The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 7 in favor of a 27-year-old Pennington woman regarding a probation condition requiring her to submit random spot check chemical testing by police.
Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21. During the weekend, Minnesota residents age 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing. "This weekend is a way to encourage anglers to take a kid fishing," said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in a news release. "Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter."
WADENA—Home heating bills can be a major burden for some in the community. Clean Energy Resource Teams organized a free workshop with the goal of assisting people with finding energy savings at their homes. The Neighborhood Energy Workshop will be 5-7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Wadena-Deer Creek High School. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to find steps to save energy and money, get help reading utility bills, learn about energy assistance and connect directly with service providers. Also offered will be a free dinner.
TAMARACK—A 30-year-old woman was injured Monday morning, Jan. 14, when the SUV she was driving crashed on Highway 210 in Aitkin County. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Heather R. Price of Wright was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer west on Highway 210 when she lost control of the SUV at 110th Avenue in Clark Township. The SUV crossed over the center lane, rolled over and ended up in the south ditch. Price was transported by McGregor Ambulance to Riverwood Healthcare Center Hospital in Aitkin for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Region Five Development Commission invites Region Five residents to a meeting to discuss regional transit coordination needs. The region consists of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. The commission was awarded a Regional Transportation Coordinating Council grant and was designated as the council's implementing agency for the five-county region.
CROSSLAKE—A 29-year-old Pierz woman suffered injury in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning, Jan. 12, at the intersection of Crow Wing County highways 3 and 36 in Crosslake. The Crosslake Police Department reported Michelle Lease, 29, Pierz, was traveling west on County Highway 36, when she ran the stop sign at the intersection with County Highway 3, hitting a vehicle driven by Michael Flemmer, 51, Crosslake. Flemmer was traveling north on County Highway 3.
Hunter Zupko rebounded to top former teammate Jackson Grant in the MNCup No. 3 biathlon event Sunday, Jan. 13 in Nisswa. Grant, a Little Falls sophomore was in first after the sprint event with a 0,2 shooting and a time of 14:38. Zupko was second shooting 3,2 and 16:33. Other top sprinters were Stormy Hegg of Wolfpack Alexandria in the women's field, who shot 2,3 and finished in 18;36. Emma Watson of Duluth Biathlon was second with 2,2 and 18:56.
PROCTOR—Kasey Couture and Shane Donovan netted first period power-play goals, leading the Northern Lakes Lightning to their second win of the season, a 4-1 victory over the Proctor Rails in a non-conference game Monday, Jan. 14. Dylan Mesenbrink and Kyler Couture added even-strength goals in the second period. Northern Lakes goalie Sam LeMieur missed his chance for a shutout when Proctor slipped the puck past him on a power play with eight seconds left in the game. Proctor outshot the Lightning 38-26.
At the next dinner party, remember this bit of trivia: the record for the world's largest ice carousel belongs to a family from Little Falls. For the Zwillings, however, the feat is anything but trivial. The diameter of the massive disc of ice—carved out by chain saws and rigged to spin with the use of trolling motors—exceeded the length of a football field by a long shot and is longer than the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis is tall.
VERNDALE—A Wadena County sheriff's deputy attempt to stop a vehicle outside of Wadena led law enforcement on a high-speed chase and ended with arrests on fleeing, reckless driving and drug charges. The deputy and an agent for the West Central Drug Task Force attempted to stop the vehicle on Oink Joint Road, south of Highway 10, at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.