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6-year-old girl, 3 others hospitalized after central Minnesota crash on Thanksgiving
HILLMAN, Minn. — Four people, including a 6-year-old girl, were hospitalized after a crash in central Minnesota on Thanksgiving.The Morrison County Sheriff's Office said the extent of the injuries to all four people is unknown.The crash occurred around 10:18 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 153rd Street and Sage Road in Leigh Township. A 33-year-old man driving south of 390th Avenue failed to obey a stop sign, the sheriff's office said, and collided with a vehicle driven by a 75-year-old man.READ MORE: Cole Deiley killed, family members hurt in crash near Elk River, sheriff saysThe 75-year-old and his passenger, an 85-year-old woman, were flown to North Memorial Health Hospital. Two passengers in the 33-year-old's vehicle — a 32-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl — were taken to a local hospital by ambulance.Leigh Township is about 100 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.
Image released of suspect vehicle in fatal hit-and-run of northern MN doctor
Cathy Ann Donovan, 56, died from her injuries in the Nov. 13 incident.
Four People Hurt In Crach Near Hillman
LEIGH TOWNSHIP (WJON News) -- Four people were hurt Monday morning in a crash near Hillman. The Morrison County Sheriff's Office says a vehicle driven by 33-year-old Duane Warzecha of Hillman was going south on 390th Avenue when he failed to come to a stop at the posted sign. Warzecha's...
Criminal Trial Begins for Former Benton County Attorney
MILACA (WJON News) -- The sexual misconduct trial of former Benton County Attorney Philip Miller is scheduled to begin this week. Miller is accused of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl in the spring of 2020. He is charged with two counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 16.
The Latest Water Sampling Tests From Brainerd Public Utilities Have Found Elevated Levels of Copper
The Brainerd Public Utilities lead and copper water sampling program tests water from 100 and 20 housing units, 60 in the spring and 60 in the fall. The last round of testing saw elevated levels of copper in more than 10 percent of households. The high levels of copper are...
Family of Slain Mille Lacs County Doctor Appeals for Hit-and-Run Driver to Come Forward
Two weeks after the tragic hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a well-known Mille Lacs County doctor, the family and law enforcement are urging the driver to come forward. A potential vehicle has been identified, and the investigation continues.
State Patrol Crash Totals Saturday, Sunday
UNDATED (WJON News) -- We didn't get a lot of snow, but there was enough of the white stuff to cause problems on the roads. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says the Twin Cities officially had four-tenths of an inch of snow on Saturday night. Before the change over to snow, there was some light freezing rain as well.
Harding, Minnesota: A Small Town's Connection to Presidential Legacy
In the heart of Minnesota, the small town of Harding stands as a quiet homage to the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding. With its modest population and rural serenity, Harding, which lies along the Platte River in Morrison County, encapsulates the spirit of small-town America. Yet, this community of only 123 residents, according to the 2020 census, carries a name that connects it to a presidency filled with both progress and scandal.
Milaca's Mille Lacs County Courthouse: A Monument of Architectural Heritage
Nestled in the small town of Milaca, the Mille Lacs County Courthouse is more than just the center of legal activity; it's a historical monument that showcases the architectural brilliance of the 1920s. Built in 1923, the courthouse is an elegant fusion of Georgian and Colonial Revival styles, crafted by the Minneapolis-based firm Croft & Boerner. Its two-story limestone facade, adorned with classical motifs and balanced symmetry, stands as a proud testament to the town's heritage. The interior is equally impressive, with black-banded terrazzo floors and a majestic skylight that floods the octagonal atrium with natural light, highlighting the intricate prairie-school geometrics in the leaded glass.
Benton County supports MnDOT call for rural roundabout
The Minnesota Department of Transportation believes an accident-prone Benton County rural intersection would be a good candidate for a roundabout. This item is available in full to subscribers. Attention subscribers. To continue reading, you will need to either log in to your subscriber account, or purchase a new subscription. If...
Lastrup, Minnesota: A Small Town with a Rich German Legacy
In the picturesque heartland of Morrison County, Minnesota, the small city of Lastrup stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of German immigrants who, in the late 1800s, laid the foundations of this farming community. With a mere 120 residents according to the 2020 census, Lastrup's size belies its historical importance, with a rich cultural tapestry meticulously woven into the town's identity. Architectural marvels line Lastrup's streets, their designs reflecting the practical yet ornate styles brought over from the old country, a silent testament to the settlers' ingenuity and resilience.
Crow Wing County redistributes opioid settlement cash to community response efforts
BAXTER — Several projects aimed at helping people suffering from substance use disorders and their families will receive a chunk of Crow Wing County’s opioid settlement money. County commissioners approved doling out up to $20,000 to a variety of community projects, ranging from youth peer support services in...
A dream come true for Little Falls woman
Being a homeowner is something Amanda Dickmann of Little Falls has dreamed about for a long time. That dream has now become reality as her home is the 23rd house built in the county through the Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County. The home, which was dedicated Friday, Nov. 17, is located in northeast Little Falls. Dickmann said she started looking into the possibility of purchasing a home several years ago. However, a single mom of a little boy, Jaxon, living on a small income...
Crime & Public Safety
FOLEY — Following allegations of sexual conduct, a trial for Benton County’s former attorney, Philip Kent Miller began Monday, Nov. …. This item is available in full to subscribers. Attention subscribers. To continue reading, you will need to either log in to your subscriber account, or purchase a...
How Not to Be a Victim While Shopping
This weekend is a big weekend for shopping and Alicia Mages from Waite Park P.D. and Tri-County Crimestoppers has some suggestions so you don't become a victim. Mages says when your vehicle is parked in a lot and is unattended don't leave packages in plain sight when possible. She suggests using a trunk, or underneath a seat. Mages recommends carrying a wallet or purse close to your body, don't set your purse or wallet down and walk away from it. Always lock your vehicle.
County moves ahead with human services department change
Benton County is moving ahead with a plan to separate public health from its human services department. Commissioners discussed the change and addressed public health’s placement at a Nov. …. This item is available in full to subscribers. Attention subscribers. To continue reading, you will need to either log...
Morrison County Arrest Warrants
Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen reports that arrest warrants were issued for the following people. Those with information as to the whereabouts of anyone on the list, are asked to contact the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 632-9233 or toll-free at 1 (866) 401-1111, ext. 180. The warrants were issued Nov. 11 – 20. • Jordan Anthony Anco, Staples. • Jason Patrick Caston, Little Falls. ...
Mays charged with domestic assault by strangulation
Michael Donzel Mays, 34, Little Falls, was charged in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation and one gross misdemeanor count of a subsequent violation of domestic assault. The charges stem from a Nov. 12 incident, when an officer of the Little Falls Police Department received a report of a domestic assault in Little Falls. Per the report, the victim went to the police department and met with the officer. ...
Central Lakes College Named Top 150 Community College in Country
The Aspen Institute recognized Central Lakes College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges last week. C.L.C. is now eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among two-year colleges. Although C.L.C....
Fare for All holiday packs available in December
Fare For All, a local food program created to make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for local families will be selling holiday packs for $35 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, Monday, Dec. 4, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Each holiday pack includes a 7- to 11-pound ham; 1.25 pounds chicken drumsticks; 1 pound ground beef; 1 pound pork breakfast sausage; 1 pound pork maple breakfast links; 10 ounces corn; 8-inch Dutch apple pie. ...