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Hutchinson Man Arrested After ATV Crash

A Hutchinson man was arrested after an ATV crash Tuesday night. The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office says at 9:16pm, they responded to a crash on Highway 7, east of Hutchinson. The Sheriff’s Office says two individuals were transported to the hospital, but did not give details of their injuries....
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Glencoe Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash

A Glencoe man was injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday afternoon southeast of Hutchinson. The State Patrol says 22-year-old Cole Novak was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital ER for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The Patrol says Novak was northbound on Highway 22 at Airport Road when he lost control...
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Glencoe man hurt in Hutchinson motorcycle crash

(Hutchinson MN-) A Glencoe man was hurt in a motorcycle crash near Hutchinson yesterday afternoon. The state patrol says at 4:21 p.m., 22-year-old Cole Novack was traveling northbound on Highway 22 at Airport Road when he lost control and crashed. Novack was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Frederick ‘Fred’ Jude

Frederick “Fred” Jude, age 72, of Annandale, died Friday, July 1, 2022, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 11a.m. Friday, July 15, at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Tyler LaGrave will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed on the funeral home website. A complete obituary to appear in next week’s Advocate. For more information go to
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Suspect in armed home invasions in Winsted found with 350 fentanyl pills, police say

WINSTED — Police said they found hundreds of fentanyl pills while taking a man wanted for an armed home invasion into custody. Investigators determined that Edwin Martinez, 21, was a second suspect in an attempted armed home invasion on Wheeler Street on Wednesday. He was also wanted on an active warrant out of Connecticut State Police’s Troop A in Southbury, the Winchester Police Department said in a Facebook post.

CSAH 35, Dague Avenue Intersection Road Work to Begin Monday

Work is set to begin Monday on an important intersection safety improvement project at the intersection of CSAH 35 and Dague Avenue Northeast / Bison Boulevard in Buffalo. The City of Buffalo and Wright County are partnering on the project which includes the construction of a roundabout. The project will require a closure of County Highway 35 at the intersection beginning Monday, July 11th, and is scheduled to be completed by early September.

Backyard bears more common

Emilie Newkirk grew up in rural Maple Lake and has seen plenty wild animals pass through the yard. Over the years she has enjoyed pheasants, wild turkey, and even opossums, but she’s never had a visit from a bear, until two weeks ago. Subscribe to the Annandale Advocate to...
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Winsted to treat Highland Lake to prevent ‘nuisance vegetation’

WINSTED — Highland Lake will be treated July 11 with a chemical called diquat dibromide, “to control the growth of non-native and nuisance aquatic vegetation,” town officials said in a statement. Boating, fishing and swimming is permitted after 5 p.m. July 11. After the treatment, water should...

Urdahl Book to be Made into Movie

(KWLM/Grove City, MN) Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City is working with a director and production company in Georgia to turn his book “Uprising” into a movie. Urdahl says he explored making the book, which is about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, into a movie when it first came out, but the estimated price tag of 10 to 15 million dollars was daunting.

Urdahl's book on U.S.-Dakota War to be made into a movie

(Grove City MN-) Representative Dean Urdahl of Grove City is working with a director and production company in Georgia to turn Urdahl's 2008 book "Uprising" into a movie. Urdahl says he explored making the book, which is about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, into a movie when it first came out, but the estimated price tag of 10 to 15 million dollars was daunting. But he says last fall he was watching a movie on Netflix when it occurred to him he might be able to make it cheaper...

Lambert Family Named 2022 Farm Family of the Year

The Farm Family Recognition Program recently named the 2022 Wright County Farm Family of the Year. This year’s Farm Family of the Year is the Gene and Mary Jo Lambert family of Lambert Farms west of Buffalo in Chatham Township. Gene and Mary Jo’s farm was first purchased in 1956 by Gene’s parents, Clinton and Betty. The couple moved to Buffalo after selling their Howard Lake farm. Gene and a brother started cropping the land in the spring of 1980 and launched a dairy operation later that same year.

Bill Stimmler

A memorial reception for Bill Stimmler, age 77, of Pescadero, California, previously of Annandale, will be held Sunday, July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Margot Picnic Pavilion. The world lost one of its kindest souls when Bill passed. An avid tinkerer, he used his gifts to improve the lives of his loved ones and the less fortunate. He often said he could fix anything but a broken heart. He is survived by his dearly beloved wife, Margaret (Coleman) Stimmler, their children Ann, Mary Kate, and Charlie, his siblings, Jim Stimmler and Joan Johnshoy, and gadgets and repaired machinery across Minnesota and the California Bay Area.

A fantastic Fourth

It was more than four days of fun, celebration and reverence at Annandale’s Fourth of July celebration held over the weekend. Subscribe to the Annandale Advocate or pick one up to get the full story and pictures of the Fourth of July festivities!
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200 Cats Found in Winsted Home Up for Adoption

In late June, town officials investigated a complaint about several stray cats at a home on Moore Avenue in Winsted. The home has since been condemned. Inside they found two dogs, a ferret and over 150 cats. Since then, the number has continued to grow. “As cats keep coming in...

