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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota rose to 89 on Thursday, up 12 from the day before.  The new case that was reported to be in Wadena County is actually in Clay County, as confirmed by the Wadena County Sheriff's Office.  The mistake was due to an old address.  The MN Department of Health has updated their site.

As of 3/19/2020 at 6:12 PM the Minnesota Department of Health site reads as follows:

Approximate number of patients tested at the MDH Public Health Lab: 3038
Positive: 89
Counties with cases: Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Clay, Dakota, Hennepin, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Rice, Scott, Stearns, Waseca, Washington, Wright



Hubbard County Veterans Service Office Temporarily Closed

03/16/2020, 4:00pm CDT
By Hubbard County Coordinator

Hubbard County Veterans Service Office Temporarily Closed

Over 95% of our Veterans Service Office clients meet the CDC's definition of individuals with a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID 19, such as:

Older adults

People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

Heart Disease


Lung Disease

One of the recommendations from the CDC to minimize higher risk individuals from getting sick is to stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

In light of CDC recommendations, the Hubbard County Veterans Service Office is temporarily closed for the health and safety of our Veterans and Residents.  Veterans or Residents needing services should call 218 732-3561 or email Jerry Bjerke at or Darius Simon at Thank you.

Backus MN Death Investigation/Officer Involved Shooting

03/09/2020, 10:45am CDT
By Cass County Sheriff's Office

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1:38 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an intruder at a residence in Backus. Information from the residence was that a shot had been fired. Deputies responded to the area and were encountered on a residential street by an armed adult male. The male approached deputies with a firearm and was fatally shot by a deputy.  An adult male was also located deceased inside the residence. Autopsies are scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The investigation is ongoing.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Pine River Police Department, Pequot Lakes Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.

There is no threat to public safety at this time.  The names of the officers will be released after initial interviews are completed; these officers are currently on paid Administrative Leave.  Future media inquiries should be directed to the BCA.

Snowmobile Crash Saturday

02/18/2020, 4:00pm CST
By Hubbard County Sheriff's Dept Press Release

On 2/15/2020 at 3:15 pm, the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a snowmobile crash with injuries on a snowmobile trail north of Akeley. 

Deputies and first responders arrived and found 57-year-old Nancy Kotyk of Ramsey, MN suffering from head and neck injuries.  The investigation showed that Kotyk was traveling on the Steamboat Forest Road on a 2012 Ski Doo snowmobile when she drove off a curve, went down an embankment and, collided with a tree. 

Kotyk was extricated from the scene and brought out to Hwy 64 where she was then airlifted to a Fargo hospital.  The incident was investigated by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office.

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Foothills State Forest ATV Crash Results in Serious Injury

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 16th 2019 at 2:06 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries in the Foothills State Forest near the Spider Lake Recreation Area in Ansel Township, rural Backus MN. Deputies and EMS personnel responded and learned that the victim, Mary Hedstrom, age 58, of Alexandria MN was operating a 2004 Sportsman 600 ATV when she attempted to negotiate a sharp turn and lost control, leaving the trail and rolling down an embankment. The victim was taken from the scene by ambulance and transported to a Brainerd MN hospital with serious injuries. The investigation continues. Assisting at the scene were the Sebeka Fire Department, Pine River Fire Department, Pine River Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care.

Taken from a Cass County Sheriff's Office Press Release

ATV riding can be a safe and enjoyable hobby, here's a link to basic requirements and where you can take a safety course:

ATV Safety Requirements and where to take an ATV Course