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Oct. 17, 2016

Carver Co. forum shares dangers of drug use

The Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge (MNTC) hosted a forum Tuesday night to help make it easier for parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of prescription drug use, KSTP reported.

Carver County has seen a rise in drug overdoses. In fact, the Chanhassen class of 2016 had three students die from overdoses, according to MNTC. Topics addressed at the forum included the opioid epidemic, prescription medication, building awareness, warning signs, and resources for substance abuse prevention.

Hutchinson man hurt in Meeker Co. ATV accident

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV accident with injuries Oct. 7 at 3:14 p.m. The injured person was in a wooded area in Greenleaf Township, according to a release from Sheriff Brian Cruze.

The driver of the ATV was identified as Lawrence Krebs, 69, of Hutchinson. Krebs had been working on his deer stand before the accident. When Krebs got back on his ATV to leave, he rolled the ATV on an embankment. The ATV rolled on top of him, causing internal injuries. Life Link Helicopter was dispatched to the scene and Krebs was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital.

First phase of mountain bike park ready in Monticello

Monticello residents and visitors tried the first phase of the new mountain bike course at Montiview Park Saturday, the Monticello Times reported. Course construction began this fall, and city staff is working with the volunteer organization DirtWirx to continue construction of the single track course into 2017.

The park also has a new sculpture made out of mountain bike parts, by Twin Cities’ artist Sue Seeger. Her contribution to the park is made possible by a Legacy Fund grant. Montiview Park is located near Jason Ave NE in Monticello.

NYA council favors local business in fencing decision

Norwood Young America City Council members were faced with a difficult decision regarding supporting a business owner and maintaining code standards during their regular meeting Sept. 26, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

In the end, council members considered a change in the requirement for security fencing for outdoor storage for Pioneer Storage and Rental, deciding to extend the deadline of fence installation for one year. Owner Tim Anderson cited financial constraints in the security fencing that was initially required. He said he got three estimates for the required 475-foot chain link fence which were for $8,000 to $10,000.

Sex offender fails to register in McLeod County

A 31-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested last week and charged in McLeod County with failing to register as a predatory sex offender, KDUZ reported.

Hutchinson Police arrested Tommy Michael Santler at an apartment on Echo Circle Oct. 7 after they found him hiding in a closet with a knife. He was taken to the McLeod County Jail. Police say they learned Santler was wanted in Colorado on two warrants, which included nationwide extradition. The warrants were for failing to comply with conditions and probation violation, related to previous convictions of sexual assault of a child and attempted assault of a child. During questioning, Santler told police he had been in Hutchinson since June.

Maple Lake and Buffalo residents seek help

Two separate benefits were planned in Maple Lake recently, one to help a Vietnam veteran who has colon cancer, and one for a 2-year-old from Buffalo with hydrocephalus (a condition where there is too much cerebrospinal fluid within the brain), the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Kenny Etzel of Maple Lake was diagnosed with colon cancer this summer, and his benefit took place Oct. 15. The benefit for 2-year-old Harlee Ann, daughter of Ashley Mueller and Mitchell Helberg of Buffalo, is set for Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Maple Lake Legion.

Adult Christian ethics class starts at Mayer Lutheran

A seven-week set of classes covering the ethical decision making process that a Christian should use in addressing challenging cultural issues such as war, reproductive technologies, capital punishment, economics, euthanasia, and more began Oct. 12 at Mayer Lutheran High School. Future sessions are Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19-Nov. 23, according to the school website.

There is no cost except the purchase of the textbook. For more information, contact Renae Johnson in the administration office, at renae.johnson@mayerlutheran.org or (952) 657-2251 ext. 1002.

Treatment in place for starry stonewort in Annandale

While the discovery of starry stonewort at five locations near the public access on Lake Sylvia’s west side is bad news for the Annandale area, it was detected early and a treatment plan is already in the works, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The plan involves closing the public access for about three weeks while a half-acre area is enclosed with a containment barrier. The lake association is directing boaters to the Camp Chi Rho access toward the south end of the west lake for all boat launches and removals. Once the area is cordoned off, scuba divers will pull the algae concentrations by hand. The algae looks like a weed, but is difficult to kill with chemicals because of its segmented nature.

Glencoe-Silver Lake grad loves being a park ranger

Kaitlyn Knick’s childhood dream job has become a reality, the McLeod County Chronicle reported. Knick, daughter of Ron and Jill Knick of Brownton and a 2011 graduate of Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, is a ranger for the US National Park Service.

This past season, working at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, Knick was involved in “the most extensive rescue this park has ever seen.” A group of girls and chaperones had been on a camping trip when a dead tree toppled on two girls lying in a hammock, causing spinal and internal injuries. The victims, who were from the Chicago area, are both recovering.