Archives for July 2018

E-COLI OUTBREAK IN MINNESOTA

The state Health Department says this summer has brought a typical number of e-coli advisories at beaches along Minnesota’s North Shore. Monitoring program coordinator Cindy Hakala…

There’s a hotline to report suspected water-borne illness at 877-366-3455

TURNS OUT, IT WAS A TORNADO

IT’s now official… Acording to the experts, it was a tornado with 90 to 100 mph winds, that touched down in Bemidji. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks and Beltrami County Emergency Management conducted a damage assessment on Wednesday afternoon to confirm the strength of the storm. They now say it was an EF1 tornado that caused severe damage in the Bemidji area. Trees and power lines were downed, trees were on houses, cars, and roads. No injuries were reported. Wednesday’s tornado is the fourth significant severe weather incident to impact Beltrami County in the past six days.

MINNESOTA CLEANS UP AFTER STORMS

People in much of Minnesota spent the Fourth of July filling sandbags and coping with flood water. More than eight inches of rain reportedly fell in Murray County, where the ground was already saturated and the lakes were full. Murray County spokesperson Cristy Riley said summer recreation is taking a big hit….

SMALL HERD OF CATTLE TIE UP TRAFFIC

In Polk County, a “small herd” of 10 to 14 cows was running down U.S. Highway 2 when a deputy noticed them on Monday. Local law enforcement and the fire department attempted to stop the cattle as they continued to run around for more than two hours. According to other media reports, most of the cattle were rounded up and brought back to their owner, Mike Halland, without incident, but as of Monday evening, some of the cows were still said to be unaccounted for. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office asked anyone who comes across missing cattle not to approach the animals and to contact authorities.

MINNEAPOLIS DEATH RULED HOMICIDE

In Minneapolis, authorities have released the man who died after a fight over the weekend near the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. According to a release from the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office, 27 year old Derrick Geshick of Roseville died of blunt-force injuries in the fight that broke out around 11pm Sunday after he and another man left a bar. His death has been ruled a homicide. A man was taken into custody, but he has been cooperative, and has since been released, pending further investigation.

15 YEAR OLD BOY STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WHILE IN BED

A 15-year-old boy who was struck by lightning early Saturday, luckily got away with only a few marks on his back and shoulder. Corey Wilmer of Oak Grove was sleeping in a small cabin on North Long Lake, north of Brainerd, when lightning struck about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He says the bolt lifted him off the bed, and he felt extreme burning pain. He got up, but couldn’t move his shoulder, and the bed was on fire. A friend and his stepdad who were with him, took him to the Brainerd hospital. He is expected to fully recover.