Area News

Sept. 15, 2017

Hamburg nurse assisted response to Hurricane Harvey

A supervisory clinical nurse from Hamburg, Jeann Oelfke is returning home after helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). Oelfke serves as a member of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), according to a press release.

As of Sept. 7, NDMS personnel, along with US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) officers have provided care to approximately 4,900 people affected by the storm.

Waconia Township woman dies in Hwy. 5 crash

A Waconia Township woman was killed in a one-car crash on Highway 5 Aug. 30, the Waconia Patriot reported.

According to the state patrol, Kelly Anna Roush, 36, was eastbound on Hwy. 5 near Waconia at about 4 p.m. The state patrol reported Roush’s 2008 Subaru Outback crossed the lanes of traffic for an unknown reason, crashed through a fence, and into a ditch on the north side of Highway 5 near Co. Rd. 51.

Roush was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

Monticello unveils new downtown swan sculptures

Two stainless steel swans sculpted by local artist Sue Seeger will be a Monticello mainstay for years to come, the Monticello Times reported.

The swan sculptures will be located at the Highway 25 and County Road 75 intersection in downtown Monticello.

The swans are the latest example of efforts by the city to increase art in the community and beautify the downtown area.

The sculptures are the second project Seeger has worked on for the city. She previously donated a deer made out of recycled mountain bike parts for Montiview Park.

Arlington City Council selects five finalists for administrator

The Arlington City Council approved five finalists for the open city administrator position Sept. 5, the Arlington Enterprise reported.

The five finalists are Patrick Bistodeau, Robin Leslie, Patrick Melvin, Philip Moore, and Cathleen Reynolds.

Gary Weiers of David Drown Associates was hired to coordinate the recruitment. There were 36 applicants, and the list was then narrowed to 12 candidates. City council members then ranked their top three candidates.

The city hopes to have a new administrator start Monday, Oct. 23.

Family history drives Maple Lake man to pursue cure

At 81, Dr. Larry Schut is back at the University of Minnesota’s ataxia clinic he founded, working with ataxia patients in an attempt to find a cure for the disorder that has taken the lives of 64 members of his family over five generations, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The Maple Lake man is also in the midst of his goal of walking 60 miles this month to raise funds for the National Ataxia Foundation, an organization his father and uncle founded in 1957. That was 60 years ago, hence the “60 for 60” Hike to Cure Ataxia.

Buffalo man named 2017 Minnesota Outstanding Senior

After receiving a Wright County Outstanding Senior Citizen honor this summer, Terry Marsh of Buffalo was named one of two Minnesota Outstanding Senior Citizens at the Minnesota State Fair, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Out of a pool of nominees from each county in the state, winners were chosen for their commitment to community service since reaching age 65.

The other Minnesota Outstanding Senior Citizen for 2017 is Gwenn Smith of Itasca County.

Stewart man airlifted from crash scene on Hwy. 212

Bruce Virgil Remus, 63, of Stewart, was airlifted from a crash site on Hwy. 212 in Stewart the afternoon of Sept. 8, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Remus was a passenger in a 2001 GMC Sonoma pickup that was westbound on Hwy. 212, had stopped to turn left on Bowman Street in Stewart, and was rear-ended by a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Dana Marie Kraus, 24, of Porter. The driver of the pickup, Dennis Elmer Hanson, 64, of Buffalo Lake, was taken by ambulance to Hutchinson Health Hospital. Kraus was taken by ambulance to Glencoe Regional Health Services Hospital. Remus was flown to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Monticello City Council approves wider driveways

Monticello City Council recently heard input from residents regarding driveway width, and, in the end, agreed with residents who supported wider driveways, the Monticello Times reported.

The council voted 3-2 to approve amending the city’s ordinance to increase the maximum width of driveways from 24 feet at the road and property line to 28 feet wide at the road, with a taper allowed to 30 feet at the property line.

Mayor Brian Stumpf said most people will be happy with a 24-foot wide driveway, but the change will allow space for maneuvering for those who need it.

Motorist charged with killing Wayzata cop with vehicle

The motorist charged with striking and killing a Wayzata police officer with her vehicle last week made her first court appearance Tuesday, the StarTribune reported.

Beth I. Freeman, 54, of Mound, was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and has been jailed since the collision last Friday. The charges allege that she was using her cellphone and showed signs of being under the influence of drugs when she ran over officer William Mathews as he cleared debris from eastbound Hwy. 12.

Freeman has three convictions for drunken driving, and another for driving under the influence of illicit drugs. The state has taken away her driving privileges at least three times, most recently in October. She did not have a license last Friday.