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Osage Sportsman's Club Offers Scholarship Opportunities

The Osage Sportsman's Club is proud to offer two scholarships to local, deserving high school seniors.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 21, 2023 The first scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who chooses to pursue a career in a field of service.

This includes military, nursing, medical, fire, police, and EMT. A short essay will be required from the recipient letting us know who you are, what your hobbies are, and any distinguished awards you may have received.

Additionally, please outline what you hope to accomplish in the future. Please note: if the recipient of this scholarship is going into the military and cannot attend college in the fall due to boot camp or special training, the scholarship will be deferred by one calendar year to assist them.

The second scholarship is open to anyone and a short essay will be required in a similar manner to the first. These scholarships are only available to students who attend Park Rapids High School in Park Rapids, MN.

Applications are available at the counselor's office. Applicants may submit their applications to: 28662 County Highway 37 Ponsford, MN 56575

For any questions or concerns, please email scholarship@osagesportsmansclub.com.

Notice of Public Hearing

Monday, January 30 - 6:00 pm - permit for the Family Dollar/Dollar Tree.
Everyone is encouraged to attend.

CITY OF WALKER
COUNTY OF CASS
STATE OF MINNESOTA
 
 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Walker Planning Commission will convene for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 30th, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at Walker Fire Hall located at 701 Elm Avenue to conduct a public hearing:
 

  1. 6:00 P.M. A hearing for comments regarding a conditional use permit to construct a Family Dollar/Dollar Tree combination retail store on the west side of parcel 96-360-0110.

All interested persons are invited to attend these hearings and be heard or send written comments to Jennie Meyer at City Hall, PO Box 207, Walker, MN 56484, via email at jmeyer@ci.walker.mn.us, or direct phone inquiries to 218-547-5503.

Becker County Sheriff's Office Reports Fatal Train Accident

On January 23, 2023, at approximately 1:36 AM, the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report of an eastbound BNSF train hitting a pedestrian west of the intersection of 230th Avenue between the cities of Audubon and Detroit Lakes.

Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene and located a deceased individual. At this time, no name is being released until positive identification is confirmed.

Essentia-St. Mary's EMS, the Detroit Lakes Fire Department, and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office is assisting the Becker County Sheriff's Office.

Press release from Sheriff Todd Glander, 1/23/23

1/24/2023 UPDATE: The victim in this incident has been identified as Ryan Goroski, age 41, of Audubon, MN. The incident remains under investigation.

Volunteers are needed for a Hubbard in Prevention and Kinship event

Hubbard in Prevention Coalition and Kinship are partnering to offer 3 fun events ( February 23, 2023, March 17, 2023, and April 13, 2023) with food, intel (speaker) and games!
Open to students in grades 7 - 12.
 
All dates have the same time frame: 5:30pm (supper), 6:00pm (guest speaker) and 6:30pm (games)
 
This is an Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Free event.
 
Please click on the Sign-up Genius link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084FAEA62CA3FA7-youth if you are able to help set-up, play board games, and / or clean-up.
Questions? Call or text Angela Graham at 218-255-3692 or email me at angela.graham@commonspirit.org

Becker County Sheriff's Office Reports Snowmobile Accident

At 5:30pm on Sunday January 22nd, 2023, the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a single snowmobile crash near the intersection of County Highway 32 and South Cotton Lake Road in Erie Township.
 
The caller stated the driver of the snowmobile, Scott Darrel Fossum {34) from Fargo, North Dakota, was not wearing a helmet and was not breathing.
 
First responders were dispatched from the Becker County Sheriff's Office, Frazee Rescue and St. Mary's EMS ambulance service. Fossum was transported from the scene to St. Mary' s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.
 
Information at the scene indicates Fossum lost control of his snowmobile on South Cotton Lake Road rolling over into the ditch. Fossum was later pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital. This crash is still under investigation.

