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Page 2 Opinion Thursday, October 10, 2013 TriCoun_ Nn..news.rnn Five arrested in Annandale murder, one suspect still sought . Jill Pertler ByJeanDoranMatua, Editor used in the:robbery; he is charged "Slices _00.-LOjLqe,, In the early morning hours of with aiding and abetting second- Saturday, Sept. 28, several indi- degree murder while commit- The mower fix viduals arrived at the Poplar Ave. ting a felony (first-degree aggra- vated robbery), aiding and abet- ting first-degree aggravated rob- bery, and aiding an offender as an accomplice after-the-fact. Juhl apparently set Greene up for the robbery, calling him to set up a drug buy; she is charged with aiding and abetting first-degree aggravated robbery, and aid- ing an offender as an accomplice after-the-fact. Soltis is charged with second- degree (not premeditated) mur- der, murder while committing first-degree felonious aggravated robbery, and fleeing police in a motor vehicle. Igho-Osagie admitted to others that he shot Greene; he is charged with aiding and abetting second- degree murder while committing a felony (first-degree aggravated robbery). Thomas Saengchanthalath was booked into jail and later released, with no charges. Murder/To page 5 home of Kyle Greene in Annan- dale. Their intent, stated later to police, was to rob him of cash and/or drugs. The result was that Greene was shot with a shotgun as the group left. Greene died, every- one else fled. Police were called after Greene's girlfriend came home from work and found him dead in the garage; that was just before 8 a.m. Saturday. Five people have been arrested in the case thus far, and a juvenile has been questioned. A sixth sus- pect is sought for second-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Tyler Fisher and Samara Juhl were arrested Sunday, Sept. 29. Soltis was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 2, after a high-speed chase; an unidentified 16-year-old girl who was Soltis' passenger in the car also was arrested. Igho- Osagie turned himself in Oct. 2, and Thomas Saengchanthalath ._.was arrested that same day. Fisher was apparently the driver; he also took from his moth- er's gun safe the gun that was to be Stearns County prepares for layoffs funding sources and decide what programs are vulnerable to lose funding. Layoff notices will then go out to those county employ- ees who work in those program areas. How many employees will be affected is not yet known. Letters will go out this week. Per the county's union con- tract, all letters give a 30-day lay- off notice. No layoffs will result i.f the government shutdown ends before 30 days. Stearns County is preparing to send layoff notices to employees as a result of the federal government shutdown. The Board of Commis- sioners Tuesday, Oct. 8, approved sending out the layoff notices. Programs in the Human Ser- vices Department, such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), will be affected if the shutdown con- tinues for a period of time. Man- agement will meet Wednesday morning to review all federal Zebra mussels found in Watab Lake access, remove all aquatic plants and animals, drain water-related equipment, remove drain plugs from bilge, livewell and baitwell and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash." Moving docks, boat lifts and other 'water-related equipment from one lake to another can move invasive species as well. State law requires that all docks, boatlifts and swim rafts removed from any lake, river or stream be dried for 21 days and all aquatic plants and animals such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil be removed from the equipment before it is placed in another body of water. Early detection is critical in pre- venting the spread of invasive Spe- cies. Fall provides a good reminder for Iakeshore owners to inspect all water-related equipment when it is removed from the water at the end of the season. People who find something they suspect is a zebra mus- sel or other aquatic invasive spe- cies should take a photo or keep the specimen, and report it to the nearest DNR invasive species spe- cialist. DNR staff will be work- ing with area residents on the connected waters of Watab Lake, Rossier Lake and Little Watab Lake this fall to further document the extent of zebra mussels in these waters. More information about zebra mussels and other aquatic inva- sive species is available on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/ AIS. My husband went out to mow the lawn last week. The good news: he came back. The bad news: he came back after cutting only half of the back yard. He entered the kitchen with an announcement. "Mower's broken," he said. "Not again," I said, feeling like we were caught in a moment of dOj vu - which we were, sort of. When it comes to lawn mowers, he and I have witnessed our fair share of failures. We buy them. Use them for a short time. They break. The cycle repeats Because of our history of bad mower karma, I had no reason to doubt