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q Pa e 22 Jk:_ I-- Thursday, March 21, 2013 w.,ricooo City of Kingston votes to remain a city ByJeanDoranMatua, Editor would be made by the Kingston of LGA by the State of Minne- On March 12, 2013, residents Township board rather than a city sota. This has not yet happened, of the City of Kingston voted on council. It is feared that the wishes but it's long been a threat hanging whether to dissolve the city and of city residents could be lost in over cities across Minnesota. (The become part of Kingston Town- the larger township government, city's annual expenses include ship. The exact question was: To bring the issue up for elec- street lighting, half of mainte- "Shall the City of Kingston dis- tion again would require another nance costs of the Kingston Com- solve and the territory thereof petition. Those who initiated the munity Center which is co-owned become the jurisdiction of Kings- petition and effort for this month's with Kingston Township, city road ton Township." vote likely will not do so again, at maintenance, and fire protection With just 100 registered voters least not soon. with the City of Dassel.) in the city, the question failed with What remains to be seen are Mayor John Herda says the city a vote of 36 against and 23 for dis- expenses that may hit the city of has $100,000 set aside in CDs, but solution. 161 people. The downtown bridge that could quickly be consumed There are arguments on both over the North Fork of the Crow by any of the above-mentioned sides of the issue. In such a small River is city-owned, not county. If "extra" expenses. community, the tax base is small; the state inspects the bridge and Another reason that some the number of taxable proper- orders repairs or replacement of favored dissolution of the city has ties is quite limited. While there the bridge, that expense would be to do with numbers, numbers of are young families now living in born by the city alone. Likewise, people available to run for office. Kingston, many residents are in if the city is ordered to install city Each time a council or mayor their older years. There are few sewer service, this would be a city seat comes available, they argue, businesses in town; commercial expense, it's hard tO find enough people properties often bear a greater Anotherconcernislawenforce- to run for office. In a town of 161 proportion of taxes in larger com- ment: Meeker County currently people, many of whom are either munities, patrols and protects the city of senior citizens, children, or very The biggest argument for dis- Kingston, and does not bill the city busy adults, it's hard to get enough solution was the potential for (as it does the township). If they people together to run city gov- reduced property taxes. One res- were to bill the city for their ser- ernment. If the city was governed ident calculated that her savings vices, it would be at city expense, by the township, there would be would be $117 per year with low- The city has about 1.2 miles of only one set of individuals for gov- ered taxes in the city, while taxes paved road that are not county or ernment, and a larger pool from for township residents would township roads. Resurfacing of which todraw. increase slightly (absorbingthese roads is a city expense.For the time being, the City of expenses ofthecity). With an annual budget of Kingston remains. We can only One reason to not dissolve the about $40,000, and about half that hope for the best, with no state- city is maintaining the town's coming from Local Governmentimposed butcity-fundedimprove- autonomy. Once absorbed into the Aid, the city would be severely ments. township, decisions for the city impacted by cuts or elimination Local crime blotters Level 3 sex offender NOT moving to Eden Lake Township Michael Shawn Klappenbach, a Level 3 Predatory Offender, was scheduled to be released from custody March 13, and move into a residence in the 19000 block of Pirz Lake Rd. in Eden l_ake Township. As of March 13, at 1:30 p.m., the Steams County Sheriff's Office was noti- fied that Klappenbach would not be moving to or living at that address. He is currently being housed in the Stearns County Jail until he can make other liv- ing arrangements. Fatal car accident near Kingston At around 5:30 p.m. Saturday; March I6, emergency crews were called to a single:car personal-injury acddent at the intersection of CSAH 27 and 733rd Street, just east oflOngston. TimothyKes- key of