Eldor A. Pawlek

Eldor A. Pawelk, age 89, of Maple Lake died Thursday, June 30, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. Steven Pawelk as the Celebrant and Fr. Mark Juettner as the Concelebrant. Burial will follow at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to7 p.m. on Tuesday, and will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. A rosary and prayer service was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral chapel. Services will be livestreamed on the funeral home website. Eldor Albert Pawelk, the son of Fred and Elsie Pawelk, was born November 15, 1932 in Montrose, Minnesota. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1951. He went to Radio School in Chicago and then enlisted in the Army; he served in Germany. After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota where he married Joan Elizabeth Ahrendt on May 7, 1955 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. They were blessed with eight children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren which brought him great joy. Eldor enjoyed playing 500, puzzle building, old time music, reading, watching western movies, and traveling with family and friends. Eldor was a devoted member at St. Timothy ‘s Catholic Church and was a man of great faith. He has left a void that can not be filled. Knowing that Eldor is in God’s hands is a comfort to all that loved him. Eldor is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan; eight children, Susan (Dale) Fieldseth, Daniel (Michele) Pawelk, Frederick Pawelk (significant other Debra Kviz), Timothy (Patty) Pawelk, Fr. Steven Pawelk, Bob (Jodie) Pawelk, Kathy (Frank) Patterson, and Patrick (June) Pawelk; 27 grandchildren; an honorary grandchild; many great-grandchildren; an honorary great-grandchild; sister, Priscilla Sievert; sisters-in-law, Adeline Pawelk, Barb Pawelk, Robbie Ahrendt, Caroline Healy, and Bea Ahrendt; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded into death by his parents, Fred and Elsie Pawelk; grandsons, David and Tyler Pawelk; daughter-in-law, Kim Pawelk; grandson-in-law, Tony Swanson; brothers, Willard (Bernice) Pawelk, Glennard Pawelk, DeLoyd (Elaine) Pawelk, Orville (Bonnie) Pawelk, Eldon Pawelk, and Kenneth (Germaine) Pawelk; brothers-in-law, Wayne Sievert, Allen, James, and Jerry Ahrendt, and Richard Healy. Eldor’s sons will serve as the casket bearers. Krista Elsenpeter and Anne Pribyl will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake. The obituary, tribute wall, video tribute, and funeral webcast are online at

Orlan R. Dahl

Orlan R. Dahl, age 74, of Annandale, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family while under the care of hospice. Memorial Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Tyler LaGrave officiating. Burial followed at Corinna Cemetery. Visitation was on Thursday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. There was a brief prayer service on Thursday at the funeral home. The service was live-streamed on the funeral home website. Orlan Roy Dahl was born Nov. 30, 1947, in Crookston, Minnesota, to Obert and Ovidia (Morvig) Dahl. He grew up on the family farm near Bejou, along with his nine siblings. He attended school in Mahnomen, graduating in 1965. He honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, he attended school to become a Minnesota State Trooper. On May 30, 1968, Orlan was united in marriage to Carrie Ann Vaa in McIntosh, Minnesota. They made their home in Roseville, prior to moving to Annandale in 1974 to raise their family. Orlan served 27 years with the Minnesota State Patrol, retiring in 1998. Orlan was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Maple Lake American Legion Post No. 131, volunteered at the Annandale Food Shelf, and provided foster care along with his wife, Carrie. Orlan was always up for a game of cribbage or pinochle. In his younger years he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and attending music concerts. Orlan loved to travel with Carrie, hosting Monday night pork chop dinners for his family and friends, or to slow down and relax at the cabin on Sugar Lake. Orlan was drawn to people and enjoyed visiting with everyone. His greatest enjoyment in life came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Orlan is survived by his children, Denis (Gina) Dahl of Elk River, Tina (Brian) Diedrick of Maple Lake, and Bradley (Stacy) Dahl of Greenbush; grandchildren, Mason and McHayl Diedrick, Morgan (Brendan) Reich, Monte and Max Diedrick, Cassie, McKenzie, Lexie, Grady, Addie, and Josie Dahl; one great-grandchild on the way; siblings, Roger (Geraldine) Dahl, Ervin (Linda) Dahl, Jerry (Becky) Dahl, Ron (Sheryl) Dahl, Linda (Terry) Brevik, Sandy (Roger) Kujava, and Don Dahl; sister-in-law, Lynne Dahl; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie; parents, Obert and Ovidia; siblings, Lorraine Sweep, Jim Dahl, and infant brother, Obert Jr.; and other dear family members. Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Annandale. The obituary, guestbook, video tribute, and funeral webcast are online at

Clarion L. Kowalski

Age 89 of Buffalo, formerly of Delano, passed away July 6th at his residence. Visitation will be held Monday, July 11th from 4 to 8 PM, with a prayer service at 7:30, and on Tuesday from 11 AM to noon, at St. Martha’s Hall of St. Peter’s Campus in Delano. Mass of Christian Burial for Clarion Kowalski will be held Tuesday, July 12th at noon at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church St. Peter’s Campus in Delano. Interment with military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery in Delano. Arrangements with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.