Archive for News

Get the FULL Country Music Festival Experience at Winstock 2020!

SPONSORED POST - There are still camping sites available, so gather your group of country music fans and buy your camping pass and tickets today! When you camp with friends it’s more affordable for all of you and you really will get the full experience of coming to Winstock!




Besides only being 40 miles west of the Twin Cities . . .



The early-bird deadline is March 15, 2020. Buy your tickets now to get the best price! Also, don’t forget to include camping so you and your friends get to have the full Winstock experience!
CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!


Luke Combs
Darius Rucker

Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy
Brett Eldredge
Runaway June
Chris Janson
Phil Vassar
Lainey Wilson
And more!

Please visit the FAQ page on our website for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the festival. If you don’t find your answers there, please email or call 320.485.4287.

More Information

For additional announcements, promotions, sponsor and ticket information, and everything Winstock, go to and sign up for Winstock Email news. Be sure to follow the festival on Twitter @WinstockMNFacebookInstagram, and Snapchat.


Andreoff to join Montrose City Council

MONTROSE, MN – After interviewing four candidates Monday, the Montrose City Council voted 3-1, with Councilman Lloyd Johnson opposed with no comment, to appoint Nicole Andreoff to the seat vacated by Ben Kuehl.

Nicole Andreoff

Nicole Andreoff

Andreoff received the third most votes in the 2018 election, behind councilmen Tom Marszalek and Kirby Moynagh, which factored into the council’s decision.

Fellow applicants Roy Henry and Bru Ploog had also run for city council in the 2018 election, while the fourth applicant, Evan Siljander, did not.

“Maybe we should just trust the citizens and go with the next highest vote getter in the election,” Moynagh said.

Mayor Michelle Otto added that, after she posted Monday’s agenda on the Montrose MN Politics Facebook page someone asked why the council, not citizens were making the decision.

“They did a little over a year ago,” Otto said.

“They will have another opportunity come November,” Marszalek added.

Andreoff will officially be sworn in at the Monday, Feb. 10, meeting. Her term will end Dec. 31, 2020.

Two injured in three-car crash on Highway 12

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – Two teenagers from Buffalo were injured Monday evening after being involved in a crash on Highway 12.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at 8:23 p.m., a 2006 Chevy Impala driven by Camaron Isaacs-Olson, 17, was eastbound and turning left with a flashing yellow light when it was struck by a westbound 2013 Dodge Caravan driven by Jennah Verhey, 44, of Cokato.

The vehicles spun and struck a 2007 Toyota Camry, driven by Lanita Farstad, 79, of Waverly, which was sitting at the light on Highway 25.

Isaacs-Olson suffered noncritical injuries and was transported to Allina Hospital in Buffalo, as was his 15-year-old passenger, Elle Kirkendall.

Neither Verhey nor Farstad were injured.

Road conditions were wet at the time of the crash.

All involved were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

Business of the Year nominations sought

DELANO, MN – Delano Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of local businesses for the 18th annual DACC Business of the Year.

This award will spotlight a successful Delano business, which, over the course of the past year, meets or exceeds the following criteria:

• Preferably a chamber member.

• In business for at least one year.

• Provides consistent service and/or products to its customers and/or community.

• Promotes Delano’s community events and encourages employees to be involved.

• Promotes other Delano businesses by showing support and referring customers, etc.

• Has not received this award in the last five years.

The elected business will be:

• Presented a plaque at the Annual DACC Celebration dinner in March.

• Featured in the Delano Herald Journal.

• Recognized on the Highway 12 Chamber sign.

• Honored with treats delivered to their business.

• Given a chance to ride in the Fourth of July parade as “Business of the Year.”

• The sole showcased business at a DACC general meeting.

• Given two free lunches at a general meeting.

Immediate Past Recipients:

• 2015 Brandt Companies

• 2016 Bauer Design Build

• 2017 MacLean Law Office

• 2018 Linda’s Photography

• 2019 Stahlke Bus Service

Please nominate the business you feel best meets the criteria stated above and your reasons why they should be named Delano’s Business of the Year. The DACC Ambassadors/Board of Directors will review all nominations at their February meetings, and the winner will be announced at the Feb. 20 general meeting. The winning business will be formally recognized at the DACC Celebration Dinner Saturday, April 4, at the Delano American Legion. Please submit your nomination as soon as possible, as the deadline is 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. All nominations will be confidential. Remember, you are nominating a business, not a person.

