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Delano native dies after being struck by train in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, MN – A man who died after being struck by a train in St. Paul has been identified as a 47-year-old Minnetonka man and Delano native, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Robert “Robbie” Jaunich grew up in Delano, where he competed in many sports.

The Pioneer Press reported that Jaunich was walking on the railroad tracks south of US 61 and Lower Afton Road around 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office and a BNSF Railway spokeswoman.

A police spokesperson told the Pioneer Press that Jaunich had tried to back away from the tracks “but was not able to clear the area before being struck by the train.”

Jaunich leaves behind his wife, Peggy Wolff, and two daughters.

Menard resigns from Montrose City Council

MONTROSE, MN – Montrose City Councilwoman Jill Menard has resigned.

Her resignation was effective May 16, and the council accepted it Monday.

Councilmembers then briefly discussed how to fill the vacant seat up for election in November, along with Councilman Roy Henry’s seat.

“Being that it’s so close to the elections, I think we should leave it,” Councilman Lloyd Johnson said.

Councilman Ben Kuehl agreed, saying if the council were to appoint a new councilmember, he or she wouldn’t fill the seat until, just three months before elections.

“As soon as the election is done, we can bring the person on right away,” Kuehl added.

Menard’s resignation was one of eight the council approved Monday.

Kurt Anderson, Bru Ploog, and Charles Smallwood resigned from the Planning and Zoning Commission during the May 16 meeting.

They have also resigned from the Park and Recreation Commission, along with Abby Myers. The commission, on 2-0 votes by Smallwood and Matt Russell, accepted the resignations of Anderson, Smallwood, and Myers, while also accepting Ploog’s resignation as chair. Ploog later resigned  altogether.

The council accepted the resignations, and appointed Barry Rhineberger and Sylvia Henry to the Park and Recreation Commission, on 4-0 and 3-0 votes, respectively, with Henry abstaining on the vote to appoint Sylvia Henry.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved a concept plan submitted by Paxmar, LLC, for The Preserve on the west end of Montrose, which would consist of 99 residential units, including 45 single-family detached townhomes and 54 two-family attached townhomes ranging in price from $200,000 to $300,000 and governed by a homeowner’s association.

• heard from new City Engineer Shawn Louwagie regarding a public meeting that will need to take place regarding improvements to Highway 25, including the replacement of city sewer and water lines and the addition of curb and gutter and  a trail on the west side. He has been getting up to speed on the project, which was initially being managed by the city’s former engineer from Bolton and Menk.

• approved the purchase of four solar lights for the Highway 12 walking path for $14,501 from Sol by carmanah.

Suspicious activity reported in Loretto

LORETTO, MN – The Medina Police Department, which provides law enforcement services for the city of Loretto, is encouraging residents there to lock their doors following reports of suspicious activity.

According to the department, screen doors were opened after sunset Monday and Tuesday.

There are currently no descriptions of the suspect(s).

Extra patrols are in effect for Loretto.

Loretto residents are reminded to report suspicious activity to Medina Police as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Driver pulled gun on motorist in Independence

INDEPENDENCE, MN – A 19-year-old Big Lake man is facing a felony charge of terroristic threats following an alleged road rage incident.

According to a formal complaint, authorities Grant Pedersen, who was initially identified as being from Buffalo, pointed a silver  pellet gun out of the driver’s window of the vehicle he was driving and swore at a fellow motorist before 8 a.m. June 2.

Per the complaint, the motorist told officers a vehicle had passed his vehicle and another vehicle at an estimated speed of 100 mph while southbound on Hennepin County Road 17. At a stop sign at the intersection with County Road 6, the caller reportedly pulled up next to the suspect vehicle, rolled down his window, and told the suspect driver to “slow down” and “driving like that was not worth it,” according to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department media report.

It was at that point that Pedersen allegedly pointed the gun at the reporting party, who said he believed the gun was a handgun, feared for his life, and leaned his seat back to get out of the way before Pedersen drove away from the scene.

After the caller provided the suspect’s license plate and identified Pedersen from a photo lineup, Pedersen was located at his residence, interviewed, arrested, and charged, according to the formal complaint.

See the June 15 edition of the Delano Herald Journal for more information.

Delano man dies in rappelling accident in Utah

MOAB, UT — A Delano man died Monday after falling about 60 feet while rappelling down a cliff in Utah, and his body was recovered Tuesday, according to the Moab Sun News.

Scott Henning, 33, had hiked with a friend to the area above Moonflower Canyon Monday and encountered a problem with the rope while rappelling down the cliff.

After the accident was called into the sheriff’s office at 6:27 p.m., Grand County Search and Rescue and Grand County Emergency Management Services responded to the area, but the terrain made access difficult, requiring EMS personnel to be flown in by a helicopter according to the Moab Sun News. Tuesday, the Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted with recovering Henning’s body, which was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Taylorsville, according to the newspaper.


Delano’s Sugar Packets take first place at Destination Imagination Global Finals

KNOXVILLE, TN – After earning second place and the DaVinci Award at the 2017 Destination Imagination Global Finals, the Sugar Packets from Delano High School took first place in the technical challenge at the high school level during the 2018 event.

The technical challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering research and strategic planning. For this challenge, the team was tasked with designing and building a maze traveler that would navigate a randomly selected maze. They were asked to create a prop that would transform within the maze, as well as to remove an object from the maze using their maze traveler. All this was completed while the team presented a story about the maze traveler’s journey and what happens along the way.

Students Annabel Frake, Nicole Pupp, and Gretchen Wuerger make up the Sugar Packets. Brian Frake, and Ben and Kristina Pupp are team managers.

They competed at the annual event in Knoxville, TN, from May 23 to 26.

Known as the “world’s largest celebration of creativity,” the event drew more than 1,400 teams from 45 states and at least 14 countries, including Australia, China, Canada, and Mexico. More than 17,000 people gathered for closing ceremonies to award the top teams in the world for their work in solving a series of STEAM-based challenges. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Another Delano team, the Cookie Lovers, competed at the event and placed 19th in the Middle School level Technical Challenge.

The Sugar Packets include The team members include (front) Gretchen Wuerger, Nicole Pupp and Annabel Frake, and (back)  team managers Ben Pupp, Brian Frake. Team manager Kristina Pupp is not pictured.

The Sugar Packets include The team members include (front) Gretchen Wuerger, Nicole Pupp and Annabel Frake, and (back) team managers Ben Pupp, Brian Frake. Team manager Kristina Pupp is not pictured.