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Two housing developments on Tuesday, Oct. 16, council agenda

DELANO, MN – A total of 352 residential lots could be developed in Delano if two proposals going before Delano City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, come to fruition.

The council will first consider a planned unit development from Hartman Communities LLC to develop 208 acres known as McKinley Residential PUD at the corner of Davidson Avenue and Wright County Road 30.

The McKinley Residential PUD and preliminary plat was first approved in 2005, but the final plat was never developed.

Now, Hartman Communities is seeking guidance on site design and land-use configuration for the property to proceed to future PUD development stage and final stage.

Secondly, the council will consider a concept plan review for 68.11 acres located along County Road 16, immediately east of the Fox Meadows subdivision.

The council first approved an annexation request for the land, known as the Gerard farm, in January.

Now, the city has received an amended single-family concept plan for the site which attempts to address the issues that were raised in the initial concept plan review.

The council and City Planner Alan Brixius will review the plans for the property called Laketown Homes.

One injured in farm accident

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Franklin Township man was injured while picking corn Sunday.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Scott Oberaigner was picking corn at 5874 Calder Ave. SE when an ear of corn became lodged in the machine. When he attempted to dislodge the corn, the machine grabbed his glove and pulled his hand into the machine, every finger except his thumb.

He attempted to wave down traffic on Highway 12, but was too far north of the road and behind standing corn. After about five minutes, he was able to pull his hand out of the machine and walk about 400 to 500 yards to Highway 12, where he observed a Rockford Fire Department vehicle driving by and was able to get their attention.

Two Rockford firefighters applied a tourniquet and wrapped his hand in gauze, with the assistance of a Wright County deputy.

Members of the Delano Fire Department and Ridgeview paramedics also responded to the scene.

Oberaigner was transported to North Memorial Medical Center by Ridgeview Ambulance.

Wright County in flood watch through Wednesday, Oct. 10

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WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for several counties, including Wright.

According to the alert, “A stalled frontal boundary that extended from the Plains to the Upper Midwest will focus a corridor of nearly continuous rainfall, occasionally heavy, across the region from later this afternoon through early Wednesday. As the potential of thunderstorms develop later today, and into tonight, rainfall rates will increase, leading to runoff and possible flooding.”

Widespread rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with a swath of 5 to 6 inches possible from south central and east central Minnesota to west central Wisconsin.

Prolonged moderate to heavy rainfall early this week will lead to rising river and stream levels, and could result in lowland flooding through the week.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Cause of fatal Highway 12 crash unknown

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed the life of a Bloomington woman Friday afternoon.

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed the life of a Bloomington woman Friday afternoon.

INDEPENDENCE, MN — Authorities are unsure of what caused a 52-year-old Bloomington woman to cross the center line, causing a fatal crash Friday afternoon on Highway 12.

According to West Hennepin Public Safety Department, a westbound vehicle driven by Tamara Freiborg crossed the center line into the path of an eastbound semi driven by Osman Abdi, 40, of Eagan, between Valley Road and Hennepin County Road 90 around 3:13 p.m.

Freiborg was pronounced dead at the scene.

Abdi was transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia with minor injuries and for observation.

Doris Schendel, the driver of another involved vehicle, which was also westbound at the time of the crash, was not injured, and that vehicle sustained only minor damage.

Witnesses to the crash said Freiborg was not driving erratically, weaving, or swerving before the crash. During the investigation into the crash, investigators found a purse on the front passenger seat of Freiborg’s vehicle. Inside her purse, in a zippered pocket, investigators located Freiborg’s phone.

WHSPD is working with the Minnesota State Patrol to continue to investigate the cause of the crash and why Freiborg’s vehicle crossed the center line.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family affected in this tragic crash,” a message on the WHPSD Facebook page said. “Thank you to all the responders that came and assisted our department with this crash. Thank you to the other motorists for your understanding as we detoured traffic for an extended amount of time.
We stay strong in working with our other public safety partners to make Highway 12 a safer road to travel.”

Crash involving semi leaves one dead

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed a life Friday afternoon.

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed a life Friday afternoon.

INDEPENDENCE, MN — A Friday afternoon crash involving a semi and two vehicles between Hennepin County Road 90 and Valley Road has claimed a life.

According to West Hennepin Public Safety Department, a westbound vehicle crossed the center line into the path of an eastbound semi between Valley Road and Hennepin County Road 90 around 3:13 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was pronounced dead at the scene.

The semi-truck driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and for observation.

The driver of the other vehicle, which was also westbound at the time of the crash, was not injured, and that vehicle sustained only minor damage.

WHSPD is working with the Minnesota State Patrol to investigate the cause of the crash and why the vehicle crossed the centerline.

No names of any of the involved drivers have been released yet, and the medical examiner is working to notify the family of the deceased.

Nationwide emergency alert scheduled

People in the United States should not be worried when they receive alert on their phones this afternoon.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of Wireless Emergency Alerts and Emergency Alert Systems Wednesday, Oct. 3. The WEA portion of the test begins at 1:18 p.m. and the EAS portion follows at 1:20 p.m. This is the first national test and the fourth EAS nationwide test.
Citizens will be notified by phone. Phones will sound and vibrate once during the 30-minute test window, between 1:18 p.m. and 1:48 p.m. in Minnesota. Cellular phones, which are switched on, will sound loudly and vibrate. Mobile phone users will receive a one-time message that says, “This is a test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Cellular phones in the off or airplane mode position will receive a message if turned on during the test window. The notification is simply a test to ensure citizens are informed during the event of an emergency, such as dangerous weather, missing children, tornado warnings, AMBER ALERTS and other situations.
Users cannot opt out of the WEA test.
The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. Participating broadcasters will sound an audible tone at 1:20 p.m. and will display a message that is similar to regular monthly EAS test messages. The test will last approximately one minute. The test is available to radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers.
The alert testing was scheduled for Sept. 20, but it was postponed due to response efforts for Hurricane Florence.