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Caspian the sheep dies

Caspian the sheep died Sunday. The Soay sheep was known for escaping from its pen in June and being on the lam for 18 days, drawing the attention of many in and around Delano.

Caspian the sheep died Sunday. The Soay sheep was known for escaping from its pen in June and being on the lam for 18 days, drawing the attention of many in and around Delano.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Soay sheep that caught the attention of Delano area residents when it escaped in June has died, apparently due to bladder stones, according to its owners.

Caspian, a 5-year-old ram named after Prince Caspian from the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, was born at the Smoky Buttes Ranch in north Central Kansas.

Milo Durben bought him along with five Soay ewes in October 2017, and took him to his Seven Oaks Farm in Franklin Township.

Caspian first made headlines after he went missing June 18.

“Is anyone in Delano missing a goat?” a member of the Delano MN Community Posts Facebook group asked.

The “goat” was quickly identified as a sheep.

Someone showed the post to Durben, who shared his phone number so anyone who found Caspian could contact him. Durben also shared his contact information through an article in the Delano Herald Journal titled “A sheep on the lam.”

The efforts were successful, as Caspian was returned home July 5.

Caspian’s story, including his capture, was detailed in a story titled “Soay good to be home.”

He passed away Sunday morning, leaving five ewes and five offspring behind.

Praska, Keranen crowned Homecoming king and queen

Anna Keranen and Jacob Praska were crowned Homecoming queen and king at Delano High School Friday.

Anna Keranen and Jacob Praska were crowned Homecoming queen and king at Delano High School Friday.

Reinhardt to receive lifetime achievement award

DELANO, MN – Jo Reinhardt, president and CEO of Delano-based Industrial Louvers Inc., is set to be the recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Jo Rienhardt

Jo Reinhardt

According to NAWBO, “The award goes to a NAWBO member who owns a million-dollar business that has experienced significant long-term growth and success for 20 years or more. The award recognizes an individual who has received numerous awards and recognition for her many achievements growing her business. This individual’s influence and leadership have made a lasting impact. She is considered instrumental to propelling her industry forward and creating opportunities for other women.”

Reinhardt, who also serves as CEO and president of the architectural metal coatings company Verta, is one of a handful of female CEOs in her industries.

She is actively involved in industry associations, including the Air Movement and Control Association, an international nonprofit organization with a global reach. She served eight years on the board of the organization, including as president and chairman in 2006-7. She remains the only woman to have done so in the organization’s 100-year history.

In 2014, Reinhardt received the Gold Eclipse Award from the National Women Business Owners Corporation for outstanding company culture in the manufacturing category. Minnesota Business presented Reinhardt with the bronze award for Manufacturing Executive of the Year in the same year. Her company has been included on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s top 25 Women Owned Business List for four consecutive years.

Reinhardt led ILI to becoming the first U.S. manufacturer to be awarded the International Living Future Institute’s Just Label, a social equity certification label.

Reinhardt serves on the Board of Directors for Precision Air Products Company, and is the chief managing partner for three business partnerships.

She and her husband of 43 years, Keith, have two children and six grandchildren and one grand dog. Her interests include playing golf, tennis, running, biking and travel.

Reinhardt will receive the award Tuesday, Oct. 23, just two days before the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan signing into law legislation known as HR 5050, or Women’s Business Ownership Act.

DHS homecoming candidates, schedule announced

Homecoming queen candidates are, back row from left, Michaela Paskach, Anna Keranen, Maggie Jacobs, Sophie Seurer and Lindsey Dreger. King candidates are, front from left, Jacob Praska, Joey Snell, Trent Peterson, Carson vanSytzama and Sam Kern.

Homecoming queen candidates are, back row from left, Michaela Paskach, Anna
Keranen, Maggie Jacobs, Sophie Seurer and Lindsey Dreger. King candidates are, front from left,
Jacob Praska, Joey Snell, Trent Peterson, Carson vanSytzama and Sam Kern.

Delano High School festivities began Monday, and will continue through Saturday.
Highlights include dress up days, powder puff football and he-man volleyball, an appearance by the
school’s friends from China, a pep fest, various sporting events, the coronation and a dance.
Candidates for homecoming royalty have been announced. Queen candidates are Lindsey Dreger,
Maggie Jacobs, Anna Keranen, Michaela Paskach and Sophie Seurer. King candidates are Sam Kern,
Trent Peterson, Jacob Praska, Joey Snell and Carson vanSytzama.
Coronation will take place between 1:55 and 2:55 p.m. Friday in the Tiger Activity Center.
Dress-up day themes include “USA Day” Monday, “Country vs. Country Club” Tuesday,
“Decade Day” Wednesday, “Class Color Day” Thursday and “Tiger Pride” Friday.
See the special section in the Sept. 21 edition of the Delano Herald Journal for more information.

Woman injured in ATV crash in Franklin Township

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Delano woman was injured Sunday evening when the ATV she was operating slid into a steep ditch in Franklin Township.

Around 6:10 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Farmington and Fannon avenues, where a deputy found Marjory Purkey, 41, lying on her back near an overturned four-wheeler. Purkey was awake and alert, but had injuries to her head, face, and left arm.

The deputy determined Purkey had been riding the ATV with a 9-year-old male passenger along Farmington Avenue when it slid into the ditch.

“It’s assumed, when they slid down the steep ditch, they were thrown off of the four wheeler,” according to the preliminary report from the deputy.

Ridgeview Ambulance transported Purkey to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

The minor, who was not injured, had initially reported the crash, and had been picked up from the scene.

The deputy did not observe or detect any indicators of impairment, and did not believe Purkey operated the ATV in a negligent manner.

Delano Fire Department assisted the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at the scene, as did Ridgeview Ambulance.

Montrose couple facing multiple tax crimes

MONTROSE,  MN – A couple from Montrose is facing six tax-related felonies.

The Wright County Attorney’s Office has charged Jay Alan Johnson and Sheila Ann Johnson with three counts of failing to file individual income tax returns and three counts of failing to pay individual income taxes.

According to a formal complaint, Minnesota Department of Revenue investigators determined the Johnsons had not filed state individual income tax returns or paid income tax for tax years 2013 through 2015, despite earning enough income to be required to file income tax returns and pay income tax. During an interview with investigators, Jay Johnson allegedly admitted to not filing individual income tax returns for tax years 2013 through 2015. The Johnsons allegedly owe more than $40,900 in unpaid income tax.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Individuals who suspect others of tax crimes are encouraged to call the department’s 24-hour tip line at 651-297-5195 or 800-657-3500, or email tax.fraud@state.mn.us. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous.