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July 28, 2014

Man killed in Highway 7 crash near Silver Lake

Ryan Sturges, 23, of Glencoe, died due to injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash three miles west of Silver Lake Wednesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Sturges had been driving east on Highway 7 shortly before 5 p.m. when his 1997 Chevrolet GMT-400 rear-ended an eastbound 2012 International semi that was slowing to turn into a business lot. The driver of the semi, Jerry Ball, 33, of Lake Crystal, had no apparant injuries, according to the state patrol. The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and the Silver Lake Police Department assisted at the scene.

Glencoe family owns state’s ‘best food truck’

Taqueria Del Buen Pastor food truck was recently voted WCCO viewers’ choice for Minnesota’s “best food truck,” the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

The truck, owned and operated by Adan and Carolina Ramirez of Glencoe, is located on the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 13th Street, across from Casey’s downtown location. It has been in business for the past two years after the Ramirez family closed their traditional restaurant location in October 2012. The food Carolina cooks includes specialties native to Puebla, Mexico, such as la tinga de pollo and shredded chicken stewed in a tomato-based sauce.

Gardening program is growing at Buffalo jail

Wright County Jail’s new gardening program is generating positive results, the Wright County Journal-Press reported. Most county jails don’t have space for a garden, and the jail in Buffalo is one of the few able to incorporate this program.

Only inmates who meet certain criteria are eligible, and most tend to be work-release inmates. So far this year, 15 inmates have worked in the garden. In addition to giving inmates a constructive activity, the garden provides food for the jail’s kitchen.

Waconia store uses app to measure nutrition

Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia recently partnered with ShopWell, a personalized nutrition app on iOS and Android that specializes in providing customers with nutritional facts through their smartphones, the Waconia Patriot reported.

James Allgood, a marketing manager at ShopWell, said users first enter their height, weight, gender, health conditions, and allergies. Then, they scan a barcode with their smartphone in the supermarket and instantly get a rating of how healthy the item is for them.

Monticello doctor dies in motorcycle crash

Eric Lefebvre, 51, of Buffalo, died after his motorcycle collided with a golf cart in French Lake Township July 19, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. Fox 9 reported that Lefebvre was a wildly popular physician in Monticello and Buffalo for the past 17 years. A candlelight vigil took place outside the Monticello Clinic July 21, with more than 100 people in attendance.

Lefebvre had been driving his motorcycle in French Lake Township at 3:40 p.m. when he collided with the golf cart. Lefebvre was pronounced deceased at the scene; he was wearing a helmet. The golf cart driver, Korie Schiel, 39, of Chaska, was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries.

‘Hand’ in Hutchinson turned out to be a paw

For more than 24 hours July 16 and 17, authorities had a mystery on their hands after a dog picked up what appeared to be a human hand inside a glove northeast of Hutchinson, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

The McLeod and Meeker counties’ sheriff’s offices and other agencies were dispatched to the scene to investigate. Rescue personnel searched Lake Byron for a body or other clues. Meanwhile, the partially decomposed hand and glove were sent to the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office. By 2 p.m. July 17, the “hand” was determined to be a bear paw. The reason the paw was in the glove is not known.

Watertown area offers Special Olympics team

A Special Olympics team made up of 52 athletes from Watertown, Waconia, Mayer, Victoria, New Germany, St. Bonifacius, and other communities provides opportunities for success, the Waconia Patriot reported.

Known as the Wild West team, the group offers swimming, basketball, track and field, golf, and bowling. Athletes range in age from 10 to 57 and are separated by skill and ability level. Special Olympics aims to make its programs free for participants, and all of the coaches are volunteers.

Litchfield considers $2.5M water park

Litchfield City Council is reviewing a list of nearly 40 project ideas to figure out which ones are worth pursuing over the next five years — a process likely to determine the fate of a proposed $2.5 million water park, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

A committee promoting the water park plans to circulate a petition among residents to gauge their support. More than $600,000 in private donations have been raised for the park’s construction, in large part from Gordon Crider, who left money after his death in 2009. Water park advocates say the city’s financial backing is now needed to move the project forward.

NYA’s 5K race aims for 300 runners Aug. 24

In 2013, more than 250 people participated in the Stiftungsfest race in Norwood Young America; this year, organizers are hoping for at least 300, the Waconia Patriot reported.

The 5K has been an annual event for the past 12 years. The record for the fastest male finisher is 17.11 minutes, and 18.12 minutes for the fastest female finisher. The oldest participant was an 84-year-old, and the youngest was a 2-year-old. The race will start at 8 a.m. at Legion Park Sunday, Aug. 24. To pre-register, or for more information, go to www.stiftungsfest.org.

South Haven man wins $1 million in lottery

A routine stop at South Haven Sports turned into a life-changing event for Travis Rose of South Haven July 13, the Annandale Advocate reported.

First, Rose purchased a $50 lottery ticket and won $500. Then, he followed that win with the purchase of a $30 ticket in the Million Dollar Payday game, which ended up being a $1 million winner. Because 32.5 percent of lottery winnings over $5,000 are withheld for federal and state taxes, Rose’s actual take-home winnings were $677,500.