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July 4, 2016

Judge argues against Annandale’s Dan Heinrich

Efforts to suppress evidence collected last summer at Danny Heinrich’s Annandale home, along with motions to suppress statements made by Heinrich and to relocate his trial, were dealt a blow June 21, the Annandale Advocate reported.

US Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois filed a 53-page recommendation to deny the requests of Heinrich’s lawyers in all three areas. Henrich has remained jailed since his arrest last October, and faces 25 federal child pornography charges. He has entered a not guilty plea and maintains that he is not connected to the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling. His trial on the pornography charges is set to begin Monday, July 11 but may be rescheduled.

Buffalo Coborn’s grocery store to close July 30

Coborn’s, Inc. recently announced its plans to close its Coborn’s store in downtown Buffalo Saturday, July 30, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

According to a news release from the company, the Buffalo location has limited space and no room to expand, making it unable to support the Coborn’s brand promise that focuses on offering a wide variety of high-quality foods. The Buffalo Coborn’s employs about 60 people, including 16 full-time and 44 part-time workers. Personal one-on-one placement assistance for roles within Coborn’s is being provided for those employees.

Monticello resident could be deported to Germany

Now on the verge of 60, Peter Briggs is facing deportation to Germany, the country of his birth. He’s been in the Sherburne County Jail since February, the Star Tribune reported. He turned himself in after learning he could be deported, his brother said.

Until the past decade, Peter Briggs was in and out of trouble. He has a couple of convictions for drinking and driving, and was convicted of a felony for driving after a license revocation and fleeing a police officer, according to state records. A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said it’s not uncommon to deny citizenship when applicants have a criminal record and that in Briggs’ case, a judge ordered his removal from the country May 27.

Glencoe 91-year-old displays mini farm machines

Richard Swift, 91, who lives at Orchard Estates Senior Apartments in Glencoe, began working with wood 21 years ago at age 70, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

Swift’s craftsmanship includes all kinds of working models of farm machinery – threshing machines, trains, steam shovels, logging trucks, and more – that he built from memory. His display sits in the Orchard Estates common room. Today, Swift no longer makes miniature machines, but is part of a woodworking group at Glencoe’s City Center where he creates benches, kids’ chairs, and other things.

New pool manager hired in Norwood Young America

Heading up the West Carver Community Pool in Norwood Young America is new manager Katana Goldberg, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

The daughter of Tawnya and Mark, Goldberg, 18, was previously a lifeguard for three years and was eager for the opportunity to work with her peers at the pool and also with kids. As pool manager, her responsibilities include tracking schedules, organizing in-services, ordering concessions, setting up rules, working with the other pool staff and the city staff, including her younger sister Kailey. Goldberg, who is studying early childhood special education, said she grew up babysitting and loves being around children.

Maple Lake man wins $50K lottery prize in Buffalo

Donald “Jamie” Reynolds of Maple Lake has a ritual he follows every time he buys a scratch ticket. “I get in my truck, put the seat belt on, start the truck like I’m ready to leave, and scratch the ticket,” he explained in a Minnesota lottery press release.

This ritual was especially lucky for Reynolds June 22, when he revealed a $50,000 prize on the Lucky Numbers ticket he purchased at Murphy USA in Buffalo.

“When I saw it was a $50,000 winner it excited me a little bit,” he said. Reynolds said he shut the truck off and went back in the store to sign the ticket and to confirm the win. He claimed the prize June 23.

Mound native helps disabled people across the US

For Mound native Jack Bly, helping those with disabilities has been a lifelong effort, the Laker & Pioneer reported. His brother James suffers from a condition called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia (SED) which affects his physical growth and makes it impossible for James to verbalize more than a few sounds.

During his sophomore year at Iowa State University, Jack learned about a project to help the disabled called The Journey of Hope, and joined the crew for the 2016 trip. His team is traveling across the US by bicycle, helping people through stops they call “friendship visits.” Jack isn’t a cyclist, but his job is to ensure the safety of the cyclists as they travel. Find updates on Jack’s team and the journey at www.abilityexperience.org.

Two Willmar boys die after being found in lake

Two Willmar boys have died after being found in shallow water near the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, KDUZ reported.

Willmar Police said 10-year-old Idris Hussein and 11-year-old Ahmed Hashi were reported missing about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Crews searched nearby neighborhoods and found a shoe floating in the water. The boys were found submerged in shallow water in Foot Lake near the entrance of the fairgrounds at about 10 p.m. Police said the boys were pronounced dead at Rice Hospital in Willmar.

Hutchinson’s JCPenney to undergo renovations

JCPenney at the Hutchinson Mall is undergoing an extensive three-month renovation to create a modern interior that mimics the look and feel of a brand new JCPenney store, according to a company press release.

The remodel of the 25,500-square-foot store will feature a re-laid floor plan, modern fixtures, energy efficient lighting, new fitting rooms, and more. Upgrades include the addition of a cutting-edge salon called The Salon by InStyle. JCPenney has operated stores in Minnesota since 1916. The first Hutchinson JCPenney store opened downtown in 1927, and relocated to Hutchinson Mall in 1981.