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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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