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Jan. 26, 2015

Meeker Co. man dies of carbon monoxide

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Greenleaf Township Jan. 21, KDUZ reported.

The victim is identified as 27-year-old David Harrison. The individual reporting the incident, Jennifer Melchert, 21, of Litchfield, was transported to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning and later transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center. Sheriff Brian Cruze said when deputies arrived at the residence, Harrison was already deceased. Detectives located multiple generators being used in the residence for heat and electricity.

Glencoe man among lottery prize winners

A group of 25 people won a $5,000 prize recently by playing the Lottery’s Mega Millions® game, including David Judd of Glencoe, according to a Minnesota Lottery press release. The others are Michael Bonfig of Apple Valley; James Caulder, Dawn Gefroh, Eric Martin and Joshua Ogaard of Bloomington; Alyssa Weber of Brooklyn Park; Todd Hastings of Burnsville; Olivia Vongharath of Circle Pines; Scott Barton of Darwin; Aaron Lombaro of Eagan; Megan Anderson of Farmington; Kimberly Blesener of Lakeville; Marcia Hendrix of Mendota Heights; Jon Heinz, Andrew Larson and Christian Rogers of Minneapolis; Richard Kleindl of Minnetonka; Michael Delong, Michael Sandahl and Nicole Stibal of Richfield; Katie McAlpine of Rogers; Christopher Nichols of Spring Valley; Michael O’Brien of Vadnais Heights; and Shawn Williams of Waterville.

Landfill north of Buffalo concerns area residents

The Rolling Hills Landfill north of Buffalo is a concern for those living nearby, due to information they have received about low-level detections of a contaminant from an older unlined portion of the landfill, the Wright County Journal-Press reported.

The owner of the landfill, Advanced Disposal, is in the process of seeking permits for an expansion. According to general manager Mike Niewind, the vinyl chloride levels are at a fraction of the maximum contaminant level, but are high enough that additional investigation may be required.

Litchfield choir sings at Walt Disney World

Members of Litchfield High School tour choir became stars of their own Disney show Jan. 17, when they entertained resort guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program.

According to a press release, vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year. The Litchfield choir also had the opportunity to participate in a “Disney Sings” workshop, in which they prepared music for a simulated Disney show under the tutelage of a seasoned Disney vocalist.

NYA plans chili cook-off for Saturday, Feb. 21

In an effort by Norwood Young America Area Chamber of Commerce board members to promote an active chamber, a chili cook-off and contest is being organized for Saturday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Norwood Young America Times reported.

Contestants must provide a roaster full (minimum of 7 gallons) for tasting. Prizes will be award via people’s choice for first, second and third place. For more information, e-mail info@nyachamber.org or call (952) 467-4003.

Annandale family is 10-year tsunami survivor

The family of Dick and Mary Beth Ebert of Annandale recently took a trip to Thailand, where they marked the 10-year anniversary of their experience in the 2004 tsunami, the Annandale Advocate reported.

The day of the tsunami, the Eberts were on a boat tour. Their children, Michelle and Bobby (then 19 and 23), were swimming, when the water suddenly began receding from the bay, pulling them about 125 yards further out to sea. Then, a huge wall of water swept into the bay, hurling the children and their father toward land.

Waconia church celebrates 150 years

Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia kicked off its 150th anniversary celebration Jan. 25, the Waconia Patriot reported. The church was founded by German Lutherans who came to America in search of religious freedom.

Services were initially conducted in farmhouses, and later in the district school house. In 1867, the congregation built a new church with a 60-foot steeple in Waconia for $2,000. By 1869, the church had 40 members. Today, the 20-acre campus includes a 700-seat worship center and fellowship hall, along with a two-story school and meeting rooms.

Goodwill to open Jan. 31 in Monticello

The grand opening of Monticello’s new 17,677-square foot Goodwill Easter Seals store is set for Saturday, Jan. 31, the Monticello Times reported.

Located at 3991 Cedar St., the store includes a drive-through donation center that is open daily and staffed by an attendant. Merchandise will include clothing, shoes, housewares, art, electronics, sporting goods, and more. Goodwill Easter Seals ranks among Minnesota’s largest nonprofit organizations, serving more than 30,000 individuals last year.

Hutchinson School Board member censured

The Hutchinson School Board recently approved a resolution censuring board member Lori Hornick-Lindell, KDUZ reported.

Hornick-Lindell was arrested Jan. 13 for DUI after a traffic stop and was charged with one count of refusal to submit to a chemical test and one count of 4th-degree driving while impaired. Prior to that, she had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault for which she was fined and received one-year probation. The board asked for her resignation Wednesday, which she refused. The board then approved the resolution censuring her.

Trailblazer has shortage of volunteer drivers

Trailblazer Transit’s dwindling pool of volunteer drivers has it pondering how to continue providing services to those with unique needs, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

The joint powers board heard Jan. 15 that there are just seven active volunteers, with an average age of 80. The volunteer drivers provide rides to people who have needs outside of Trailblazer’s traditional service area – such as to medical clinics in the Twin Cities and Rochester. To learn more about volunteering, contact the transit system at 1-888-743-3828.