Area News

April 21, 2014

Litchfield man accused of pointing a pistol

Litchfield resident Colton Thomas Setter, 18, has been charged with felony terroristic threats after he allegedly pointed what was later determined to be a BB pistol at a vehicle and its occupants in downtown Hutchinson April 11, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

A woman went to the Hutchinson police station that afternoon to report that a man she knew, and who owed her money, had allegedly pointed a gun at her and the other occupants in her car. Police found Setter near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Hassan Street, and he was arrested.

Bands set for NYA’s Stiftungsfest in August

Entertainment at the 153rd annual Stiftungsfest celebration in Norwood Young America Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24 will include several live bands, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

Headliners include Arch Allies, Johnny Holm Band, and Squeezebox with Molly B. Kevin Lange and the Mississippi Drifters will perform in the pavilion, and Sara Hilgers will perform in the beer garden. Several polka bands will play under the big tent.

Annandale looks at MN’s new bullying law

New legislation designed to protect Minnesota students from bullying will go into effect next school year, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The Safe and Supportive Schools Act is estimated to cost $20 million per year for school districts throughout the state. Previously, school districts were already required to have their own policies in place. The Annandale School District has been utilizing the Cooperation, Assertion, Respect, Empathy, and Self-control (CARES) program, among other tools.

Micro-distillery coming to Waconia

The micro-distillery boom is coming to Waconia soon, the Waconia Patriot reported.

J. Carver Distillery will be housed in the former Valley Pontiac-GMC car dealership building located on the west side of Waconia. The approximately 17,000-square-foot building is currently being renovated to accommodate the distillery, which has the goal of producing vodka and/or gin this summer. The distillery will employ five people to start, with plans to expand to 10 to 15 employees, if possible.

Monticello votes ‘no’ on e-cigarette policy

Monticello City Council members recently snuffed out a proposed policy that would have treated electronic cigarettes the same as other tobacco products, the Monticello Times reported.

The proposal, which was introduced by city staff in regards to the use of e-cigarettes in the Monticello Community Center, was denied by the council on a 3-2 vote. One council member stated that e-cigarettes are not tobacco, and the government shouldn’t try to control people’s behaviors regarding the use of this product.

Exhibit in Hutchinson inspired by Afghan war

Minneapolis artist Gregory Fitz has simultaneous exhibits through Friday, April 25 at Ridgewater College art galleries in Hutchinson and Willmar, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

The exhibit at the Hutchinson campus is titled “Marjah,” and honors the trials of American veterans of the war in Afghanistan, as well as the Afghan civilians. It depicts painted walls in geometric shapes, and a replica of an M-4 rifle. According to Fitz, the exhibit awakens a sense of tension between the comfortable gallery space and the reality of war.

Man with new lungs backs organ donation

After a double-lung transplant 12 years ago, Hal Wenaas of Litchfield says he’s living on “borrowed time,” the Hutchinson Leader reported.

Wenaas received his new lungs from a 19-year-old soccer player who died of a brain aneurysm. On his driver’s license, the boy had made the decision to be an organ donor, and his parents honored that decision. Today, Wenaas keeps in touch with the boy’s parents, and encourages others to register to become an organ donor.

Glencoe school OKs bid to redo tennis courts

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board recently accepted a base bid of $498,500 from Peterson Companies in Chisago City for complete reconstruction of eight tennis courts, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.The school’s long-range plan is to build four additional courts, as well.

The base bid includes totally ripping out the current courts and redoing them, using some of the same sand, with additional sand, rip rap, new fencing, new sod, and painting.

Trains continue to block traffic in Buffalo

Canadian Pacific (CP) freight trains have increasingly been blocking intersections in Buffalo, cutting off the city’s north side from its south side and sending drivers scrambling to find an open crossing, the Star Tribune reported.

In November, two of the city’s three crossings were blocked for 16 hours overnight by a train that had stalled due to mechanical problems, then was left parked when crew members reached the end of their shift and went home. A train was again halted in Buffalo Feb. 27 when its horn malfunctioned. Due to a work-hours rule, the train stayed in place for eight hours until a fresh crew could be deployed.

Watertown-Mayer selects Athena winner

Senior Elizabeth Miller has been selected as Watertown-Mayer’s 2014 Athena Award winner, the Carver County News reported. The award goes to a female senior athlete who demonstrates dedication and excellence in sports.

Athena winners are selected by their schools based on their excellence in individual or team sports. Miller will join 52 other area Athena winners at the 42nd annual Athena Awards Luncheon Friday, May 2 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.