Monday, September 17, 2012

Motorcycle Fatality Claims the Life of LakeShore Man

EAST GULL LAKE,  MN – Cass County Sheriff received a report of a motorcycle crash on County 70 near East Gull Lake, MN at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 
 Officers arrived and found a single motorcycle and driver had crashed in the roadway. Life saving efforts were attempted but the driver, a male age 42, from LakeShore MN was pronounced deceased on scene. An autopsy is schedule with Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office.    
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota State Patrol, LakeShore Police Dept, North Memorial Ambulance and AirCare, and Brainerd Fire. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
The investigation continues.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Road Construction in Nisswa

BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter road closures and detours in Nisswa as Main Street and Merril Avenue close Monday, Sept. 17.
Approximately 100 feet of Main Street will close east of Highway 371. Merril Avenue will close south of Main Street. The alley between Main Street and Merril Avenue also will close.
All businesses will remain easily accessible, with signs directing motorists to alternate routes to local businesses.
Both local roads and the alley will reopen by Friday, Sept. 21.
The closures are needed as crews relocate underground utilities as part of the Highway 371 improvements project.
When complete, the project will improve motorist and pedestrian safety and mobility by reconstructing four lanes of Highway 371, improving turn lanes and constructing a new Crow Wing County Road connection, which includes a roundabout. The project also adds a new pedestrian tunnel, improves local roads and creates better access to the Paul Bunyan Trail. More information on the project can found at

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Two Die on Big Winnie

Two men died after a boat capsized on Lake Winnibigoshish over the weekend.   

The Cass County Sheriff's office was notified about 6:30 PM of the incident in the northern part of the County near Bena.  Responding officers located the boat and several items floating in the water near the boat.  An initial search of the area was performed until dark.  The area was searched by boat, as well as by Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.  Conditions were very windy with wind gusts between 30-40 MPH.  

The search resumed at daylight Sunday.  At approximately 9:30 AM, one male victim, age 43, from Minneapolis, MN was located near shore.   The search continued and at approximately 5:00 PM, the body of the second male victim, age 53, from Princeton, MN was located approximately 200 yards from where the boat was initially found.  Both victims were taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. 

The search was conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Lakes Area Dive Team, MN State Patrol, MN Department of Natural Resources, Leech Lake Tribal Police and Leech Lake Conservation Officers.

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Zebra Mussel Search In Pelican Lake

Pelican Lake at Breezy Point was designated as infested waters last July, when DNR divers found two zebra mussels near Gooseberry Island.  Since that time, divers and residents have found additional zebra mussels in various locations of the lake. 

The Pelican Lakes Association feels it is an early infestation and is urging everyone that uses or has property on Pelican Lake to join in the search.  

The association in staging a search for the invasive to slow its spread, not an easy task in an 8,300 acre lake.

Searchers as asked to check shallow water (typically less than ten feet deep) on hard surfaces like rocks, dock poles, boat lifts, swim platforms, pontoons, or attached to a native mussel.   The mussels could be found inside a dock or lift post where they are not visible.    

Zebra mussels are about the size of a fingernail and hard to spot.  

Report the finding immediately to local DNR invasive species specialist, Dan Swanson, at 218-833-8645.   You can drop off specimens at the DNR office or someone will come to your home to pick it up.

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Cancer Benefit In Breezy

Nearly $20,000 was raised in August through the 6th Annual Swanson's Melanoma Golf Open Fundraiser in Breezy Point to support the American Cancer Society, for Melanoma cancer research at the University of Minnesota, and new Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund through the Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Foundation.

Funds will be used to directly impact cancer patients’ non-medical needs through a one-time financial assistance that may take the form of a gas card, mortgage payment, childcare expense, etc. In addition a small portion (5%) will be dedicated to education for cancer prevention and early detection for the Brainerd Lakes Area community.

All donations are tax deductible and can be made online at, by check payable to St. Joseph’s Foundation-Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund, or by credit card.To learn more about St. Joseph’s Foundation or apply to the Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund call 218.828.7564.

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Crosby Police Find Body in Auto

Thursday afternoon, a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle to the Crosby Police Department.  The citizen noted a vehicle in a wooded area near County Road 31 in Deerwood Township.  The Crosby Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and found the vehicle.  The initial responding officers discovered the body of an adult male at the scene.

Agents from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Scene Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.  An autopsy will be conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office on 9-7-12. 

Sheriff Todd Dahl wants people to know there is no indication of danger to the public and citizens should not be concerned for their safety.  Because of unusual circumstances at the scene the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was asked to assist with the investigation.

