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May 25, 2015

Maple Plain Boy Scout saves drowning child

Thirteen-year-old Boy Scout Adam Kusske of Maple Plain had all but forgotten about the day he saved a drowning child in a hotel pool more than two years ago, until he received the Medal of Merit May 11 for his potentially life-saving actions, the Delano Herald Journal reported.

The rescue occurred at AmericInn in Long Lake during a spring break “staycation” March 29, 2013. A young boy in the pool had started to sink, and Kusske grabbed him and brought the boy back to his parents.

Meeker Co. boy injured in dirt bike crash

A 9-year-old boy riding a dirt bike was injured May 15 near Watkins after crashing headfirst into a tree, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

The boy, Rhett Foley, was transported via Lifelink helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center, where it was later determined he had non-life threatening injuries. Foley was riding a Suzuki 125CC dirt bike without a helmet. Watkins ambulance and Watkins Rescue Squad also responded to the scene.

Assistant principal resigns in Silver Lake

The Glencoe-Silver Lake School District will be searching for a new assistant principal for its Lakeside Elementary School in Silver Lake, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

At a special meeting last Monday, the school board accepted the resignation of Diane Schultz, who has been the assistant principal at Lakeside for two years. Superintendent Chris Sonju said Schultz has accepted a position as a principal with the Albert Lea School District. Her resignation is effective June 30.

Childcare center to open in Buffalo June 1

Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center will open in Buffalo Monday, June 1, the Wright Count Journal-Press reported.

The Waconia-based program, which was established in 2003, already has locations in Waconia and Delano. Lil’ Explorers welcomes children ages 6 weeks through second grade. The new center will include 10,000 square feet of classroom space, as well as an area for outdoor playgrounds, a kitchen, and other amenities.

Man drowns in Clearwater Lake

A 73-year-old man from Bethel apparently lost his balance while stepping from his pontoon to a dock, fell into Clearwater Lake near Annandale, and drowned May 16, the Annandale Advocate reported.

Stearns County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the scene in Fair Haven Township at about 7:40 a.m. The body of Harold Nesenson had been found by family members between the pontoon and the dock. The incident remains under investigation.

‘Ghost hunters’ captured on camera in Litchfield

A group of 20-somethings searching for paranormal activity at the historic Ness Church in Litchfield early morning May 17 reportedly captured the event — including footage of themselves breaking windows at the church — on camera, the Litchfield Independent Review reported.

Kyle Huber, 23, of Victoria; Todd Suurmeyer, 23, of Sioux Falls, SD; and Joseph Porter, 25, also of Sioux Falls, were charged May 19 in Meeker County District Court. They each face two felony counts – one for burglary in the second degree, and one for criminal damage to property in the first degree.

NYA students send military ‘Flat Stanleys’

Students of St. Bernard’s School in Norwood Young America put a new twist on a familiar classroom activity involving local active service members, the Norwood Young America Times reported.

After reading the children’s book “Flat Stanley,” third- and fourth-graders mailed their own Flat Stanleys to service members in November. In return, students have received journals, as well as pictures of their Stanleys’ shared experiences of guarding nuclear weapons, working 12-hour shifts in a tall tower, riding in a Humvee Army vehicle, and more.

Waconia school seeks to teach drug dangers

The Waconia School District is looking to community members and businesses to help build a drug-free environment that enables students to thrive, the Waconia Patriot reported.

This goal is driving the district’s Helping Empower and Respect Others campaign, also known as HEROs. In 2014, the program received a $625,000 five-year grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Those interested in helping can contact Maureen Farrell at (952) 442-0670 or mfarrell@isd110.org.

Wright Co. cities discuss joint fire department

The Albertville City Council recently hosted a workshop to discuss a joint powers fire department with the city of Otsego, the Press & News reported.

Currently, Otsego pays Albertville for fire services. The new arrangement would make Otsego a co-owner of equipment and facilities. Albertville Fire Chief Eric Bullen told the Press & News that the discussion is “very preliminary” at this point, and no decision has been made.

Nineteen join new lake group in Hutchinson

The number of people attending a meeting about the formation of a lake association covering the waters in Hutchinson drew about half as many people May 14 as did an exploratory meeting did two years ago, but organizing volunteers said they were happy to have 19 Hutchinson residents put forth $20 toward memberships in the fledgling group known as Hutchinson Waters, the Hutchinson Leader reported.

A majority indicated by a show of hands that they live on the Crow River or one of its two adjoining lakes — Campbell and Otter.