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Wadena County Reports ATV Crash

On June 25th, 2022, at approximately 5:10 PM, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash in Section 23 of Bullard Township, south of Cottingham Park.

It was reported that a male party was found lying on ground near his ATV by family members. The male party, identified as Daniel Walters (69), of St. Cloud, was driving a red Polaris four-wheeler when he lost control, fell off and injured his left side. Walters was reported to be lying on the ground for 20-30 minutes before being located by family.

Staples Ambulance arrived on scene and transported Walters to a landing zone close to the scene. Walters was then airlifted to
CentraCare Hospital in St. Cloud to be treated. His current condition is unknown.

The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Staples Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care. Alcohol or reckless driving are not believed to be factors in this incident.

Deceased Male Found in Brainerd

On June 16, 2022 at 5:53 A.M., The Brainerd Police Department received a report of a deceased male in a wooded area west of Southeast 13th Street just south of Northern Pacific Road.

Officers responded to this location and found 41 year old Chad Michael Pierzinski deceased inside of a makeshift structure that Pierzinski is believed to have been staying in. Acquaintances of Pierzinski reported going to this location to check on him after not seeing him for several days.

Pierzinski was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, and this incident remains an active investigation pending autopsy results. No foul play is suspected.

Gull Lake - Boat Accident Results in Injury

Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on June 17th 2022 at 4:08 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a boat incident involving injury at a residence on Gull Lake in the City of East Gull Lake MN.

Deputies and responders arrived and learned that a pontoon was attempting to dock when a mechanical failure caused the pontoon to accelerate into the dock. A female passenger, age 37, attempted to stop the watercraft from hitting the dock by sitting down and putting her feet out to stop it.

She was unable to stop the watercraft and her feet slid under the front of the pontoon causing her legs to be pinched between the dock and the watercraft. The female was treated on scene for injuries and later transported via helicopter to a Twin Cities area hospital.

Assisting on scene were North Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care.

Otter Tail County Sheriff Reports Drowning on South Lida Lake

From a 6/20/22 Press Release:

At approximately 1316 hours on 06/18/2022, Otter Tail County Dispatch received a report of a water accident and possible drowning on South Lida Lake, east of Pelican Rapids.

It was learned that 48 year old Eric Fife had been boating friends when he entered the water, while trying to retrieve his dog, which had jumped off of the boat and into the lake. Moments later, it became apparent to his companions that Mr. Fife was in distress and struggling to stay above water. A friend entered the water and pulled both Mr. Fife and his dog back to the boat, and life saving efforts were initiated by his boating companions. the friends continued providing CPR, until first responders arrived at a nearby lake access and relieved them. However, resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, and Mr. Fife passed away at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

The Ringdahl Ambulance Service, Pelican Rapids Police Department, Maplewood State Park staff, and the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.

Sunnybrook Stomp Results

Sunnybrook Stomp picture courtesy of Tri-County Health Care

WADENA, Minn. – June. 13, 2022 –60 runners gathered for this year’s Sunnybrook Stomp 5k on Friday, June 10, at Sunnybrook Park in Wadena. Tri-County Health Care’s Wellness Committee organizes the event, which started with a 1K for kids, followed by the 5K, which was comprised of 19 male and 41 female runners this year. All proceeds went to the Tri-County Health Care pediatric rehab program.

Bjorn Brunsberg of Wadena was the men’s top finisher with a time of 18:39. Emily Winter of Clarissa was the women’s top finisher with a time of 22:04.

Age Category winners included ages 0-12 – Reed Winter, Clarissa (28:40), Ellen Neuerburg, Perham (29:02); ages 13-20 – Bjorn Brunsberg, Wadena (18:39), Emily Winter, Clarissa (22:04); ages 21-30 – Emily Warner, New York Mills (23:33); ages 31-40 – Andrew Hay, Cavalier, ND (19:21), Katie Osborn, Tuscon, AZ (25:17); ages 41-50 – Ben Olson, Perham (21:30), Katrina Aho, New York Mills (29:09); ages 51-plus – Tom Ellingson, Menahga (22:02), Pam Doebbeling, Ottertail (28:07).

The committee is looking forward to next year’s event, which will be the first under the new Astera Health name.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident in New York Mills

From an Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office release:

On Friday, June 10th, 2022 at approximately 1112 hours, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle accident in the 34000 block of Co Hwy 67, south or New York Mills. The accident involved two motor vehicles. The driver was the sole occupant of each vehicle.

One driver, Tracy Frost (47) of New York Mills, was pronounced deceased after life saving measures at the scene. The other driver was brought to the hospital with minor injuries. Alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor. The investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the New York Mills Rescue, Fire, and Police Departments, the Minnesota State Patrol, Tri County Ambulance and North Memorial Air Care of Bemidji.