Cokato was driving a 1998 Mercury Sable on CSAH 27; he overcorrectedafter driving onto the shoulder caus'mg the vehicle to crash and roll over in the ditch. The 52-year-old driver, Timothy Kes- key; was pronounced dead on the scene. His paggenger, 86-year-old Melvin Kes- key who is Timothy's father, was airlifted by Life Link to St. Cloud Hospital in criti- cal condition. The Meeker County Sheriffs Office, Dassel fire and Rescue, Kimball Res- cue, Gold Cross Ambulance, the Minne- sota State Patrol, and Life Link Helicop- ter responded to the scene. The crash is currently under investigation by Meeker County Sheriffs Office. Domestic assault, stabbing in Paynesville Saturday, March 16, at 3:30 a.m., the Stearns County Sher- iffs Office received a 911 call concern- "rag an assault involving a knife. The caller said she had been stabbed, and that the suspect had left the residence on foot. Responding deputies found the man, Raymond Scott Hanson, age 39 of Paynesville, walking along the mad near the area of the crime. Hanson had a knife wound to the abdomen, and he was. taken to the Paynesville Hospital where he was treated and released. Deputies met with the 32-year old female victim and found that she had a knife wound to her hack. She also reported that the man, with whom she has a do mestic relationship, had stomped on her neck and further assaulted her. The female was taken to the Paynesx~e Hospital where she was admitted for her injuries. Hanson was arrested for second- degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, and deputies are inves- ofthefine;andhemustpayrestitution tigating further for possible attempted as determined by the agent. He must murder charges. Hanson is currently in complete an alcohol problem assess- theSteamsCountyJailawaltingarraign- ment and follow recommendations, ment for these charges, and abstain from alcohol and non-pre- Two charged with attempted scribed mood-altering substances; he murder in St. Cloud must submit to random urinalys'm test- Criminal complaints were filed ing. He must remainlaw-abiding (with Monday, March 18, in Steams County nosameorsimilarviolations),andpro- District Court alleging two counts of videaDNAsample.Eichwassentenced Attempted Murder in the First Degree by Judge Scherer Nov. 30, 2012. and one count of Felon in Possession of RyanAnthony Jarnot, 34 of Kimball, a Firearm against Andre Shyron Kidd, was convicted of terroristic threats for DOB: 09/05/90, and Benjamin Jonathan anAug. 13, 2011, offense. His 18-month Lenoir, DOB:09/24/89. prison sentence was stayed; he was Friday, March 15, at approximately given five years probation, 26 days in 10:44 a.rrL, St. Cloud Police Officers and jail, a $50 fine plus surcharges. He must members of the Central Minnesota complete a psychological evaluation Violent Offenders Task Force were dis- and anger management evaluation, patched to the 400 block of 17th Avenue and follow recommendations. He will North in St. Cloud, in response to.a gun- participate in the Enhanced Super- shot complaint. Upon arrival, officers vision program, and must provide a found P.C.W. with a gunshot wound to DNA sample, and remain law-abid- his head. EC.W. informed officers that ing (including no same or similar vio- he and his girlfriend had just entered his lations during probation). He was sen- apartment when three masked individ- tenced by Judge Knapp Dec. 14, 2012. uals carrying handguns kicked in his Ryan Anthony Jarnot, 34 of Kim- locked front door and held trim at gun- ball, was convicted of issuance of dis- point. EC.W. immediately recognized honored check(s) on Aug. 16, 2011. He one of the individuals as Kidd. Kidd received a 15-month prison sentence, appeared to be the ringleader as he was stayed; 5 years probation; 26 days in giving instructions to the other two men, jail; a $50 fine plus surcharges. He was and was the individual who took EC.W.'s ordered to pay $618.85 in restitution wallet. Another individual struck EC.W. to the victim, and another $1303.85 in on his head twice with a handgun, and restitution. He must remain law-abid- P.C.W. was then ordered to kneel on ing, including no same or similar vio- the floor while Kidd stood behind him. lations during probation), and he must Another man stood next to P.C.W. and provide a DNA sample. He was sen- pointed a handgtm at his head. P.C.W. tenced by Judge Knapp Dec. 14, 2012. heard Kidd tell this man "do him, do Carla Rae Ecklund, 45 of Annan- him," and EC.W. flinched away from the dale, was convicted of issuance of dis- handgun as it was fired. The three men honored check(s) for offenses dated then fled the apartment. Oct. 30 through Dec. 3, 2009. The Kim- Kidd and Lenoir were found in a ball Police Department was the arrest- . nearby residence, and inside that resi- ing agency. She was sentenced to dence, some of EC.W.'s belongings were 12 months and 1 day in prison, stayed; foundalongwithaloaded.380handgun. 