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Motorcycle crash kills Delano woman

DELANO, MN – A motorcycle crash has claimed the life of Sandy Griebel, 60, of Delano.

According to Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud, his office was dispatched to crash involving a motorcycle and a deer on Carver County Road 10 near 46th Street in Watertown Township at 9:24 p.m. Tuesday.

Griebel was the passenger on the motorcyle driven by Brett “Jim” Griebel. She was transported to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and succumbed to her injuries early Wednesday  morning.

Jim was not seriously injured.

Funeral services for Sandy will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Motley Free Methodist Church, 33 Wellwood St. E. Visitation will occur from 4-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church in Motley prior to the services. Interment will be in the Motley Public Cemetery.

See the Aug. 2 edition of the Delano Herald Journal for a full obituary.

Kamerud did not believe helmets were worn at the time of the crash.

“It’s a tragic incident to be certain,” he said.

His office was assisted by Ridgeview Ambulance, Watertown Fire Department, and Minnesota State Patrol, which reconstructed the crash.

Highway 25 project to begin Aug. 5

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Motorists who drive Highway 25 between Highway 12 and the Settlers Parkway roundabout in Buffalo should expect periodic shoulder and lane closures beginning Monday, Aug. 5, and will need to find an alternative route altogether beginning Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Leading up to Aug. 14, there may be delays as crews prepare work areas and the detour route.

Then, a signed detour will direct motorists to take Wright County Road 12 through Montrose once construction begins.

Highway 25 will be reconstructed, and drainage will be improved along the stretch.

Access will be restricted to those who work, live, or need to visit locations along Highway 25. Access will be maintained and open to businesses or residents, but changes, delays, and gravel or grooved surfaces should be expected.

The road will be temporarily impassable at some locations to complete underground pipe and culvert work beginning Sunday, Aug. 18. Motorists who need to access locations along Highway 25 then will need to plan accordingly and expect flaggers and the use of a pilot car with alternating traffic in certain areas.

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Four thefts reported in Montrose

MONTROSE, MN – A firearm was among items stolen from vehicles in Montrose.

All thefts were reported Monday morning.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office received the first report at 4:01 a.m. about a theft in the 1000 block of Alexander Court.

The sheriff’s office received the second report less than an hour later, at 4:53 a.m., about another theft in the 1000 block of Alexander Court.

The sheriff’s office received the third report at 7:18 a.m. about a theft in the 900 block of Breckenridge Lane, which was the location where the firearm was reported stolen. The firearm has been entered into the National Crime Information Center.

The sheriff’s office received the fourth report at 11:53 a.m. about another theft in the 900 block of Breckenridge Lane.

Information about other stolen items will be released as reports are completed. The cases are under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at 763-682-1162.

There was also a report of at least one theft in Howard Lake. Information about that theft should be directed to the Howard Lake Police Department at 320-543-3670.

Concert in the Park will be indoors Wednesday, July 17

DELANO, MN – Due to storms forecasted for Wednesday, July 17, the Concert in the Park will be moved to the Delano Senior Center, 234 Second St. N. The concert will feature Singleton Street at 6:30 p.m.

‘The Addams Family’ staff, crew announced

ORONO, MN – The Broadway musical, “The Addams Family,” will be presented on stage in the auditorium at Orono High School Friday, July 19 through Monday, July 29 by 4 Community Theatre.

The “frightfully delightful” world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Lurch come to life in this story, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.

The morbid family is put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurling them into a night that will change their lives forever.

This musical comedy brings the beloved and bizarre first family of comedy to life, complete with musical numbers, a set by Greg Vanselow, props by Ron Brown, and costumes by Mary Senneka.

Actors, crew members

Morticia will be played by Maple Plain actress Jody Harmon in her debut with 4CT. She has a lengthy career as a vocalist with several local area bands, large and small, performing both solo and ensemble pieces, from popular and classic rock to country and blues.

Matthew Downs makes his 4CT debut as Gomez, after performing most recently in “Little Mermaid,” with Morris Park Players. A classically trained baritone, he has been in multiple productions, both in the Twin Cities and in Duluth, the latter including stints at the Duluth Playhouse and Lyric Opera of the North.

Appearing as Mal and Alice Beineke, the parents of Wednesday Addam’s love interest, Lucas, are Joe Happe and Trish Fike.

Happe was seen in last summer’s “Anything Goes,” and has played multiple roles with 4CT, including presently serving as the group’s board chairman.

Fike has recently been in Morris Park’s “Seussical,” as Yertle the Turtle, and played Golde in Northfield Arts Guild’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

In her first role with 4CT, Kate Piering is appearing as Wednesday Addams. A graduate of Wayzata High School’s theatre program, she also trained at Stages Theatre Company, and Children’s Theatre. She now attends the University of Minnesota.

Also appearing for the first time with 4CT, Lucas Beineke is played by Ike Nebeker, a recent graduate of Eden Prairie High School, now studying opera at Brigham Young University.

Recent Delano High School graduate Kelli Carroll appears as Pugsley.

Michael Hentges returns to the 4CT stage as Lurch, after his recent undertaking as the Gentleman Caller in this winter’s “The Glass Menagerie.”

4CT veterans Virginia Haggart and Tom Sullivan round out the principal players as Grandma and Uncle Fester, respectively.

Director for this production of the “Addams Family” is Jack Neveaux, who has directed several shows for the 4CT.

Music director for the production is Dan Oie, who recently worked as the Music Director for the Buffalo Community Theatre production of “The Addams Family,” and was music director for 4CT’s “Willie Wonka” two years ago.

Kerri Olson is the assistant director and choreographer. In addition to last summer’s starring role as Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes,” Kerri has played in multiple 4CT shows, and is on its board.

The production also includes many local actors as the Addams’ ancestors, including Lilly Maeder, Hunter Elwood, John Lahlum, Mari Olson, Elise Nawrocki, Sam Happe, Clarissa Geske, Madelyn Roseen, Victoria Shafer, Natasha Shafer, Sophia Cruz, Clara Cruz, Victoria van Beusekom, Elie Engle, Ana Engbloom, Harmony Sullivan, Jackson and Vivian Althoff, Maia Larson, Annemarie Steinberg, Jill McKernon, and Kate Monskey.

Tickets for “The Addams Family” are available through the 4CT website,

Three burglaries reported in Delano

DELANO, MN – The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three reports it received Monday regarding burglaries from unlocked vehicles in western Delano.

Two vehicles were burglarized at a residence in the 600 block of Watertown Avenue. Burglars reportedly took a wallet and a purse.

Another two vehicles at a residence in the 300 block of Third Street Southwest were also targeted, with a backpack reported stolen from one of the vehicles.

A third burglary occurred in the 600 block of Ridgewood Lane. Several items, including cash and debit cards, were taken from a vehicle that the reporting party believed was unlocked.

Unlike other recent burglaries throughout the area, there does not appear to have been any attempt to enter garages or homes, according to the sheriff’s office.