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Sept. 7, 2015

Cologne featured in German TV program

Attempting to capture the heart of a small town turned out to be a surprise in more ways than one for the ARD-TV crews who visited Cologne, Minnesota, this summer, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

The Germany public television reporters and crew, based in Cologne, Germany, with bureaus in Washington D.C., took four separate trips to Cologne amidst coverage of stories across the United States. Crews took numerous hours of footage, including Cologne Hollanders Fill the Hill event and Glad Days, as well as interviews with gladiolus expert Roger Storms, local farmers, Fire Chief Chuck Joos and the Jason Paulson Band in Waconia.

Anderson Crane to double its facility size near Litchfield

The Meeker County Board of Commissioners has approved of a resolution of support for Anderson Crane in Darwin Township (just east of Litchfield) as it applies for the state’s Job Creation Fund Program, which provides incentives for businesses to expand, KDUZ reported.

Meeker County Economic Development Director David Krueger said Anderson Crane plans to double the size of its facility, with a 1.3-million dollar project. The firm currently has 16 employees, and the expansion will create 10 new jobs.

Carver County requests $100K for salaries/benefits

At the Carver County Commissioners Aug. 18 workshop, the Carver County Community Development Agency requested a levy of $2,179,852, which would mean an increase of $5.15 on a home with an estimated market value of $303,300, the Waconia Patriot reported.

The increase is $225,000 more than a year ago, and has been requested due to rising salaries and benefits, as well as an increase in operating costs and the pursuit of grant opportunities. The CDA expects an overall increase in revenue, but additional costs are anticipated. The bulk of the increase is $100,000 for salaries and benefits. The increase in economic development comes is $40,000, and operating costs are expected to rise by $40,000. The remaining $45,000 is for the CDA to pursue grant money. The CDA offers county-wide programs such as family housing, rental assistance and community/economic development.

Glencoe DUI attorney named in top 10 in MN

The American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of DUI Attorney Tiffany Doherty-Schooler of Glencoe as one of 2015’s 10 best DUI attorneys for client satisfaction, according to a press release.

Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass a rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and an independent evaluation. Doherty-Schooler is a Hutchinson native whose practice includes criminal law, bankruptcy law, family law, probate law, and estate planning.

Police practice disaster response in Annandale

Ten law enforcement agencies and 15 fire or medical agencies from around the state participated in the intense “3 ECHO” training (Enter, Evaluate, Evacuate) inside Annandale High School Aug. 22, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The training focuses on getting medical responders inside to treat and remove victims from a scene as quickly as possible while police contain or eliminate the threat. Police engaged hostile actors with simulation rounds, and about 20 volunteer “victims” filled the hallways with screams and cries for help. Wright County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Marr Treichler said Annandale was chosen as the training location in part because of the police department’s relationship with the school district.

Waconia asks for input on naming new school

Located on the east side of Waconia on Airport Road, Waconia’s new elementary school will accommodate 600 students. The district is asking the public to submit suggested names through an online form on the district’s website at waconia.k12.mn.us. Suggestions can also be brought to the Waconia District Office at 512 Industrial Blvd. or at any of the main offices at individual schools.

To be considered, suggestions must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 11. As of Monday afternoon, the district had received 52 submissions. A name for the new school is slated to be announced by the end of October.

Hutchinson man who died ‘touched a lot of lives’

Jessie Peters remembers her son, Rhett, as a thoughtful, compassionate young man with a deep Christian faith.

“He was a very giving person,” she told the Hutchinson Leader. “. . . A lot of people knew him and he touched a lot of lives.” The 28-year-old Hutchinson native spent Aug. 27 with his girlfriend and her young children in Atwater. On his way home to Alexandria Aug. 28, his vehicle left the road and rolled, taking his life. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Peters was northbound on State Highway 29 at 3:45 a.m. when his 2000 Ford Explorer entered a curve and veered off the road. The vehicle went into a ditch, crossed another road, came back onto Highway 29, and then rolled over, ejecting him. His mother said authorities are unsure how the crash occurred. He might have swerved to avoid a deer, she said.

Buffalo Hospital starts ‘Baby Blessings Wall’ as a tribute

Earlier this year, Buffalo Hospital Foundation created a memorial for Dr. Eric Lefebvre, who passed away in 2014. According to a press release, the Baby Blessings Wall was created to honor and remember Lefebvre, who was a longtime OB/GYN and delivered babies at Buffalo Hospital.

An open house to see the wall will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the birth center. Tiles for the Baby Blessings Wall are available to honor babies born at Buffalo Hospital. To learn more, call Buffalo Hospital Foundation Director Karla Heeter at (763) 684-6808.

Monticello traffic changes on Highway 25

Motorists began seeing traffic changes in Monticello on Highway 25 between School Boulevard and Wright County Road 106/85th Street NE Sept. 1, the Monticello Times reported.

The changes include a single lane of southbound Highway 25 switching from the existing temporary lane to the newly reconstructed southbound lane, the new traffic signal system at Highway 25 and County Road 106/85th Street NE becoming operational, and open access to 85th Street N.E. at Highway 25, among other changes. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, motorists will encounter overnight lane closures on Highway 25 between Interstate 94 and School Boulevard while crews resurface the roadway. When complete later this month, the project will improve safety, traffic flow, and ride quality on Highway 25 in Monticello.