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A rural Detroit Lakes man escaped but his dog died when a pickup truck when through ice on Rock Lake Sunday morning. Stephen Sperl, 49, was driving a 1998 Toyota Tacoma about a half-mile from shore when the truck broke through near what authorities believe was a pressure ridge. Ice thickness near pressure ridges can vary greatly. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, Sperl and his black lab were going ice fishing when the truck broke through about 7:40 a.m. He jumped out but the dog didn’t follow.
FARGO – The curtain is rising on winter in the Red River Valley, with Act 1 promising as much as a foot of snow over the next two days. And Act 2? The National Weather Service said the program hints at the potential for blizzard conditions by Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, with bitter temperatures creeping onto the stage Wednesday and sticking around for the foreseeable future. And by cold they’re talking low temperatures Friday morning and Saturday morning between minus 13 and minus 16. “We are for sure going into the heart of winter perhaps a bit earlier than we’d all like
Shoppers at the Detroit Lakes Walmart got more than they bargained for Friday afternoon, when they were evacuated because of a bomb threat. Police got the call 3:46 p.m. about a suspicious package in the store, but the Crow Wing County bomb squad determined that the package, which had been wrapped in a camoflauge jacket, was simply a bunch of items from the store. "It looks like somebody tried to shoplift a bunch of things and tied it up in the jacket with zipties and then either planned on coming back for it or got spooked and just left," said Detroit Lakes Sergeant Robert Strand.
ADA, Minn. – A 23-year-old man died early Saturday morning in a vehicle rollover about 5 miles east of here on Highway 200. Kirk F. Skaurud of Gary was ejected from the 2007 Chevy Silverado, which was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway after 2 a.m. The pickup truck traveled along the ditch for a distance before hitting a driveway approach and rolled. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels. The Ada Police Department, Norman County Sheriff’s Office and Twin Valley Police Department assisted Minnesota State Patrol at the scene.
AKELEY, Minn. – A Park Rapids woman was seriously injured when an SUV she was driving rolled near here early Sunday morning, the State Patrol reported. Cindy L. Lundmark, 56, was traveling westbound on Highway 34 about 2 a.m. when she left the road, drove into a ditch, and then hit a field approach, causing her 2010 Jeep to roll and come to rest on its roof, the patrol reported. A Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said deputies said Lundmark was taken from the scene by air ambulance.
RED WING, Minn. -- Lavender aromatherapy can help people suffering from dementia sleep easier — that’s according to a new study conducted at an assisted living center in Red Wing. During a week in which residents with memory loss were exposed to lavender essential oil, they experienced an average increase of 42.5 minutes of sleep a night, said Amanda Cagan, a research assistant with the HealthPartners Alzheimer’s Research Center. The results could help pave the way for use of essential oils in memory care facilities as a safe alternative to sleep medication, Cagan said.
ST. PAUL – The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up. By mid-December, city, county and other local officials decide how much property tax they will collect. Those decisions come on the heels of the Democratic Legislature and governor sending them large bundles of new money in the name of property tax relief. If taxes go up, local governments may see less state aid in the future.
Geoffrey Biteman pleaded guilty Monday to theft of an airplane in Roseau, Minn., as part of a deal that will see him serve 60 days in jail and 60 days on electronic home monitoring, said Michael Grover, a Roseau County prosecutor. The 18-year-old was charged with unlawfully taking a 1971 Cessna 150 from the Roseau airport and flying it without permission of the owner. He flew it several times into the Thief River Falls airport during the summer and fall and left it at a St. Thomas, N.D., farm where he got injured when he rolled a sugar beet truck in October.
A 32-year-old Staples man died in a one-vehicle rollover Friday night. David Duane Kobliska was driving a 2004 Ford explorer on Todd County Road 66 near the intersection of County Road 7 in Fawn Lake Township shortly before 11:15 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, according to the Todd County Sheriff's Office. He was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Kobliska's father, Duane Donald Kobliska, 56, of Staples was riding in the vehicle and was transported to the Staples Hospital. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt, according to the sheriff's office.
What could be more redneck than deer hide covered floats, camouflage outfits and running for beer, dressed in blaze orange? Find out Nov. 23 during the Redneck Holidazzle event in Vergas. After a successful first year last year, the Community Club decided to add a few more activities this year. First off is the Rednecks Chase Beer Fun Run, beginning at 2:45 p.m.