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Kuehl resigns from Montrose City Council

MONTROSE, MN – The City of Montrose is seeking applicants for city council following the resignation of Councilman Ben Kuehl, which was submitted Dec. 30, and accepted by the council Monday.

“I hope the citizens of Montrose are able to continue to move in a positive direction,” Kuehl’s resignation letter stated in part. “This time has been a great experience but, like all great things, they come to an end. I look forward to seeing many of you throughout our community.”

Mayor Michelle Otto noted that Kuehl resigned due to moving out of Montrose. Kuehl had served on the council for five years. His term was due to expire Dec. 31, 2020, so the seat will be on the ballot in November.

Now, the focus shifts to filling the vacancy.

“Couldn’t we just appoint someone?” Councilman Lloyd Johnson asked.

“We could,” Otto said. “We don’t know who all is interested. We need to look at all members interested.”

Councilman Kirby Moynagh said the council should not appoint someone without the full council present, as Councilman Tom Marszalek was absent.

Interested individuals may find an application on the city website ( or at Montrose City Hall, 311 Buffalo Ave. S.

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.

Interviews will take place during a special city council meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. Applicants will be contacted Friday, Jan. 24, in order to schedule interview times.

Anyone with questions should contact City Clerk/Treasurer Deb Boelter at or 763-575-7422.

For more coverage of this meeting, see Friday’s edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

Patrol car struck on Highway 12

This Wright County Sheriff's Office squad car was struck while stopped on the shoulder of Highway 12 Sunday evening.

This Wright County Sheriff’s Office squad car was struck while stopped on the shoulder of Highway 12 Sunday evening.

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – No one was injured when a vehicle struck a Wright County deputy’s squad car on Highway 12 Sunday evening.

According to a social media post from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the squad car was struck at about 10:50 p.m. while the deputy was dealing with a traffic stop.

Both the squad car and the vehicle that collided with it received considerable damage.

“This serves as a good reminder for all of us to be mindful and aware of emergency vehicles on the side of the road, as well as other vehicles that may be pulled to the side of the road,” the post reads. “Slow down and, if possible on a multilane road, move over. Thank you and drive safely.”

Montrose man seriously injured in Delano motorcycle crash

DELANO, MN – Ian Christopher Scheie, 26, of Montrose was injured in a motorcycle crash at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Scheie was southbound on 5th St. So. in Delano on a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle. When turning left to go eastbound on Hwy. 12, he lost control and crashed, according to the State Patrol. He was transported to North Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.

Scheie was not wearing a helmet. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

Other agencies responding to the scene included the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Ridgeview Ambulance, North Air Care, and the Delano Fire Department.


Winstock announces Luke Combs and Darius Rucker as headliners for Winstock 2020

WINSTED, MN – Winsted, MN – Winstock just announced their all-star lineup for 2020 and welcomes Luke Combs and Darius Rucker! The 2019 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Luke Combs has become one of the fastest rising acts in country music. The multi-platinum, No. 1 Country singersongwriter, Combs stormed onto the music landscape as one of Country’s brightest stars with the release of his critically-acclaimed, double Platinum, No. 1 debut album, This One’s For You. Since its release, the album has spent a total of 27 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, including 16 weeks in 2018—the most of any album in a calendar year. The first five singles—3x platinum “Hurricane,” 3x platinum “When It Rains It Pours,” platinum “One Number Away,” platinum “She Got The Best of Me” and 2x platinum “Beautiful Crazy”—have all reached #1, making Combs the first artist ever to score five consecutive career-opening #1’s on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. His new album What You See Is What You Get is due out November 8th and features Top 10 hit “Even Though I’m Leaving.” Darius Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of GRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since re-introducing himself to the world as a country artist, he has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album, True Believers. Also joining the 2020 Winstock lineup is multi Grammy, CMT, CMA and ACM award winning country duo Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, one of the most successful and flamboyant duos in country music history. 2018 ACM Best New Vocal Group Runaway June rounds out an outstanding Friday of country music. Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge will be joining Combs on Saturday along with youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry Chris Janson. Legendary country band Shenandoah and Phil Vassar, who is celebrating 20 years of charttopping hits, will be appearing on the T-Mobile Stage. The Winstock “West Stage” will play host to Drew Baldridge and Drew Parker. More artists will be added to the festival lineup. About Winstock: THE ULTIMATE SUMMER GET-TOGETHER! Winstock will take place at the Winstock Festival grounds in Winsted, MN on June 12-13, 2020. Celebrating their 27th year, Winstock is one of the premier country music festivals. Winsted is located 45 miles west of the Twin Cities. A volunteer driven festival, 100% of net proceeds go towards youth education at the Holy Trinity School. Winstock Reserved Seats, General Admission tickets and Camping are on-sale now by calling 320-485-4287 or online at FRIDAY, JUNE 12TH SATURDAY,JUNE 13TH

Wright County raising tobacco-buying age to 21

BUFFALO, MN – On a 3-2 vote, with commissioners Mark Daleiden and Charlie Borrell opposed, the board approved an ordinance amendment to raise the tobacco-buying age in Wright County to 21.

Under the ordinance, it will still be legal for someone under 21 to sell tobacco in a retail establishment, and there will be no fine for minors in possession of tobacco.

There will now be two different compliance checks for retail establishments, one utilizing someone between the ages of 15 and 18, and one utilizing someone between the ages of 18 and 21. The civil penalties for noncompliance will increase from $75 to $200 for the first violation, from $200 to $500 for the second offense within a 24-month period, and from $250 to $1,000 for a third offense within a 24-month period. A fourth or subsequent offense will result in the suspension of the license for at least 30 days.

The vote followed a public hearing at a committee of the whole meeting at which two individuals spoke against the change and five spoke in favor of it, in addition to more than 30 written communications in favor of the ordinance.

Those opposed said customers purchase tobacco online or from stores in other counties.

Those in favor shared concerns about vaping in schools and health concerns linked to vaping and smoking.

Daleiden, the lone smoker on the board, explained his opposition.

“Somebody had mentioned we can send 18-year-olds who are kids, or are they adults, to war. They can’t drink, they can’t smoke in our county,” Daleiden said.

Both he and Borrell stated they believe the state should set the tobacco-buying age.

“In a perfect world, I don’t want cigarette smoking, I don’t want e-cigs, I don’t want any of this stuff,” Borrell said. “It’s out there. It’s not something we need to be bringing up at the county level.”

Commissioner Mike Potter disagreed.

“We need to take steps to protect our kids,” he said. “Hopefully, enough counties are doing this so the state gets the message.”

Commissioner Christine Husom joined Potter in saying schools throughout the county need support as they address vaping.

“They’re watching kids go down and being taken away by ambulance because they don’t know what’s in those cartridges,” Husom said. “Limiting access does curb that. If people are hell-bent on doing something, they will do that. For a lot of people, they take note. It’s going to limit access.”

“There is a good number of people, when something is illegal, they tend not to do it,” Chair Darek Vetsch added. “ . . . If it stems off 20 percent of people, it’s a move in the right direction.”

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.