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Several burglaries reported in Maple Plain

MAPLE PLAIN, MN – Six individuals in Maple Plain reported to West Hennepin Public Safety Department that their vehicles had been rummaged through Jan. 24.

According to the WHPSD media report:

At 3:59 a.m., a resident in the 1700 block of Howard Lake reported finding a dome light on inside his wife’s vehicle and footprints in the snow in his yard. An officer checked the area on foot and by patrol squad car, and did not locate anyone. It was unknown if anything was taken from the vehicle.

Three other residents on Howard Avenue also reported that someone had gone through their vehicles. In one case, at a residence in the 1600 block, nothing was missing, but a hat not owned by the vehicle owner was found next to the vehicle and was given to police. That hat belonged to an individual whose vehicle was rummaged through in the 1700 block. Ray-Ban sunglasses and a camouflage hat were stolen from that vehicle. There was nothing missing from another vehicle that had been gone through in the 1600 block.

At 8:04 a.m., a resident in the 4900 block of Drake Street reported her son’s vehicle was rummaged through and a wallet, cash, a debit card, and gift card were stolen. Neighborhood children found her son’s wallet a block away and had returned it to him, but the cash and cards were no longer in the wallet.

In the 5200 block of Bryantwood Drive, a resident reported the trunk and console on her husband’s locked truck had been gone through and an extra key was stolen, as well as miscellaneous change.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact WHPSD at 763-479-0500.

Horse kicks individual in head, multiple agencies respond


INDEPENDENCE, MN — A 61-year-old Plymouth woman was life flighted to North Memorial Medical Center after being kicked in the head by a horse.

According to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department, the incident occurred at 3:50 Sunday at a horse stable in the 3000 block of Lake Sarah Road in independence.

A woman had been kicked in the head and was unconscious for about five minutes.

Due to unknown internal injuries and a previous medical condition that requires medication, North Memorial Air Care was requested for rapid transport to the hospital.

The patient was stable at the time of the transport. No other information about the patient is available at this time.

In a statement, WHPSD thanked North Memorial and the Delano Fire Department for their response to the situation.

“We appreciate the great working relationship that we have with both the Delano Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance to provide the best possible care to our community.”

Three from Montrose injured in crash

MONTROSE, MN – A Montrose woman and two young passengers, as well as a Buffalo woman, were injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2018 Dodge Journey driven by Amy Jo McDonald, 40, of Montrose, was northbound on Highway 25 when a southbound 2010 Ford Fusion driven by Jean Gardner, 77, of Buffalo, pulled out in front of it in an attempt to turn left onto Catlin Avenue.

Gardner and McDonald were transported to Buffalo Hospital with noncritical injuries, as were McDonald’s passengers, a 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old female.

All individuals were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash that occurred shortly after 3 p.m.

High-speed chase ends in Delano

DELANO, MN – Suspected drug activity in the parking lot of a Buffalo business led to a high-speed chase that terminated in Delano late Wednesday evening, resulting in the arrest of one suspect and a continued search for the second suspect.

According to Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke, officers responded to the call regarding the activity at 9:55 p.m.

Officers approached the vehicle and observed there were two male occupants with evidence of drug use in plain view.

When the occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, the vehicle fled the scene, and officers initiated a pursuit.

The vehicle traveled south out of Buffalo on Highway 25, then east on Highway 12.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted and attempted to deploy spike strips.

When the Buffalo officer learned the spike strips had not been effective, he attempted to catch up to the suspect vehicle, reaching speeds of 100 mph.

A search ensued in Delano, with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, sheriff’s office personnel, and West Hennepin Public Safety Department officers.

Officers discovered the suspect vehicle abandoned in a parking lot.

Officers located the passenger, a 25-year-old male from Watertown, and identified the 27-year-old driver, who remains at large. Neither individual’s identity will be released until charges are filed.

Officials called off the search around midnight.

Though the driver has not been located, Budke said the public is not believed to be in danger.

Wright County Sheriff election results


Sheriff – four-year term

Sean Deringer 26,823 votes (50.9 percent)

Mike Kaczmarek 25,679 votes (48.73 percent)

Write-in 195 votes (.37 percent)

All results are unofficial until certified.

Snow season parking in effect in Delano

DELANO, MN – Snow season parking is now in effect in Delano.

According to city ordinance, “No person shall park any motor vehicle, vehicle, machinery or implement on any street, avenue or alley within the boundaries of the city, except for bona fide emergencies, between the hours of 2 and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 through April 1 of the following year.”

Furthermore, it is unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on any street after continuous or intermittent snow fall during which there has been an accumulation of 2 inches or more of snow on any street until the same has been plowed or removed from the full width of the roadway. This ordinance does not apply to the area zoned “Central Business District” in the Delano Land Use and Zoning Code.