Area News

Aug. 25, 2014

Copper wire stolen in Gaylord valued at $35K

The Sibley County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of copper from a Gaylord business, the Mankato Free Press reported.

Deputies received a report about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17 that two large spools of copper wire had been stolen some time during the weekend from McGuire Electric at 47585 280th St. The owner of the business said the copper was valued at about $35,000.

Biscay treatment plant project officially begins

Ground was broken Aug. 18 on a Biscay project six years in the making, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

In 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency told Biscay it needed to find a way to reduce discharge into the Crow River. Since then, the city has been working with Wenck Associates of Maple Plain to design a wastewater collection and treatment system. Wenck Associates estimates the project will be completed in November. The collection system will serve 29 connections in Biscay.

Buffalo car dealership to become a daycare

The former Dodge Chrysler Building in Buffalo will soon become a daycare center, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

Lil Explorers Daycare wll be using the building for 151 infants through school-aged children. There will be 17 employees, and the hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lil Explorers Daycare also has facilities in Waconia and Delano. The goal is to close on the Buffalo property by mid-September and to begin construction soon after, to create a kitchen and eight classrooms, as well as other facilities.

New church to start building near Waconia

A groundbreaking ceremony for Oakwood Community Church took place Aug. 17 on the building site, a 12.5-acre parcel 1.5 miles east of Waconia near the intersection of County Road 10 and Klein Drive, the Waconia Patriot reported.

The building will be 42,000 square feet, constructed in multiple phases. The first phase, which is 17,000 square feet, begins in September. Oakwood has been conducting worship services in the auditorium at Waconia High School since its launch in 2000.

Deadline Oct. 3 for Monticello photo contest

The Friends of Bertram Chain of Lakes is having its first public photo contest, with a submission deadline of Friday, Oct. 3, the Monticello Times reported. Photos must be taken within the Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Wright County between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.

Winners will be announced Thursday, Oct. 23 at a reception at the Monticello Community Center, and winning photos will be on display through the end of December. For contest rules and an entry form, go to www.friendsofbertramlakes.org.

Hutchinson housing projects move forward

The Hutchinson Planning Commission gave its unanimous recommendation Tuesday to a site plan and rezoning request to build up to ten 12-unit, two-story apartment buildings northwest of the entrance to the McLeod County Fairgrounds, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

The commission also recommended the city council approve preliminary and final plats for a five-lot, single-family home development just west of the fairgrounds at the intersection of Blackhawk and Bluejay drives. The Hutchinson City Council will consider both of these issues at its Tuesday, Aug. 26 meeting.

Drive-in theatre fans in Litchfield offer support

Starlite Drive-in Theater west of Litchfield is one of only six drive-in theaters in Minnesota and one of about 400 nationwide, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

According to theatre owner Tim Eller, someone broke into the theatre’s concession building sometime after 1 a.m. Aug. 16, stealing cash and damaging several video arcade machines. Since then, fans have been offering support to help the theatre remain in business. Anyone with information about the break-in can contact the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 857-2656.

New Kwik Trip gas station opens in NYA

While numerous drivers and residents had already become familiar with the new Kwik Trip in Norwood Young America since its opening July 31, a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the gas station Aug. 6, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

During the ceremony, Kwik Trip donated $2,500 to support uniforms, equipment, and funds for District 108 Community Education.The store is located at 520 Reform St. N, near the intersection of Highway 212 and Highway 5.

Committee improves Annandale’s downtown

Annandale’s downtown committee is aiming to make the city an increasingly attractive place, the Annandale Advocate reported. Members have been active with several projects this year, including kiosk refurbishment and putting up a billboard on Highway 55.

Another project in the works involves filling the windows of empty Main Street buildings with attractive images made from photos of the Annandale area, at a cost of about $850. An additional plan is to procure welcome banners for the light poles on Main Street and Highway 24.

Florida man shares life message in Willmar

Sixty-eight-year-old Florida resident Steve Fugate’s travels have taken him a little over 37,000 miles, all on foot, the West Central Tribune reported. He walked through Willmar Aug. 18, carrying a two-word message: “Love Life.”

Fugate treks through the US with the purpose of letting people know that suicide affects more than those who take their lives. He speaks from personal experience — his 26-year-old son killed himself in 1999. He hopes other parents won’t have to endure what he endures, and other children won’t miss out on what life has to offer.