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Cass Sheriff's Office reports safe Eelpout Festival

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports a relatively safe Eelpout Festival last weekend in Walker, despite frigid temperatures and severe wind chill conditions.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports a relatively safe Eelpout Festival last weekend in Walker, despite frigid temperatures and severe wind chill conditions.

Burch reports that the sheriff's office handled approximately 150 calls for service resulting from incidents related to the Eelpout Festival held Feb. 20-21 in Walker on Leech Lake.

A snowmobile crash was reported Friday, Feb. 20, at approximately 6:54 p.m. A snowmobile was traveling south on Walker Bay of Leech Lake when it hit a compacted snowdrift, throwing the driver and passenger from the machine.

Two victims were transported by North Ambulance to Sanford Hospital in Bemidji with non-life threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.

A fish house on fire was reported Sunday, Feb. 22, at approximately 11:29 a.m. in Walker Bay. The Walker Fire Department extinguished the fire and there were no injuries reported.

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The Cass County Sheriff's Office and its Toward Zero Death (TZD) partners, including the Minnesota State Patrol and police departments in Pike Bay Township, Walker, Longville, Pine River and Lake Shore arrested a total of 12 intoxicated drivers during the event. Many additional traffic citations were issued.

Preliminary activity reports show that approximately 35 individuals were arrested and booked at the Cass County Detention Center for charges including DUI, disorderly conduct, assault, burglary and minor consumption.

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