This summer, $25 million in grants to improve school safety will be available for school districts and charter schools across Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton and the 2018 Legislature passed school safety grants this spring, to be used for building improvements related to violence prevention and facility security.
PILLAGER—A female horseback rider needed rescue after a fall broke her leg Friday evening, July 20, in the Pillsbury State Forest. Pillager Fire Chief Greg Ringler said the incident, occurring about 5:40 p.m., took place about a mile off the main trail on a very narrow trail, where vehicles could not reach. Rescuers walked the mile each way and carried the woman back on a stretcher.
LITTLE FALLS—A 48-year-old Little Falls man was injured Thursday, July 19, when his vehicle rolled near Little Falls.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert for western portions of northern and central Minnesota effective 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, through 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. The affected area includes the cities of Brainerd, Roseau, Bemidji, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Alexandria, Saint Cloud and Ortonville and the tribal nations of Red Lake, Leech Lake and Mille Lacs.
LITTLE FALLS—With the local food harvest season in full swing, Sprout is providing learning opportunities in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension for those who want to extend their local bounty beyond the growing season. Two upcoming food preservation workshops are offered at the Sprout facility, 609 13th Ave. NE, Door 8, Little Falls. The first class serves up lessons on canning salsa and the second teaches lacto-fermentation of vegetables.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed zebra mussels in Bay Lake, near Deerwood in Crow Wing County.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, July 25, to gather input on the potential closure of a portion of Gull Lake Dam Road in East Gull Lake. The meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the East Gull Lake City Hall, 10790 Squaw Point Road, East Gull Lake.
IDEAL TOWNSHIP—The 31-year-old Orono man who died Saturday, July 14, after a tree he was cutting down fell on him at a property near Kimble Shores Drive in Ideal Township has been identified as Graham Merry. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office released the name Wednesday, July 18. The sheriff's office received report at 1:27 p.m.July 14 of an injury from a fallen tree. Responders arrived and found the man died from the injuries he suffered. The sheriff's office was assisted by the Pequot Lakes and Breezy Point police departments and the Ideal Fire Department.
A Pine River man was injured when the SUV in which he was a passenger struck a deer at 10:14 p.m. Monday, July 16, on Highway 371 at Kappel Road in Fort Ripley Township. The Minnesota State Patrol reported Justin J. Bauer, 29, New Ulm, was driving a Ford Explorer south on Highway 371 when the SUV hit a deer in the road.
A man missing from Georgia was located over the weekend after Crow Wing County sheriff's deputies responded to a suspicious person call. The sheriff's office reported at 10:04 a.m. Saturday, July 14, it received a call of a suspicious man walking to a home on Country Lane, north of Brainerd, asking about an air compressor. A deputy made contact and learned the man was a missing person from Georgia. He made contact with family members and arranged for them to make contact with their son.