Area News

April 20, 2018

Cologne man arrested after incident in Waconia

Monday at about 1:53 a.m., Carver County deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Prosperity Lane in Waconia, according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson. Deputies observed obvious signs of forced entry.

The occupants of the residence told deputies an unknown man, driving a black Chevy Cobalt, had been following one of the victims who had recently left the residence. The suspect was driving aggressively by tailgating, flashing headlights, and disobeying stop signs. The victim returned to the residence, entered the open garage, and was confronted by the male. The victim went into the home and closed the entrance door to the garage with the help of the two other victims in the residence. The male began kicking the door and attempted to use an ice auger to pry it open. The victims tried to barricade the door to keep it shut. The suspect fled the residence when he learned law enforcement had been called.

Sheriff’s deputies in a neighboring community observed a black Chevy Cobalt traveling eastbound on Hwy. 5 at speeds nearing 100 mph. After a chase, the suspect, Robert Paul Andrejzchick, 26, of Cologne, admitted to attempting to enter the residence on Prosperity Lane and fleeing when he learned law enforcement was responding. Andrejzchick said he thought an old girlfriend may have been at the residence.

Andrejzchick was in the Carver County Jail pending formal charges of burglary and fleeing police in a motor vehicle.

Filming for movie takes place at Rockford business

Bob Hegland’s store, Tools and Toys, on Hwy. 55 in Rockford, recently became the set for Catman’s Pawn Shop during the filming of the movie, “$3 Million$ Villains,” the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Producer Nathan Wold took his crew, along with actors Kevin Craft and Steve Gillespie to Rockford for the filming.

According to its Facebook page, “$3 Million$ Villains” is an action thriller set within a comic book universe.

The film is expected to be released in June.

Chelsea Brown is Litchfield Middle School’s new principal

The Litchfield School Board announced at its April 9 meeting that Chelsea Brown will become the new principal at Litchfield Middle School, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

Brown, who has served as instructional dean at the middle school since the start of the current school year, will assume the new role July 1.

“I am overwhelmed with joy at taking the middle school principal job,” Brown said. “We have such an amazing team of teachers, and our students are top notch. I am looking forward to my new job and feel blessed to work in such a supportive community,” she added.

Former Gaylord chief, Army veteran, joins Glencoe police

The Glencoe Police Department is bringing in a new captain, Tony Padilla, to join the department, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Padilla formerly served as police chief in Gaylord and worked for the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office as a part-time deputy. He also served in the Army, rising to the rank of sergeant major, while earning a bachelor’s degree in police science.

Padilla joined the Army on his 17th birthday, before graduating from high school. He took high school completion classes while in the Army, as well as finishing a four-year degree.

Annandale approves TIF district for apartment project

The Annandale City Council during its April 2 meeting adopted resolutions relating to the creation of a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district for a proposed 50-unit apartment complex, the Annandale Advocate reported.

A public hearing was conducted prior to consideration of the TIF district. No comments were received from the public.

Consultant Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates noted the actions do not bind the council to any specific assistance, as that would be addressed within a development agreement at a future meeting.

Waconia teacher is a finalist for prestigious award

A Waconia teacher is among the educators named as finalists for Education Minnesota’s prestigious Teacher of the Year Award, the Waconia Patriot reported.

Alyssa Larsen is one of 12 finalists for the 2108 designation. Larsen – who teaches social studies and AP world history at Waconia High School – said being nominated for the award is a validation of the passion she has had for teaching since childhood.

Larsen is in her fifth year as an educator in Waconia, and has been teaching for a total of eight years.

The winner of the award will be announced May 6.

Monticello woman charged with theft of more than $25,000

More than $25,000 has been charged to credit cards and checking account of a Monticello-based real estate business, and the firm’s business manager is accused of making the transactions for her personal use, the Monticello Times reported.

Samantha Kay Mackner, 23, of Monticello, is charged in Wright County District Court with identity theft and theft by swindle, both felonies.

After being contacted by one of his credit card companies informing him he had reached his limit, the owner discovered thousands of dollars of non-business purchases. He suspected Mackner, who had worked for him and managed his financial affairs. She had recently been terminated for job-performance issues, according to the complaint.

Glencoe firefighter retires after serving 22 years, eight as chief

After serving as Glencoe’s fire chief for nearly eight years, Ron Grack decided 2018 is the year to retire, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Grack, who has been a member of the department for 22 years, stepped up to the chief role at a time when both the former fire chief and assistant chief were retiring.

“As a firefighter, you don’t know what a chief does,” Grack commented, “but you learn from every situation.”