Area News

July 21, 2014

Burglary at Waconia’s Verizon Wireless store

Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglary of the Verizon Wireless store and the Bella Nails and Spa in Waconia last Monday.

It appeared the burglars forced entry into Bella Nails and Spa by prying the rear door, then entering the Verizon Wireless store through the ceiling tiles and over the common wall, as well as cutting a hole through the Sheetrock wall(s) leading into the storeroom of the Verizon Wireless store. The burglars stole numerous electronic devices such as cell phones and an iPad, as well as cash. Video surveillance shows the incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Detectives are continuing their investigation.

Rockford man wins $25,000 jackpot

Ron Harff of Rockford won the $25,000 Northstar Cash jackpot July 1, the Annandale Advocate reported. His ticket matched the winning numbers 5-7-13-27-28 drawn that night to win the jackpot.

Harff purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, located at 8431 State Highway 55 in Rockford. He claimed the prize July 9.

Annandale adds fifth full-time police officer

Peter Standafer was formally sworn in as the Annandale Police Department’s newest full-time officer July 7, the Annandale Advocate reported.

Standafer was originally hired in Annandale in 2006, left to work for the Wright County Sheriff’s Office after a year, and has now returned. He will split his time between the city and school district, serving 15 hours per week as a school resource officer (SRO) and 25 hours as a city detective. The department now has five full-time members, the same number it had before the SRO position was cut by the district in 2009.

Meeker Co. crash follows driving complaint

A Montevideo man allegedly crashed into a skid loader July 12 in Swede Grove Township, shortly after the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about the man’s driving along US Highway 12, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

While driving a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, Kyle Macziewski, 39, allegedly struck a 1845C Case skid loader operated by Ralph Behm, 74, of Atwater, on Kandi-Meeker Road. When the crash occurred, sheriff’s deputies were en route to respond to a complaint about Macziewski driving “all over the road” along Highway 12, according to Capt. Jon Thoma.

NYA grad creates car detailing business

In addition to working for the City of Norwood Young America this summer, recent Central High School graduate Bryce Noeldner of Hamburg has maintained his independent car detailing business, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

Noeldner’s interest in cars came from his dad, Ken, who went to auto body school and works at Wm. Mueller & Sons, Inc. while fixing up wrecked vehicles for resale on the side. This fall, Noeldner plans to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato to pursue a degree in civil or automotive engineering.

Remains found near Hutchinson non-human

The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious item found in a park on County Road 7, northeast of Hutchinson Wednesday.

At first, the item was thought to be partial human remains, but the sheriff’s department later issued a press release stating that upon investigation, the medical examiner’s office determined that the remains are non-human. Also assisting at the scene were the Hutchinson Police Department and the Hutchinson Fire Department.

Chinese restaurant opens in Watertown

China B-1, Watertown’s new Chinese restaurant, opened its doors June 23, the Carver County News reported.

Store owner Song Liu and his wife, Bing Gao, came to the United States more than 14 years ago from Fujian, a city of 37 million people located on the southeast coast of mainland China. China B-1 features traditional American-Chinese cuisine, as well as low-calorie diet options. The new restaurant is located at 300 Lewis Ave. S. in Watertown. Pick-up orders can be placed by calling (952) 683-1657.

Leader of MN Chamber of Commerce dies

David Olson, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, died Wednesday night from a form of cancer, the West Central Tribune reported.

An email from Bill Blazer, senior vice president of public affairs and business development for the chamber, said Olson was diagnosed in March 2013 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In June, Olson had been told his cancer had gone into remission according to Blazer. Olson, 57, served as president of the Minnesota chamber since 1991.

Man, age 72, bikes from Florida to Glencoe

Dietrich Holzäepfel, of Seehausen, Germany, recently biked from Miami, FL to Glencoe in about 38 days, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

This was the 72-year-old’s fourth long-distance tour in the US since 2007, all of which have ended in Glencoe. Holzäepfel’s unique choice of destination comes from a friendship he established with Barbara and the late Gunther Behrens of Glencoe back in 2000 while playing in a brass band at Norwood Young America’s Stiftungsfest.

Buffalo woman’s crown promotes two causes

A national title is helping Debbie Larsen of Buffalo continue to raise awareness for two causes she has been supporting: suicide prevention and services for veterans, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Larsen was crowned Today’s American Woman National Elite Mrs. Queen at a pageant in South Carolina. Larsen became active in Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education (SAVE) after her oldest son, Raul, took his own life. She is also involved with Eagles Healing Nest, a non-profit that helps veterans “heal with honor.”