Waconia gas station scammed out of $50K
The Waconia Super America station suddenly began selling gas for $3.85 per gallon, and everything in the store was half-off. Customers were thrilled. They bought the place out and delightedly topped off their tanks, reported MSN NOW.
The owner of the station had nothing to do with this benevolence. Prospective buyers were reportedly running the place. Their check bounced, Super America prices coincidentally dropped, and the would-be buyers disappeared with approximately $50,000.
I-94 set to reopen to four lanes
The 7.5-mile Interstate 94 Clearwater to St. Cloud construction zone is scheduled to return to four lanes of traffic throughout the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, reported the Monticello Times.
Crews have been placing a concrete overlay on the existing road surface and reconstructing height clearances beneath four overpasses, as well as replacing guardrails and cable median barriers. Project work is estimated at $16.4 million.
Hutchinson man allegedly fires gun
A Hutchinson man faces a possible charge of discharging a firearm May 19, within Hutchinson city limits in violation of city ordinances. According to the Hutchinson Police Department, officers were dispatched to a home on a report of three males seen running from vehicles parked outside the house, reported the Hutchinson Leader.
One of the suspects lost a shoe while running. When the three returned to look for the shoe, the homeowner walked out to the back porch, and allegedly fired a shotgun into the air to scare them.
Litchfield man faces criminal sex charges
Lowell R. Stenmark, 65, of Litchfield, faces criminal sexual conduct charges after allegedly molesting a 16-year-old male, reported the Litchfield Independent Review.
Stenmark allegedly approached the 16-year-old outside of Stenmark’s apartment at the Lake Ripley Motel May 16, and he allegedly brought the 16-year-old into his apartment, pushed him onto a bed and, forced him into making sexual contact, according to a criminal complaint. Stenmark was allegedly intoxicated, and the 16-year-old told him to stop, the complaint states.
Cologne City Council member to step down
Jill Skaaland said that now feels like the right time to step down from the Cologne City Council. Considering the city’s recent hire of a city administrator John Hendel, and the state of the refinanced bonds, Skaaland announced her decision at last Monday’s regular meeting, reported the Norwood Young America Times.
More importantly though, is her family, as she and her husband, Sean, will move to Mayer in the coming months with their three daughters, Hayley, 17, Casey, 15, and Lindsey, 10. Jill, who works as a financial controller at Youngstedt, first joined the council in August 2006, replacing Jody Mayer.
Annandale sergeant to be honored at parade
Robert Frappier never deployed overseas, but the former sergeant major and Annandale school teacher dedicated nearly four decades of his life to military service in the Army Reserve. He will fill a pair of important roles in this year’s Memorial Day services, reported the Annandale Advocate.
Frappier heads up the Veterans Honor Guard that will lead the parade, and he will also give a speech at the cemetery service focusing on Memorial Day history and its place in Annandale, specifically.
FFA to farm 10 acres of Watertown park land
The Watertown City Council approved an agreement with the Watertown-Mayer Future Farmers of America (FFA) during its May 12 meeting that will enable the organization to farm part of the Community Park site near the elementary school at no cost under a year-to-year arrangement, reported the Carver County News.
The 10-acre portion of the park site has been farmed by Jerry Berg ever since he and his wife donated 40 acres to the city in 2008 for a community park. Berg continued to farm the property in exchange for mowing and light maintenance on the remainder of the park until it was developed in 2012.
Litchfield residents help clean up city
Litchfield residents cleaned up the city May 18 by dropping off unused or unwanted belongings at the citywide clean-up. More than 270 cars filtered through the civic arena parking lot, according to Litchfield Mayor Keith Johnson, reported the Litchfield Independent Review.
Six Waste Management trucks were filled with couches, mattresses, and garbage, and three big dumpsters were packed heaping full of construction materials, Johnson said. Surplus Warehouse of Willmar also collected unwanted metal and electronic appliances from residents.
Chronicle named newspaper of Glencoe
The Glencoe City Council named the McLeod County Chronicle the city’s official newspaper after the sale of the Glencoe Enterprise May 9 to McLeod Publishing, parent company of the Chronicle, reported the McLeod County Chronicle.
The Enterprise was the official city newspaper after it was the low bidder in January at 43 cents per column inch, camera-ready. The Chronicle’s bid in January was 66 cents per column inch.
The Chronicle became the official city newspaper on a 5-0 vote.
Buffalo to proceed with watershed updates
Upon the completion of the Willow Creek Watershed Drainage Improvements Feasibility Report, the Buffalo City Council unanimously voted last Monday to move forward with the proposed first phase of the enhancement phase, reported the Wright County Journal-Press.
Improvements, such as lowering culverts in the area, will increase the flow downstream into Fredrick’s Creek wetland and Mary Lake. These phase one improvements would reduce the flood stage at the airport 9.6 inches, and reduce the flow volume to downtown Buffalo Lake by 16 percent.