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Greenfield man injured in single-vehicle crash

DELANO, MN – Snowy and icy conditions contributed to a single-vehicle crash that injured a Greenfield man Tuesday evening.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, a 2005 Nissan Titan truck driven by Ian Stewart, 33, of Greenfield, was eastbound on Wright County Road 17 when it slid across the road, struck a tree, bounced, and spun across the road until it came to rest in the road west of Third Street North.

Stewart had lost consciousness, but was conscious and in a passerby’s vehicle when a deputy arrived. The deputy reported Stewart appeared dazed and in shock, while two children in Stewart’s vehicle were not injured.

A family member arrived to care for the children, and Stewart was transported to Buffalo Hospital.

Stewart reported that he did not remember much about what happened before the crash. He believed he had been driving 30 to 35 mph, though the deputy suspected higher speeds based on the amount of damage to the vehicle, which was totaled and towed from the scene.

Delano Fire and Rescue and Ridgeview Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Montrose man involved in crash that injured one

BUFFALO, MN – A Sunday evening crash involving a Montrose man resulted in noncritical injuries for a Buffalo man.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Brady Wagner, 28, of Montrose, was westbound on Highway 55, went to make a left turn on a flashing yellow arrow onto Settlers Parkway, and struck a 2005 Honda CR-V driven by Gregory Peterson, 70, of Buffalo.

Peterson, who was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, was transported to North Memorial Hospital for treatment of noncritical injuries.

Wagner, who was also wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

Sheriff stresses ice safety

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – With the recent warmer weather, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public to use caution on area lakes. The sheriff’s office has had a few incidents of vehicles going through thin ice. Adventuring onto thin ice not only endangers the lives of those on the ice, but also that of first responders called to assist if/when someone breaks through the ice.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind the public to use caution around frozen lakes, streams, ponds, and other bodies of water.
Tragically, every year in Minnesota, someone will lose their life due to falling through thin ice that they thought was safe. The sheriff’s office warns that ice is never 100 percent safe. Ice seldom freezes uniformly and can go from being a foot thick in one location and then only an inch or two thick a few feet away.
The DNR recommends the following ice thickness when utilizing frozen waterways:
• 2″ or less – STAY OFF
• 4″ – Ice fishing or other activities on foot
• 5″ – Snowmobile or ATV
• 8″ – 12″ – Car or small pickup
• 12″ – 15″ – Medium truck
For more information on ice safety, visit the Minnesota DNR link.

Man charged with murder in Watertown overdose death

WATERTOWN, MN – Carver County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical call involving an unresponsive adult female on the 200 block of Westminster Ave. NW in Watertown March 23 at about 5:55 p.m., according to a release from Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson.
Deputies arrived to find Olivia Rose Zorbas, 19, deceased.
Deputies immediately noted evidence of recent intravenous drug use and suspected Zorbas had overdosed on controlled substances.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for the premises to look for evidence of the manner of death. They recovered an uncapped syringe, packing material consistent with drug packaging, and a makeshift tourniquet. Deputies also discovered a white powder which tested positive as fentanyl, a controlled substance, using a field test kit.
Through further investigation, deputies learned the identity of the suspect believed to have sold Zorbas the controlled substance(s).
March 26, deputies located and arrested the suspect, Deon Lee Hillard, 29, of Minneapolis. Hillard has subsequently been charged with third-degree murder and remains in the Carver County Jail.
Zorbas was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed.
Ridgeview Ambulance Service and Watertown Fire department assisted the sheriff’s office in responding to this call.
The matter remains under investigation.

Wishart honored as Mr. Basketball finalist; Apple Valley’s Jones takes home the award

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

MINNEAPOLIS — On a night when the Timberwolves’ best player, Karl-Anthony Towns, scored 56 points in a 126-114 win over Atlanta, Delano senior Calvin Wishart stood with three of the state’s other top players on the Target Center court Wednesday night during a break in the third-quarter action.

Calvin Wishart (far right) stands with fellow Mr. Minnesota Basketball finalists Gabe Kalscheur (players, from left) Daniel Oturu and Owen King during an interview with 1980 Mr. Basketball Jim Petersen as part of the Timberwolves postgame show Wednesday night. Photo by Matt Kane

Calvin Wishart (far right) stands with fellow Mr. Minnesota Basketball finalists Gabe Kalscheur (players, from left) Daniel Oturu and Owen King during an interview with 1980 Mr. Basketball Jim Petersen as part of the Timberwolves postgame show Wednesday night.
Photo by Matt Kane

The Tigers’ all-time leading scorer was one of five players honored as a finalist for Mr. Minnesota Basketball, joining DeLaSalle’s Gabe Kalscheur, Caledonia’s Owen King, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Daniel Oturi and Apple Valley’s Tre Jones, who was absent.

Jones was named Mr. Basketball, following in the family footsteps of his older brother, Tyus who won the award in 2014 and is now a Timberwolves guard who was standing just feet away from the ceremony.

Tre Jones was in Atlanta playing in the McDonald’s All-American game in Atlanta, which his team, the West squad, won 131-128. The award was accepted on Jones’ behalf by his older brother, Jadee Jones, who is an assistant basketball coach at Apple Valley.

Wishart remembers playing against Tre Jones not too long ago.

“I remember we played against Tre in The Pace Setter tournament last summer. We ended up beating Tre and his full Apple Valley squad in a game that went down to the wire,” he said. “Tre is very solid. Just watching him, he’s a good athlete at the point guard spot.”

Wishart is committed to Georgia Southern, Jones is going to Duke, Kalscheur and Oturo are both going to Minnesota, and King is going to South Dakota State.

Delano's Calvin Wishart finished as Delano's all-time scoring leader with 2,444 points. Photo by Matt Kane

Calvin Wishart finished as Delano’s all-time scoring leader with 2,444 points.
Photo by Matt Kane

“It’s pretty cool to be in the top five for Mr. Basketball, for sure,” said Wishart. “The 2018 class in Minnesota is filled with talent from top to bottom, and it’s an honor to be up there in the top five for such a prestigious award.”

Prior to leading Delano to its first state championship less than a week ago on the same Target Center court that hosted Wednesday’s ceremony, Minnesota basketball fans may have passively heard about Wishart’s abilities. During the state tournament, fans from all over the state really got to know the 6-foot-2 guard, hearing and watching him average 27.7 points in the Tigers’ three tournament games.

Wishart opened with 35 points and 12 rebounds in a 79-64 win over Mankato East in the quarterfinals. He seconded that with a second-consecutive double-double, posting 29 points and 19 rebounds in the Tigers’ 80-68 win over Austin in the semifinals. And, in the 65-61 win over Columbia Heights in the championship game Saturday at Target Center, Wishart scored 19 points and nine rebounds.

For the season, in 29 games, including the postseason, Wishart averaged 31.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 3.6 steals per game.

Wishart is the 2,000-point scorer in Delano history. He finished his four-year varsity career with 2,444 points.

Party bus rolls over in Franklin Township

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – No one was injured when a party bus rolled over Saturday evening at the intersection of 85th Street and Brighton Avenue.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the bus was sucked into the ditch by the soft dirt shoulder on Brighton Avenue, causing the bus to tip over on its side around 9:40 p.m.

No citations were issued.

All passengers found sober rides, according to the sheriff’s office.

Delano Fire Department assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene.