Tricounty News

Sex offender moves to Pirz Lake

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 W-Klappenbach-releaseneighborhood.

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.


Murder suspect sought

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 W-Preston-SAENGCHANTHALATH-combinedgetaway 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.



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Local crime blotters Oct. 17 2013

Car rollover with injuries Oct. 12

At 11:37 a.m. Saturday Oct. 12, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a personal injury accident near the address of 71500 CSAH 18. Meeker County Deputies, Dassel Fire and Rescue, Allina Ambulance, and Life-Link Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.

Steven Oman, 26 years old, from rural Dassel was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix east on CSAH 18 when he lost control of the vehicle and went into the ditch causing the vehicle to roll over. Steven Oman was ejected from the vehicle.

Steven Oman was air lifted to North Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

The accident is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.


Avoid deer-vehicle crashes while driving this fall

Nearly one-third of car-deer collisions each year occur between now and November, said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), citing a national report.

Minnesota is ranked eighth when it comes to car-deer crash totals, according to State Farm Insurance, which tracks the trends nationwide. Most states, the company reports, are seeing a decline in their numbers. There are two exceptions: Wyoming and Minnesota. 

Though most people would expect these crashes to be more likely in rural areas, motorists in urban regions of the state also need to watch out for these dangerous – and sometimes deadly – accidents involving deer. Minnesota has 3 million drivers and 136,000 miles of roadway.


Local crime blotters Oct. 10, 2013

Barn fire in South Haven

Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 5:58 p.m.,
the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Dassel Fire Department, Litchfield Fire Department, Kimball Fire Department, Cokato Fire Department, and Meeker Co-op Light and Power Association responded to multiple calls at 31252 733rd Avenue for a barn fire. One of the reporting parties, a neighbor, noticed the fire after a lightning strike had hit the barn. The owners, Dale Atkinson, age 61, and Linda Atkinson, age 62, of South Haven, were not at home at the time the fire started. The barn 32 X 60 (feet) was used to store antiques and household items. The barn had an attached shed
16 X 30 (feet) on one side, and a second shed, a chicken coop about
12 X 20 (feet) with approximately 50 young laying chickens that were caught in the fire. The barn was insured and was a total loss. The damage is estimated at approximately $207,000 with buildings and contents. There were no injuries resulting from the fire and no one was present at the residence at the time of the fire. Lindberg Excavating Inc. of Cokato, was called to assist in spreading the rubble, to extinguish hot spots.