In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It

Photo of Nicollet County Line by Tony Webster. 

Roundup of Local Area News From South Central Minnesota and Nicollet County


Local Man Admits Role in Alleged Assisted Suicide Death

RIDGLEY – A Sleepy Eye man was arrested and charged with murder after confessing to police he had a so-called suicide pact with his girlfriend whom police found dead in late October in Ridgley, according to a report from BringMeTheNews. Casey D. Narvaez, 39, was formally charged with one count of 2nd-degree murder and another  count of aiding suicide, which is a crime in Minnesota. The criminal complaint said the man also tried to commit suicide but failed in the attempt. He called 911. Narvaez was observed by first responders with cords around his neck. He was brought to the hospital. He told police he attempted to use the method of carbon monoxide poison after buying supplies for their plan. Narvaez faces 40 years in prison if convicted. 


Xmas 10 years ago

BERNADOTTE – Ruth Klossner, a former Ledger staff writer, has a fondness for cows, as many in the Nicollet County area already know. Klossner’s relatives settled in what is now known as Klossner, a rural township in Nicollet County. She is known locally as “Cow Lady”. 

During the Christmas holiday season ten years ago, Klossner was showcased in the Herald in Saint Peter for her Moo-Seum, a cattle-inspired treasure trove. She said all her toys as a kid were cows. Klossner is active in the community, in programs like 4H and freelance journalism in the rural communities near her hometown. She has been to more than a few county fairs and state fairs, competing for awards and accolades in the world of bovine. Klossner has a special fondness for the Holstein breed. During middle school, one such cow became a dear companion. Klossner’s cow, Princess, at the time won her state fair top honors in 1966. A year later Klossner was dubbed National Holstein Girl. Klossner’s family was in the dairy business. Her museum and home is located in Bernadotte. 


Injuries in Car Crash in Klossner

KLOSSNER – Southern Minnesota News reported that a car crash recently took place in Klossner, in which three passengers and the driver and another driver were taken to the hospital with injuries. The incident took place in mid-August just before 3 p.m., the report noted. A Jeep and other SUV crashed at the intersection of  Highway 15 and Fort Rd. The Jeep was driven by a 16-year-old boy indicated by a state trooper crash report and the SUV was driven by Derek Ralph Rueckert, 46, of Andover. The drivers were both taken to New Ulm Medical Center for their injuries. Rueckert’s passengers included 47-year-old Kari Ann Rueckert and girls aged 9 and 11, according to the report. 


4th of July Festivities in Cambria

CAMBRIA – Cambria claims to have the longest running July 4 celebration in the state, according to a report from KEYC, a North Mankato affiliate station for FOX and CBS News. The community recently held its 151st 4th of July celebration.They had fireworks for July 2 at the local town hall. On Independence Day itself, there were games and other activities for the community to participate in. There was also the Community Potluck Picnic and parade.


Cubs Headed to State First Time in Almost 80 Years

COURTLAND – In late August, the Courtland Cubs baseball team went to the state tournament for the first time in 78 years, a recent Southern Minnesota News article pointed out. The team went to the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament again. They haven’t made it there since 1945, the report stated. The Cubs were Region 2C champs in the Tomahawk East League. 

New Ulm

Both New Ulm Canoeists’ Bodies Found in WI 

NEW ULM – The bodies of two people from New Ulm were found in Wisconsin along a river site they visited, according to reporting by Minnesota Public Radio News in mid-November. It took two weeks of searching to finally find the second body, according to the report. The men went missing in Northwest Wisconsin: 27-year-old Andrew DeRock and his cousin, 26-year-old Ryan Busch were missing since October 28, when it is believed their canoe capsized. A GoFundMe fundraiser page was created for the family and it raised $16,000.

North Mankato

Holiday Lights Contest

NORTH MANKATO – Voting is now taking place for North Mankato Hometown Holiday Lights, according to KEYC TV in North Mankato. The Ledger has photographed some of these homes already, in addition to lights at the Taylor Library and other parts of the city. Voting opened in early December and goes through December 27. Winners will be announced on December 28. Find maps of the lit houses at city hall or the library. This festivity marks the fourth year for Hometown Holiday Lights. Each year it has grown, according to reports. 

