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Sept. 1, 2014

Watertown native enjoys life of rock ‘n roll

Watertown native Paul “Stretch” Diethelm, 49, has enjoyed an award-winning career as a guitarist, songwriter, and producer, the St. Cloud State University Outlook reported.

Diethelm, a 2003 graduate of St. Cloud State University, currently resides in St. Cloud with his wife, Julie, and their two children. A few opportunities Diethelm has had throughout the years include playing to a crowd of 100,000 people in Nuremburg, Germany, meeting President Bill Clinton, and opening for the Rolling Stones.

Waconia family perfects artisan pizza on wheels

Rolling Hearth Bistro, which offers made-to-order pizzas, has turned into a second career for owners Tim and Kirsten Huinker of Waconia, the Waconia Patriot reported.

The business is on wheels, so the Huinkers are able to set up shop anywhere, including farmers markets, rodeos, county fairs, and birthday parties. The business began a few years ago after Tim constructed a wood-fired oven and fireplace area in his backyard. The special pizzas were a hit with family and friends, and business took off. To learn more, call (612) 756-9901 or e-mail tkhuinker@gmail.com.

Superhero tribute for Lakeville boy who died

A Lakeville neighborhood is surrounding a family that is grieving the loss of a 3-year-old boy who passed away last week after battling cerebral palsy, KARE 11 reported.

Community members decided to show their support by blanketing their yards with superhero badges as a tribute to Lincoln Hendrickson, who neighbors say was always a fighter. Lincoln’s mom, Melanie Hendrickson, said “Super Linc” became Lincoln’s logo because he fought so hard. Almost every residence in the neighborhood has Lincoln’s “Super Linc” symbol on its lawn or driveway.

Hutchinson college to offer four-year nursing

Ridgewater College (which has campuses in Hutchinson and Willmar) is one of seven 2-year community colleges collaborating with Metropolitan State University, a four-year school in the Twin Cities, to offer students a bachelor’s degree in nursing without ever leaving their two-year campuses, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

Called MANE, or the Minnesota Alliance in Nursing Education, the program will prepare students to be registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree.

Litchfield woman’s hair caught in machinery

A woman is hospitalized with head injuries after her hair got caught in a machine in Litchfield Tuesday night, KDUZ reported.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Department says the 26-year-old woman worked for JNS Cleaning of Litchfield, and at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday she was cleaning an egg grading machine inside the production building of Sparboe Farms on Highway 12 when her hair became entangled in the machinery. Emergency crews freed her and took her to Meeker Memorial Hospital, and she was later flown to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale with head injuries. The accident is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

New half-marathon near Mound Sept. 6

A new half marathon Saturday, Sept. 6 will take runners around the bays of Lake Minnetonka and along the Luce Line and Dakota Rail trails, The Laker reported.

Organizer Mark Wegscheid, a city councilor in Mound, said the event aims to bring more people to the Westonka area. The event is sponsored by area businesses, and proceeds will be donated to charity. The race starts at Grandview Middle School at 7:30 a.m. Registration and race information is available at runningofthebays.com.

New class in Annandale is about helping others

Annandale High School social studies teacher Steve Hermann is teaching a new class this fall called “Service Learning,” the Annandale Advocate reported.

Students enrolled will be required to help groups or individuals with projects. The class was developed to show students how to go about becoming a volunteer, and to get them more involved in different areas of the community. The class has 25 students enrolled this fall. Students will keep a journal about their volunteer experiences and conduct research about volunteerism.

Brownton man injured after fall in Buffalo Lake

Timothy Hahn, 56, of Brownton was injured last Monday when he fell from a roof at a rural farm site northeast of Buffalo Lake, KDUZ reported.

He was treated at the scene and then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for additional treatment, where’s he’s listed in stable condition. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call just before 1 p.m. that a worker who was shingling had fallen about 10 feet from the roof and was injured. Authorities say further investigation into the accident will be conducted by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

New principal starts at Glencoe Lutheran school

Dean Scheele, a native of Hamburg, is the new principal at First Lutheran School in Glencoe, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Scheele graduated from Mayer Lutheran High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree in history and physical education from Concordia University in Nebraska, where he met his wife, Sheila. The couple moved to New Orleans after he was called to teach there at a Lutheran school. Scheele was principal at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg for several years before accepting a call to Bay City, MI last fall, but then another to return to his home state this year.

Buffalo student delivers music to Haiti orphans

A group of 10 parishioners from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover, including Buffalo High School senior Sarah Kolling, recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip, bringing musical instruments and art supplies to a church orphanage, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Music is a major part of the Haitian worship service, and finding good instruments is difficult. Kolling worked a year to raise money and collect donations of musical instruments. As part of the mission group, she was able to deliver those instruments herself.