dick last August. It is not clear what caused the apparent fallout, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

‘Working cats’ program starts in Buffalo
For people with a mouse problem, the Animal Humane Society along Highway 55 between Buffalo and Rockford has a solution – hire a cat.
The Wright County Journal-Press reported that the humane society has a “working cats” program in which cats can be adopted for barns, businesses, or wherever they are needed. Since the program started in January, almost 70 working cats have been adopted. For more information, contact program coordinator Anne Lally-Rose at alally@animalhumanesociety.org Spirit of the LakMd Westonka senior’s art chosen Mound Weston

The work of Katelynn Babb, a senior at Mound Westonka High School, was chosen out of nine artwork entries submitted by students. The festival will take place Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, and Babb’s work will be featured in a variety of ways leading up to and during the event. The Spirit of the Lakes Festival board chose Babb’s work for the colorful fun vibrant energy her piece has, which fits well with the festivities of the annual event.

Glencoe man pleads guilty to lying aAbdul Raheem Habil Ali-S Abdul Raheem Habil Ali-Skelton, 23, of Glencoe pleaded guilty Wednesday in US District Court to one count of making a false statement to FBI agents. He faces up to eight years in prison, KDUZ reported. FBI or (763) 432-4874.

last July that his last contact with Syrian-based members of the Islamic State group was in May or early June 2015. But prosecutors say Ali-Skelton knew he had communicated with members of the group as recently as last July 4. Last month, Ali-Skelton was charged in state court after allegedly threatening to “shoot up” a Walgreens in a Minneapolis suburb. HSilver Lake mom battles uterine cancer
The traditional family roles have switched slightly for the Fogerty family in Silver Lake, with three children coming together to help take care of their mom, Brenda, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.
Children Jessica, Felicia, and Colin were shocked when their mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2014. Though she has made it through the brunt of her treatment, she is still going in for scans, and now, dealing with the bills. The children have seen firsthand how fighting cancer has affected Brenda and her husband, Pat, both physically and financially. A benefit took place May 1 in Brenda’s honor. For those who’d like to help the Fogerty family, donations can be sent to 219 Century Lane, Silver Lake, MN 55381 or dropped off at Wells Fargo Bank.

Woodworking shop to be added in Annandale
Annandale City Council members approved a land purchase agreement for a new business in the northeast corner of the Annandale Business Park last Monday, the Annandale Advocate reported.
Curt Beuning, owner of Architectural Louv’re, LLC in New Germany, hopes to build a 2,000-square-foot structure. Beuning’s woodworking business specializes in high-end projects in the metro area. A site and building plan will be presented to the council after mid-May.

Lightning likely cause of Wright Co. house fires
Two families in Otsego are without homes after an early morning fire, and storms April 24 are being blamed for the damage, KDUZ reported.
Neighbors reported that lightning hit a house on 76th Way in Otsego’s Martin Farms development just before 6 a.m., causing the home to catch fire. Blowing winds caused the fire to spread to a neighbor’s house. At least eight children were having a sleepover in that house at the time, but all made it outside safely before the fire spread. According to authorities, no one was hurt in either fire, but both homes are likely total losses. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but neighbors said they believe lightning is the culprit.

NYA woman to speak about National Guard Saturday
Andrea Krause of Norwood Young America, who served in the Minnesota Air National Guard from 1994 to 2004, will be the featured speaker at a Poppy Day Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Midtown Restaurant in NYA, the Norwood Young America Times reported.
Krause returned from Iraq in March of 2004, deciding to end her time with the National Guard. Soon after her return, she married her husband Phil, having met him on a blind date in 2003 prior to her time in Iraq. They now have an 8-year-old daughter, Katie.

Meeker Co. 93-year-old tells of classified WWII project
Ardes Shea, 93, who lives north of Litchfield in Forest City, began writing a memoir in 2001, with the help of the Litchfield Area Adult Writers Group, and published a short story called “Hanford” in the group’s book, “We’ll Get Through This,” the Litchfield Independent Review reported.
“Hanford” retells Shea’s experience of being assigned to work on the Hanford Project, a highly-classified government project that helped create nuclear bombs during World War II. There was more to Hanford than she included in the initial short story, and Shea released her finished memoir, “It’s Classified!,” this year. The book can be purchased at the Natural Food Co-op, 230 N Sibley Ave. in Litchfield.