Nomination forms are available at the DACC office (131 Babcock Blvd. W. Delano). Nominations can be emailed to or mailed to PO Box 27, Delano, MN. Emails should include the name of the business being nominated, why they are being nominated, and the nominator’s name and phone number.

Montrose man charged with murder

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – A Montrose man is facing a felony second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Justin Edwin Warnke, 34, of Buffalo.

Alejandro Vega

Alejandro Vega

According to a formal complaint, Alejandro Vega Jr., 37, is charged with intentionally murdering Warnke, without premeditation, and disposing of his body in rural Meeker County.

Warnke’s body was discovered on a dead-end road in Kingston Township shortly at 8:01 a.m. Dec. 29. Authorities believe he had been there since about 1:53 a.m. that morning, consistent with observations of a vehicle at the location by a nearby resident.

His body had sustained hemorrhages in his eyes and neck, and sustained blunt-force trauma to his head, scalp, and chest, consistent with him being beaten and strangled, according to the formal complaint.

The formal complaint lays out the following timeline utilizing surveillance video from Vega’s apartment and other businesses, witness interviews, and Vega’s statements to investigators:

• At about 4 a.m. Dec. 28, Vega reportedly picked up Warnke from a Monticello hotel where he had been staying.

• At 5:25 a.m. surveillance video reportedly showed Vega and Warnke entering Vega’s apartment in Montrose.

• Vega allegedly traveled from his apartment to the hotel in an attempt to retrieve Warnke’s property, which was documented by law enforcement at about 11:35 a.m.

• At 2:33 p.m., surveillance video reportedly captured Vega taking an appliance cart from his garage into his apartment.

• At 6:20 p.m., surveillance video reportedly captured Vega taking rope into his apartment. It is alleged that Vega later used that rope to tie Warnke to the appliance cart.

• At 1:13 a.m., surveillance video reportedly showed Vega wheeling what appeared to be Warnke’s dead body – tied to the cart and wrapped in a blanket, with his head wrapped in garbage bags – from his apartment.

• Four minutes later, Vega was allegedly observed driving his vehicle with what appeared to be Warnke’s body tied to an appliance cart and sticking out of the open trunk.

• Vega allegedly dumped Warnke’s body at the location where it was found at about 1:53 a.m. Dec. 29.

During a Jan. 1 interview with authorities, after being advised of his rights, Vega allegedly claimed that he left his apartment and returned to find Warnke unresponsive in a bedroom and attempted life-saving measures.

Vega reportedly said that he knew he could not have Warnke’s body in his apartment, but did not explain why he did not contact police after supposedly discovering the body.

Vega reportedly confirmed that he removed Warnke’s body from his apartment and dumped it where it was later found.

He also allegedly admitted removing portions of carpet that contained Warnke’s blood. That carpet, allegedly disposed of in a commercial dumpster, has not been located. Luminol testing indicated the presence of blood in other areas of carpet.

Vega also allegedly told investigators that he and Warnke had been using controlled substances together prior to Warnke’s death.

According to the criminal complaint, no other suspects are observed on surveillance video entering the apartment complex while Warnke was there.

During the time he was alone with Vega, Warnke sustained injuries that led to his death.

In conclusion, the complaint states, “The manner in which the defendant attempted to conceal the death of Justin Warnke and the lengths he took to dispose of the body illustrate overwhelming evidence of his intent and guilt.”

If convicted, Vega could face up to 40 years in prison.

He is due in Wright County District Court for his initial appearance and bail hearing Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Montrose man arrested in connection with death investigation

MEEKER COUNTY – A Montrose man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Buffalo man.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Alejandro Vega, 37, was arrested without incident during a traffic stop in Meeker County and booked into the Meeker County Jail Wednesday.

Vega has been identified in connection with the death of Justin Warnke, 34, of Buffalo, who was found dead in Kingston Township Sunday.

Detectives are actively working to determine the specific cause, manner, and circumstances surrounding Warnke’s death, including where he died.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office to take the lead on the investigation with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at 763-682-7600.