The deceased was identified as:  Garry Allen Wanless Jr.  age 43

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Traffic Delays in Little Falls

BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists in Little Falls will encounter nighttime delays as Highway 27 intermittently reduces to a single lane with flaggers controlling traffic between 127th Avenue and Ninth Street Northeast.
The overnight closures will begin at 7 p.m. daily beginning Monday, Sept. 10, through Thursday, Sept. 13. All lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. the following day.
The closures are needed as crews resurface Highway 27.
Motorists are advised to drive diligently, slow down and prepare to stop when approaching the work zone.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Sept Delays on Hwy 18

BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists travelling along the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake will encounter a detour as Highway 18 becomes impassable at Seastade Creek, 5.5 miles west of Malmo, beginning Sept. 13.
Highway 18 will close to through traffic between Highway 169 and Highway 47 beginning Sept. 13.
A 24-mile signed detour will direct motorists along Highway 169, Aitkin County Road 28, Aitkin County Road 12 and Highway 47. All local businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project. To view a map of the detour, visit
Highway 18 is scheduled to reopen by Sept. 29, weather permitting.
The closure is needed as crews replace the Highway 18 bridge spanning Seastade Creek.

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K-Lakes Falls Silent after Labor Day

K-Lakes ends its service to the Brainerd Lakes Area on Labor Day.

Minnesota Christian Broadcasting Inc has purchased the FCC license of Lakes Broadcasting group.  MCBI anticipates September 12th as the first day of programming from its Pulse format.

K-Lakes will fall silent after Labor Day ending more than 28 years of broadcasting to the Lakes Area from Breezy Point.

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Thursday Night High School Scores

Pequot Lakes 27, Staples-Motley 14
Aitkin 20, Two Harbors 6
Detroit Lakes 34, Little Falls 20
Pierz 58, Hibbing 8
West Central Area 22, Wadena-Deer Creek 21
Floodwood 62, Northland 0

3-1  Browerville def Pillager
3-2  Hill City def Cromwell
3-0  Park Rapids def Walker-Hackensack-Akeley
3-0  Upsala def Holdinford
3-2  Verndale def Pine River-Backus
3-1  Wadena-Deer Creek def Moorhead

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Driving Delays In The Aitkin Area Upcoming

BAXTER, Minn. — Motorist traveling Highway 210/169 between Aitkin and Hassman will encounter delays as segments of the road reduce to a single lane beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
Flaggers will allow alternating traffic through the work zone.
The closures will continue Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. as crews resurface the road.
Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes when possible and be prepared to stop when approaching the work zone.
The work and closures will be complete by Thursday, Sept. 13, weather permitting.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cass County Man Dead After Logging Accident

WALKER, Minn. (AP) — A 50-year-old Benedict man is dead after an apparent logging accident in Cass County.
Sheriff Tom Burch says Wednesday that authorities got a call about a logging accident Tuesday afternoon in Pike Bay Township. They arrived to find the man had been hit by a large tree that fell from a logging boom.
The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
His name hasn't been released.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Veteran Politicians Make Comeback

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two veterans of Minnesota politics are back in the spotlight after big wins in the primary election. They're bringing different approaches to the task of unseating congressional incumbents in November.

Democrat Rick Nolan and Republican Allen Quist won congressional primaries Tuesday after spending decades out of public office.

Nolan served in Congress from 1975 to 1981. He will challenge first-term Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack in northeastern Minnesota's 8th District. The 68-year-old Nolan says he'll run on ending tax cuts for the wealthy and investing more in schools, roads and other priorities.

Quist is a well-known conservative activist who served in the state House from 1983 to 1989. He will take on Democratic Representative Tim Walz in southern Minnesota's 1st District. The 67-year-old Quist says balancing the federal budget will be his campaign's chief message.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cass Lake Man indicted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 28-year-old Cass Lake man is accused of kidnapping and kicking a girl on northern Minnesota's Red Lake Indian Reservation.

A federal indictment charges Robert Elliot Roybal Jr. with two counts of kidnapping and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Prosecutors allege that Roybal kidnapped a girl under the age of 18 on June 26, 2010. The indictment also alleges that Roybal assaulted the girl by kicking her.

The indictment was unsealed Wednesday after Roybal made his first court appearance.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Three Injured in B.P. Accident

A two car accident in Breezy Point Friday afternoon sent three to the hospital.

Breezy Point Police say a vehicle driven by a juvenile male from Duluth failed to stop at the Ski Chalet/Co Rd 11 intersection and was struck broadside by a vehicle driven by a man from Aitkin. The juvenile driver and his adult female passenger were flow out by air with significant injuries. They are expected to recover. A man from Aitkin received minor injuries and was driven to the hospital in a private vehicle.

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