DNR Looking to fill 200 Paid Summer Internships

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for passionate and dedicated students interested in learning more about natural resource careers through paid summer internships. DNR summer interns gain valuable training, build meaningful experience and share their knowledge and perspectives to help create a healthy, sustainable, and inclusive Minnesota.

The DNR has a wide variety of internship opportunities throughout the state, including in fisheries, forestry, park operations, watercraft inspections, communications and more. Interns work 20 to 40 hours per week and are paid $15 per hour. To be considered for an internship, applicants must be enrolled students fulfilling an academic requirement or receiving academic credit.

To apply for an internship position:

  • Go to the state of Minnesota careers website (mn.gov/careers).
  • Select “Search for jobs” from the toolbar.
  • Select “Search for jobs now” in the External Applicants box.
  • Select “View all jobs.”
  • Filter by “Natural Resources Dept” in the Agency category and “Student Worker and Internships” in the Job Family category.

Applicants will be accepted through Jan. 31. Positions will start in May and June.

The DNR is an equal opportunity and veteran-friendly employer. We celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion. To request an accommodation or alternative format of the applications, please contact us at: ADAdiversity.DNR@state.mn.us; 651-259-5016; or call using a preferred telecommunications relay provider.

LAKE SHORE, MN – Snowmobile Crash Results in Serious Injury

UPDATED 01-18-2023 – The victim has been identified Cody Margelofsky, age 26 of Mayville WI.

Cass County Sheriff Bryan Welk reports that on January 15TH 2023 at 1:50 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a snowmobile crash in the area of Jacobs Road, rural Lake Shore MN. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and learned that a snowmobile operator, a male, age 26 of Mayville WI, was a participant in the Nisswa 100 Snowmobile Race Event, and had crashed on the race course.

Medical aid was immediately initiated by a number of agencies that were staging at the event. The patient was transported by helicopter to a Twin Cities area hospital with serious injury.

Assisting on scene were Lake Shore Police Department, Nisswa Fire and Rescue, Mission Fire, Crosby Ambulance Service and North Memorial Air Care. The incident remains under investigation.

Snowmobile through the Lake in Otter Tail Lake - Updated 1/9/23

On 01/07/2023 at 07:26pm, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office received a report of two snowmobiles and one ATV in the Water on the Northeast side of Otter Tail Lake in Otter Tail Township.

All parties, except one, were initially accounted for. One victim was rescued from the water and was transported by Perham Ambulance. The victim's condition is unknown at this time.

All individuals are accounted for at this time. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Ottertail Fire and Rescue, the Perham Fire Department, and Perham EMS.

Update 1/8/23

64 Year old male from Ottertail, MN that was pulled from the water was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

 

 

Leech Lake - Vehicle Through Ice - No Injuries Reported

Cass County Sheriff Bryan Welk reports that on Friday, January 6th 2023 at 10:11 AM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle through the ice on Leech Lake near Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Deputies responded and learned that a 2007 Dodge Ram Pickup with snowplow was operating on a plowed roadway on the lake when a large crack formed, and the vehicle went through the ice.

The driver of the vehicle, a male, age 19 of Buffalo MN, was able to escape the vehicle without injury. Ice conditions in the area varied. The road was re-routed and anglers in the area were notified.

Sheriff Bryan Welk encourages you to follow these safety tips when travelling on the ice:

  • No ice should ever be considered safe.
  • Check existing ice conditions as you travel.
  • Check with local bait shops, resorts, gas stations, and/or other fisherman for conditions.
  • Consider other means of transportation besides a motor vehicle.  (ATV, snowmobile or foot travel are good choices)
  • Do not travel on the lake after dark.
  • Always notify someone of the area you are traveling in and your expected return time.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Be familiar with the lake - carry a map.
  • If you need emergency assistance, call 911.
  • Consider a GPS unit to help you on and off the lake.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • Pay attention to warning signs that are posted. Remember warning signs cannot be posted everywhere.
  • When available, access the lake through a resort or public access and travel only on plowed roads.