my husband's latest declaration of death. Still, he perceived this breakdown as sig- nificant, somehow. "You've got to see this," he said. No I don't, I half whispered, half screamed inside my head, hoping he hadn't suddenly become tele- pathic. I couldn't imagine how a broken mower could in any way be of any interest to me. "I believe you. The lawn mow- er's broken," I said, trying to keep disinterest from leaking into my inflection. I wanted to go back to peeling potatoes or collecting dust bunnies or doing whatever I had been doing before he broke the lawn mower (again). "The engine came loose from the base," he said, as though this impressive piece of information would entice me into the back yard. "I believe you," I said for the sec- ond time in as many minutes. '.'No need to prove anything to me." (Trust is important in a marriage.) "C'mon," he said taking me by the arm and leading me to the back door. "Humor me." (Humor is important in a marriage.) And that is how I found myself in our back yard, staring nose to nose with a lawn mower, which was indeed broken - not that I'd had any doubt. The base, or what- ever you call it, appeared cracked along the inside edges where it was supposed to attach to the engihe. I figured we had ourselves another dead machine. I pictured the bro- ken beast taking its place in a hid- den part of the back yard, behind the garage, next to the two other inoperative mowers residing there. My husband had a differ- ent idea. It seems the base was irreparable, but the motor was a quality one, still in working order and simply in need of an undam- aged carriage on which to sit. We just happened to have two, resting (in peace) behind the garage. "We'll swap out one engine for another," he said. "No problem." Sure, piece of cake, I thought. This is my lucky day. Despite my disinterest and lack of mechani- cal aptitude, I reconciled myself to the fact that I was in for an adven- ture. (Adventure is important in a marriage.) And that is how I found myself squatting, in the least attractive of positions, on the driveway over a partially dismembered lawn mower, holding various pieces steady (or trying to) while my hus- band cajoled four bolts through holes in the base to secure the engine in place. Four bolts. The premise was a simple one even I could under- stand - righty tighty and all that technical jargon. Trouble is, our bolts were troublesome little nuts. Apparently they'd missed the memo explaining the task they were created to do, caus- ing us to experience something of an attachment disorder. After 20 minutes into the task, my arms ached from exertion. Thirty min- utes in and the circulation in my legs ceased to exist. I shifted posi- tions and held tight to the engine. Black oil dripped down onto my fingers, threatening my ability to get a grip. My husband and I wrestled and coerced (the bolts, not each other) and after much expulsion of effort, one by one the little doohickeys took their place and attached to the engine. Success! Score one for us. We high rived and I went inside to wash the motor oil off my hands. Admittedly, I was happy we'd tackled the impossible. We'd fixed the broken mower. There's noth- ing as satisfying as a completed task. Now if I could only get him to finish mowing the lawn. Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of "The Do-It-Yourself- er's Guide to Self-Syndication" You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook. www.tricountynews.mn Connected to Rossier Lake, in Stearns County Three connected lakes in Stearns County have been desig- nated as infested waters after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mus- sels in Watab Lake, connected to Rossier Lake, north of St. Joseph. Watab Lake should not be con- fused with Big Watab Lake south of Avon. The confirmation, came after a Watab Lake resident reported finding what appeared to be zebra mussels on the ladder of a swim- ming raft early last week. When DNR staffinvestigated, they found zebra mussels attached to several other pieces of recreational equip- ment as well. Because Watab Lake is con- nected to Rossier Lake and Lower Watab Lake, those waters will be designated as infested waters, as well as the Watab River down- stream of Watab Lake to the con- fluence with the Mississippi River. Designation does not mean each body of water is confirmed to be infested, but that zebra mussels have been detected in a lake acces- sible by boat and spread is likely between connected waters. "This is the first confirmed case of zebra mussels in a Stearns County lake, and it underscores the need for continued diligence in complying with the state's inva- sive species laws," said Christine Jurek, DNR invasive species spe- cialist. "Before leaving a water POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. Box 220, KimbaLL MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, KimbaLL, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, KimbaLl MN 55353, Stearns County. 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