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March 2, 2015

Four arrested in second Litchfield drug bust

Four people were arrested in a second drug bust in Litchfield in February – this one on Feb. 25 at a residence on East Second Street, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

Authorities reported executing a search warrant at about 11 a.m. as part of ongoing investigation into illegal drug trafficking. The investigation uncovered methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia and packaging supplies. The four people arrested during the search are being held at Meeker County Jail pending formal drug-related charges.

Cologne man makes Gladiolus Hall of Fame

Forty-eight years after his death, E.H. Lins, a lifelong resident of Cologne, was inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame Jan. 22, The Waconia Patriot reported.

Lins was a leading hybridizer of both gladiolus and peonies for more than 40 years in the middle of the 20th century. His glad cultivar, Stoplight, has been called the best early blooming, deep scarlet cut flower of the 1940s and 1950s. The Minnesota Gladiolus Society annual auction will take place at the Cologne Community Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28. A short program to learn how to grow gladiolus flowers will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Demolition begins at Annandale school

The first steps toward demolition of the 1922 portion of the Annandale Middle School have begun, after a final open house attended by about 200 area residents and former students Feb. 21, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The building has not been used since the new elementary school was opened in fall 2013. Demolition is scheduled to be complete by the end of March. Some of the 1922 bricks will be sold to the public as a fundraiser for the Annandale High School Key Club.

Man rescued from Lake Minnetonka

Ryan Neslund, 35, of Minnetonka Beach was rescued Wednesday night after going through the ice on Lake Minnetonka, the Star Tribune reported.

Neslund, who is a paraplegic, had been heading to his fish house when his pickup truck broke through the ice. Four deputies with the Hennepin County Water Patrol laid across the ice forming a human chain to pull him out. They took him to shore on an ATV, and he was then treated at North Memorial Hospital. Neslund’s yellow Labrador inside the truck didn’t make it.

McLeod Co. approves road and bridge plan

The McLeod County Board considered – and adopted – a new five-year highway and bridge plan at its Feb. 17 meeting, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

One project involves spending about $1.9 million to repair County State Highway (CSAH) 17 from CSAH 7, south of Stewart, to Highway 15, and then from Highway 15 to the eastern county line near New Auburn. Also included in the 2015 plans are four bridge replacements, which are contingent on township or bridge bonding funds, as well as the usual seal coating, signing and pavement marking projects.

Buffalo 9-year-old hooked on Snocross

Maverick Woyke, 9, a fourth-grader at Northwinds Elementary School in Buffalo, entered his first Snocross race in 2011, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

In 2013, he joined the International Series of Champions (ISOC) racing circuit, and he and his parents, Jesse and Kelly Woyke, and 11-year-old sister Aria, began traveling to events throughout Minnesota. A typical race has at least 30 jumps.In the summertime, riding dirt bikes on a track helps Maverick stay in racing shape.

Watertown appoints new city councilor

Deborah Everson was appointed to the Watertown City Council Feb. 10 after a divided decision over who should take the seat left vacant after Steve Washburn was elected mayor, the Carver County News reported.

Al Heidron, Steve Duske and Jim Sandquist were the other three candidates in the running. Everson has been a project manager at several companies for the last decade, including Best Buy, Wells Fargo Insurance, and currently at IBM in Richfield. In 2014, Everson graduated from the Minnesota Excellence in Public Service Series (MEPS).

Suspects charged in recent Waconia thefts

Two suspects have been charged with felony theft and felony receiving of stolen property related to incidents recently reported in Waconia, the Waconia Patriot reported.

According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, several reports of thefts from motor vehicles primarily on the east end of Waconia were received at about 7 a.m. Feb. 12. Further investigation led to the recovery of many of the stolen items and the arrest of two suspects. Rhema Abraham Peterson, 21, and Tyler James Klemanhagen, 19, have been charged with felony theft and felony receiving of stolen property.

Monticello bowling alley is now soccer space

The Monticello River Eagles Soccer Club recently transformed the old Monticello bowling alley at 101 Chelsea Road into a three-field, 21,000-square-foot training center, the Monticello Times reported.

The Monticello soccer club currently has more than 300 kids who play competitive soccer, in addition to several kids who play recreationally. The facility is open to other sports as well, and teams can rent field space. For details, call (763) 226-9041.

Hutchinson man faces possible porn charges

A Hutchinson man is facing possible child pornography charges linked with an investigation that began with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), KDUZ reported.

Hutchinson Police told KDUZ that the BCA began the investigation based on a tip, and a search warrant was obtained for the home of the 36-year-old suspect who lives on 9th Avenue Northeast. Charges are pending the outcome of a forensic search of electronic devices taken from the residence.