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Driver escapes injury, vehicle heavily damaged

The Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, Aug. 21, reported that a driver escaped injury but that the vehicle was heavily damaged in a deer-vehicle accident Aug. 20, northwest of New York Mills.
The accident took place at 10:17 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 10 and 505th Avenue. The vehicle ended up in the ditch. A broken front-end bumper was part of the severe damage.
In another deer-vehicle accident, a driver also escaped injury and there was little damage to the vehicle. This mishap took place at 5:46 a.m. on Aug. 21 near Highway 51, north of Perham.
 read entire story. . . .

After ‘terminal’ diagnosis, 2014 Pelican grad now ‘cancer free’

Family is describing it as a “miraculous recovery” for former Pelican Rapids High School student A.J. Wroe.
Faced with cancer challenges and setbacks since his early teens, Wroe  has now been declared cancer free, according to his mother, Gwen Lass.
A.J. has had several setbacks, starting with the removal of most of his leg because of a tumor when he was in junior high school.  He had another cancer-related surgery about a year ago.
The prognosis was bleak for the 2014 Pelican graduate, as a cancerous growth was feared on his heart–and medical opinions ruled the situation terminal. In fact, Wroe went on a fishing excursion to Barbados–believing that it would be one of his final recreational opportunities.
Instead, he underwent surgery on his heart at Sanford in Fargo.  After six hours in the surgical unit, the physicians removed what was initially thought to be a cancerous tumor at a critical spot near his heart.  Instead, it turned out to be a clot, and it was removed successfully.  read entire story. . . .

Benefit planned at Roadhouse for victims of house fire on Turtle Lake, near Cormorant

There will be a benefit for Jim and Judy Kostreba on  September 5 at The Roadhouse in Cormorant, from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Audubon, Lake Park and Hawley Fire Departments all worked to control the fire on Turtle Lake near Cormorant on August 17, which essentially destroyed the Kostreba home.
The house is located on Braseth Beach Road, on the south side of Turtle Lake.  
There was a car in the attached garage that was also completely destroyed.
The owners were able to save a couple of safes and a dresser that was a family heirloom. The family built the house 15 years ago. They plan to stay with neighbors for the time-being.
There will be a free will buffet courtesy of The Roadhouse plus games, raffles, and a silent auction. To donate, contact Clayton Lilleby at 701-866-9641 or Connie Ness at 701-261-1818.
There also is an account set up for the Kostreba Family at Bell State Bank (any branch).



Penalty plan in the works for ditch cleaning violations

Ditch cleaning without county drainage authority approval may come with a hefty price.
Otter Tail County commissioners, on Aug. 18, responded to Ditch 48 cleaning east of the city of Ottertail and north of Henning which was done without county approval.
Addressing the county board on this subject was County Drainage Ditch Inspector Kevin Fellbaum.
Development of a policy, with fines, is in the works. In the meantime, the person responsible for the ditch cleaning near the intersection of Highway 108 and 490th Avenue will pay for administration costs related to the violation.
Had the individual come in beforehand, and obtained county approval for the ditch cleaning, Fellbaum would have handled this request with only two hours of work. Instead, he spent close to 10 hours with after-the-fact administrative work due to the violation.
“We can’t allow people to clean ditches with  read entire story. . . .

Road preservation project on Highway 108 east of Pelican underway, reports MnDOT

Motorists can expect brief delays on Highway 108 between Pelican Rapids and Highway 78, as crews complete a preventive maintenance seal coating project.
The project is expected to take less than a week.
During this work, a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic. Motorists should plan for lane closures in the area where crews are working. Drivers are urged to slow down and be alert for oil and loose gravel.
The preventive maintenance work will help extend the life of the pavement surface on Highway 108.
This project helps ensure Minnesota’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years. Learn how MnDOT works to meet the public’s needs and get the most from every dollar at Get Connected (www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected/).
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

Burglary reported near Vergas

The sheriff’s office, on Monday, Aug. 17, reported a burglary at a cabin west of Vergas, near Highway 4. The incident took place between Aug. 1 and Aug. 15.
Numerous collectible toys including Legos and a Game Cube gaming system were taken. The missing items are estimated at a value of close to $2,000.
“Entry was made by breaking out the living room window,” said Sheriff Lt. Barry Fitzgibbons. “Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 218-998-8555.

Accident takes place
near Crystal Lake
One vehicle was struck from behind but the driver escaped injury near Crystal Lake, northeast of Pelican Rapids, at 6:44 p.m. on Aug. 14. There was minor damage to the vehicle.  read entire story. . . .

‘Rothsay Beach’ group on Lake Lida  marks centennial as ‘Camp Association’

The shoreline known for a century as “Rothsay Beach” on Lake Lida marked a red-letter year. A gathering of some 12 households and at least 70 people over the July 4th holiday weekend marked 100 years since a group established the “Rothsay Camp Association.”  Most of the households are seasonal, scattered from Virginia state to Winona to the Red River Valley and beyond, but originally it was a group of Rothsay business owners, movers and shakers who bought 32 acres of woods and lakeshore from John and Clara Moberg in 1908.
One of today’s seasonal residents, Karen Skugrud, reported that the centennial reunion featured a hog roast, family games and fellowship. Among the oldest in attendance for the event was Elaine Sundby, 83, of Rothsay.





Cormorant Daze has full slate Aug. 15

Above, left, Cormorant Daze attracted thousands for the one day festival in the quaint village on August 15.  The “Kiddieland” amusement park, established earlier this summer on the north end of Cormorant was bustling all day–with the mini ferris wheel, car ride, boat ride and golf course.
The signature castle structure at Kiddieland is framed here with the car show in the foreground.

Above, the “Balloon Twister” Jeffrey Salveson was one of the performers during the full day “Cormorant Daze” festival. He is pictured here with just a few of the steady stream of kids and families that enjoyed the performances.  

Left, Les Nettum, Lake Park, displaying his 1971 Cadillac El Camino–complete with custom leather seats and all the features. El Camino collectors are a special breed–and the two-seat cars with a pick-up bed are a special breed of car. Nettum said the market for the El Camino was unusual, because the design was half truck, half car–but “really wasn’t very good at either one,” laughed Nettum.
About 75 classic cars were displayed at the Cormorant Daze car  show, as well as about a dozen motorcycles.



Indiana anglers caught abusing state resources with nearly 700 over limit on Upper Cormorant

Six licensed anglers from Indiana face nearly $3,400 in restitution and fines of about $1,000 each for being 676 fish over the limit on a Minnesota lake.
A Turn In Poachers (TIP) call on July 2 led conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to two cabins on Upper Cormorant Lake where the anglers had a bevy of crappies and sunfish. The legal limit is 10 crappies and 20 sunfish in possession per angler.
Charged with misdemeanor fishing violations in Becker County were Clifford Emmons, 78;  Anthony Emmons, 54; Gregory Emmons, 58; Ryan Emmons, 32; Chad Wright, 42, and Amanda Wright, 40, all of Bedford, Indiana. They are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 31.
“This is a serious example of catching and keeping an over-limit of fish,” said Conservation Officer Bill Landmark of Moorhead.  read entire story. . . .