Area News

Sept. 17, 2021

Malfunction triggers school lockdown in Chanhassen

Chanhassen High School went into lockdown Sept. 9 as Carver County sheriff’s deputies searched the building, KDUZ reported.

Authorities said the lockdown was likely triggered by an electrical malfunction. The sheriff’s office earlier reported deputies were not responding to an active scene.

Eastern Carver County Schools posted on social media that there was no reason to believe there was an active threat at the school and asked parents to stay away from the building.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office and partner agencies responded and made sure the building was clear before the lockdown was lifted. School officials said at no time were students in danger.

Kayakers rescued from river in Sibley County

The Sibley County Sheriff’s Office received a report of kayakers stranded on the Minnesota River at approximately 5:04 p.m., Sept. 4, the Arlington Enterprise reported. It was reported that a family of four had gotten stuck along a tree in the river and was unable to free themselves from the tree due to the river’s current.

Deputies arrived and were able to locate the kayakers from the shore, according to the report. Watercraft were put on the river to rescue the kayakers and they were brought back to shore with the assistance of a game warden with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Henderson Fire Department, Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office, La Sueur Police Department, and Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene.

Metro area man dies in crash in Maple Lake

A metro area man died in a two-vehicle traffic crash in Maple Lake over the weekend, KRWC reported.

The State Patrol reported that shortly after 8 p.m. Sept. 10, a Chevy Suburban collided with a semi truck on Highway 55 at Donnelly Drive Northwest in Maple Lake Township.

Authorities said the semi truck was backing into a driveway and was temporarily blocking both lanes of Highway 55. Officials said the Suburban struck the semi broadside.

Killed in the crash was the driver of the Suburban, 64-year-old Jeffery Christiansen of Hopkins. The driver of the semi, 50-year-old Gregory Fehn of Maple Lake, was not injured.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the Maple Lake Fire Department assisted at the scene.

First Lutheran School in Glencoe adds new students

Classes are back in session at First Evangelical Lutheran School in Glencoe and so is an increase in enrollment, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

When the doors opened for the first day of school Aug. 31, 148 pre-schoolers through eighth-graders filled the desks. This is a nearly 50% increase from two years ago. There were 100 students enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year, and 130 enrolled last year.

“We got some new kids again, and they seem to be fitting in really well, and it’s going great.” principal Dean Scheele said. “There’s good, healthy numbers in all the classes.”

Buffalo Hospital introduces new surgical robot

Officials at Allina Buffalo Hospital said their facility is now home to the newest surgical robot in the region, the Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted-Arm, KRWC reported.

The Stryker robot assists surgeons performing knee and hip replacements. Dr. Dana Harms, Buffalo Hospital orthopedic surgeon says the new robotic tool complements the expertise of the surgeon, resulting in a very precise procedure with less pain, and quicker recovery.

To celebrate the new technology, all community members were invited to a Mako Open House Sept. 14 at the hospital.

Hutchinson man accused of hitting man with baseball bat

A Hutchinson man has been charged with several felonies for allegedly breaking into a Renville County home and beating a man with a baseball bat in August, KDUZ reported.

The West Central Tribune reported 40-year-old Jeremy Carl Stark appeared in court and was ordered released on $50,000 bail or bond with no conditions or a $10,000 bail or bond. According to Renville County Jail staff, Stark posted the $10,000 bail with conditions.

Stark is charged with five felonies: three counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20.

Single-vehicle rollover crash in Fairhaven Township

According to the Stearn’s County Sheriff’s Department, Aug. 30, at approximately 1:54 p.m., the Stearns County Communications Center received report of a single-vehicle rollover crash near the intersection of 28th Avenue and 195th Street in Fairhaven Township, the Annandale Advocate reported.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that Jack Rice, 16, of St. Cloud had been southbound on 28th Avenue. Rice attempted to turn eastbound onto 195th Street when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled before coming to rest in the south ditch. Rice and his passenger, Brennan Ylinen, 16, of St. Cloud, were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Ylinen was transported by Mayo Ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Speed is considered a factor in the crash, according to the report.

Former Big Lake mayor resigns from school board

Five candidates have emerged for the Nov. 2 special school board election in Big Lake, the Monticello Times reported.

The seat on the Big Lake School Board opened in August after Lori Kampa resigned in order to move to South Carolina.

Lori Kampa was elected to the school board in the November 2020 election. She took office in January and served about seven months of her term.

In her resignation letter, Kampa wrote: “ It is with mixed feelings that I need to inform you that my husband and I have sold our home and are planning to move to South Carolina by the end of summer. This was not our immediate plan when I filed and ran for my school board position.”