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May 20, 2022

Floral Defined welcomed to NYA chamber

According to Tricia Mackenthun, owner of Floral Defined, “Literally everyone has a need for flowers at some point in their life. Whether it’s for prom, weddings, funerals, birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, employee appreciation, etc.,” the Sun Patriot reported

The business’s new location is 225 Elm Street in Norwood Young America. Mackenthun started the company in 2019, working out of her house and designing all the floral arrangements in her garage.

One unresolved homicide part of medical examiner’s work in 2021 for McLeod Co.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, led by A. Quin Strobl., M.D., is appointed by the McLeod County Board of Commissioners each year as the county’s medical examiner, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Of the 36 cases sent to Strobl’s office last year, there were 11 deaths deemed accidental, 17 people passed by natural causes, seven committed suicide, and one homicide. In nine of the cases, complete autopsies were performed, four had partial autopsies, eight external review, and 15 were medical record reviews.

Brownton native inducted into Minnesota Music Hall of Fame

Lester Schuft was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame April 22, according to the McLeod County Chronicle.

His father, Albert Schuft farmed land south of Brownton. When he wasn’t tending his crop or animals, he played the drums. He played professionally with New Ulm area polka bands. His young son was paying attention. Lester was developing a love of music. The day came when the elder Schuft told his son to follow his heart and do the work he loved.

Seven jurors seated in Buffalo shooting trial

Jury selection in the trial of Gregory Ulrich, accused in the Feb. 9, 2021 shooting and bombing of the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo, enters a third day today (Wednesday, May 18), according to a Wright County press release. To date seven jurors have been seated – five on Monday and two Tuesday. There will be 16 jurors impaneled for the case. The hope is to get the jury selected by the end of the week with the trial set to begin next week.

Seven jurors seated in Buffalo shooting trial

Jury selection in the trial of Gregory Ulrich, accused in the Feb. 9, 2021 shooting and bombing of the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo, enters a third day today (Wednesday, May 18), according to a Wright County press release. To date seven jurors have been seated – five on Monday and two Tuesday. There will be 16 jurors impaneled for the case. The hope is to get the jury selected by the end of the week with the trial set to begin next week.

Monticello and Big Lake bring ‘Music to the Water’

Whether its music at the lake, or music along the river, the communities of Monticello and Big Lake will be rocking, rolling, and doing the two-step this summer, according to the Monticello Times.

The City of Big Lake will be hosting 10 concerts as part of its Thursday “Music in the Park” series, while the City of Monticello will have monthly “Music on the Mississippi” concerts in June, July and August.

In Monticello, Music on the Mississippi will take place the third Wednesday of June, July and August.

Wright County Car Club 39th annual car show June 12

The Wright County Car Club’s 39th annual car show will be kicking off Buffalo Days Sunday, June 12, the Wright County Journal Press reported. 

Show hours are between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m, with gates opening at 7 a.m. At the Buffalo Municipal Airport. Trophies will be awarded to the Best of Show, and Top 30 cars, as voted upon by show participants.  No charge for spectators; entrants pay $10.

Over the years, the car club has raised approximately $79,000 for Buffalo civic projects, as well as making donations to such things as “Let’s Go Fishing.”

Family tragedy inspired annual Barrick Charity Golf Tournament

The fourth annual Barrick Charity Golf Classic takes place Saturday, May 21, at Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, according to the Hutchinson Leader.

It was founded in 2019 by brothers Justin, Jason, and Jeremy Barrick to honor their father, Jim, who suffered from depression and died by suicide, and to raise funds for mental health awareness and research. The event is living up to its purpose. During its first three years, $26,000 has been raised, with the money going to the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

Amazing turnout for Little Jim’s in Annandale

Little Jim’s Sports in Annandale was damaged by fire March 15, according to the Annandale Advocate The community came out May 4 for barbecue and other treats, and a freewill donation was collected.

Anastacia and Jacob Schnabel of the Spilled Grain Brewhouse were part of the team that organized the event.  They reported they had an initial goal of serving 500 pulled pork sandwiches, but ended up serving approximately 960. 

Other business owners and volunteers worked together, and eventually were able to give the owners of Little Jim’s more than $11,000.