Becker County Sheriff's Office Reports Drowning Victim

Becker County Reports Drowning Victim


June 8, 2022 

Big Detroit Lake, Detroit Lakes, MN On June 8, 2022, at approximately 5:39 PM, the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a male who had jumped off a pontoon on Detroit Lake and had not resurfaced. Dispatch advised responding personnel that the location was south of the Holiday Inn. At 5:44 PM, Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Detroit Lakes Police Department were on the water responding to the location of the drowning. 

An extensive search ensued with several different agencies and private citizens assisting. At approximately 8:48 PM, the victim, Jette Kriston Frandson, age 20, of Fergus Falls, MN, was located in approximately 29 feet of water. Frandson was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The occupants on the pontoon stated they were together on the watercraft when Frandson jumped into the water. The wind began to push the pontoon away from Frandson who had begun to struggle. All three friends stated they jumped into the water at separate times to rescue Frandson with the attempts unsuccessful. Frandson was not wearing a life preserver. 

The Detroit Lakes Police Department, Detroit Lakes Fire Department, Becker County Dive Rescue, Valley Water Rescue, Mahnomen Sheriff's Office, Clay County Sheriff's Office, MN State Patrol, MN DNR Conservation, and St. Mary's EMS, along with personnel from the Holiday Inn and TS Dock and Lift, assisted the Becker County Sheriff's Office with the search. The incident remains under investigation.

Hubbard County - Local Board of Appeals Meetings Extended

Press Release, June 2, 2022
Park Rapids, MN, June 6, 2022:

Due to the number of appeals received by the Hubbard County Assessors Office, the Hubbard
County Board of Commissioners has scheduled continuations of the County Board of Appeals

If you are planning to attend, you may attend any of the scheduled sessions. Meeting dates and
starting times are as follows:
▪ Monday – June 13 – 6:30 p.m.
▪ Tuesday – June 14 – 5:00 p.m.
▪ Wednesday – June 15 – 5:00 p.m.
▪ Thursday – June 16 – 5:00 p.m.


If you have already made an appeal in writing, you DO NOT need to appear in person.
Hubbard County – Providing high quality, cost effective public service.

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

Lake Country Power members impacted by straight-line winds

Lake Country Power members impacted by straight-line winds 


Cohasset, MN – Lake Country Power line crews “hit the ground running” shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday evening (May 30) after a strong thunderstorm blew through the western and northern regions of the cooperative’s service area. By 10:30 p.m., more than 8,700 members were affected.

Crews have been working all night and will continue working all day today, May 31. Overnight, crews restored service for 5,000 members. Due to access and the extent of system damages for repair, some members may be without power for another day or two. Crews are working safely and as quickly as conditions allow.

Line crews are working through a tangled mess to restore service for more than 3,700 members at 156 various outage points. Additional crews are assisting from Lake States Construction and LCP’s internal construction crews.

The storm brought straight-line winds, heavy rain, lightning, and tornado warnings with a funnel cloud spotted over Deer River Monday evening. Gusty winds up to 30 miles-per-hour are expected to continue today with more rain forecasted.

Trees took down power lines and at least 13 broken poles are reported so far.

“Road access is poor. Lines are down and the system is busted up pretty bad,” said Wade Gould, area supervisor. “One of our three-phase lines had four broken cross arms with the only access wading through a swamp.” 

“If you see a downed power line, stay away from it and call Lake Country Power to report it immediately,” said Greg Schulzetenberg, manager of community relations and marketing. “There is no way to tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. Always assume it can carry current strong enough to kill.”

Members may call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 to report an outage, or visit the Outage Center online at or for an outage status.

Tips for extended outages:

  • Make sure one of the phones in your home is not a cordless phone as these require electricity to charge, but also have a mobile phone for backup and charge it in your vehicle, if necessary.
  • Use a battery powered flashlight, not candles.
  • Keep a battery operated radio handy to listen for outage information and updates
  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using before the power went out
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food should keep for up to 48 hours in a freezer, if the door remains closed. If the outage persists, cover your refrigerator or freezer with a blanket, make arrangements to store food at another location, or purchase dry ice.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Essential supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, extra supply of water, food.
  • Turn off and unplug your computer if you were using it. Buy a surge protector to protect the machine when power comes back on.
  • Keep extra water on hand in jugs or the bathroom tub for flushing the toilet as needed. 


