News of the Region

Terroristic threats charge against Princeton man are dismissed
A felony charge for allegedly making terroristic threats against Mark Thomas Stachowski, 35, Princeton, was dismissed in Morrison County District Court, May 3. A gross misdemeanor domestic assault charge was also dismissed.
The charge stems from a May 20, 2016 incident, when Stachowski was accused of hitting a woman and threatening to kill her.
– Morrison County Record

Heartland Express benefiting from grants
Craig Rempp, the transit director for Heartland Express, told the Chisago County Board of Commissioners April 19 Heartland was “one of the few” transportation services to have its entire funding proposal approved by the state as part of a grant application.
Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle March 30 announced $23.7 million in grants would be awarded to help meet the growing need for transit services in Greater Minnesota.
– Post Review,North Branch

Isanti approves earnest or option money for property for hotel project
The city of Isanti is moving forward with the possibility of bringing a national hotel chain to the city. During the Isanti City Council meeting May 2, the council approved a motion to use up to $2,500 as a nonrefundable deposit of earnest or option money for the purchase of property for the hotel project.
Isanti Mayor George Wimmer explained the city is working in good faith with a development group on a hotel project in the city of Isanti, and parcels of land have been identified as potential sites for the project. To be prepared to move forward with a contingent purchase agreement or option, the city needs to be prepared to provide for appropriate earnest or option money.
– Isanti County News

Man flees police in stolen tow truck
A man trying to flee police in a stolen tow truck was arrested this afternoon in Coon Rapids.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a GPS tracking device in the truck enabled authorities to locate the truck at 1:40 p.m. May 10 as it headed west on Highway 10 out of Anoka County into Sherburne County.
An unmarked state patrol vehicle located the truck and called for back-up. The man driving the stolen tow truck made a U-turn in Elk River and headed east on Highway 10.
back to Anoka County. Elk River Police assisted but bowed out when the motorist made his way back into Anoka County, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz. Police deployed stop-sticks to puncture the tires. A state trooper managed to get the truck off the road. It hit a freeway wall at Foley Boulevard on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids. The chase ended at 2:17 p.m.
– Elk River Star News

Four injured in crash on Highway 169
Four people were injured when three vehicles collided at the Highway 169-Main Street intersection in Elk River May 5. The crash was reported at 8:18 a.m.
A 2005 Acura was northbound on Highway 169 and stopped at the red light at Main Street when it was rear-ended by a 2003 Pontiac Montana driven by Sheldon Warbonnett, 27, of Onamia. The two vehicles then made contact with a 2004 Acura, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Four people were taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids with non-life-threatening injuries: Warbonnett; the driver of the 2005 Acura, Duane Peterson, 75, of Robbinsdale; and two passengers in the Montana, Angela Hansen, 29, Duluth, and Victor Nayquonabe, 30, Onamia, the State Patrol reported.
– Elk River Star News