Boat accident at Lake Koronis July 23
Tuesday, July 23, at 10:16 a.m. the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Paynesville Police Department and Paynesville Ambulance Service were dispatched to a watercraft crash with injuries on Lake Koronis in Paynesville Township. A 1966 Arkan Runabout, being operated by Donald Manion, age 66 of Coon Rapids, was pulling a water skier west on Lake Koronis. During operation, the Arkan collided with a kayak that had two juvenile males on board. One of the juveniles, a 5-year old boy from Edina, received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Paynesville Area Hospital by ambulance. This case is still under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.
National Night Out, Aug. 6, will be celebrated in Kimball at the Kimball Area Fire Hall, and in Watkins at the Watkins Fire Hall.
Kimball’s National Night Out is planned for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 6, at the Kimball Area Fire Hall.
Celebrate this National Night Out and open house with the Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Department and the Kimball Police Department.
September marks the 100th anniversary of the Watkins Fire Department. The department will be celebrating the event at the Kraut ’N Wurst Festival, Aug. 2 and 3.
Friday night events include the Little Miss Watkins pageant at 7:30 p.m. and the cow drop at 9 p.m. at the city park, with refreshment stands opening at 7 p.m. The food and refreshment stands will open Saturday at 10 a.m. and the parade is slated to get underway at 10:30 a.m. There will be events all day at the park on Saturday, including a bean-bag tournament, volleyball tournament, water ball fight, and a street dance featuring Maiden Dixie, at 9 p.m. There will also be memorabilia for sale, commemorating the event, such as T-shirts, mugs and can coolers.
The festival is sponsored by the Watkins Fire Department, and the parade’s grand marshals are comprised of retired and active fire department members, in honor of its 100-year anniversary. Some of the retired members date back to the 1950s, including Jack Werner, who was a member from 1954 to 1976, Ewald Theis, from 1955 to 1974, and Joe Nistler Sr., from 1956 to 1982. There are 25 active members.
Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin is proud to announce the formation of the Community Service Officer-Paramedic (CSO-P) program in partnership with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). This program is an all-volunteer program that utilizes experienced, certified paramedics in the roll of a Community Service Officer. This program will augment the available Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that Meeker County citizens currently enjoy.
Sheriff Norlin says that seven Paramedics have completed their first phase of training here in Meeker County, and are now deploying with sworn Deputies for field training as part of the next phase. The Paramedics are supervised by the Sheriff’s command staff and receive medical direction from Hennepin County Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine and HCMC’s Dr. Jeffrey Ho who is also a Meeker County Deputy Sheriff and serves as the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office Medical Director. Equipment for the program will be provided by both the Sheriff’s Office and HCMC while the time for the program will be volunteered by the Paramedics.
Wright County Sheriff’s Office
July 16, Jennifer Joy Tessmer, 31 of South Haven, was arrested in Rice County on an apprehension and detention order from Wright County.
JuJuly 16, Jacob Scott Omara, 30 of Maple Lake, was charged with burglary.
July 18, Gina Marie Woodford, 19 of South Haven, was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance violation.
July 18, Jeremy Cromwell Phyle, 31 of Kimball, was arrested in Stearns County on a Wright County warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance violation.
July 19, Jeffrey Scott Markwardt, 43 of South Haven, was arrested in Southside Township on the charge of driving after cancellation inimical to public safety.
There were 30 property-damage accidents, 5 personal-injury accidents, 3 hit-and-run accidents, and
3 car-deer accidents.
There were 6 arrests for DWI,
11 underage-consumption arrests, and 63 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.