Meeker County, MNWest Central Tribune

Gibbon man sentenced to 49 months after Meeker County jury convicts him of assaulting woman in front of daughter

Nathanael John Prevo, 40, appeared Wednesday before Eighth Judicial District Assistant Chief Judge Stephanie Beckman. He was convicted by a Meeker County jury in May of felony domestic assault, felony false imprisonment and felony false imprisonment with intentional restraint. Beckman sentenced Prevo to 21 months for the domestic assault conviction...
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Fire destroys shop near Kimball

(Kimball MN-) Fire destroyed a building north of Kimball Tuesday afternoon. The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says they believe the fire at the Kevin Henkemeyer property on 33rd Avenue in Fairhaven Township was started by Henkemeyer as he was grinding metal on a deer stand he was building in the shop during the noon hour Tuesday. Fire destroyed the 48 by 64 foot shop, and during the blaze several oxygen and propane tanks inside the building exploded. Henkemeyer was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
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Grove City,

Two of four suspects in Grove City shooting plead guilty

(Grove City MN-) Two of the four defendants in the shooting of a rural Grove City man last fall have entered guilty pleas. 34-year-old Tyeson Schaumberg was shot in the neck at his home last October 4th and spent some time in a coma before recovering. He was allegedly shot by Carl Leaf because Schaumberg has smoked meth with Leaf's girlfriend, 19-year-old Elizabeth Smith of Litchfield. Jaden Kramp is accused of driving Leaf to Schaumberg's house, and Nicole Radke is accused of possessing the gun used in the shooting and possession of drugs.

Hutch Football to kickoff the season with Alumni event

The Hutchinson Football team is kicking off their season with a special Alumni vs the Current team 7 on 7 game. The event will be Friday, August 6th at S.R. Knutson Field, with the game kicking off at 8 pm. Family, Friends and Fans are all welcome to come help kickoff the 2021 season by Socializing, Reminiscing, and meeting the 2021 team. You can also tune into KDUZ 96.5 FM/AM 1260 that night starting around 7 pm for a special Friday Night Lights program on Hutch Football.

Jon C Koepp, 61

Jon C Koepp, 61, of Litchfield, passed away at home Wednesday July 28 after a 20-month journey with cancer. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m., Sunday, August 1, and a memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 2, with visitation being one hour prior to the service, all at Beckville Lutheran Church, rural Litchfield.


A Litchfield man is under arrest after a couple of pursuits in Meeker County. 37 year old Dustin Nelson fled officers after a report of an unknown individual entering an occupied residence. After traffic stops Nelson fled once on a scooter, and then another time in a pickup truck. Once at his residence Nelson resisted arrest and was physically taken into custody. During the altercation a Meeker County Deputy discharged his weapon. No one was struck by the discharge. Nelson was booked into the Meeker County Jail for multiple charges including fleeing an officer. An outside agency is investigating the weapon discharge.
Wright County,

Twin Cities experiences one of the driest June-July combos on record

(FOX 9) - The focus over the last couple of days has certainly been with the smoky and hazy skies, but the dry conditions across much of the Upper Midwest is the main reason why the smoke is around. That’s because the smoke comes several large fires burning north and east of Winnipeg, Canada, where conditions are just as dry as much of Minnesota.
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Hutchinson Digest

Weather Forecast For Hutchinson

Here’s the forecast for the next four days in Hutchinson: Friday, July 30: Smoke; Saturday, July 31: Smoke during the day; while smoke then mostly clear overnight; Sunday, August 1: Sunny during the day; while mostly clear overnight; Monday, August 2: Sunny during the day; while mostly clear overnight;

We are not in the same boat

I recently read a short story titled “We Are Not In The Same Boat” concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This short story speaks to the idea that we have all gone through the same storm; however, we went through this storm in different types of boats with vastly different experiences and outcomes. I visualize some families in large ocean cruisers, others in small boats, and some bobbing out in the water with life jackets on, and finally, some treading water to stay afloat.
Wright County,

Hit the road on some fun trips with the Senior Center

34 people enjoyed a delicious lunch and bingo games at Ellison Park last Friday. It was sure a hot and humid day, but there was a beautiful breeze coming off the river and everyone seemed to have a good time. We hope you can join us for our next picnic. You can contact the senior center to reserve your place, 763-295-2000 for this August 13th event. A delicious box lunch will be served at noon and then people can play bingo for the chance to win cash prizes. The cost is just $6 per person, and we ask that you bring a check or exact payment.

AT THE LIBRARY: Make reading, library part of your back-to-school preparation

While many of us are still enjoying summer activities, back to school is right around the corner. Research has shown that kids who participate in library reading programs or have a daily habit of reading return to school in the fall with strong literacy and math skills as opposed to the children who do not read regularly throughout the summer months. The Litchfield Public Library can help you give your children a head-start with a variety of materials and resources.
Wright County,

Wright County Parks Seeking Public Input on Long-term Planning

Wright County’s Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of developing a comprehensive master plan for park facilities and recreation programs. The plan will evaluate current conditions of County parks, trails, and programs, and develop a plan for the long-term future of the park operations, enhancements, development, and recreational programming.
Renville County,

Kirtz family named Renville County's Farm Family of the Year

(Olivia MN-) The Kirtz family of Hector, MN has been named Renville County’s “2021 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. Doug grew up helping his father on the farm throughout his high school and college years. In 1989, Doug started his own swine operation with 70 sows, farrow-to-finish. In 1991, Doug increased the size of his sow herd to 250 and began selling pigs when they were weaned at about 20 days old. Doug and Lorie were married in 1993. Three years later, the sow herd was increased to 525 sows and the Kirtzes formed Kirtz Farms Incorporated, and continued to sell wean pigs.