Tricounty News

Safety drives Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

In the continuing effort to bring attention to safe snowmobiling in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Jan. 18-25, Minnesota Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR, the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association (MnUSA) and its member clubs support this effort, which is designed to encourage safe snowmobiling and to raise awareness of the importance of having the proper snowmobile training.

“Snowmobiling is one of Minnesota’s most popular activities,” said Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR enforcement education program coordinator. “Unfortunately, unsafe snowmobiling can result in serious injury. Gov. Dayton, the DNR, and MnUSA encourage all snowmobile enthusiasts to take a safety course to learn how to avoid accidents and ensure they have the necessary knowledge, skills, and training to ride safely.”


Local crime blotters Jan. 23, 2014

Snowmobile crash Saturday

Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18, Freeport Fire Dept., Melrose Ambulance, and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-sled snowmobile collision near Cedar Lake Road,
Millwood Township, about four miles northwest of Freeport. Both riders Kameron Peck, 22 of
St. Joseph and Benjamin Bardson, 27 of Sartell, were taken to the Melrose Hospital by ambulance. The crash is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

Snowmobile crash with injuries

Monday, Jan. 13 at 4:58 p.m., Ryan Berdan, 19 of St. Cloud, was injured in a snowmobile accident on Minn. Hwy 15 in Maine Prairie Township, just a half mile north of Kimball. Berdan was driving a snowmobile in the ditch going north when he struck a field approach and was thrown. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, he was treated by Kimball Fire and Rescue, and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Car pursuit Jan. 12 leads to injuries

Sunday, Jan. 12, a Stearns County Sheriff’s Deputy made a traffic stop on a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation. The initial stop occurred at CR 136, just north of 43rd Ave., in the city of St. Augusta. During the stop, the deputy noted signs of intoxication on the driver. When the deputy asked the driver, a 17-year old male, to step out of the car to undergo field sobriety testing, he put the car back in gear and fled. The pursuit went south on 43rd Avenue, westbound on Co. Rd. 141 to MN State Highway 15, and then north into the former townsite of Luxemburg. Just north of Luxemburg, the driver of the Malibu was passing other vehicles and caused a southbound truck to take evasive action and drive into the west ditch. The vehicle continued north on Hwy 15 into the city of St. Cloud. Near the I-94 overpass on Hwy 15, the driver of the Malibu jumped out of the still moving car. The car continued on for several hundred more feet. The driver sustained injuries when he exited the car. He was treated on the scene by Gold Cross Ambulance and taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the St. Cloud Police Department, Waite Park Police Department, MN State Patrol and Gold Cross Ambulance. The incident remains under investigation.


Phone scam attempt reported locally

It’s not only those who use the Internet or email who are targets for scams. Some scammers still use the telephone or fax to get banking or other important information from their victims. 

We’ve all become (I hope) accustomed to the emails announcing that we’ve won the lottery in some foreign country; all they need is our bank account number to transfer the funds. That’s an obvious one, and we simply delete it. (NEVER answer a scam email, no matter how legitimate it may look; and NEVER open an attachment or link in a suspected email!)

But what if you get a phone call saying that your loan request for $5,000 has been approved? Would you spot that as a scam?


Top seven winter car safety tips

For dangerous driving conditions today and tomorrow

Record low temperatures and snow today, and into tomorrow, have made driving conditions dangerous for residents. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following seven winter car safety tips to keep families safe while driving in winter conditions:

• Prepare a special emergency kit for your car and keep it there throughout the season. Your winter weather car-kit should include:

A distress flag


Extra food and water

Flashlights and batteries

• Check your tires for air and wear. Be sure to keep tow and tire chains in your trunk as well.