Tricounty News

Fatal accident Tuesday

This just in from the Minnesota State Patrol report:

Just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, two cars collided on Hwy. 24 at 330th Street in Meeker County. 

Gloria Nething, 72, of Litchfield, was driving westbound on 330th Street when she ran the stop sign and drove onto Highway 24. Jesse Albright, 34, of Royalton, was driving northbound on Highway 24 and his car broadsided Nething’s car. Nething died; Albright had no apparent injuries.

No further investigation is planned.

Maintenance Work on the Lake Wobegon Trail

Portions of the Lake Wobegon Trail will be closed sporadically throughout the remainder of the summer for pavement repairs. The trail is in need of some significant work, including crack and hole filling and the complete resurfacing of some segments.

The trail will be closed in the areas where work is being done. If users see construction, they should use another portion of the trail. Trail users are asked to stay off freshly repaired surfaces.

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Crime blotters, July 1-7

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

July 3, Dennis Duane Johnson, 62 of Annandale, was arrested in French Lake Township on the charge of third-degree DWI.

July 6, Johnathon Matthew
Stenberg, 23 of Watkins, was arrested in Annandale on the charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

July 6, Peter Bryan Lansing, 27 of Clearwater, was arrested in Clearwater on the charges of obstructing legal process with force and third-degree DWI refusal.

July 7, Trever Ray Linder, 21 of South Haven, was arrested in Annandale on the charge of disorderly conduct.

July 7, Nicholas David Nelson, 24 of Annandale, was arrested in Annandale on the charge of third-degree DWI refusal.

There were 24 property-damage accidents, 7 personal-injury accidents, 5 hit-and-run accidents, and 5 car-deer accidents.

There were 8 arrests for DWI, 16 underage-consumption arrests, and 53 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Sunday, July 7

12:47 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a civil dispute at a residence on 367th St., North Kingston Township.

Saturday, July 6

11:11 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at the St. Anthony Manor in Watkins. One individual was transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

11:12 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a theft from a residence at 222nd Street, Litchfield Township. 

12:28 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 222nd Street, Litchfield Township.

3:03 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a custody issue at a residence on 742nd Avenue, Kingston Township. The deputy made contact and advised of options.

4:37 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance for a medical at St. Anthony Manor, Watkins. One individual was treated at the scene and no transport was needed.

Friday, July 5

2:01 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance for a medical at the Brook View Apartments, Coleman Ave. E., City of Eden Valley. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

8:35 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a hit and run that occurred at a residence on 582nd Avenue, Litchfield Township. (See separate story on this incident.)

8:59 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of tampering with a vehicle at an address on 586th Avenue, Litchfield Township.

9:57 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 582nd Avenue, Litchfield Township.

10:21 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 582nd Avenue, Litchfield Township.  

11:03 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of criminal damage to property at an address on 222nd Street, Litchfield Township.

11:18 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of a civil issue at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park. The deputy made contact and advised of options.  

Thursday, July 4

2:37 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to and dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County State Aid Highway 34, Forest Prairie Township.  One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

11:55 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of harassment at an address on 677th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. Upon arrival the deputy advised of options.

2:26 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office assisted Eden Valley Police Department with transporting a female party who was arrested at an address on State Street North, Eden Valley on a McLeod County warrant.

5:53 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of harassment at an address on 367th Street, North Kingston Township.

6:45 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Central Avenue North, City of Watkins. Also assisting was the Eden Valley Police Department.

7:25 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue Squad and Watkins Ambulance for a medical at Brook View Apartments, Coleman Avenue East, City of Eden Valley. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

9:22 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, City of Watkins.

11:11 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office observed an unoccupied stalled vehicle in the area of MN Highway 55 and 657th Avenue, Forest Prairie Township. The deputy made contact with the owner who will make arrangements to have the vehicle, which is not a road hazard, removed.

11:30 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the Watkins Trailer Park, City of Watkins.

Wednesday, July 3

 3:38 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on County Road 34, Eden Lake Township in Stearns County.  One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

12:57 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance and Kimball Rescue to a medical at a residence on 737th Avenue, North Kingston Township. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

3:27 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person near a residence on 330th Street, Kingston Township.  The deputy found all to be okay on arrival; the individual was working for a company contracted through Xcel Energy.

4:34 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a residence on 367th Street, North Kingston Township.

8:33 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on 170th Street, Luxemburg Township, Stearns County.  One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Tuesday, July 2

4:14 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance and Eden Valley Rescue to a medical at a residence on County State Aid Highway 34, Forest Prairie Township. One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

10:12 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office took a report of juvenile trouble at a residence on Friedman Street, Eden Valley.

3:34 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a civil issue at an address on 367th Street, North Kingston Township. The deputy made contact with all parties involved and advised of options.

6:07 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office arrested Erik Michael Fauskee, age 50, of Eden Valley, on a Meeker County Warrant for a probation violation.

Monday, July 1

3:45 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Watkins Ambulance, per the request of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, for a medical at a residence on Calumet Road, Fairhaven Township. One individual was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

4:15 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office dispatched Eden Valley Rescue and Watkins Ambulance to a medical at a residence on Douglas Drive, Eden Valley.  One individual was transported to Meeker Memorial Hospital.

Firearm safety class sign-up

Firearm safety sign-up will be July 28, 2013 from 7-8 p.m. at the Kimball Rod and Gun Club for anyone turning 12 BEFORE Dec. 31, 2013, or older. Birth Certificate required this night. Classes will be held every Wednesday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m., until field day on Saturday, Aug. 17. MUST be able to attend field day! 

Call Charlie Serbus at (320) 761-6507 or Carly Serbus at (320) 266-6225 with any questions.

Summer heat can be deadly to pets (3)

As the dangerous heat returns and the hot days of summer come upon us, doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners recommend taking certain precautions to ensure your pet doesn’t suffer from any heat-related injuries. 

“It’s less than a week into summer and we’ve already seen multiple cases of heatstroke at several of our locations,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl. “It’s very important for people to remember that their pets are sensitive to the heat.”

BluePearl doctors recommend for pets to be kept in an air conditioned environment during the heat of the day and to limit strenuous activities such as running and playing. 

“Focus on outdoor activities either early in the morning or late in the day,” Shaw said. 

If your pet does become overheated, spray the animal down with room temperature or cool water, but never ice water. Ice cold water causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin and heat can’t escape the body, which makes heat exhaustion symptoms worse.

Don’t give sports drinks or electrolyte supplements to pets. Dogs cool off by panting and they do not sweat like people. Supplements like sports drinks can actually harm animals and make pets sick.

Lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and dark red gums are all signs of heat related distress. If your pet is panting uncontrollably or collapses, take the animal to your veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinary hospital immediately. 

Pet owners should also remember to make sure their pets have access to plenty of water at all times. Also, never leave your pet locked in a vehicle with the windows closed.

“Ultimately, any time you feel your pet may be in need of medical assistance, please don’t hesitate to get them to your veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Shaw. “Time is often the difference between life and death.”