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February 5, 2007

Intruder Kills Two Family Members and Wounds a Third

Two members of a Waseca family were killed and a third wounded by an intruder at their farmhouse Saturday morning. After responding to a 911 call reporting an intruder at 3:23 a.m., police found Tracy Kruger, 40, and his 13-year-old son, Alec, dead at their family farmhouse located 6 miles south of Waseca.

Hilary Kruger, 41-year-old wife and mother, was found wounded at the scene. She was listed to be in critical condition at North American Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where she was flown Saturday.

When Alec called 911 he informed the dispatcher that there was an intruder on the property. Shortly after, the dispatcher heard gunshots in the background and the line went dead, according to Waseca County Attorney Paul Dressler. It is believed that the family had been shot, though autopsies have yet to confirm this, Dressler said.

A younger son of the Krugers was spending the night at a friend’s house when the killings occurred and is now reported to be in a state of utter shock, a sheriff’s official said.

Investigators began questioning a man Saturday evening who was connected to a vehicle found at the Krugers’ farmhouse. The man is believed to be a stranger to the Kruger family, investigators said. He was linked to a pickup truck which was found in a ditch outside the farmhouse on 320th Avenue.

Authorities believe that the man stole the truck from one of the Krugers’ neighbors. The truck was found about 10 to 15 miles away in Byron Township in southern Waseca County. A sports-utility vehicle belonging to the Krugers was also found in the ditch.

The man was taken into custody for questioning in Byron Township Saturday morning. No information was given as to whether or not an arrest was made.

January 29, 2007

Wisconsin Man Scheduled to Leave Hospital After 16-Story Fall

The Wisconsin man who fell 16 stories from a hotel window in downtown Minneapolis is expected to return home from the hospital on Saturday.

Joshua Hanson, 29, fell from a window on the 17th floor of the Hyatt Regency on Nicollet Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 20.

Hanson, who survived the fall with a broken leg and a collapsed lung, will go home to his parents’ house in Blair, Wis., where he co-owns and operates a sports-bar.

Hanson is breathing on his own, talking, walking with assistance, and undergoing physical therapy, said Nancy Kindschy, Hanson’s aunt. He is expected to make a full recovery in an unspecified amount of time, Kindschy said.

Oakdale Man Killed in House Fire

A 61-year old man died Saturday morning while trying to escape from a house fire in Oakdale.
A neighbor saw smoke billowing from the mobile home located on Scarlet Oak East in the Whispering Oaks Manufactured Home Community and called 911 around 9:30 a.m.

When firefighters and police arrived at the scene the mobile home was in flames. "There was fairly significant flames when the officer and firefighters first arrived," said Oakdale Police Sgt. Jack Kettler. Firefighters found the man lying unconscious within a few feet from his door and pulled him out of the burning house. They attempted to revive him with CPR but were unsuccessful, Kettler said.

Investigators believe that the fire started in the kitchen around 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, though the official cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of the family.