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Seven Injured in Two Boat Collission

**Itasca County Sheriff’s Department **
Press Release

On July 5, 2018, at approximately 5:05 pm, Itasca County Sheriff’s Communications received a 9-1-1 call of a boating accident in which two boats collided on Pokegama Lake near the LaPlant Road access. It was reported that there were several people involved and multiple injuries.

According to witnesses, a runabout with 6 occupants was pulling a water tube westbound on the lake. The operator of the runabout made a sharp left turn striking a pontoon broadside that was eastbound. Two occupants in the pontoon were ejected into the water. One occupant in the boat was thrown onto the pontoon. The pontoon was believed to have had 8 people on board. Alcohol was a factor and the driver of the runabout, of Burnsville Minnesota, was arrested. The boat suffered moderate damage and the pontoon suffered major damage.

Seven people from the two watercraft were transported to Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Boater’s hometowns include Prior Lake, Burnsville, Orono, and Robinsdale.

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Meds 1, MN DNR and Life Link along with several members of the public. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank those members of the public who helped victims safely out of the water and to shore and provided assistance to law enforcement.

By |July 6th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Seven Injured in Two Boat Collission|

$25,000 Reward for Information in Hibbing Murder

Minnesota News Network

Officials say 60-year-old Brian Nelson was fatally stabbed sometime between the evening of Saturday, July 8th and Monday, July 10th, 2017 inside his home behind the Bottle Shop liquor store–which he owned and operated. The killing happened on the final day of Hibbing’s Jubilee Community Festival. Investigators say robbery may have been a motive–but so far, no witnesses have come forward, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is urged to contact Hibbing Police or call 9-1-1.

By |July 6th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on $25,000 Reward for Information in Hibbing Murder|

Hunt is on for Indiana Man

Minnesota News Network
40-year-old Daniel Lynn of South Bend, Indiana is wanted in connection to the death of 28-year-old Christina Woods who went missing in early June. Her body was discovered Monday in Beatty Township on property owned by Lynn’s family. Lynn was reportedly seen in the areas of Duluth, Virginia and Mountain Iron the week of June 11th. He is bald, 5 foot 10, 210 pounds with a mustache, goatee and tattoos on his neck.

By |July 6th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Hunt is on for Indiana Man|

Biwabik Drowning

A 77 year old Biwabik man drowned this week on Silver Lake. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, family members arrived at the home of Elmer Willman to discover his body in Silver Lake near his canoe. Family members went to his home when relatives weren’t able to contact Willman. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident does not appear suspicious in nature but remains under investigation.

By |June 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Biwabik Drowning|

Bena Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A 24 year old Bena man died in a truck/motorcycle accident Thursday night on Highway 371 in Walker. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 24 year old Seth Michael Raines of Bena was traveling on Highway 371 when he crossed the center line and collided with a Silverado pickup truck driven by 62 year old Ricklin Schmidtke of Walker.
Raines was killed in the accident. Schmidtke was taken to Sanford Hospital in Bemidji by private vehicle with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Outages Reported

More than 8500 people are without power after the strong winds blew through our area this morning.
Line crews are out working to restore power.
Lake Country Power reports 7500 customers without power. LCP called in both Lake States Construction, Highline Construction, and Cooperative Light and Power to help restore power as soon as possible.
Affected areas are primarily north of Virginia, Side Lake, Lake Vermillion, and Ely. Select areas near Grand Rapids were also affected.
Members can call 1-800-421-9959 to report an outage.

Minnesota Power is reporting 14 separate outages, affecting almost 1000 residents, mainly in the Floodwood, Duluth, and Brainerd area.

By |June 29th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Outages Reported|

Tubing Accident in Pengilly

A tubing accident last Friday in Pengilly injured three people. According to information just released from the Itasca County Sheriff’s office, a woman and two of her grandchildren were tubing behind a boat when the tube collided with a pontoon boat on a lift on shore.
Injured was Sharon Benson and two children, 6 and 7 years old.
According to the report, Benson was on a tube with the children, when the tube left the boat’s wake. Neither the spotter nor the driver were aware the tube was on the wrong side of the boat. The tube collided with a pontoon, in a boat lift, at the end of the dock.
Itasca County sheriff’s office, Nashwauk Ambulance, and Hibbing Fire Department Paramedics responded.

By |June 28th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Tubing Accident in Pengilly|

Truency Is Still An Issue

Truency isn’t the problem. It’s usually a symptom of a bigger problem. Tuesday, Linda and Amy Ross of Ross Resources presented some of the services Ross perform for the county, including drug testing and screening, truancy prevention, and supervised visitation.
Students that miss 10% of the school year (17 to 18 days a year), are less likely to succeed. Kim Geislinger has a staff of 10 who work with teachers, principals, law enforcement, and counselors to keep kids in 4 area school districts in school. She said absenteeism often is a symptom of other issues within the family, including mental health issues, chemical dependency, and poverty.

By |June 27th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Truency Is Still An Issue|

Search for Missing Boater

Cass County Sheriff

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two parties that had been thrown from a boat on Hay Lake, located in Ponto Lake Township, rural Pine River, MN. Responders and Deputies arrived and located an adult male, who had been operating the boat. This party was transported to shore and treated on scene for minor injuries. The search continues for the adult male who was a passenger in the boat. Assisting the Cass County Sheriff’s Office is North Memorial Ambulance, North Memorial AirCare, Lakes Area Dive Team and the MN DNR Conservation and aircraft.

By |June 13th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Search for Missing Boater|

County Signs with New Health Plan

The Arrowhead Pro-Care Pool has voted to dissolve group health insurance as of June 30th.
Itasca County employees needed an alternate plan. For the balance of the year, the county will move to the Northeast Service Cooperative. On Tuesday, Human Resources Director Lynn Hart came before the Itasca County Board of Commissioners and asked the board to accept the changes. All of the county’s 11 unions have agreed. Some changes include a fifty percent premium increase in all the plans. A new, higher deductible HSA plan, which includes a deductible of $3500 for single and $7000 per family.
The county has held an open enrollment period, allowing employees to make changes.
For the year 2019, other options will be considered.

By |June 13th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on County Signs with New Health Plan|