The Minnesota State Patrol is looking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle and driver involved in a pedestrian fatality Sunday morning. The crash occurred sometime between 5:30-6:09 a.m. near the city of Pierz in Morrison County. The Minnesota State Patrol received a call from a passerby that a man was lying on Highway 25, just south of 163rd street at 6:09am Sunday. Forty-year-old Joseph Herold was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Herold was reportedly last seen walking on Hwy. 25 north of Pierz around 5:30am Sunday. Conditions in the area at the time of the crash were dark and foggy. The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver and vehicle that struck Mr. Herold and fled from the scene. The description of the vehicle is unknown at this time, but it’s possible there is damage to car. If you have any information that can assist the State Patrol with their investigation, please call MSP Investigator Sgt. Lance Turcott at 218-316-3026 or 218-820-8401.
--The Morrison County Sheriff's Office reports that Sunday at approximately 6:30pm, their office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries at a residence off Dove Road, approximately one mile south of Flensburg, in Swan River Township. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 22-year old Jesse Bartkowicz of Swanville was driving a Polaris Ranger side-by-side with a passenger, 24-year old Dalton Schneider of Little Falls. The side-by-side was being operated at a residence off Dove Road in a corn field. The driver lost control of the side-by-side causing it to roll, ejecting the passenger. Schneider was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital by Mayo Clinic Ambulance with unknown injuries. Jesse Bartkowicz was taken into custody and transported to the Morrison County Jail where charges are pending for DWI and Criminal Vehicular Operation.
--The Morrison County Sheriff ‘s Office reports that on Sunday at approximately 8:26pm, their office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries on 93rd Street, in the city of Buckman. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 43-year old Chad Scholl of Pierz was driving a Yamaha Grizzly ATV in Buckman. The ATV hit a curb which caused Scholl to fall off the ATV. Scholl was transported to St. Cloud Hospital by Mayo Clinic Ambulance with unknown injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. This case is still under investigation.
--Morrison County maintenance employees will be shouldering CSAH 43, County Road 264, and County Road 265 northeast of Little Falls. Roadside ditch mowing will also be starting this week. Please use caution around work crews and flashing lights. Public Works employees continue to practice social distancing guidelines in their travels and on job sites to preserve and maintain the infrastructure.
--Pierz Schools Superintendent George Weber stated Monday on KLTF that the first week of school went very well, students are still adjusting to face guards, social distancing in class rooms, a little more limitations on lunch and they have got the dropping off and pickup times down very well in the first few days. Weber said that the CDC said last week that the schools do not have to take temperature checks in the facility and are again asking if your student shows symptoms of illness to please have them stay home. Teachers are now adapted with in class learning and also set up with a computer during the same class times for hybrid and distance learning too. Weber said the high school is working on how to put on a fall play with more details to be released later. The school will continue to monitor the most recent numbers from the Department of Health with hopes that in class learning can continue for the school year.
--The Latest Minnesota Department of Health numbers Monday showed 643 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 new deaths in Minnesota. There were 4 new cases of COVID-19 in Morrison County Monday moving the total numbers to 174 since testing began. Crow Wing reported 18 new cases and Stearns reported 23 new cases on Monday of COVID-19 in their counties.
--Washington County crews have located a missing plane from over the weekend in the Mississippi River and the three bodies were found deceased inside the aircraft. An investigation into the plane crash is ongoing with the local and federal officials.
--A Sartell woman was hurt in a crash in Kandiyohi County. The Minnesota State Patrol says it happened just after 3:30pm Sunday at the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 9 west of New London. Twenty-seven-year-old Tamara Ruedenbusch of Sartell was traveling east on Highway 9 when her SUV collided with a pickup going north on Highway 71. The pickup was driven by 64-year-old Charles Ampe of Belgrade. Ampe was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with non-life-threatening injuries. Ruedenbusch was taken to Paynesville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
--There will be church raffles this Sunday (September 20th) for Holy Family Church in Belle Prairie, Holy Cross Church of Onamia and St. Michael's Church in Buckman check church bulletins for raffle drawing times and how you can purchase tickets. Due to COVID-19 restrictions no other events for bazaars or festivals are being done.
--Minnesota State Patrol announced Sunday that in the first week of classes this past week law enforcement wrote 117 citations for stop-arm violations, there were nearly 1,200 school bus stop-arm citations across the state in 2019 alone. Each one of those violations could have led to a child being injured or worse. Stop for school buses.
--The Greater Minnesota 2-Cylinder Club is hosting a Tractor Drive on Saturday, October 3rd rolls and coffee at 9:30, drive at 10:30am leaving from the hardware store in Swanville and going to the drive-in in Long Prairie, there is a cost for tractors and wagons for those to take part in the fundraiser for True Friends Camp. For more information contact Garrett Doucette at 360-7059.
--Della MacKay, age 87 of the Little Falls Care Center.
TODAY= sunny skies and warm, windy, high 81.
TONIGHT= partly cloudy skies, low around 53.
WEDNESDAY= partly sunny, cooler and breezy, high 66, low 37.
THURSDAY= sunny and cool, high 58, low near 33.
TWINS= White Sox shut down the Twins last night and win 3-1 to take a 2 game lead in the AL Central. The Twins play game 2 of their series at Chicago tonight at 6:30pm on Q92 WYRQ.
TODAY IN HISTORY
IN 1620= The Mayflower left England with 102 Pilgrims on board.
IN 1853= first U.S. woman to be ordained a minister.
IN 1904= Wilbur Wright makes first official solo airplane flight.
IN 1916= first tank introduced to fight the War in Europe.
IN 1928= Alexander Fleming discovers penicillan.
IN 1949= “The Lone Ranger” debuts on ABC Television.