Tricounty News

Bad roads, high winds cause crash

Wednesday, March 20, shortly after noon, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, St. Martin Fire and Rescue, and Paynesville Ambulance were dispatched to a crash with injuries southwest of St. Martin on CR 32 just east of 278th Ave. in Zion Township. Rebecca Elizabeth Gray, age 19, of St. Martin, was westbound on CR 32 in a white 1994 Ford Crown Victoria, when she lost control of the car on the hard-packed snow and ice. She struck a tan 2000 Buick Century that was driven eastbound by Janet Lee Klein, 57, of Paynesville. Klein, Gray, and Gray’s 2-year old son were treated at the scene by St. Martin Rescue, and taken to the Paynesville Hospital by Paynesville Ambulance for further treatment of their injuries. The road conditions and high winds contributed to the crash.


Snowmobile fatality in Corinna Township

Friday, March 22, at 9:50 a.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing snowmobiler in Corinna Township. The snowmobiler, a 19-year old Annandale man had left to go riding Thursday, March 21, around 4 p.m. Before law enforcement began a search, the rider was located by family members on the Whispering Pines Golf Course, deceased from an apparent snowmobile accident. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the name of the victim is being withheld, pending the notification of relatives.


Eden Valley Fire Dept. awards

Eden Valley Fire Department members received acknowledgement for their years of service.W-DSC00636

Eden Valley Fire Chief Joe Thielen (on left) presented a plaque award to Jim Rademacher who retired from the Fire Department after 35 years of service. Submitted photos.


Natural gas meters, snow and ice – keep clear to keep your family safe

CenterPoint Energy offers safety tips for the heating seasonW-snow-meter

Snow or ice formations on or near the natural gas meter can cause potentially dangerous conditions. Accumulation of snow and ice can affect proper operation or ventilation of the regulator, which could cause over-pressurization. Natural gas regulators are designed to maintain a constant pressure, ensure safe delivery of natural gas and vent natural gas safely to the atmosphere. If blocked, pressure may build up creating a dangerous situation and cause appliances to fail. CenterPoint Energy would like to remind the public of important winter natural gas safety tips:

• Keep the meter area and a path to the meter clear of snow and debris.

• Do not use a snow blower or shovel near the meter or attempt to remove ice from the meter yourself. You can use a broom to keep the snow cleared around and on top of the meter and piping.


Private well owners need to know what’s in their water

National Groundwater Awareness Week March 10-16 is good time to test Private well owners: Do you know what’s in your water?

More than 1 million people in Minnesota rely on private wells as their source of drinking water, but too many of them are not tested on a regular basis for things that can make people sick, such as bacteria, arsenic, or nitrate. While wells can provide high quality drinking water, state health officials estimate that at any given time as many as 25 percent of private wells in Minnesota have detectable levels of total coliform bacteria, an indication that surface contamination has entered the well or water system.