Tricounty News

Watkins Fire Department turns 100 years old

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. 74705 430846070366487 462409186 n

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 CSO-P program partners with HCMC

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 W-Meeker-Co.-Sheriff-MCS177Medical 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.


Local crime blotters July 25, 2013

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.


Fatal crash July 16

Tuesday, July 16, at 2:31 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a personal injury accident at the intersection of State Highway 24 and 330th Street, Kingston Township. Meeker County Deputies, Minnesota State Patrol, Gold Cross Ambulance, Kimball Fire Department and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Jesse Albright, 34, of Royalton, was driving a 2009 Peterbilt Semi northbound on Highway 24, and Gloria Nething, 72, of rural Litchfield, was driving a 1999 Plymouth Voyager westbound on 330th Street. Gloria Nething failed to yield to Jesse Albright and the vehicles collided. The semi that Jesse Albright was driving was pulling a grain trailer full of corn. After the vehicles collided they both went into the ditch. The semi tipped over causing all of the corn to spill out of the trailer. The semi and trailer were owned by RJ Lanners Incorporated of Royalton.

Gloria Nething was pronounced dead at the scene. Jesse Albright refused medical treatment at the scene.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, assisted by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Tractor accident with injury

Monday, July 22, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Watkins Ambulance responded to 33479 675 Avenue, Watkins, for a one-vehicle (tractor) personal injury accident. David Kuechle, 64 years old, from rural Watkins, was driving a Kubota L2550 4-wheel drive tractor with a front-end loader and a brush mower on the back.
Kuechle was mowing the ditches near his residence when he got too far on the incline of the ditch causing the loader to roll two times. One of the times the loader rolled, Kuechle was struck by the rear tire. David Kuechle was taken by Watkins Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital. This crash is being investigated by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.