Area News

Aug. 4, 2014

Walker killed by car near Lake Minnetonka

A 57-year-old woman died after being hit by a car near Lake Minnetonka July 24, the Star Tribune Reported.

The woman was walking on Arcola Lane in Minnetonka Beach at about 8:30 p.m. when a car struck her. Officers arrested the driver, David Christopher Meder, 57, who lives nearby. While the cause of the accident remains under investigation, police said they believe alcohol may have contributed to the crash. The victim, who hadn’t yet been identified, was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she died.

Annandale twins win trapshooting contest

Tom and Bob Petty, owners of Petty Brothers Old Fashioned Meat Market in Annandale, recently took first and second place at the Minnesota State Trapshooting Tournament in Alexandria, the Annandale Advocate reported. It is believed to be the first time a pair of brothers have ever accomplished that feat.

The twins are the sons of Jim and Paula Petty, and graduated from Annandale High School in 2003. Both shoot in leagues at the Kimball and Monticello conservation clubs.

Longtime newspaper editor in Glencoe retires

Rich Glennie, managing editor of the McLeod County Chronicle, retired Aug. 1 after 23 years at the Glencoe newspaper, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Glennie grew up in International Falls, and graduated high school in 1966. He then earned a bachelor of science degree in social studies with a minor in art (primarily art history) while working at a paper mill to earn money for his education. His first journalism job was at the International Falls newspaper, as a sportswriter.

Buffalo resident hurt in Glenwood crash

A 20-year-old Buffalo resident was injured in a crash in Glenwood July 26 at about 1:25 a.m., the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a westbound vehicle on Highway 28 driven by Anthony Neumann, 20, of Buffalo went off the road and hit an approach. Neumann’s pickup truck went airborne before stopping in a ditch. The Pope County Sheriff’s Office, the Glenwood Police, and the Glenwood Fire Department assisted at the scene. The hospital in Glenwood provided no information about Neumann’s condition.

Waconia man to race in all seven continents

Dave Daubert of Waconia is preparing to participate in a marathon in Kenya, Africa this month, the Waconia Patriot reported. After he finishes, he will have completed a marathon on all seven continents of the world, including Antarctica.

He has also done marathons in all 50 states, three Canadian provinces, and eight European countries. The upcoming marathon in Africa will raise scholarship funds to sponsor the education of Maasai schoolgirls.

New private school to open in Monticello

Holy Spirit Academy High School will open its doors Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Wright County Journal-Press reported. The new private school is located at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Monticello.

The plan is to have 10 to 15 students enrolled for the 2014-15 school year, according to the school’s founding headmaster, John DeJak. The yearly cost of tuition is $6,240 per student, with a discount for siblings. Book and supply fees are $325 per student, and each family is expected to do fundraising to help with the budget.

Hutchinson 2-year-old battles brain tumor

Emma Olmscheid, daughter of Corey and Amanda of Hutchinson, was diagnosed with Grade II astrocytoma in March, the Hutchinson Leader reported. She has a tumor on the left side of her brain and unfortunately, it’s growing.

Astrocytoma patients experience symptoms including staring spells, seizures, and nausea. Emma recently began a more aggressive form of chemo, and had a shunt put in to drain fluid from her brain to her stomach. A benefit for Emma is planned Tuesday, Aug. 5 during National Night Out, at the gazebo on Oakwood Court in Hutchinson.

Litchfield farm family to be honored Thursday

Tony and Patti Fisher were recently named Meeker County Farm Family of the Year and will be recognized at a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

The Fishers have three children — 19-year-old Kelsey, 18-year-old Nicole, and 15-year-old Andrew. Andrew, who will be a sophomore at Litchfield High School this fall, has a strong interest in continuing the farm.

Area fire chiefs seek qualified volunteers

Norwood-Young America Fire Chief Steve Zumberge said recruiting firefighters is not as easy as it used to be, the Stillwater Gazette reported.

Due to the time commitment it takes to be a firefighter, Loretto Fire Chief Jeff Leuer foresees an impending decline in this volunteer service. Scott Anderson, fire chief in Maple Grove, said most new firefighters leave before five years of service, due to family responsibilities, job changes, and the desire to go back to school for advanced training and degrees.

Former Miss Annandale ends Aquatennial reign

Former Miss Annandale Riley Bruns completed her reign as Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes July 25, the Annandale Advocate reported. Bruns is only the second ambassador from Annandale to earn the Aquatennial title.

During her reign, Bruns had the opportunity to travel coast to coast and into Canada. She also appeared on live TV and radio, and spent countless hours in volunteer service. Now that her Aquatennial duties are complete, Bruns plans to become a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and the Pageant of Hope.