Your Wednesday News Brief: April 11

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ECKLES TOWNSHIP (watch for updates)– A 24-year-old Cass Lake woman was killed after she was ejected from her vehicle on Highway 89 Tuesday night. Officials say the woman, Traci JoLynne Cloud, was heading north in a Chevy Impala at a high speed when she left the roadway south of Lumberjack Road and rolled over. Cloud was pronounced dead at the Sanford Hospital in Bemidji, and the state patrol reports she was not wearing a seatbelt. It is not yet known if alcohol was a factor in the crash. The Red Lake and Bemidji Ambulance services and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.


EAST GULL LAKE– A 61-year-old Nisswa man was killed after driving into the Gull River Tuesday morning. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that the crash happened near Gull Lake Dam Road and Gull Lake Lane, and first responders found the man, in a 2012 Mercedes Benz on its roof in the river. The man, who has not yet been identified, was the only occupant in the vehicle and was located dead inside. Authorities say it appears the man went through the intersection of Gull Lake Lane and entered the river. An autopsy is pending with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, North Ambulance, Pillager Fire and Rescue and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene.


ST. PAUL– The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is unveiling a new ten-year plan to manage the state’s deer population.  The goal of the plan is to have about 200-thousand deer roaming the state.  That is 25 thousand less than Minnesota’s largest deer group wants.  Organizers of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association say 225-thousand deer would provide chances for hunters.  Meanwhile, property owners have complained that the state has too many deer. The DNR will host a series of open-house meetings on their deer management plan to be held from 6 to 8 p-m, and will be at Bemidji’s City Hall on Tuesday, April 24.


ST. PAUL– The state’s Driver and Vehicle Services office is spending Highway User Tax Distribution funding to temporarily add staff to answer calls and emails stemming from the problematic rollout of Minnesota’s Licensing and Registration System upgrade.  Officials report the office received 30-thousand emails and 700-thousand calls in February and March.  The state has already spent 93-million dollars on the system.


ST. PAUL– The Minnesota Department of Transportation is observing National Work Zone Awareness Week this week to encourage safe driving through highway work zones.  The week is an annual spring campaign to coincide with the start of road construction season. MnDOT officially kicked off the construction season April 4, although many construction projects started earlier. More than 250 active work zones are scheduled throughout the state this construction season. In Minnesota in the past four years, an average of seven people died in work zone crashes and more than 1,700 fatal or serious injury crashes occurred each year.

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