Sheriff Welk advises to use good common sense and check conditions when planning to travel on the ice to ensure a safe and successful adventure!

 

Fire Sprinkler Contains Fire at Fergus Falls Nursing Care Facility

Fergus Falls — The Fergus Falls Fire Department responded at 1:12 PM on Saturday December 10th for a fire at the Minnesota Veterans Home located at 1821 Park Street. A general fire alarm activation of a heat detector and water flow alarm was reported along with staff onsite calling 911 confirming there was a fire in the North East wing of the building.

Veterans Home staff quickly ensured accountability of the residents and moved those near the fire to an adjacent wing for protection. Upon Police and Fire Department arrival it was found that the fire was in a laundry room and had been contained by the fire sprinkler system.

Smoke, however, had filled the common area surrounding the room. Firefighters from the first arriving engine company ensured the fire was out, while additional arriving crews worked to ventilate smoke from the building, shut down the fire sprinkler system, and conduct air monitoring throughout the facility.

The area where the fire originated had minor fire damage and moderate water damage. Onsite staff began water clean up immediately.

The Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Fergus Falls Police Department, Ringdahl EMS, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office.

Due to a reported fire in a large care facility, the Elizabeth and Underwood Fire Departments were immediately requested through mutual aid. They were canceled prior to arriving on scene.

A damage estimate is not available at this time.
Upon completing an investigation with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire was determined to be unintentional with it originating in the ceiling ventilation fan within the laundry room.

The Fire Department was on scene for approximately 1 1/2 hours ventilating and investigators remained on scene for an additional 2 hours. The Department responded with 3 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Rescue Truck, and 2 Command Staff.

No injuries were reported.

The Fire Department wants to acknowledge the commendable actions of the Veterans Home staff.

Hit and Run Reported Outside Park Rapids

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while walking along Highway 34 East of Park Rapids on Friday, November 25, 2022.  

The individual suffered a life-threatening head injury and was air lifted to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.

The incident occurred about 9:45 p.m. Friday evening along Minnesota Highway 34 East in Park Rapids.  

Alice Ann Blue Thunder, 41, of Park Rapids, was walking east on Highway 34 when she was struck by a vehicle.

It "appears she was struck by an unknown vehicle and unknown suspect," the State Patrol said in a statement.

Blue Thunder suffered a life-threatening head injury apparently when a vehicle struck her before driving off.   Blue Thunder was found on the north side of Highway 34, laying half in the traffic lane.  Blue Thunder was flown to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, the patrol said.

The incident remains under investigation.
 

Murder Suicide Reported in Otter Tail County

From a 11/21/22 Press Release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office

On 11/21/2022, at approximately 1424 hours, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of two adult's, one male (59) and one female (58) who were found deceased at a residence in rural Battle Lake, MN within Otter Tail County.

At this time it is believed to be a murder/suicide. The Sheriff's Office believes it to be an isolated incident and there is no known threat to the public.

Further investigation is pending by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Midwest Examiners Office. Names are being withheld at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care Light of Hope Celebration

PARK RAPIDS, MN (NOV. 14, 2022) – The memory of Grant Nunn and Robert Pillsbury, both avid outdoorsmen and talented storytellers, will be honored this holiday season during CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care Light of Hope celebration.

For 35 years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care has been honored to provide compassionate end-of-life care for patients - no matter where they call home. As part of our commitment and dedication to serve through our ministry, we also play a pivotal role in supporting the patient's family and caregivers throughout their hospice care journey.

As we enter into this holiday season, we are thankful to partner with the families of Grant Nunn and Robert Pillsbury as we celebrate the Light of Hope and Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting ceremony.

Amy Pillsbury shared memories of her father, Grant Nunn, and her husband, Robert Pillsbury and their gratitude for the hospice care team. Grant passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in October of 2020, and Robert died of colon cancer in April of this year.

