Mystery crime novelist to be in Hutchinson Tuesday
Allen Eskens’s third mystery novel, “The Heavens May Fall,” was released earlier this month, and he will talk about his books in a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Hutchinson Public Library, the Litchfield Independent Review reported. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
Eskens splits his time between his practice as a criminal defense attorney in Mankato and writing. His first book won three awards, was a finalist for seven, and was optioned for a movie. Eskens has a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He also went to law school and has studied creative writing.
New jail addition taking shape in McLeod County
Contractors are making great strides on the McLeod County Jail addition on the southeast corner of the courthouse on 10th Street E. in Glencoe, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.
As of Tuesday, all the pre-cast cement for the first floor had been set, and the next step was to get all load-bearing walls erected and roof joists in place. Once that work is complete, crews will begin tying the addition to the existing building. Contractors hope to have the addition enclosed soon, so interior work can be done through the winter months.
Flood damage relief sent to Renville County
Governor Mark Dayton issued a letter Wednesday authorizing about $309,526 in relief for Renville County and $143,295 for Wabasha County from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account, according to a press release. The exact final reimbursements will be made from actual expense documentation.
Renville and Wabasha counties experienced heavy rains and flooding Aug. 10 and 11, which caused damage to local roads and agricultural drainage systems. Aid from the contingency account will reimburse the counties for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up costs. Under Minnesota law, the state will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up, with localities responsible for covering the remaining 25 percent.
Monticello takes a second shot at noise barrier
Monticello city officials are making another attempt at obtaining grant money for a stand-alone noise barrier near the Balboul neighborhood by Interstate 94, the Monticello Times reported.
When the city first applied last April, the project was ranked fourth out of six. The City of Avon was awarded the project. The other two applications that outranked Monticello have since been removed due to lack of city support. The Minnesota Department of Transportation encouraged Monticello to re-apply, as the Greater Minnesota Stand-Alone Noise Barrier Program is anticipated to be funded annually.
Man from Paraguay named new conductor in Buffalo
Ernesto Estigarribia of Paraguay was recently named conductor of the Buffalo Community Orchestra (BCO), the Wright County Journal-Press reported.
Estigarribia is studying viola at the University of Minnesota, and is in the conductor program. His first BCO concert will take place Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Buffalo High School Performing Arts Center. He is planning a Paraguayan piece for a concert in March. Estigarribia completed his undergraduate work in Kansas debt free due to scholarships, and is currently living in South Minneapolis.
Annandale infant receives new heart
Five-month-old Henry Dolan of Annandale underwent a heart transplant Oct. 16 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and as of the following morning, he was doing as well as can be expected for an infant with a new heart, the Annandale Advocate reported.
Henry is the son of Sam and Mollie Dolan, and the grandson of Coach Skip and Cathy Dolan, and Charlie and Cari Wisdom of South Haven. He was born 12 weeks early May 2, 2016, and has spent his entire live in a neonatal intensive care unit. Along with being premature, Henry had two rare and serious heart defects. Before the transplant, Henry survived on a machine that acted as an artificial heart and lungs. The Dolans do not know anything about the donor’s family. Timing is critical for these transplants, and it was 102 minutes from the time the heart was taken until it was placed in Henry.
Benefit Friday for family of Watertown fire victims
A benefit for Joe Wyman and his girlfriend, Dawn Arneson, is set for Friday, Oct. 28 at the Mound American Legion, the Waconia Patriot reported.
Wyman’s daughter, Layla, and her brother, Tyler, along with their mother, Tia Nustad, were killed in a house fire Sept. 17 in Watertown. The fundraiser will run from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and will feature a sloppy joe dinner, DJ, live music, a silent auction, and a live auction. The cost to attend is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. All proceeds are going to Wyman to help cover expenses and the cost of Layla’s funeral.
Hutchinson woman helps others hear in Mexico
Among the 30 or so people on a Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 trip to Mexico through the Starkey Hearing Foundation was Marissa Broten, the daughter of Deanna and Jason Broten of Hutchinson and a 2013 graduate of Hutchinson High School, the Hutchinson Leader reported.
As many as 700 people per day were fitted with hearing aids from the Twin Cities based company, which has a plant in Glencoe. Broten, a senior biomedical science major at St. Cloud State University, was on the team through the Delta Zeta social sorority. She currently works as a nursing assistant in St. Cloud, and has applied for physician assistant training after she graduates in the spring.
Buffalo graduate is artist for the Ryder Cup
Ever since Karl Jaeger was invited to do the artwork for the US Ryder Cup team 10 years ago, the 1993 Buffalo High School graduate has steadily increased his involvement with the international event, the Wright County Journal-Press reported. The highlight of his career, so far, was this year’s Ryder Cup event in Minnesota.
Karl and his father, Frank Jaeger, started a business, ASI (Art Sports, Inc.) about 20 years ago. They have four employees who help with everything from graphic work to materials preparation to deliveries and installations. Karl creates art for all kinds of sports, but golf has been one of his specialities since the beginning.