5 years probation; 198 days in jail. She Both Kidd and Lenoir made their must pay $50 fine plus surcharges, and first appearances in Steams County Dis- must pay restitution as determined by trict Court Monday, and bail was set by the agent. She must complete a chem- the HorL Conrad Freeberg at $1,000,000, ical dependency evaluation and psy- without conditions of release and chological evaluation, and follow rec- $500,000 with conditions of release. The ommendations. She must complete a next court appearances for Kidd and cognitive skills program, abstain from Lenoir are set for Monday; March 25, at alcohol and non-prescribed mood- h30p.m, altering substances, provide a DNA Stearns County convictions sample, and submit to random urinal- ToddAllen Eich, 19 of South Haven, ysis testing. Ecklund was sentenced was convicted of receiving stolen prop- Dec. 31, 2012, by Judge Landwehr. ertyNov. 21,2011. Imposition ofhis sen- Wright County Sheriff's Office tence was stayed; he was given 5 years March 12, Jeffrey Elton Schmiege, probation, 9 days in jail. He must pay 43 of Maple Lake, was arrested in a $500 fine plus surcharges or com- Corinna Township on a MN Depart- plete community service work in lieu merit of Corrections warrant for proba- tion violation. Habitat Day set for April 13 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Staff from the University hold Habitat Day Saturday, of Minnesota, Raptor Center, April 13 St. Paul, Minn., will be on hand The Litchfield Wetland Man- once again with live birds, includ- agement District (District) of the ing abald eagle. Meet some of Min- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nesota's raptors or birds of prey in (USFWS) will host "Habitat Day person, and learn how their role in 2013" from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sat- the environment is important to urday, April 13, in Litchfield. The us all. An hour-long program will event has a variety of offerings to start at 1 p.m. Raptor Center edu- those of all ages interested in wild- cation specialists will be available life and habitat of our area. The after the program to answer ques- event is free-of-charge, tions about the birds, with the Spring is just around the corner, birds available for viewing. and it won't be long before wood Coloring books, posters and ducks and bluebirds return to the an assortment of wildlife related areain search ofnestingsites. If you materials and displays for kids have good habitat areas for plac- "of all ages" will be available ing nest boxes for these species, throughout the afternoon includ- free, pre-cut bird house kits will be ing a staff demonstration of prai- available for assembly on site (one rie seed cleaning via use of a fan- of each per family). Robin nesting ning mill. Special guests at the shelves, wren houses, and new this event include the Wildlife Wizard year, bird feeders will also be avail- who will quiz children and adults able while supplies last. All neces- on wildlife and habitat of the area sary tools to assemble the houses as well as the Crow River Organi- will be provided. USFWS staff and zation of Water who will have a volunteers will be on hand to assist staffed booth. with construction. Information will No reservations are neces- be provided on wood ducks and sary but if you would like further bluebirds and how best to place the information contact us by phone nesting houses. Design plans will be at (320) 693-2849, or by e-mail at available to build these houses or Our feeders on your own. Come build a office is located three miles south house anytime between noon and of Litchfield at 22274 615thAvenue, 4 p.m. Litchfield, MN 55355. rHn11]l']''~' ' I ~n~nn~lN ' ~ ~ " March 13, Vincent Arthur Bauer, 46 11:49 turn. the Sheriff's Office dis- of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple patched Watkins Ambulance and Kim- Lake on a Isanti County warrant for ballRescuetoamedicalataresldenceon contempt of court. 