Surgeon joins Mayo-Fairmont

FAIRMONT — Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont recently welcomed Dr. Mark Wikenheiser to its orthopedics department.

Wikenheiser joins the current Fairmont team of Dr. Stephen Berthelsen and physician assistant Erika Chirpich. As an orthopedic surgeon, Wikenheiser offers nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for injuries and conditions of the knees, shoulders and hips. He also provides solutions for joint problems by employing both nonsurgical and surgical techniques.

Wikenheiser received his medical training from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks. He completed his internship in general surgery at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and an orthopedic biomechanics lab fellowship at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Wikenheiser is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Prior to transferring to Fairmont, Wikenheiser worked as an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo-La Crosse.

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Dodge Center man charged in crash

MANTORVILLE (AP) — A Dodge Center man accused of distracted driving in a crash that killed a mother and daughter has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Authorities allege 24-year-old Tanner Kruckeberg was using his cellphone when he rear-ended a stopped car on Highway 14 in Claremont last September.

Eight-year-old Emerson Harberts died at the scene. Her 43-year-old mother, Rachel Harberts, was taken off life support about a week later. Her 12-year-old son also was in the car and was seriously injured.

Kruckeberg is set to make his first court appearance on Feb. 13. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney, and a home telephone listing for him couldn’t be found.

Three vehicles go through ice

MANKATO (AP) — Three vehicles went through the ice the same day on Madison Lake in Blue Earth County, prompting a fresh warning about the dangers of driving on Minnesota’s lakes.

A total of 10 people were in the vehicles. They all escaped unharmed Saturday.

Authorities contacted local businesses and put up extra signs near the landings where the vehicles broke through to spread the word about the danger.

Madison Lake is about 10 miles east of Mankato.