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March 9, 2015

Informant was critical in Litchfield drug bust

A confidential informant, working undercover for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force, reportedly assisted agents in obtaining a search warrant that led to four arrests Feb. 25 at an East Second Street residence in Litchfield, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

Equipped with a body recorder and transmitter, the informant bought drugs on two different occasions, once on Feb. 20 and again on Feb. 25, allegedly from 46-year-old Christopher Roehlke, court documents state. Since Feb. 12, authorities have arrested 13 people in connection with an ongoing illegal drug trafficking investigation.

Minnetonka man allegedly shot by son

Authorities say a Minnetonka man is in critical condition after being shot by his 15-year-old son, the Associated Press reported.

Police officers and firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at a home March 2. When first responders arrived, they discovered a man had been shot in the face. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. According to a press release, the man’s teenage son was found unarmed outside of the house. He was arrested in the driveway. Officials haven’t confirmed whether the shooting was accidental or intentional. An investigation is ongoing.

Cabin near Annandale destroyed by fire

For the second time in less than a year, fire has destroyed a dwelling at 10389 Highway 24 near Clearwater Lake, the Annandale Advocate reported.

Annandale firefighters received a call Feb. 25, and arrived to find a guest house behind the main home – which burned down last May – engulfed in flames. One man who was living in the guest house, along with a dog, escaped with no injuries. The structure was a total loss. The cause of the fire was determined to be a space heater connected to an extension cord. Man accused of guitar theft in Maple Grove

Maple Grove Police received a tip Feb. 21 that a man (later identified as Eddie Dee Lloyd, Jr.) allegedly left the Maple Grove Guitar Center with two guitars he hadn’t paid for, the Press & News reported.

As Lloyd entered a vehicle, employees took the license plate number and passed it along to authorities. Lloyd and a juvenile in the vehicle headed north at speeds exceeding 90 mph, running several red lights, before losing control and hitting a tree. Loyd. Jr. was then booked into Hennepin County Jail. Officers retrieved three Martin Guitars from the car that together totalled a near $5,000 value.

Brownton natives find long-lost love

Dennis “Denny” Vinar, who spent his teenage years in Brownton in the late 1950s, was recently reunited with his “first true love,” Karen Lehmann, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

Vinar and his parents moved away from Brownton when he was in high school, and he proposed to Lehmann before he left. At her young age, Lehmann declined. They later grew apart, and had been out of touch for about 25 years. Recently, the couple reconnected through LinkedIn, a social media site for business people.

Buffalo horsewoman selected for hall of fame

Karen Clark of rural Buffalo has been selected for induction into the Pinto Professional Horsewoman of the Year Hall of Fame, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Clark entered the world of Pinto years ago, after she and her beau bid on and won a horse named Desert Spook. In the early 1970s, she began showing spotted horses and teaching horsemanship. Later, Clark became immersed in 4-H and served on the Agricultural Board for Hennepin County. She also served on the board for the Minnesota Horse Council and was instrumental in the development of the Certified Stable program.

Hutchinson student receives surprise letter

Hutchinson High School student Madeleine Girard, who has spent much of her life intrigued by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, recently received a letter from Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

The letter was an invitation from Aldrin, who now serves as the science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to attend the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, MA. Girard was invited based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology, according to the letter.

Waconia says ‘no’ to dock/boat lift changes

A proposed ordinance amendment regarding the placement of residential docks and boat lifts attracted a crowd of 50 to 60 citizens to the Feb. 17 Waconia City Council meeting, the Waconia Patriot reported.

Citizens Jayson and Cristine Dock asked the city to consider an ordinance amendment stipulating that all residential docks and boat lifts would be placed so that no portion of the dock or boat lift is within 10 feet of either side property line as projected into the lake. The council voted 5-0 to deny the amendment. At this time, the city does not have any dock regulations in place.

Monticello bus company owner dies in crash

Holly Hoglund Klein, owner of Monticello-based Hoglund Bus Co., died Tuesday in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 94 a mile west of Hasty, the Monticello Times reported.

An accident report released shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday night listed Hoglund Klein, Maple Grove, as the person who was killed in the chain-reaction, seven-vehicle accident initially reported at 9:45 a.m. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of the semi tractor-trailer, Lyle D. Geiselhart, 56, Fargo, suffered no apparent injuries. Three of the drivers involved – Sarah J. Johnson, 23, of St. Bonifacius; Kyle J. Krzenski, 26, of Circle Pines; and Robert D, Carlson, 50, Richfield, had non-life threatening injuries.