PR-TCHC EMS Staff Dispatched to Assist with Fire

WADENA, Minn. – May. 30, 2022 – On May 30, 2022, Tri-County Health Care staff responded to an all-hazards incident involving a fire at a nearby irrigation facility and incoming severe weather. Staff were warned of the fire and the possibility of chemical gas approaching the hospital and clinic. Additionally, the severe weather approaching the City of Wadena was producing high winds, heavy rain, hail and the possibility of tornados.

At approximately 3:00 p.m., EMS staff were dispatched to assist with the nearby fire. EMS promptly setup operations and began fire rehab, a procedure where EMS supports fire fighters by provide first aide, hydration, and a cool place to recover from fighting the blaze. In the midst of operations, the storm hit prompting all EMS staff to take cover.

At the Wadena Hospital, incident command operations were initiated with Teresa Johnson, chief human resources officer, assuming the role of incident commander. She along with several members of administration, EMS, and medical staff evacuated patients to designated safe areas within the facility. This process was completed without issue

Due to the threat of chemical gas entering the facility, Emergency maintenance procedures were also initiated. Maintenance and the engineer on call quickly disabled the ventilation system to stop the spread of gas. This process was completed without incident and all observations indicate that chemical laced gas did not enter the facility.

“You couldn’t write a scenario like this,” remarked Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Krueger. Krueger is responsible for the mobilization of incident command at Tri-County Health Care. He’s also responsible for training staff to handle scenarios like severe weather and structure fires. Leading up the storm, Krueger was providing detailed information on its movement. His team was instrumental in facilitating evacuation during the crisis. “Everyone did a fantastic job and everything went according to plan even with the mounting problems in the region”, explained Krueger.

Shortly after the storm passed, staff received an all-clear message. Evacuation orders were lifted and patients were brought back to their rooms. Once the threat of gas was dismissed, the ventilation system was reactivated and normal operations resumed.

Cass County Sheriff's Office Responds to ATV Crashes


Date:              Monday, May 30, 2022

Contact:       Tom Burch, Sheriff


Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and local emergency responders responded to several ATV crash incidents resulting in serious injuries over the Memorial Day Weekend.

On Saturday. May 28th 2022 at 10:09 AM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with serious injury in Rogers Township, rural Boy River MN. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and learned that a juvenile male, age 15 of Little Canada MN, was operating a 2000 Honda TRX ATV when it lost control and left a roadway striking trees. Medical care was provided on scene and the patient was later transported via ambulance to a medical helicopter and transported to a Twin Cities area hospital for serious injuries. Sheriff Burch reports that the patient was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and speed does appear to be a factor. Assisting at the scene were the Minnesota State Patrol, North Country First Responders, North Memorial Ambulance and North Memorial AirCare.

On Sunday, May 29th 2022 at 6:05 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries in Woodrow Township, rural Hackensack MN. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and learned that an adult female, age 42 of Shakopee MN, was operating a 2005 Bombardier ATV in a yard at a residence with a 3-year-old male passenger, when the operator accelerated, striking a tree and bouncing off other trees, causing both the operator and passenger to be thrown from the machine. Both patients were treated on scene for serious injuries and transported via helicopters to Twin Cities area hospitals. Assisting at the scene were Hackensack Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance and AirCare and LifeLink.

On Sunday, May 29th 2022 at 6:11 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injury in Bull Moose Township, rural Backus MN. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and learned that an adult male, age 56 of Sleepy Eye MN, was operating a 2011 Polaris ATV when he lost control leaving the roadway and rolling the machine into a ditch, partially filled with water. The patient was treated on scene and transferred to a helicopter and transported to a Fargo ND hospital with serious injuries. Assisting at the scene were Backus Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance and Sanford AirMed.


Sheriff Burch reports that throughout the Memorial Day Weekend, deputies working in conjunction with the MN DNR conducted a highly visible, intensive patrol and saturation of education and enforcement in Ansel, Bull Moose, Bungo, Poplar, Moose Lake, Byron and Meadowbrook Townships, including the Spider Lake Recreational Area ATV/ OHV and Foothills ATV/OHV Trail Systems. These areas have become a popular destination for ATV/OHV/OHM vehicles and complaints from the surrounding areas have increased, along with serious injury crashes. Deputies working the detail encountered over 500 recreational machines and made dozens of contacts, including verbal and written warnings and state citations for a variety of offenses. Sheriff Burch notes most of the violations encountered were registration issues, Safety Certificate required and under 18 helmet required violations. If you were born after July 1, 1987, Minnesota law requires you to complete an approved ATV safety course. After you have completed your safety course, you will receive a safety certificate, which you must carry whenever you are riding an ATV or UTV on Minnesota’s public lands. Sheriff Burch reports that for the first time in several years, there were no crashes reported from this area during the Memorial Day Weekend.


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