Grant County, MN

Ashby Hosts Fun Fest & Expo

The 13th Annual Grant County Fun Fest and Expo was Saturday, April 30 at the Ashby School. It was very well attended. There were many booths, music and drawings for door prizes every half hour. This celebration has been put on hold since the pandemic, so was warmly welcomed. As the celebration takes place in different communities every year, it was Ashby’s turn when the pandemic began a couple years ago. Thus everyone was ready to get back to the regular routine, and welcomed the FREE event warmly. Coffee and goodies for all ages was in the cafeteria.
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Grant County Sheriff’s Office Makes Two Drug Busts

Kevin Owen, Grant County Sheriff, reports deputies conducted two traffic stops in one week that led to felony drug arrests. According to the sheriff’s office:. In the early evening hours of April 15, a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on US Highway 12 near United Hardware. During the traffic stop, the deputy noticed signs of drug activity. Further investigation revealed the presence of methamphetamine.
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Grant County Police Looking for Thief

Police in Grant County are looking for the man responsible for breaking into a bar and stealing cash from its safe and ATM machine. The break-in was reported at Benny D’s Bar & Grill in Wendell just before 8:30 a.m. Thursday, with surveillance footage showing the culprit wearing camo gear and a black ski mask. The Sheriff’s Office said there was property damage and the suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money.
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Family Looking for Good Samaritan

The Grant County Herald, based in Elbow Lake, seeks the public’s help to find a man named “Joe” who helped 88 year old Marilyn Schoephoerster after she fell in her driveway on February 12, breaking both of her wrists and her hip. “Joe,” who has a beard and drives a red pickup truck, pulled up, called 911 and brought a blanket to Schoephoerster to keep her warm. The family would like to say “thank you” in person to Joe, but don’t know how to get ahold of him.

Westrom to Establish Residence in Douglas County to Seek Reelection

When State Senator Torrey Westrom announced his run for re-election to District 12 last week, one detail was not mentioned. After redistricting, the new legislative border lines for District 12 which would be valid for the 2022 election do not include Grant County, where the Elbow Lake Republican currently resides. A requirement to represent a district is that a candidate must live in the district for six months prior to the election. The new District 12 will include Big Stone, Stevens, Pope, Swift, part of Douglas and part of Stearns Counties.

Grant County Accident Sends Woman to Hospital

A two-vehicle accident in Grant County Thursday afternoon sent one woman to the hospital. A Ford F550 driven by 24 year old Justin Todd Reinert of St. Cloud was southbound on Highway 59. A Chrysler Concorde driven by 44 year old Amy Jo Packer of Harwood, North Dakota was northbound on Highway 59 and crossed the centerline. The vehicles collided in Roseville Township. Packer was taken to Prairie Ridge Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Hoffman Fire and Rescue, Hoffman Ambulance and Prairie Ridge Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.
Echo Press

Two-vehicle crash in Grant County injures driver

HOFFMAN — A two-vehicle crash west of Hoffman in Grant County sent one driver to the hospital Thursday afternoon, March 3. According to the State Patrol, Amy Jo Packer, 44, of Harwood, North Dakota was driving a 2001 Chrysler Concorde north on State Highway 59 near milepost 184 and collided with a southbound 2011 Ford F550 that was driven by Justin Todd Reinert, 24, of St. Cloud.
Daily Telegram

Minnesota school growing vegetables and FFA membership while helping feed community

BARRETT, Minn. — When Eric Sawatzke came to West Central Area High School in 2017, he was teaching about plants using cardboard cutouts. “Here we are in the middle of farm country, talking to a bunch of farm kids that has seen this stuff all their life and he’s having to use, you know, like a puppet show,” said Sue Kulbiek, a member of the Lions Club in Elbow Lake, one of the towns in the West Central Area School District.

Two Women Charged in Grant County with Murder in the 3rd Degree

In papers filed Monday in Grant County District Court, two women were charged with murder in the 3rd Degree for the March 2, 2021 death of Jonathan Murtland of Elbow Lake. Murtland died with opiates in his system and was a heroin user. He died from the toxic effects of Fentanyl, a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
Echo Press

2 women charged in overdose death of Elbow Lake man

GRANT COUNTY, Minn. – Two women have been charged in connection with the March 2021 overdose death of an Elbow Lake, Minnesota, man. Rachel MacMillan, 24, of Elbow Lake and Montana Hedstrom, 30, of Dalton, were charged with third-degree murder in the death of Jonathan Murtland, 27, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.