Area News

Oct. 20, 2014

Body could be missing Plymouth kayaker

Searchers have found a body believed to be that of a kayaker who went missing on a Plymouth lake Oct. 11, KDUZ reported.

The Hennepin County sheriff’s office stated that the body was recovered around 3 p.m. Oct. 13 in 10 feet of water about 100 yards from shore in Medicine Lake. The kayaker, Paul Myklebust, 31, was last seen about 2 a.m. Oct. 11, when he left a party to go on the lake. Myklebust and a friend got into a kayak that eventually overturned. The other person was able to get safely to shore. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office will confirm the body’s identity.

Glencoe-Silver Lake ends breakfast in classroom

The “breakfast in the classroom” program at Glencoe-Silver Lake elementary schools will end at the end of October, and breakfast will be served in the cafeteria beginning Monday, Nov. 3, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Because of the operational requirements of serving breakfast in the classroom, teachers were losing instructional time for all of the kids, building-wide, at both sites, according to elementary principal Bill Butler. Also, by serving breakfast in the cafeteria, students will have a hot meal available.

Buffalo nurse talks about Ebola in Africa

Buffalo Hospital registered nurse Mandy Duerr said that due to containment practices in American hospitals, an Ebola outbreak like the one in western Africa would not be possible in the US, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Duerr provided health care in Liberia in 2013 and the spring of 2014 through Teamwork Africa. During her trip, Duerr provided buckets and chlorine for washing and disinfecting. Duerr said the hospitals in that region don’t have gloves or waste management, and they use mattresses with rips that can’t be adequately cleaned.

Atwater teen crashes car into pond

A 17-year-old Atwater resident drove into a pond in Grove City at about 9 p.m. Oct. 9, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Kayla Anderson was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am when she lost control and drove into the pond near an access road to the parking lot of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Junior-Senior High School. When deputies arrived, Anderson and a passenger, Emily Kaiser, 17, of Atwater, were out of the car. Anderson was treated at the scene by Grove City Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance. The car was a total loss.

Mound musician makes a name for himself

If you have ever dreamed about going back to your old high school a rock star, then you have dreamed the reality Chris Morrissey is walking, KARE 11 reported.

Since he graduated in 1999 from Mound-Westonka High School, Morrissey has quietly worked his way up the musical ladder. He played bass for Mason Jennings while in school at the University of Minnesota. He also played bass and sang with Ben Kweller on shows like “Conan” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Several months ago, he became the music director for Sara Bareilles, a five-time Grammy nominee, which has allowed a bigger audience to know his music.

Annandale native in Powder Ridge ski patrol

Annandale High School alumni JJ Helm and his wife, Mary, are members of the Powder Ridge Ski Patrol in Kimball, the Annandale Advocate reported. JJ Helm is currently the assistant patrol director, helping to head up the contingent of about 88 ski patrol members.

The public is encouraged to attend an “Adventure Swap” event at Powder Ridge 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 to support the patrol. Those participating can buy and sell outdoor sporting equipment, listen to live music, get a free pumpkin, go on a hayride, and more.

Waconia student suspected in attack

A female Waconia High School student and a 19-year-old football player at Northern Arizona University allegedly planned an attack that sent 18-year-old Oliver Smith of Chanhassen to the hospital Oct. 12, KMSP-TV reported.

According to a release from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Smith received a call from the female student earlier that morning, asking to meet in the parking lot of Westwood Community Church in Chanhassen. Shortly after Smith arrived, the 19-year-old allegedly struck him over the head several times with a baseball bat. The female student transported Smith to the 212 Medical Center in Chaska where Smith was treated and released for injuries sustained in the assault.

Monticello car lover appears on reality TV

Monticello classic car lover Maryann Peterson recently appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” reality TV show.

The episode, which was recorded in May, aired last Monday. It chronicled Peterson’s decision to sell her beloved 1969 Plymouth GTX, which she purchased in 1968 as a family car before she and her husband had children. It was one of the first 400 off the line. The episode also included a 1966 VW bus, which was bought at French Lake Auto Parts in Annandale.

Authorities search Hutchinson farm

State and local investigators searched a farm southwest of Hutchinson Tuesday, looking for Christopher Rossing, 25, who has been missing for nearly two months, KARE 11 reported.

Wright County Sheriff’s Captain Todd Hoffman said the Wright County Sheriff’s Office has received dozens of tips on the whereabouts of Rossing, and confirms that the search of the farm near Hutchinson is based on one of them.The property is near the home of Robert Nuttall, a man charged with kidnapping in Rossing’s disappearance. Nuttall’s girlfriend, Gwen Butcher, was also charged in the disappearance.

Movie to be shot in Hutchinson in November

Minneapolis-based actor and screenwriter Michael Egan has penned a script titled “Cinema 9” that will be shot at the Century 9 theater in Hutchinson starting in November, reported the Hutchinson Leader.

According to Egan, “Cinema 9” is about “life, death, and the beauty of films.”

Egan, who described the film as fictional, drew upon his own experiences working at movie theaters in Burnsville and Apple Valley when writing the script for the film.

Dollar General store opens in Maple Lake

Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 800 State Hwy 55 W in Maple Lake Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. The first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag.

Traditional Dollar General stores employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on the need. Dollar General has more than 11,000 stores in 40 states. Most of the stores are located in small to mid-size communities.