707thAvenue, North Kingston Township. March 16, Timothy Carl Weber, 38 One individual transported to Meeker of Annandale, was arrested in Maple MemorialHospital. Lake on an apprehension and deten' Friday. March 15 ' tion order from Wright County. 10:20 am. the Sheriffs Office mce~ March 17, JeffreyElton Schmiege, 43 a report of a scam attempt at a residence of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple on: Central Avenue North, Watkins. Lake on aMN Department of Correc- .The deputy spoke to the,individual and tions warrant for fifth-degree con- advisedofoptions. trolled substanceviolation. 3:57 p.m. the Sheriffs Office took a There were 9 property-damage report of suspicious activityat Mies Out- accidents, 2 personal-injury accidents, landonMNHighway55,Watkins. 3 hit-and-run accidents, and 4 car-deer Thursday; March 14 accidents. 5:58 a.m. the Sheriffs Office' dis- There were 6 arrests for DWI, patched the Eden Valley Rescue Squad 5 underage-consumption arrests, and Watkins Ambulance to a personal 3 school bus stop-arm violations, and injury accident on County Road 9 near 95 tickets for miscellaneous traffic vio- 155th Street, Steams County. One indi- lations reported this week. vidual was transported to the Paynes- Meeker County Sheriff's Office villeHospitaL Sunday;March 17 9:08 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- 8:30 a.m. the Sheriffs Office patched Watkins Ambulance to a med- responded to and dispatched Watkins ical at a residence on County Road 150, Ambulance to a medical at a residence Steams County. One individual was on CentralAvenue North, Watkins. The transportedtotheSt.CloudHospital. Meeker County Medical Examiner was 1:41 p.m. the Sheriffs Office arrested caUedthesceneandareportwastaken. Johnathon Matthew Stenberg, age 23, 6:19 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- Watkins, during a traffic stop on West- patched Watkins Ambulance, per the emAvenue, WatkinsonaMeekerCounty request of the Steams County Sher- warrantforaprobafionviolatiorL iffs Office, for a medical at the Powder Wednesday, March 13 Ridge Ski Hill, 93rd Avenue, Maine Prai- 5:34 pan. the Sheriffs Office responded rie Township. The Watkins Ambulance to a report of check the welfare at a resi- was canceled upon arrival and the indi- dence in theWatkins Trailer Pafl~ Watkins. vidual was transported to a hospital by a Allwasfoundtobeokaywiththeindividual privately owned vehicle, and a report willbe filed. 8:50 p.m. the Sheriff's Office Ihesday.March 12 responded to and dispatched Watkins 7:07 a.m. the Sheriffs Office Ambulance for a report of a possible sui- responded to a request to assist the pub- cide threat at a residence on Meeker Ave- lic at a location on MN Highway 55, Wat- nue North, City of Watkins. The Watkins kins. Uponarrivalofthedeputytheindi- Ambulance was canceled prior to arrival vidualwas advisedit was a civil matter. and deputies filed a report. 5:47 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- Saturday; March 16 patched Watkins Ambulance for a med- 1:22 a.m. the Sheriff's Office ical at an address on Luella Street, Wat- responded to a southbound driving kins. One individual was transported to complaint in the area of MN Highway 15 Meeker Memorial Hospital and 353rd Street, North Kingston Town- 7:48 p.m. the Sheriff's Office ship. Deputies located the vehicle, made responded to and dispatched Watkins contact with the driver who was advised Ambulance for a medical at an address ofthe complaint and found all to be okay. on Luella Street, Watkins. One individual 3:37 a.m. the Sheriffs Office was treated at the scene and no transport responded to assist the Steams County was needed. Sheriff'S Office with areport of a stabbing Monday; March 11 at a residence on Old Lake Road, Paynes- 3:03 a.m. the Sheriffs Office villeTownship.The SteamsCountySher- responded to assist the Steams County iris Office canceled the deputy prior to Sheriffs Office in checking the area in arrival, as they had located and arrested and around Watkins for a possible roll- the suspect and no longer needed assis- over vehicle. The deputy was canceled a tance, short time later as the vehicle was located 7:38 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- in Steams County by the Sheriffs Office patched Watkins Ambulance to a med- and assistance was nolonger needed. ical in Steams County at a residence 2:40 p.m. the Sheriffs Office took on 135th Street, Maine Prairie Town- information on a possible harassment ship. One individual was transported to issue at a residence on Church Street, St. Cloud Hospital Watkins.