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Delano teen injured in crash

ROCKFORD TOWNSHIP, MN – A Delano teen was injured in a crash early Saturday morning.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at 2:40 a.m., a 2006 Pontiac G6 driven by Jonah William Redingen, 17, was southbound on Highway 25 near 32nd Street SE when it swerved to miss a deer, ran off the roadway, and crashed into the ditch.

Redingen was transported to Children’s Hospital with noncritical injures.

Passenger Mitchell Byron Muonio, 17, of Novi, MI, was not injured.

Both Redingen and Muonio were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, and alcohol was not a factor, according to the State Patrol.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office and Allina Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Regional health leaders ask for vigilance against COVID-19

Leadership of three regional health systems have banded together to ask community members to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A press release from President and CEO Patricia Henderson of Glencoe Regional Health; President and CEO Mike Phelps of Ridgeview; and President Jim Lyons of Hutchinson Health indicated all facilities continue to see increasing cases of COVID-19.

The release reads as follows:

“To our community –
As we continue to see a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases in our communities, we – as the leaders
of your local healthcare systems – are urging you to do your part to reduce the spread.
The rise of COVID-19 cases is having a significant impact on our hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
It is draining our resources such as beds, PPE (masks, gloves, gowns), supplies, and our most valuable
resource: our staff.

An increase in community spread is having a significant impact on our staffing levels,
as our employees on the front lines are affected by high-risk exposures or direct illness.

While some people may not be very sick with COVID-19, they still have the possibility to spread the virus
to others, who can become very ill or even die. We want to protect the elderly and other vulnerable
people from getting sick and needing urgent medical care.
We need everyone to work together to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We are
asking for you to take this virus seriously. After nine months of sacrifices, we know you are exhausted.
Now is not the time to become relaxed and complacent about prevention measures. Wear a mask and
stay apart. We’ve been practicing all year, and now is the time that it matters most. Let’s work together to
keep our communities safe. We are stronger together.
While it’s a tradition to gather with your family during the holidays, we ask that you stay home this year.
In-person family gatherings will continue to spread the virus and not only risk the health of our family and
friends, but put unnecessary strain on our healthcare systems. Consider other ways of connecting with
your loved ones, such as video calls and phone calls.
Please continue to be extra diligent with these preventive measures:
• Avoid going out, except for essential items.
• Avoid gatherings.
• Keep at least six feet of distance between you and another person.
• When in public, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.
• Wash your hands OFTEN with soap and water for AT LEAST 20 seconds, especially after
using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol IF soap and water are
not readily available.
• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Get a flu shot to reduce the risk of a hospital stay.
Thank you for helping us slow down the spread of COVID-19. We will get through this, together.
Patricia Henderson
President & CEO, Glencoe Regional Health
Mike Phelps
President & CEO, Ridgeview
Jim Lyons
President, Hutchinson Health

Intermediate school shifting to distance learning Wednesday, Dec. 2

DELANO, MN – Delano Intermediate School is shifting to distance learning Wednesday, due to a shortage of available staff.

Monday and Tuesday are being used as transition planning days to prepare staff for the shift, so there are no regular classes for students.

District officials are consulting with the regional COVID-19 support team, including Minnesota Department of Health and Wright County Public Health, to receive further guidance.

“We apologize to our intermediate school parents for the short notice,” Communications Coordinator Paul Downer wrote in an email Sunday afternoon. “This has been a fast-developing situation.”

Delano Elementary School students returned to school Monday, following Thanksgiving break. Those students are attending school in person four days per week, with distance learning each Wednesday.

Delano High School students began full-time distance learning Monday.

The Delano Herald Journal will post updates as they become available.


One injured in Highway 12 crash

DELANO, MN – A Jordan woman was injured when the vehicle she was riding in collided with another vehicle on Highway 12 in Delano Monday afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at 2:33 p.m., a 2016 Honda CR-V driven by Sara Herkenhoff, 30, of Delano, was making a left turn onto County Line Road off of westbound Highway 12 when it collided with an eastbound 2008 Volkswagen R32 driven by Christopher Nelson, 42, of Jordan.

Neither driver was injured, but passenger Sandra Nelson, 64, of Jordan, was transported to North Memorial Health Hospital with noncritical injuries.

All individuals were wearing seat belts, road conditions were dry, and alcohol was not a factor, according to the State Patrol.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Delano Light the Night runs Nov. 27-Jan. 1

DELANO, MN – In a year when many events are being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new event is coming to Delano.

Central Park will host Delano Light the Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Jan. 1.

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Delano Snowstormers’ annual auction moves online, begins Wednesday, Nov. 25

DELANO, MN – Snowmobile trails open Tuesday, Dec. 1, weather permitting. Leading up to the start of the snowmobiling season, the Delano Snowstormers are working to prepare the 45 to 50 miles of trails stretching from Rockford to Howard Lake.

Members are also organizing the club’s annual auction. Due to COVID-19, organizers are working with Delano-based US Power Bid to have an online auction hosted at The auction is set to begin Wednesday, Nov. 25, but bidders may register on the website now.

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