Glenn Taylor Makes Ag Donation to Area Nonprofits

NORTH MANKATO – Glenn Taylor has decided to make his biggest donation yet: farmland, according to local news reports. Taylor, a successful publishing, printing and technology tycoon grew up in a dairy farm near Comfrey and has decided to provide a gift valued at $172 million to three partner foundations including the Mankato Area Foundation and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, according to the report. 

North Mankato City Administrator Gives an Update

NORTH MANKATO – The North Mankato city administrator provided some city updates and news to Radio Mankato on December 14. Lisa K. on KTOE, for Radio Mankato, interviewed Kevin McCann at the radio studio near Eagle Lake to discuss city news and updates. They started the discussion talking about a recent high speed chase in North Mankato. McCann said the budget discussion was a 5-month process that started around August. McCann said the city compares itself with other similar sized cities to get a baseline idea of how the city should approach its objectives. He said they break down the budget into “bite sized pieces”. McCann said this has been one of the largest levy increases at around 13 percent, but the tax rate has only gone up 1.5 percent. 

Saint Peter

Operator of Gyrocopter Crashes Into Minnesota River and Dies

SAINT PETER – A gyrocopter operator crashed the vehicle into the Minnesota River and died in early October, a local TV station, KEYC, reported. Authorities responded to 66-year-old Loren David Jones of Prior Lake on the Minnesota River, from where he was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. He died of injuries from the crash. The rotary aircraft reportedly made impact with a power line before crashing into the river. 

Cheese and Pie Shop Closing a Location

SAINT PETER – Artisan cheese and pie shop, Cheese & Pie Mongers, is closing its Saint Peter location as was announced by a report in BringMeTheNews in early December. The owners decided to instead focus on their family owned apple orchard. The business will close the first day of 2024. Liberty Warren and Timothy Harbo own the business.

One Killed in Crash in Saint Peter

SAINT PETER – A CBS News report indicated that a man died after a car crash in Saint Peter in late November. Two other people were injured too, according to the report. The crash involved four vehicles on US Hwy. 169. An 86-year old woman who was driving a Toyota Prius crashed into a Hyundai Sonota driven by a 38-year-old Chanhassen man. A 79-year-old passenger in the Prius died, the report stated. 


Nicollet Held Small Business Saturday

NICOLLET – Nicollet held Small Business Saturday, a consumer holiday cooked up by credit card company, American Express, to catalyze retail spending for December holidays just after Thanksgiving tradition, according to KEYC. The event was sponsored by Nicollet Chamber of Commerce and Nicollet American Legion Post 510. The event featured a Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to visit with children in the community. There was also hot chocolate provided in addition to cookie and ornament decorating activities. A total of 24 local vendors showed and offered their wares and information about their small businesses to the public. The event’s purpose is to support small businesses. 

Cathedral Overtakes Nicollet in Boys Basketball

NEW ULM – Cathedral overtook Nicollet in local high school boys basketball in early to mid-December. The final score was 78-46 in favor of New Ulm Cathedral. It was a non-conference game, according to the Journal. For Cathedral, Jevan Wilfahrt was the team’s scoring leader at 2-2 and 22 points. Elliott Hoffman scored 20 points and Jake Finstad, 18. Connor Martens was Nicollet’s scoring leader for the Raiders team  at 0-4 with 19 points in the game against Cathedral. Nicollet later played Sibley East in another non-conference game.

Mankato Toys for Tots Hosted an Event at Nicollet Fire Department

NICOLLET – The Mankato Toys-for-Tots hosted and helped organize a toy donation at the Nicollet Fire Department December 16, a local TV news report detailed. Cookies and hot chocolate were provided to children. The event ran from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Loyola Boys Basketball Team Defeats Nicollet

NICOLLET –  The Nicollet Raiders hosted the Mankato Loyola Crusaders in high school boys basketball in mid-December. A report from KEYC in North Mankato detailed how Loyola beat Nicollet 61-44.

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