Area News

Oct. 23, 2020

Carver Co. Fair Board shows off new building at fairgrounds

A new building constructed on the fairgrounds in Waconia earlier this year was slated to be unveiled at the Carver County Fair. That didn’t happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the Carver County Fair Board held its own ribbon cutting and tour Oct. 7 for county officials, the Waconia Patriot reported.

The new 60-by-120-foot building replaces both the sheriff’s building and the chamber of commerce building on the fairgrounds. Both buildings were in need of extensive repair and the consolidation of the two buildings will increase the footprint for both indoor and outdoor vendor booths during the fair and indoor storage space available during the off-season, according to Jim Klein, fair board president.

Additionally, the new building includes a meeting room which will be the command center for the Carver County Sheriff’s department during the fair. The building also will be available for rent for local community groups and events, and the fair board has been in discussions to bring other larger events to the fairgrounds.

One dead, one injured in Meeker Co. industrial accident

Oct. 16 at 11:46 a.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an industrial accident at a construction site in the 31700 block of MN Highway 22, Harvey Township, according to a release from Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze.

The initial report was that a concrete boom truck had tipped and two people were trapped. Meeker County deputies, Litchfield Rescue, Litchfield Fire, Gold Cross Ambulance and LifeLink III were all dispatched to the scene. One person died at the scene as a result of injuries, while a second person was airlifted from the scene with critical injuries and flown to St. Cloud Hospital.

The deceased has been identified as Sergio Esquivel Torres, 34, no permanent address listed.

The injured person who was airlifted to St. Cloud has been identified as Juan Bocardo Ibanez, 20, of Litchfield. He has since been released from the hospital.

The initial investigation revealed the stabilizing platform for the concrete boom truck gave way, causing the boom to fall to the ground. The two individuals were struck by the boom as it fell. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and OSHA has been notified. Also assisting at the scene was the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Main Street open in Annandale

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that all new lanes, cross street connections, and sidewalks along Hwy. 24 between Hwy. 55 and Poplar Ave. opened Oct. 9, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The $4.9 million project, which began April 8, includes a new road surface, improvements to utilities, and expanded sidewalks.

Annandale School Board approves bond refunding

The Annandale School Board, during a special meeting Oct. 8, adopted a resolution for the refunding of 2011 bonds, the Annandale Advocate reported.

Superintendent Tim Prom said the district will save $2.9 million.

Business Manager Rick Pullen said the district will be able to lower future bond payments starting in 2022 and concluding in 2031, which will result in an average levy reduction of $306,000 per year.

Hutchinson police to auction unclaimed property

After 30 days, the Hutchinson Police Department either sells unclaimed property at auction or claims it for department use, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

The Hutchinson City Council recently approved the sale at auction of several unclaimed items in the police department’s possession. Fahey Sales will handle the auctions.

The department had 28 different bikes ready for auction, but the unclaimed items didn’t stop with bicycles. There were also several miscellaneous items, including a Top-O-Matic cigarette rolling machine, 10 new pairs of golf gloves, a Canon digital camera, several pairs of yoga pants and capris, a Stihl chainsaw, lawn ornaments, two new bikinis, two tackle boxes, and two baseball bats.

Glencoe councilor wants to open sidewalks to bikes

At a time when the Glencoe City Council is considering creating bike lanes along city streets, one council member wants to allow cyclists to return to sidewalks, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

During a workshop meeting Oct. 12, Council Member Milan Alexander pitched the idea of nixing a seldom-enforced ordinance prohibiting bicycles from being ridden on sidewalks. An ordinance from the late 1980s stipulates that sidewalks are to be used only by pedestrians.