Your Wednesday News Brief: October 11

By: News Director Larissa Donovan at 10:50 a.m.

FEATURED PHOTO: Fall colors are officially here, as seen at Buena Vista. Photo by Larissa Donovan.

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY– Three area men were injured in a rollover crash in Lake of the Woods County Tuesday. According to the report from the state patrol, a Chevy Silverado, driven by 24-year-old Tyler Alexander Molitor of Shevlin, was approaching Highway 172 from the southeast when the truck’s brakes locked up before the curve, forcing the truck to skid sideways until it rolled onto its roof on the southbound lane of the highway. Molitor, and his two passengers, 20-year-old Christian Jonathon Schommer of Bemidji and 18-year-old Ashton James Seidel of Laporte, were taken to the Lakewood Health Center in Baudette for treatment of their non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, and all were wearing their seat belts.

CASS LAKE– A risk-level three sex offender will be released to the Cass Lake area Monday, October 16, according to Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch. Twenty-nine-year-old James Littlewolf has a history of sexual contact with two 13-year-old female victims. Littlewolf reportedly gained access to one of the victims by entering her home without permission, and he was known to both his victims. Littlewolf is not wanted by police at this time, and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court.

Littlewolf, 29. Courtesy of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

ST. PAUL– Twenty-six pedestrians have died in Minnesota traffic mishaps this year, less than half the 60 who were killed in all of last year. However, MnDOT says the numbers rise each fall as the nights get longer — so they’re urging both pedestrians and motorists to be more careful. Traffic engineer Jay Hietpas says the crash data shows that both walkers and drivers are about equally at fault — so “both groups need to know and obey the laws.”

BEMIDJI– The roundabout construction continues on Jefferson Avenue and Division Street, and contractors will begin concrete work this Thursday. The intersection will close for a week, according to county engineer Bruce Hasbargen. A detour on Division Street will direct traffic to Adams Avenue, 15th Street and Irvine Avenue. Those on Jefferson Avenue South are asked to use an alternate route, such as Carr Lake Road. Jefferson Avenue north residents will have access but only from the east on Division. Access to businesses near the intersection will be available.

ST. PAUL– The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking residents not to disturb wood panel photography targets as crews begin aerial mapping in Cass, Hubbard and Polk Counties. The mapping projects will take place on Highway 200 from the Highway 371 Casino Junction to three miles east; Highway 34 in the City of Akeley; Highway 64 from Highway 34 to north of the eleventh Crow Wing Lake; and Highway 2 from Erskine to Marcoux. The aerial survey process relies on clear observations, so it can only be conducted after the leaves fall from the trees and before the snow flies. To begin the process crews place an “X” on the ground as a reference point for the aerial photographer.

aerial photography target install
Crews place the “x” for the aerial photographers. Courtesy of MNDOT.

CASS LAKE– The Blackduck Ranger District of the Chippewa National Forest has released the draft environmental assessment, draft decision and finding of no significant impact for the Norway Beach Campground Rehabilitation Project. Blackduck District Ranger Karen Lessard selected Alternative 2, which will address accessibility, health, safety and maintenance issues with restroom and related facilities; by installing electric service to campsites in the Norway Beach Loop, by modifying some sites to accommodate groups, by decommissioning historically low to no-use campsites and by modifying the Cass Lake Loop to rustic-style camping. The documents are available for viewing at the Blackduck Ranger District office, and can also be found on the Chippewa National Forest website.


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