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Howard Lake man badly injured in crash

ALBION TOWNSHIP, MN – A Howard Lake man suffered serious injuries in a crash with a Wright County Highway Department dump truck driven by a Montrose man in Albion Township Thursday morning.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Lucas James Meinstad Klages, 23, of Howard Lake, was northbound on Wright County Road 7 when it failed to yield at a stop sign and continued into the path of a 2009 International dump truck that was eastbound on County Road 35.

The front of the International struck the left side of the S10.

Klages, who was the lone occupant of the S10, was transported to North Memorial Hospital by North Air Care for treatment of his injuries.

The driver of the International, James Timothy Casari, 39, of Montrose, was not injured.

The sheriff’s office did not indicate what factors may have contributed to the crash or if either driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Wright County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Maple Lake Fire and Rescue, Maple Lake Ambulance, and Allina Ambulance.

City Council to consider annexation request Tuesday, June 20

DELANO, MN – Delano City Council will conduct a public hearing and consider an annexation request from Organix Solutions, a subsidiary of Randy’s Environmental Services, during its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

City Planner Alan Brixius said in a memo to the council that Organix Solutions is petitioning the city to annex a 5.58-acre triangular parcel of land adjacent to the existing Randy’s Environmental Services material recovery facility located off of Highway 12 in north Delano.

“The proposed project is consistent with the 2012 extraterritorial land use map, which designates this as a growth area and guides this property for industrial/commercial use,” Brixius wrote. “Water and sewer service have been extended into this area previously per the extraterritorial land use plan.”

In other business, the council is expected to:

• consider a request from El Molcajete to allow an outdoor dining expansion at 45 Babcock Blvd.

• consider a request from Lennar Homes for final plat approval for Highland Ridge Fifth Addition.

• approve the appointments of Lukas Gardner and Kaleb Fish as probationary members of the Delano Fire Department and accept the resignation of firefighter Eric Knoop.

• authorize the purchase of a John Deere mower from Minnesota Equipment for about $12,617, including a $5,000 trade-in for the 2015 model currently used by public works.

Delano City Council meeting rescheduled to Monday, June 12

DELANO, MN – The Delano City Council meeting that was cancelled Tuesday due to a lack of quorum of council members has been rescheduled to 5 p.m. Monday, June 12.

The council will consider requests regarding development of Granite Ridge Apartments on the former Granite Works site, receive and discuss an update regarding plans for a splash pad in Central Park, and discuss the installation of a video monitoring system at the compost facility.

Granite Ridge Apartments
The council will conduct a public hearing regarding the Granite Ridge Apartments proposal from Ron Clark Construction and Design and BBS Granite LLC.

Four different resolutions have been requested.

First, the council is asked to approve a planned unit development concept plan and subdivision sketch plan for the former Granite Works site redevelopment located at 265 River Street.

Second, the council is asked to adopt a resolution to administer a Tax Increment Finance District for Granite Ridge.

Third, the council is asked to adopt a resolution of city support for the project.

Fourth, the council is asked to adopt a resolution of authorization to provide a $655,000 loan with a deferred term of 30 years and no interest for the project.

Splash pad
Aquatix by Landscape Structures has made a splash pad proposal. Aquatix has agreed to provide the above-ground water-play features for no cost, meaning the city’s share would cover installation at a cost of about $290,915.

The council will receive an update about the soils in the area where the splash pad has been proposed.

Compost facility
Regarding the compost facility, a video monitoring system is being considered so that an attendant is no longer needed because there are fewer attendants available and the city has needed to leave the site open unattended from time to time.

Wright Hennepin Security has submitted a proposal to supply and install a video monitoring system for $5,930, about half of the $12,000 cost of staffing the site. With video monitoring, the city may be able to expand hours, as well.

Much more information on all three items will be provided at the meeting, which will begin at 5 p.m. in council chambers at Delano City Hall.

Council meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum

DELANO, MN — Proposals for Granite Ridge Apartments and a splash pad in Central Park will have to wait, as tonight’s meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. It has not yet been rescheduled.

Granite Ridge Apartments, splash pad on June 6 council agenda

DELANO, MN – The Delano City Council is set to have a busy night Tuesday, as it will consider a request regarding development of Granite Ridge Apartments on the former Granite Works site, consider the purchase of a splash pad for Central Park, and discuss the installation of a video monitoring system at the compost facility.

Granite Ridge Apartments
The council will conduct a public hearing regarding the Granite Ridge Apartments proposal from Ron Clark Construction and Design and BBS Granite LLC.

Four different resolutions have been requested.

First, the council is asked to approve a planned unit development concept plan and subdivision sketch plan for the former Granite Works site redevelopment located at 265 River Street.

Second, the council is asked to adopt a resolution to administer a Tax Increment Finance District for Granite Ridge.

Third, the council is asked to adopt a resolution of city support for the project.

Fourth, the council is asked to adopt a resolution of authorization to provide a $655,000 loan with a deferred term of 30 years and no interest for the project.

Splash pad
City staff is recommending acceptance of the Aquatix by Landscape Structures splash pad proposal. Aquatix has agreed to provide the above-ground water-play features for no cost, meaning the city’s share would cover installation at a cost of about $290,915.

Installation is set to begin July 10, and take 12 weeks.

Compost facility
Regarding the compost facility, a video monitoring system is being considered so that an attendant is no longer needed because there are fewer attendants available and the city has needed to leave the site open unattended from time to time.

Wright Hennepin Security has submitted a proposal to supply and install a video monitoring system for $5,930, about half of the $12,000 cost of staffing the site. With video monitoring, the city may be able to expand hours, as well.

Much more information on all three items will be provided at the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Delano City Hall.

Montrose woman injured in crash in Rockford

ROCKFORD, MN – A Montrose woman was injured in a crash at 7:36 a.m. Monday in Rockford.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2015 Kia Forte driven by Jacklynn Dell, 33, of Montrose, was making a left turn from a Maple Street business onto westbound Highway 55, and failed to yield to eastbound traffic.

An eastbound 2002 Buick LeSabre driven by Angela Tibbitts, 36, of Montrose, struck the Forte.

Tibbitts suffered noncritical injuries, and was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Niether Dell nor her 11-year-old passenger were injured.

All individuals were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that alcohol was not a factor and road conditions were dry at the time of the crash.