Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Sunday, June 21st 2020 at 8:10 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a medical emergency at a residence in Woodrow Township, rural Longville MN. EMS arrived and began treating an adult male. It was learned that the male had been involved in an ATV crash earlier in the evening. Deputies arrived and continued the investigation. Lifesaving efforts were performed, and the victim was pronounced deceased. The identity of the male, age 57 of Eden Prairie, is being withheld pending notification of family members. An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Assisting at the scene was North Memorial Ambulance, North Memorial Air Care and the Longville Fire Department.
On Tuesday June 9, the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce met to discuss two of our major upcoming events, namely the July 4th Parade and Legends & Logging Days scheduled for Aug. 8. After lengthy discussions, the board and staff have decided to cancel both events for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In making these decisions, the chamber believes there is still a large degree of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 virus and anticipates social distancing restrictions will still be in place at the time of both events. “Given the nature of both events, the current social distancing guidelines outlined under Governor Walz’s Executive Orders requiring crowds of less than 250 persons and the necessary lead time to prepare, we just ran out of time and could no longer delay in making these decisions,” said Chamber President/CEO Butch De La Hunt.
“Both these annual events draw large crowds from surrounding communities and are widely attended by our visitors. The Chamber’s core focus was centered on the health and well-being of the attendees, volunteers and participants,” he added..
“These decisions are extremely tough as I know these events are treasured and beloved traditions that have been around for decades in our community. The board and staff came to the agreement that this is what was best for this year. It involves hundreds of hours in the planning and arranging for volunteers and participants to host these events. We simply had to make these calls now so people can plan accordingly.
“Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to next year."
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Saturday, May 23rd 2020 at 5:50 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a serious motor vehicle accident on 43rd Ave NW in Turtle Lake Township.
Deputies and responders arrived and located two vehicles that were involved in a head-on crash at the crest of a hill. A 2001 Chevrolet pickup was fully engulfed in fire. Three male adult occupants of the pickup truck were treated on scene for serious injuries and transported to area hospitals and later airlifted to Metro and Fargo hospitals for further treatment. The second vehicle, a 2005 Nissan A2S, sustained serious damage and one adult female and one adult male were treated on scene and transported to local hospitals for further treatment for serious injuries.
Assisting at the scene were the Walker Police Department, Walker Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care. The investigation into the crash is on-going.
Minnesota Officials Confirm Case of COVID-19 in Hubbard County
PARK RAPIDS, MN (May 23rd, 2020) The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hubbard County.
The resident of Hubbard County is recovering at home and has no known travel history.
MDH informed the county of the confirmed case on May 23, 2020.
“The resident has been instructed to quarantine per Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and monitor for worsening symptoms.” said Marlee Morrison, Public Health Director for CHI St. Joseph’s Health and Hubbard County.
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Health is the public health agent for Hubbard County, and has been working in collaboration with local, regional, and state partners in response to COVID-19.
“Community spread of COVID-19 is present in Minnesota and our community, and statewide positive case numbers continue to increase. As our businesses open, we still encourage our residents to practice social distancing. Stay close to home. Wear a mask when out in public and wash your hands frequently. Stay home when you are sick and contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people from outside your household and avoid any gathering where 6 feet of social distance cannot be maintained” said Morrison.
Brian Halbasch, Hubbard County Emergency Manager, agreed, stating “Hubbard County Emergency Management is working collaboratively with Public Health, as well as regional and state partners to respond and keep our residents safe and healthy. We encourage the community to follow public health recommendations.”
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider to arrange for a test. Do not delay care for any urgent medical needs, COVID related or otherwise.