Fire destroys barn in Camden Twp. near NYA
A fire completely destroyed a barn at 16035 County Road 135 in Camden Township, close to Baylor Regional Park just north of Norwood Young America Feb. 22, the Norwood Young America Times reported.
No injuries were reported. The barn and its contents were a total loss, including a variety of “man toys” such as antique and collectible tractors, snowmobiles, and four-wheelers.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Student attitudes measured in Annandale
According to the most recent Minnesota Student Survey, Annandale students generally feel safe in school, care about their classwork, and believe their teachers care about them, the Annandale Advocate reported.
But, they also engage in a range of risky behaviors, particularly in the areas of substance abuse, at rates that significantly exceed the state average.
The survey, taken in the first half of 2013, measured the behavior and attitudes of students in grades five, eight, nine, and 11. About 84 percent of public operating districts in the state took part.
Man arrested for alleged hit-and-run on Highway 7
A Maple Plain man was arrested after an alleged hit-and-run Feb. 21 near Silver Lake, the Hutchinson Leader reported.
According to the State Patrol, Michael Shelton, 45, of Maple Plain, was westbound on State Highway 7 near Kale Avenue, west of Silver Lake. His 2004 Nissan Pathfinder collided with a 2008 Chevy Impala driven by Jamie Blackketter, 41, Lester Prairie that was also westbound. Blackketter’s passenger, 22-year-old Keagan Bondhus of Hutchinson, sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
Authorities later found Shelton, and he was arrested for alleged second-degree driving while intoxicated and taken to the McLeod County Jail in Glencoe. Bondhus was treated at Hutchinson Health for his injuries. Both vehicles were severely damaged.
Monticello, St. Michael ice carvers win contest
A team of three ice carvers recently took second place in the multiple-block category at the St. Paul Winter Carnival’s ice sculpture contest, the Wright County Journal-Press reported. The trio includes Jerry Sarff of St. Michael, Chad Peterson of Monticello, and Eric Rotter of Detroit Lakes. Their piece was called “Aerial Aquatics,” and depicted a swordfish, a setting sun, and a flying fish.
In the multiple-block category, each team receives 20 blocks of clear carving ice. Each block weighs 300 pounds.
New auto parts store planned in Hutchinson
Plans for a 6,895-square-foot Advanced Auto Parts store at the northeast corner of State Highway 15 and Edmonton Avenue got a favorable recommendation from the Hutchinson Planning Commission Feb. 18, the Hutchinson Leader reported.
Development of the lot continues a retail boom that started on Huchinson’s south side about two years ago. New buildings along the State Highway 15 corridor in that time include Kwik Trip, Dollar Tree, and Maurices, as well as the new McDonald’s at Century Avenue and Walgreens at South Grade Road.
Waconia cheers for local Olympian
Waconia had a big stake in Team USA’s Women’s Hockey program, with all eyes on former University of Minnesota Gopher and Team USA defenseman Annie Schleper, Kare 11 reported.
Schleper’s uncle is Waconia’s long-time veterinarian Dr. Jeff Schnobrich. On game days, Schnobrich’s entire staff left the scrubs at home and wore Team USA Hockey T-shirts with Schleper’s name and number 15 on the back. A total of 700 T-shirts were sold (most in Schleper’s home town of St. Cloud through her old high school, Cathedral) in an effort to send Schleper’s family to Sochi.
Arlington police seek info about stolen vehicle
A vehicle was reportedly stolen in the city of Arlington after 2 a.m. Feb. 13, according to the Arlington Police Department.
The Arlington Enterprise reported that a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, owned by Marge Kloeckl of Arlington, was taken from a parking area behind Y-Not Plumbing and Heating on West Main Street.
The vehicle has yet to be recovered. Anyone who has information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Arlington Police Department at (507) 964-5200.
Fatal heroin overdoses gain attention in Buffalo
Buffalo Police Chief Mitch Weinzetl took part in a discussion with US Senator Amy Klobuchar mid-February to discuss efforts to combat heroin use, according to the Wright County Journal-Press. Two fatal heroin overdose incidents took place in Buffalo during the past year. In Wright County, a total of seven fatal heroin overdose incidents have occurred in recent years.
A medicine called Narcan is reported to reverse the effects of an overdose. An effort is underway to pass a bill that would put Narcan in the hands of police officers.
Meeker Co. child dies, stuck between bed/wall
Four-year-old Brianna Altenburg died in Watkins Feb. 26 after becoming wedged between her bed and a wall, according to a news release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.
Brianna’s mother, Anca Altenburg, called 911 at 5:44 that evening. She reported that her daughter was unresponsive, wedged between the wall and the bed. About 20 minutes earlier, Brianna had gone to her upstairs bedroom to play. Brianna was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital, but attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.
The case is under investigation. Brianna’s bed was a manufactured, loft-style bed about 45 inches high, with cubicles and drawers beneath the mattress.
Watertown students apply for mentorship
Watertown-Mayer High School students are encouraged to consider applying for the Professional Mentorship Program for spring 2015.
In the past three years, students from Watertown-Mayer High School have mentored in fields such as anesthesiology, law enforcement, acting, teaching, social work, nursing, music therapy, engineering, veterinary sciences, oncology, accounting, public relations, dentistry, and much more.
For more information, Watertown-Mayer students can contact guidance counselor Katie Stifter.