Both Grant and Robert had a passion for the outdoors and were talented storytellers. Times with friends and family were treasured with hobbies like hunting, motorcycle rides, a good card game or fishing… just to name a few. Knowing that hospice care was only a phone call away helped comfort their family through difficult times and CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care was honored to provide the care they needed.

“You have an invaluable service…they really are angels! The hospice team really is there to support the family and help you get through those days and moments. The care team answered all our questions and provided compassionate guidance for the realizations we don’t always want answers to. We are grateful for the care the hospice staff provided for our family,” said Amy.

Visit our website at chisjh.org/shine to read the entire Light of Hope story.

During this holiday season, please join us in a celebration of life and memories by giving a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one. Gifts of $25 or more to the CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care Light of Hope program help to enhance care in the most meaningful of times.

To make your gift, donate online at chisjh.org/shine or mail to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation at 600 Pleasant Avenue S, Park Rapids, MN 56470

You are also invited to join us on November 25th for the Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting and Light of Hope for Hospice Care event. Held in downtown Park Rapids, the ceremony will begin at 6pm to honor loved ones. You can also join us virtually on our Facebook page or the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.parkrapids.com.

Event attendees are encouraged to place an unbreakable ornament on the memory tree, which will be located in Pioneer Park on Main Street, in honor or in memory of a loved one this holiday season.

Thank you for choosing us to care for your loved ones and for your continued support of CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care. Our dedicated team is inspired by the strength of our patients and the families we support.

Bemidji Sheriff's Office Seeks Information

The Bemidji Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian in Bemidji on July 30, 2022. Suspect vehicle is a 2003 to 2007 red or maroon colored Saturn Ion.

If you have any information, please contact Detective Nick Whichello at 218-333-8312 or email him at NWhichello@ci.bemidji.mn.us.

Cass County Sheriff Reports Hunting Accident

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Sunday, October 9th 2022 at 8:19 AM, the Cass County Sheriff’s received a report of an hunting accident in Moose Lake Township, rural Motley MN.

Deputies arrived on scene and learned that a family from St Paul MN was in the area, on public land, hunting squirrels when a 12-year-old male was accidentally shot by his uncle, age 47 of St Paul MN. Deputies and responders initiated first aid and transported the juvenile from a wooded area to a nearby roadway to meet EMS personnel.

Life saving measures were continued and the juvenile victim was transported from the scene to a nearby helicopter and transported to a Twin Cities area hospital with serious life-threatening injury.

The investigation indicates that the incident is a result of a hunting accident and remains under investigation. Assisting on the scene were Motley Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance and Air Care.

10-11-22 Update - Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the victim died from injury at a Twin Cities area hospital on October 9th 2022. An autopsy is scheduled with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Becker County Sheriff responds to call, launches investigation

On September 27, 2022, at approximately 9:09 AM, the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a phone call requesting the need for law enforcement at 25395 County Hwy. 6 east of US Hwy. 59.

Becker County Sheriff's Deputies and Detroit Lakes Police Officers responded to the location. Upon arrival, law enforcement entered the residence and discovered the bodies of two adult individuals, one female and one male, who were deceased along with two deceased dogs. The MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was contacted and responded with their crime scene team. 

Both deceased individuals will be sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies and identification. This incident remains under investigation and the names of the victims are being withheld pending confirmation of their identities and family notification.

While this investigation is ongoing and in its early stages, the incident appears to be an isolated event and there are no ongoing concerns for public safety at this time. 

The Becker County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Detroit Lake Police Department, MN BCA, and Essentia-St. Mary's EMS. 

Sheriff Todd Glander

Wadena County Sheriff Reports Fentanyl Found After Traffic Stop

Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr reports that on Tuesday, September 20th 2022, a Wadena County Sheriff’s Deputy was observing traffic near the City of Verndale. The deputy observed a vehicle speeding and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy observed indicators of criminal activity, and K9 Nitro was brought to do a sniff on the exterior of the vehicle. Nitro alerted to the presence of narcotics and a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, approximately 362 grams of suspected Fentanyl was located in the vehicle.

