Area News

Feb. 20, 2017

One jailed in Victoria armed robbery attempt

A Chanhassen man has been arrested following an armed robbery attempt at a Victoria liquor store, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, the Waconia Patriot reported.

According to a press release, a white male - later identified as Joseph Scot Lacek, 26 - entered the High Five Liquors store and approached a store employee while brandishing a handgun and demanding money.

A witness later photographed Lacek leaving in a vehicle and provided a description and license plate number to law enforcement.

Lacek was taken into custody at his Chanhassen home and booked in the Carver County Jail.

Monticello Troop 270 honors new Eagle Scout

Monticello Boy Scout Troop 270 conducted an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Nathan Robinson on Feb. 11, the Monticello Times reported. The event was held at Community United Methodist Church.

Robinson’s Eagle Scout project helped preserve a Monticello community celebration icon. Last summer, the miniature train dubbed “The Harold Express” in honor of Riverfest parade legend Harold Pittman, was fully restored by Robinson as his Eagle Scout project. The refurbished train had its pre-Riverfest unveiling July 13, 2016 at the Downtown Monticello Block Party.

Action planned against invasives near Annandale

Details are still in the works, but the Heart of the Lakes could become the site of a unique pilot program in the fight against aquatic invasive species this year, the Annandale Advocate reported.

On Feb. 6, the Annandale City Council learned about an effort to establish a regional inspection site that would be a mandatory stop for all boaters planning to enter Sylvia, John and Pleasant lakes.

Lake Sylvia and Lake John already have confirmed zebra mussel populations.

Three times the pep at Hutchinson hockey

Burich Arena was louder than usual on Feb. 7, when the Tiger boys hockey team played the Litchfield Dragons.

It was all thanks to the unification of three pep bands. Musicians from the Hutchinson, Litchfield and Dassel-Cokato high schools got together to pack the seats and create a booming live sound track for the game.

More than 100 students played together from a playlist that included 20 songs.

Hearing scheduled for Meeker County officer

A hearing has been scheduled for Sgt. Joel Engler, 42, of the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

He has been accused of stalking a man for several months.

Engler will appear in Meeker County District Court Tuesday for a hearing meant to give the court an opportunity to inform him of his rights.

Engler allegedly “has been obsessed” with the man he is accused of stalking for the past several years, according to the complaint against him. Engler allegedly sent threatening texts to, and frequently drove past the alleged victim’s residence.

Citizens want to save Glencoe-Silver Lake soccer

More than 35 concerned parents and students attended the GSL School Board meeting on Feb. 13, to show support for the boys’ soccer program, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

The program has struggled in recent years. Numbers have declined drastically from 38 participants in 2011 to 19 in 2016.

The board directed Activity Director Dean Schwirtz to continue to look at the possibility of an agreement with Watertown-Mayer and/or Mayer Lutheran or other districts for the 2017-2018 school year.

Burglaries investigated by Buffalo police

Two recent burglaries are being investigated by the Buffalo Police Department, the Wright County Journal Press reported.

A report of a burglary was received on Feb. 1 at Cenex in Buffalo. A burglary of a storage unit had taken place. Six tires were reported stolen with a total value of $1,420.

The report of a burglary at a residence was also received Feb. 1 and involved the theft of some tools from an unlocked detached garage.

“This incident points to the importance of keeping property secure behind a locked door to deter theft,” said Police Chief Pat Budke.

NYA church welcomes new pastor

Josh Bernau recently joined St. John’s Lutheran Church as their first new administrative pastor since 1995, the Sun Patriot reported.

Bernau, 35, is a Royalton native who moved to Courtland where he was active in track, graduating from Nicollet High School in 2000.

Looking ahead, Bernau envisions his family will be rooted in NYA, with Mayer Lutheran High School also in the picture for his kids’ education. “Looking down the road at that, we’re excited,” he said. “This is a long term move.”

“Looking down the road at that, we’re excited,” he said. “This is a long term move.”

Youth earn “big honor” with art displayed in Hutchinson

The Hutchinson Center for the Arts continued a yearly tradition when the art of middle and elementary school students around the area filled the gallery, the Hutchinson Leader reported. The art show began Feb. 13 and runs through Thursday, Feb. 23.

Art used to go on display in an empty storefront at the Hutchinson Mall, but in recent years the show has moved to the Center for the Arts. “I’m glad we have the art center,” said Hutchinson Middle School art teacher Michelle Jordahl, “I think it’s a perfect place. It has an artsy feel to it.”