Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Baby lambs, farm-fresh pancakes, wool crafts and farm games kept kids outside and busy Tuesday morning.
Kids arrived at Gale Woods Farm by the bus load Tuesday morning for "Farmyard Fun Day." Highlighting the spring tradition: a growing brood of infant lambs—three of which were born just hours before kids stormed the barn. With several Lake Minnetonka area school districts on spring break, parents also found an educational activity at a reasonable price ($5). Gale Woods Farm, which is operated by the Three Rivers Park District, gave kids a chance to check the hen coop for eggs, make a bracelet from recently-shorn wool and whip up fresh pancakes using ingredients gathered from the farm. It was the baby lambs, however, that commanded the most attention, and farm volunteers allowed kids to briefly pet the new arrivals and take photos with them …
The bill would change the way Minnesota calculates LGA but won't start money flowing into most Lake Minnetonka city coffers.
Years without getting local government aid will stay that way for Lake Minnetonka cities. Other Minnesota cities could see payments balloon under a new proposal that would inject tens of millions of dollars into the system and change the way those millions are distributed. A bill by state Rep. Ben Lien of Moorhead (DFL-4A) would add $80 million to the $426 million that the state is scheduled to spend on local government aid (LGA) in 2014. One Lake Minnetonka city would get LGA money only under the Lien plan: Mound gets nothing under current law or under the Dayton plan, but it would get more than $300,000 in 2014 local government aid under Lien's bill. Long Lake is the only Lake Minnetonka city to get LGA now, and it would continue to get…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Tabitha passed away Monday morning. The following is her obituary.
Editor's Note: Information courtesy Morris-Nilsen Funeral Home Tabitha Rose Markle, age nine months, is preceded in death by her grandfather, Lawrence Markle. She is survived by parents, Jonathan and Amanda; sister, Isabelle; grandparents, Marilyn Markle, Marvin and Mary Seefeld; aunts and uncles, Sandy and Dave Pevonka, Laura and Jason West, Amy and Aaron Seefeld and Emily Seefeld; cousins, Kenneth and Sara Pevonka, Natalie, Jacqueline and Gabriella Seefeld. Services Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church 6730 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4-7 p.m. at Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave. S., …
After a rash of vehicles going through the ice in recent days, including one that resulted in the death of an infant, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek urges residents to review ice safety guidelines.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, January 24
by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek There have been seven vehicles that have broken through the ice on Lake Minnetonka in four days, Jan. 18-21. Tragically, one incident resulted in the death of an infant, an 8-month-old girl from Minnetrista. Related Posts: The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office reminds residents that no ice should ever be considered safe. Residents are urged to review these safety guidelines: Last winter Sheriff Stanek took the unusual step of ordering all vehicles off Hennepin County ice after a rash of accidents was blamed on thin ice conditions. Stanek said Saturday that he was not yet prepared to take a similar step this winter.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Alcohol was a factor in at least two of the seven accidents; Sheriff Rich Stanek urges common sense and good judgement.
The death of an eight-month-old baby is prompting area safety officials to urge the public to use good judgement and take appropriate safety precautions when driving on Lake Minnetonka and other frozen bodies of water in Hennepin County. Tabitha Markle died early Monday morning after her family's vehicle broke through the ice Friday night near the Halstead Bay Bridge adjacent to County Road 44 in Minnetrista. Tabitha's mother, a teacher with Richfield Public Schools, her father and sister were also in the SUV. The accident occurred less than 24 hours after the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office conducted a nighttime rescue drill that simulated a similar scenario. In all, seven vehicles have broken through the ice since last Friday. Alcohol …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Family's vehicle broke through the ice near the channel between Halstead Bay and Priests Bay; Infant died early Monday morning at Children's Hospital.
Eight-month-old Tabitha Markle has died. Editor's note (Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.): Lake Minnetonka Patch and other media outlets originally reported Tabitha was nine months old. She was three days from turning nine months at the time of her death. Patch apologizes for any confusion. Tabitha was strapped in her car seat when her family's vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Friday evening. She was submerged 15-20 minutes before first responders were able to free her. She was first taken by ambulance to Waconia and later transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital. A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office classified Tabitha's death as an accidental drowning. She died just after 2:30 a.m. …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday night's accident occurred on the Browns Bay side of Spirit Island. It was the fourth vehicle to break through the ice in less than 48 hours.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jay Corn
Sunday, January 20
A vehicle broke through the ice on Lake Minnetonka Saturday night. It was the fourth to go into the water in less then 48 hours. Saturday's accident occurred on the Browns Bay side of Spirit Island, and Wayzata Fire Department Chief Kevin Klapprich said no injuries were reported. "It went through last night, but I can't tell you exactly what time," Chief Klapprich said. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol responded to the scene Saturday night and was back again late Sunday morning after a resident reported seeing what turned out to be the same vehicle submerged in the water. "The Hennepin County Water Patrol was out there today (Sunday) with their water boat, and some of my guys went out there with them," Chief Klapprich said. "They…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Nine-month-old Tabitha Rose Markle is in critical condition after her family's vehicle broke through the ice last night on Lake Minnetonka. First responders rescued the child from about six feet of water after she was submerged for 15-20 minutes, accordin
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jay Corn
Saturday, January 19
Editor's Note: The following update was released at 4:20 p.m. by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. On January 18 at 5:08 p.m., the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle breaking through the ice on Lake Minnetonka. A family from Minnetrista had been traveling in a small SUV when it broke through thin ice and into the water under the Halstead Bay Bridge. A husband, wife, and their young daughters – a two-year-old and a nine-month-old – were in the vehicle at the time. Read Patch's coverage of the sheriff's press conference Saturday morning. A homeowner who lives next to the bridge is a volunteer firefighter for Mound Fire Department. He heard cries for help and he and a friend pulled the mother and two-year-old …
Hennepin County Rich Stanek said nine-month-old was submerged for 15-20 minutes.
Nine-month-old Tabitha Rose Markle is in critical condition after her family's vehicle broke through the ice last night on Lake Minnetonka. First responders rescued the child from about six feet of water after she was submerged for 15-20 minutes, according to Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. Tabitha was taken by ambulance to Waconia and later transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital. Sheriff Stanek said during a news conference Saturday morning that a volunteer Mound fireman, who lives on Lake Minnetonka near where the vehicle went through the ice, was the first to reach the scene. Stanek praised the fireman's quick thinking and training, adding he provided crucial assistance and first aid during the critical first few minutes …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Police and Hennepin County Water Patrol acted fast after a car broke through ice into Lake Minnetonka late Friday afternoon. A 9-month-old is in "extremely" critical condition, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff.
UPDATE (9:20 p.m., Jan. 18, 2013): News outlets are reporting the car sunk near the bridge on County Road 44 as a couple and their two children were out on the lake. A 9-month-old is in cricitcal condition as a result of the crash. * * * * * * ORIGINAL POST (6:13 p.m., Jan. 18, 2013): There were some tense moments this afternoon on Lake Minnetonka after a woman and her child and two other passengers were rescued from their vehicle after the car left the roadway and broke through ice. WCCO and KSTP.com both reported the car went through ice shortly after 5 p.m. this afternoon. KSTP states the incident happened on County Road 44 in Minnetrista, and four people have been taken to a local hospital after the incident. A child was one of the …