Tricounty News

DWI has consequences

The holidays are a popular time for parties. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is putting extra DWI enforcement on during this time to prevent drunk driving crashes.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating the enforcement effort. Extra DWI enforcement will continue through December.

“Enforcing seat belt laws and arresting impaired drivers are preventive measures we take to ensure safety on Minnesota roads,” says Sheriff Joe Hagerty. “Seat belts and designated drivers must be on the menu to ensure travel safety during the holidays.”

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office asks motorists to follow these traffic safety tips to ensure safe Holiday Travel.


Local crime blotters Dec. 12, 2013

Chicken coop fire in Manannah

Monday, Dec. 9, at 4:51 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a chicken coop on fire at the address of 34766 587th Avenue, Manannah Township. A Meeker County Deputy and the Eden Valley Fire Department were dispatched to the fire.

The chicken coop was used to house three pet chickens and five pet Canadian geese. The renter of the property, Cheryl Elliott, 53, was able to get two of the geese out of the building before the building became engulfed with fire. She sustained minor burns to her hands while rescuing the two geese, she refused medical treatment.

The fire is believed to have started by heat lamps that were being used inside the chicken coop. The approximate value of the 8’ X 10’ chicken coop and its contents is $5,000, and was a total loss. 


Tips for safe walking in snow and ice

From the Snow & Ice Management Association

Falls account for more than one million injuries in the U.S. annually. There are four types of walking accidents with the most common being the slip and fall. That’s the type of fall that happens when you fall because of a surface not cleared of snow or ice.

“Every winter the hazards of driving in snow and icy conditions are noted, but rarely is walking on snow and ice addressed,” said Martin B. Tirado, CAE, Executive Director of the Snow & Ice Management Association. “Slipping and falling while walking accounts for a large number of winter-related injuries and can have an impact on the quality of life for the injured person.”

SIMA, the national nonprofit organization representing the snow removal industry, has some tips on safe winter walking.


DNR issues ice warning for aerated lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.

”Open water areas created by aeration systems can shift or change shapes depending on weather conditions,” said Marilyn Danks, DNR aquatic biologist. “Leaks may develop in air lines creating other areas of weak ice or open water.”

Aeration systems are generally operated from the time lakes freeze until the ice breaks up in the spring. They help prevent winterkill of fish, but they also create areas of open water and thin ice, which are significant hazards.


Local crime blotters Nov. 28, 2013

Fatal car crash in St. Joseph Twp.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a car crash with injuries at the location of CR 2 and Minnesota Street in St. Joseph Township at about 9 a.m Thursday, Nov. 21.

Aaron Birr, age 58, of Eden Valley and owner/operator of Birr Trucking, was hauling a heavy load of sand. He was driving his 1984 Mac R-Model semi-tractor north on County Road 2. Marcella Cheeley, age 90 of Cold Spring, was driving her 1991 Chevrolet Corsica.