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May 29, 2020

Watertown man air-lifted to hospital after Cass Co. crash

A man from Watertown, Minnesota was air-lifted to the hospital after a crash in rural Cass County Sunday afternoon, KBJR6.com reported.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened around 5 p.m. Sunday on Highway 371 just northwest of Walker in Shingobee Township.

State Patrol officials say Gregory Clark, 57, was traveling south on Highway 371 when his vehicle went off the road and struck a guard rail, causing the vehicle to overturn onto the passenger side.

He was flown to the hospital in St. Cloud with non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor in the crash, but Clark wasn’t wearing his seatbelt.

Glencoe pulls the plug on aquatic center for 2020

Trying to find a balance between the law requiring it to keep people safe from the unintentional spread of COVID-19, the inability to control the spread of the virus and the lack of time to prepare for a potentially short season the Glencoe City Council decided its aquatic center would not open this summer, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

The council voted unanimously to keep the pool closed this summer. The city will spend the summer improving the pool’s operations as well as the overall facility. The council’s hope is the pool will be ready to open in a better state in 2021.

The issue was listed as an update on the agenda for the May 18 meeting. City Administrator Mark Larson said the public works streets/parks staff would need two weeks to get the facility ready to open.

Monticello woman injured in crash

A Monticello woman was injured May 22 when her vehicle was hit by a motorist attempting to pass a vehicle in Sherburne County, the Monticello Times reported.

The crash occurred at about 3:30 p.m., southwest of Santiago at the intersection of Highway 25 and County Road 3 in Palmer Township.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Kristi Dryden, 43 of Monticello, was going north on Highway 25 and attempting to turn onto westbound County Road 3.

A 2018 Ram Promaster 1500, driven by Nathan Young, 22 of Pierz, collided with Dryden’s Ford Fusion while attempting to pass another vehicle.

Dryden was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Young was not injured, according to the State Patrol. Amavi Svaray of Lansing, MI, who was a passenger in Young’s vehicle, was also uninjured.

Road conditions were dry at the time of the crash. All three passengers were wearing seat belts, according to the State Patrol.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, Mayo Ambulance and Clear Lake Fire Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

NYA approves accessory dwelling ordinance

The Norwood Young America City Council recently approved an ordinance amendment regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), which would allow single-family home owners to create apartments on their property, so long as the space is actually livable, the Waconia Patriot reported.

Cynthia Smith Strack, the planning consultant for this ordinance, presented the information to the council regarding the benefits of ADU plans for the community.

“It will actually allow for more than one dwelling unit on an individual lot on record,” she said. “It would have the potential to have substantial impact on development density.”

A few residents may recognize the ADU ordinance, as it’s seen its fair share of discussion in planning commission meetings, even receiving a public hearing in early March. An ADU can be many things, from a converted basement to a detached garage. The rules are fairly simple, though important to anyone looking to manage an ADU.

The first is the space for an ADU must be an existing structure. It could be a separate floor in a house, a shed on the property, nearly anything so long as it’s existing. That existing unit must also have a full bathroom, full kitchen, and a sleeping area to qualify as a dwelling. The ADU can be attached or detached from the single-family home. So long as it’s on the property and meets the standards, it qualifies. Design will matter for these units, according to Smith Strack, with the design being “sympathetic” to the property that the ADU shares the lot with.

Those requirements don’t mean a second house, though. By definition, ADUs are small, and typically only house one or two people, with detached units even having height limits. This is why they’re often used for college-aged children or retired parents, which allows them to live in cheaper housing while giving the homeowner some income for a less used space.

It’s important that these are only for single-family homes. That means any duplexes, townhomes, or properties designed for more than one family dwelling are not eligible to create ADUs. ADUs cannot be split from the property later, either. Rental agreements will proposed through the city so they can ensure that the ADU is up to standard.

Watertown man honors soldiers who died in Vietnam

Rick DeNomme, of Watertown, set up 95 crosses in his lawn in memory of the 95 men from his company who never made it home, KSTP.com reported.

Each cross has the name, photo and date that each soldier was killed in action.

“They’re my brothers,” DeNomme said. “A great bunch of men.”

DeNomme was drafted at the age of 19 and was sent to Vietnam in 1966. He spent one year there, where he said he witnessed firsthand the horrors of war.

He made a promise to himself to honor his fallen friends from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, which served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1971.