Dodge County News


07/20/2018 01:36 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Our View: Dodge County 'crosses line' in seizing photos 

Star Herald and Byron Review Publisher Larry Dobson, right, talks with a Dodge County sheriff's deputy near Naylor Pond, northwest of Dodge Center, where a 7-year-old boy drowned Tuesday. The deputy confiscated the data card from Dobson's camera, which the Minnesota Newspaper Association's attorney calls "extremely troubling" and a potential violation of the journalist's First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights.


07/20/2018 01:46 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Photos: Dodge County Free Fair in Kasson 

Bethany Bauer, 17, left, of Hayfield, and Logan Louks, 10, of Kasson, rest against Bauer's brown swiss, Marlys, during the Dodge County Free Fair on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Kasson. Army National Guard veteran Jaclyn Schlichter, of Blooming Prairie, looks for her friends, Manny Hornedo and George Caulry, in the Remembering Our Fallen exhibit during the Dodge County Free Fair on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Kasson.


07/19/2018 06:53 PM  ~~~Source~~~
How does a drug court celebrate sobriety? A festival 

Sober Fest is a chance for local Drug Court participants, alumni, family and friends to celebrate the program's successes. The annual gathering features a softball tournament and a hog roast.


07/19/2018 09:36 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Thursdays on First canceled due to weather 

Thursdays on First & 3rd has been canceled for today due to the potential for severe weather. According to the National Weather Service, storms are possible throughout the day, with strong and locally heavy rainfall.


07/19/2018 04:47 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Shining a Light on Stress after Tragedies: First Responders Coping Mechanisms 

There are no results yet from the autopsy that was scheduled on the body of a 7-year-old boy. Authorities say the boy's body was discovered in a deep part of Naylor pond; where he was last seen with friends.


07/19/2018 12:13 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Sheriff's deputies take data card from publisher's camera 

Larry Dobson, publisher of the Dodge Center-based Star Herald and Byron Review, talks with a Dodge County deputy near Naylor Pond, where a 7-year-old boy drowned, Tuesday evening, July 17, 2018, northwest of Dodge Center in rural Dodge County. Dobson said a Dodge County Sheriff's deputy took the data card from his camera after law enforcement officials found him behind the barricaded area near Naylor Pond.


07/18/2018 07:32 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Boy's body recovered from Minnesota pond Wednesday, July 18 

The Olmsted County Medical Examiner's Office will do an autopsy on the body of a 7-year-old boy pulled from a pond in Dodge County. Initial reports say the Gabriel Kuhlman drowned in Naylor Pond Tuesday afternoon.


07/17/2018 01:04 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Grant helps put Wasioja back on the map 

Donald Westfall is the executive director of the Dodge County Historical Society. The Dodge County Historical Society received grants for the renovation of the Civil War era Wasioja Recruiting Station, pictured, and for interpretive signage for the Wasioja Historic District.


07/16/2018 09:01 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Day in History: Scandinavian-Americans launched for Rockefeller 

She is the first Dodge County contestant to win the regional title in 10 years. a One of the Federal Medical Center's most well-known residents, Jim Bakker is being transferred to a minimum security federal prison camp in Jesup, GA.


07/13/2018 07:02 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Rural Dodge County home severely damaged in fire 

Eleven minutes after midnight, a fire was reported at 67523 270th Ave., between Kasson and Byron. It is believed the blaze began in the attached garage.


07/12/2018 03:23 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Council accepts City Administrator Lee Mattson's resignation 

After 18 years with City Administrator Lee Mattson as his right hand man, Mayor Bill Ketchum asked the council Monday night for a motion to accept Mattson's letter of resignation. There was no joy in the room as the motion was made and unanimously approved.


07/11/2018 10:54 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Dodge County public defender retires after 22 years 

After twenty-two years of serving as a public defender, Rachael Drenckpohl retired in June. "If it weren't for the people in Dodge County, I probably would have retired a lot sooner," she said.


07/10/2018 09:29 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Lens on History: Water, water everywhere 

When Dr. Charles H. Mayo helped set the cornerstone of the new auditorium and theater in Mayo Park in 1938, there had not been a major flood of the Zumbro River in 30 years. On July 5, 1978, nearly 7 inches of rain fell in six hours on Dodge and Olmsted counties, the headwaters of the south fork of the Zumbro River.


07/06/2018 01:42 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Request to reduce Baez bail denied 

During a hearing Friday in Olmsted County District Court, Baez's attorney, Christa Groshek, requested that bail be reduced to $100,000 with conditions or $500,000 without conditions, saying her client is not a threat to flee. In addition, she said, his multiple gunshot wounds need more attentive treatment than Baez is receiving in the Olmsted County jail.


07/02/2018 10:29 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Authorities: Baez involved in criminal sexual conduct in Dodge Co. for nearly a decade 

DODGE COUNTY, Minn. Julio Baez, a Kasson police officer, was engaged in criminal sexual conduct from 1998-2006 in Dodge County, according to authorities.