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Montrose man killed in head-on crash following chase

MINNETONKA, MN – Police say a Montrose man had eluded them before a head-on crash that killed him and critically injured a Minnetonka woman.

According to Minnesota State Patrol, a 1999 Mercury Tracer driven by David Baxter, 30, was eastbound and traveling at a high rate of speed on Minnetonka Boulevard, tried to pass traffic, entered the opposing traffic lane, and struck a westbound 2015 Volvo S6S head-on at 1:59 p.m. Friday.

Baxter was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Volvo, 59-year-old Karen Webster, was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

According to Minnetonka Police, officers began a pursuit of Baxter’s vehicle at 1:58 p.m. after observing the vehicle traveling at extremely high speeds. Despite police signaling their presence, Baxter reportedly continued to flee, and officers discontinued the case after they deemed the speeds to be unsafe.

Officers came upon the crash shortly thereafter.

Minnetonka Boulevard was closed in both directions following the crash.

Webster was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but it is unknown if Baxter was wearing his seat belt, according to the State Patrol.

KSTP reported that Webster was being treated for internal injuries, shattered ankles, and a shattered femur. She reportedly underwent surgery Saturday, with additional surgery to address internal injuries Monday.

Greenfield man injured in single-vehicle crash

DELANO, MN – Snowy and icy conditions contributed to a single-vehicle crash that injured a Greenfield man Tuesday evening.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, a 2005 Nissan Titan truck driven by Ian Stewart, 33, of Greenfield, was eastbound on Wright County Road 17 when it slid across the road, struck a tree, bounced, and spun across the road until it came to rest in the road west of Third Street North.

Stewart had lost consciousness, but was conscious and in a passerby’s vehicle when a deputy arrived. The deputy reported Stewart appeared dazed and in shock, while two children in Stewart’s vehicle were not injured.

A family member arrived to care for the children, and Stewart was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Stewart reported that he did not remember much about what happened before the crash. He believed he had been driving 30 to 35 mph, though the deputy suspected higher speeds based on the amount of damage to the vehicle, which was totaled and towed from the scene.

Delano Fire and Rescue and Ridgeview Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Franklin Township Board supports gun range expansion, with conditions

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – In front of a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people, the Franklin Township Board approved support of the Delano Sportsmen’s Club’s request for a conditional use permit to expand into Wright County with three trap ranges.

“The township approves of the request because this is a reasonable use of the land per the land-use plan for an agricultural zone as long as a conditional use permit is granted and if the environmental assessment work that is currently being conducted by and for Wright County come back with a finding of ‘no significant impact/record of decision,’ then our approval is contingent upon Wright County enforcing, as a minimum the following five conditions,” Supervisor Bill McMullen said while making his motion.

First, the motion called for the DSC to hire a certified professional sound engineer to submit a total sound design plan for the combined facilities in both counties. That plan must be reviewed and approved by Wright County, and must demonstrate no net increase in either the average noise level or the peak decibel level using an estimate of spring 2017 and actual spring 2018 sound levels as the baseline, and that the combined facilities modify, build, and maintain to the required specifications to ensure that nearby residents’ quality of life is not negatively impacted.

Secondly, the motion called for the DSC to completely enclose the pistol range at the existing facility.

Thirdly, the motion called for the DSC to not allow any pistol or rifle shooting at the new facility.

Fourthly, the motion called for the DSC to not increase the current client base of law enforcement groups or high school trapshooting teams that use the combined facility. Currently, five law enforcement agencies and the Delano High School trapshooting team use the facility.

Finally, the motion called for the DSC to reduce the hours of operations of the combined facility so the last shot fired is no later than 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday for trap shooting, while rifle and pistol shooting would be limited to no later than 6 p.m. every day, with no outside lights illuminating beyond the trap range, with outside lights completely off within 30 minutes of those time limits.

McMullen’s motion was unanimously approved.

The issue will now return to the Wright County Planning Commission, which continued a public hearing on the matter from March 29 to the Thursday, June 7 meeting.

For more coverage of the township board and planning commission meetings regarding this issue, see Friday’s edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people attended Monday's Franklin Township Board meeting, during which the board approved support of expansion of the Delano Sportsmen's Club into Wright County, with a number of conditions.

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people attended Monday’s Franklin Township Board meeting, during which the board approved support of expansion of the Delano Sportsmen’s Club into Wright County, with a number of conditions.

Delano schools close early Tuesday, April 3

DELANO, MN – Delano Public Schools will dismiss students early today due to weather and road conditions.

Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m., and middle school/high school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.

All students will receive lunch before dismissal.

All afternoon and evening activities are canceled.

Tiger Kids Club will close at 3:45 p.m. ECFE classes end at 11 a.m. Wee Tiger Preschool ends at 11:30 a.m. All Community Ed. programs are canceled. The Tiger Activity Center will close at 1 p.m.

Montrose man involved in crash that injured one

BUFFALO, MN – A Sunday evening crash involving a Montrose man resulted in noncritical injuries for a Buffalo man.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Brady Wagner, 28, of Montrose, was westbound on Highway 55, went to make a left turn on a flashing yellow arrow onto Settlers Parkway, and struck a 2005 Honda CR-V driven by Gregory Peterson, 70, of Buffalo.

Peterson, who was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, was transported to North Memorial Hospital for treatment of noncritical injuries.

Wagner, who was also wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

Sheriff stresses ice safety

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – With the recent warmer weather, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public to use caution on area lakes. The sheriff’s office has had a few incidents of vehicles going through thin ice. Adventuring onto thin ice not only endangers the lives of those on the ice, but also that of first responders called to assist if/when someone breaks through the ice.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind the public to use caution around frozen lakes, streams, ponds, and other bodies of water.
Tragically, every year in Minnesota, someone will lose their life due to falling through thin ice that they thought was safe. The sheriff’s office warns that ice is never 100 percent safe. Ice seldom freezes uniformly and can go from being a foot thick in one location and then only an inch or two thick a few feet away.
The DNR recommends the following ice thickness when utilizing frozen waterways:
• 2″ or less – STAY OFF
• 4″ – Ice fishing or other activities on foot
• 5″ – Snowmobile or ATV
• 8″ – 12″ – Car or small pickup
• 12″ – 15″ – Medium truck
For more information on ice safety, visit the Minnesota DNR link.