Fmr. St. Michael Mayor, 84, Fatally Struck In Driveway By Deputy Responding To Emergency – WCCO

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. (WCCO) — The little Minnesota city of St. Michael is grieving the loss of a precious neighborhood member.

Harold Welter, 84, was struck by a Wright County Constable’s deputy car in his driveway Thursday night as the deputy was reacting to a medical emergency situation. The Minnesota State Patrol states roadway conditions were snowy and icy at the time of the crash.

“If you grew up in St. Michael as I did, everybody would have known Harry Welter,” stated St. Michael Historic Society Board Member Bob Zahler.

Zahler states Welter was a long-time active board member of the St. Michael Historic Society and a St. Michael Lion for almost 50 years. He was likewise a city board member for ten years, and functioned as mayor for 4 years.

Welter’s service to the neighborhood extends even further. He was a firemen at the St. Michael Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years, from 1969 to 1999.

Harold Welter (credit: St. Michael Historic Society)

“Harry was a person very committed to his community, very committed to his family, and certainly and a gentleman in every sense of the word,” Zahler stated. “I’m certain that people will remember Harry as that friendly gentleman who had the interest of St. Michael always in mind.”

The state patrol determined the deputy as 37-year-old Dustin Hatzenbeller of Otsego. In a declaration, Wright County Constable Sean Deringer states his workplace and “Deputy Hatzenbeller have cooperated fully with the State Patrol in their investigation.” Hatzenbeller has actually been put on paid administrative leave.

The state patrol will be leading the examination on the demand of the Wright County Constable’s Workplace.

The City of St. Michael launched this declaration late Sunday afternoon:

Long-lasting homeowner and previous Mayor and St. Michael Council Member, Harold (Harry) Welter, died late recently. He serve on the St. Michael Fire Department for 23 years, belonged to the St. Michael Lions Club for near to 50 years, where he served 4 terms as president. Welter likewise served on the St. Michael City Board for ten years from 1977- 1987, then 4 years as Mayor, from 1987 – 1991. He likewise offered to clean up the Great River Regional Library at the Colonial Shopping mall totally free in the early 2000s. He was a real public servant and will be considerably missed out on by the St. Michael neighborhood.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.