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Howard Lake Fire Chief Daryl (Taddy) Drusch, who passed away Jan. 13, served the community as a firefighter for more than 30 years.
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Lester Prairie Mayor Eric Angvall (right) administered the oath of office to Council Member Paul Dhoore during the city council meeting Jan. 14.
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HL Fire Chief Daryl (Taddy) Drusch dies of suspected heart attack Jan. 13
HOWARD LAKE, MN – A man who devoted more than three decades to saving lives and protecting his neighbors died unexpectedly Monday hours after responding to an emergency call. Howard Lake Fire & Rescue/Ambulance Chief Daryl (Taddy) Drusch died in the early morning hours of Jan. 13 at his residence from a suspected heart attack.

Personnel changes dominate LP’s first meeting of the year
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Lester Prairie City Council addressed changes regarding elected officials and others during its meeting Jan. 14.

Winsted man arrested in connection with threats to New Century Academy
WINSTED, MN – Hutchinson Police arrested 21-year-old Christopher Woodrow Hecksel of Winsted Thursday, Jan. 9, at approximately 1 a.m., in connection with threats of violence made against New Century Academy (NCA) in Hutchinson Wednesday, according to a release from the Hutchinson Police Department.

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Daryl 'Taddy' Drusch
49, Howard Lake, 1/13/20

Eleanor 'Tootsie' Pearson
91, Watertown, 1/12/20

Darlene 'Ma' Guennigsmann
70, Watertown, 1/12/20

Lowell Gillman
89, Cokato, 1/11/20

Mary Rose Johnson
65, Delano, 1/11/20

Joseph Murphy
89, Hutchinson, 1/11/20

Todd 'TJ' Uecker
28, Cokato, 1/10/20

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