Winter already? Getting ready for winter doesn’t have to take a lot of work. Sometimes it’s just a few little things that can make the difference between safety and suffering: having a survival kit in the car, changing the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector, staying well-hydrated during outdoor fun.
Nov. 4-8, is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota. Stearns County Emergency Management would like to remind everyone that although winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons, it can also be dangerous. People can take some simple precautions to have a warm, safe and enjoyable winter. The Emergency Management website offers a few winter safety tips to help people be prepared for this coming Minnesota winter: www.co.stearns.mn.us/LawPublicSafety.
Fire destroys combine
Friday, Oct. 18, at 4:07 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Watkins Fire Department responded to a combine on fire in a cornfield near the address of 67010 380th Street, Forest Prairie Township.
Ervin Hennen, 77 years old, of Watkins was working in the field before the fire started. Ervin had returned from unloading a truckload of corn and found the 1991 New Holland combine on fire. The field and combine are owned by Norbert Hennen, 80 years of age, also of Watkins. The combine was a total loss. The estimated value of the combine was $25,000. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
Sheriff Jeff Norlin would like to announce that the Meeker Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. The Take-Back boxes will be located at the Meeker County Law Enforcement Center 326 N. Ramsey Ave., Litchfield, MN 55355 and the Dassel City Hall 460 3rd St., Dassel, MN 55325. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed that more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.
What happens when someone convicted of a sex crime has served his or her time? They get out of jail and move into a neighborhood. Maybe your neighborhood.
In March, a public notification meeting was held announcing that Michael Shawn Klappenbach, 40, was about to be released to an address on Pirz Lake Road, a dead-end road along the north end of Pirz Lake in Eden Lake Township, rural Paynesville. The home belongs, we have learned, to his elderly grandparents. The hitch then was that Klappenbach had not yet completed court-
ordered therapy. He has now completed the therapy, and his sentence has been served. He was scheduled to move into the home Monday, Oct. 14, this week.
Kyle Greene, 42, was murdered in his Annandale garage early Saturday morning, Sept. 28. Several individuals had broken in with the intent to rob him of drugs and/or cash. One of the individuals shot him with a shotgun as they left.
Authorities have identified five adults and at least two juveniles who were involved. Tyler Fisher, 19 of Annandale, has admitted to being the getaway driver; he also took the gun from his mother’s house that was used in the murder. Samara Juhl, 19 of Otsego, called Greene to set up a meeting; she had purchased drugs from him before. Both Fisher and Juhl were arrested the day after the murder.