Area News

Jan. 22, 2021

Man arrested in Hutchinson for indecent exposure

A Chicago man was arrested last week and charged after allegedly exposing himself to a Hutchinson woman at convenience store, KDUZ reported.

Hutchinson police said the 57-year-old victim reported that while she was putting fuel in her car at the Speedway on Highway 7 West last Tuesday, a man pulled up in a car, got out, and began making sexual comments to her. He then exposed himself and continued to make sexual comments. The suspect then got in his car and drove away.

Officers located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Daryl Louis Greyer, was arrested and taken to the McLeod County Jail.

Greyer has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, driving without a valid license, and no motor vehicle registration, all misdemeanors.

Monticello hardware could be church’s national office

A former downtown Monticello hardware store will soon be home to the national headquarters of the Laestadian Lutheran Church, the Monticello Times reported.

The Monticello Planning Commission on January 5 approved a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow a commercial office facility in the former Grady’s Ace Hardware building at 212 3rd St E. in the city’s downtown central community district.

The CUP request then moved on to the Monticello City Council, where the request received final approval on Monday, January 11.

Phil Jurmu of Monticello, facilities manager for the Laestadian Lutheran Church, attended the January 5 meeting of the planning commission and shared plans for the facility.

The Laestadian Lutheran Church is currently based in Loretto, Jurmu said. The church serves as the central organization for the 32-member Laestadian Lutheran Church congregations across the United States, Jurmu said.

Litchfield trail plan meets oppositon due to loss of trees

A trail that would connect downtown Litchfield to Lake Ripley was opposed by some city council members because it would require removal of some trees, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

The council voted 5-2 to approve an application for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant which would provide some of the funding for the trail. The Minnesota Department of Transportation would also fund part of the project.

Councilors Darlene Kotelnicki and Betty Allen opposed to the removal of 14 large trees on the west side of Sibley Avenue to make way for the 10-foot wide trail.

Walberg retires after 45 years at Annandale School District

Rick Walberg is calling it a career after 45 years at the Annandale School District, the Anandale Advocate reported.

Walberg, a former three-sport Annandale student athlete, served the district in a variety of roles, working as a paraprofessional, coach, custodian, and ultimately head of building and grounds.

He began his career with the district in 1976, as a paraprofessional working with students in physical education.

Big Lake bicycle fix-it station ready for repairs

People riding bicycles in Big Lake now have access to a community-based fixit-station, the Monticello Times reported.

Located at Metro Transit’s Big Lake NorthStar Station, the fix-it station features all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire and adjusting brakes and derailleurs to adding air to a bicycle’s tires.

Red in color so it stands out among the blue and yellow NorthStar rail trains or the Big Lake landscape, the fix-it station tools are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. The tools include screwdrivers, wrenches, tire levers and Allen wrenches.