The driver, John Gordon, 32, of Waubun, MN was arrested and booked into the Wadena County Jail. Wadena County Attorney Kyra Ladd charged Gordon with 1st Degree Controlled Substance Crime, a felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

Gordon appeared in Wadena County District Court on Thursday, September 22nd, where cash bail in the amount of $15,000 was
placed on Gordon to be released. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the investigation by the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force. The street value of the Fentanyl is believed to be approximately $36,000.

CHI St. Joseph's Health Community Health Drive thru Boosters Sept 27

CHI St. Joseph's Health Community Health will offer a booster shot clinic for those 12 and older who have received their primary series or boosters of COVID-19 vaccine more than 2 months ago.

This will be a drive through clinic on Tuesday, September 27th from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Community Health office parking lot, and you must pre-register for an appointment time by calling 218-237-5464.

Those without an appointment time will be turned away.  This clinic will be for Pfizer bivalent boosters only, which are authorized for ages 12 and up.  Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent. 

Hubbard County Sheriff's Office - Carter's Red Wagon Farm Fire

PRESS RELEASE
September 20, 2022
On September 16th at 8:15am, the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a barn on fire at Carter’s Red Wagon Farm in Straight River Township. Park Rapids Fire Department and Hubbard County Deputies were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, Deputies found the barn, a straw shed, and a storage shed to be fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters from the Park Rapids Fire Department spent hours trying extinguish the fire as the large pile of straw continued to burn.

The investigation showed that the owner of the farm, Dwight Carter was operating a skid steer inside the barn when a spark from the exhaust ignited the straw on fire. Carter tried to extinguish the fire with his shirt but the fire spread too quickly.

Carter retrieved another piece of equipment and pulled the skid steer out of the barn before it too caught on fire. Carter’s hair and beard were singed during the incident. The buildings and contents were a total loss.

Cass County MN - Investigation Results in Arrest - Drugs Seized

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on September 10th 2022, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, pursuant to an investigation into the use, sales and trafficking of illegal controlled substances, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Crow Wing County, with the assistance of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation, 452 grams (one pound) of suspected methamphetamine and US currency in the amount of $6,500.00 was seized.  

Arrested during the investigation was Candice Whitebird, age 42 of Walker MN. The investigation indicates that the drugs were bound for the Walker MN/Leech Lake Reservation area. Formal charges related to drug possession and sales are pending. Assisting in the investigation were the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and the Baxter Police Department.

Sheriff Burch reports that most of the investigations start with a tip from the public. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to report suspected drug or other crime related information to the Sheriff’s Office. You can request to speak to the Investigation staff, and you can remain anonymous. You can also report tips and information online through Crime Stoppers of MN through their website portal at: http://crimestoppersmn.org.  

De La Hunt Media in the News: We Double Flipped!

If you tuned into KQ 101.9 FM this morning, you're not imagining things! We've switched to a Classic Hits format. A few weeks ago, we changed KAKK to a Fox Sports affiliate. Here's more info, as written in Radio Insight:

"De La Hunt Media has performed a double flip at its stations in Walker MN.

Classic Hits 1570 KAKK/93.7 K229DJ Walker has flipped to Sports utilizing Fox Sports Radio. KAKK is running the national lineup around the clock as well as carrying Minnesota Wild hockey.

Concurrently, Soft AC “KQ 102” 101.9 KQKK Walker has picked up the Classic Hits mantle as it is now branding as “101.9 The Arrow” positioned as “Leech Lakes’ Classic Hits”.

What do you think of our new sound? Love it? Hate it? Think we need to play more Foghat? We'd love to hear your thoughts at butch@delahuntmedia.com

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