The month of June has been identified as Home Safety Month by the Home Safety Council. In keeping homes and the people living in them safe from fire, The National Association of State Fire Marshall’s and the Home Safety Council promote fire safety practices by paying particular attention to activities associated with summer months.
School is done for the year and kids of all ages are longingly watching the weather and asking “when will the rain stop so we can go fishing?”
Yes, Minnesota summer is here and so is the rain, but a lot of kids aren’t wondering if the sun will come out. They are wondering if someone will come to the rescue, bring some fun into their lives and step up to be their Kinship Partner.
Donors are greatly needed when the Red Cross Bloodmobile is at the Wadena VFW Post No. 3922, 213 First Street SE, Wadena, from noon to 6 p.m. June 24 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 to collect blood. The goal for Monday is 103 and Tuesday’s goal is 74. Double red blood cells will be collected both days.
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a 55+ Driver Improvement Course on the following days: from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 17 (4-hour refresher), Aitkin Public Library, 110 First Avenue NE, Aitkin; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 (4-hour refresher course), Pequot Lakes Baptist Church-Community Ed, 20028 County Road 112, Pequot Lakes.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday confirmed the drowning of a 3-year-old boy who was found near the shoreline of Edna Lake at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Emergency services and area law enforcement responded to a report. The child was located near the shoreline by family members. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on scene. The child was transported to Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.
On one of the first sunny days when temperatures even hinted at the summer to come, a tragedy took the life of a 3-year-old boy in Nisswa.
The child was reported to have drowned in Lake Edna, Nisswa officials said. The alarm was raised about 6:30 p.m. Monday. First responders and law enforcement responded to the scene on the lake’s east shore.
Lake Edna is a small lake, about a couple hundred acres just west of Highway 371.
Brainerd residents who turned out Monday night to consider the city’s future expressed support for specific priorities the Brainerd City Council identified, but also voiced frustration at government spending.
The mixed reaction at the 90-minute meeting at Brainerd High School was part of a months-long process in which the council has been formulating its mission statement and strategic focus areas.
No comments were prompted by the mission statement: “Committed to providing high quality, cost effective public services and leadership in creating a sustainable city.”
Sunlight is the primary source of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can damage tissues of the eye.
Crow Wing County Community Services recently cited studies show spending long hours in the sun without eye protection increases the chances of developing eye diseases according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Potential eye disorders from UV exposure include:
• Cataracts — a form of eye damage in which a loss of transparency in the lens of the eye clouds vision. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.
An unusually warm, dry spring and summer may have contributed to a substantial drop in cases of disease caused by ticks in 2012 in Minnesota, but the decline doesn’t mean the risk of illness from tick bites in 2013 will be any less than in most previous years, state health officials reported Monday.
The three main tick-borne diseases carried by blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, in Minnesota — Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis — were all down in 2012.
The Crow Wing County Highway Department advises that County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 30 north of Ironton between the Portsmouth Mine and Pennington Mine accesses is closed due to water over the road. Barricades have been placed to keep traffic from entering the flooded area. This route is expected to be closed until at least mid- day on Tuesday.
Rachel Ruhl, daughter of Melonee and Vince Ruhl, Pillager, will participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) in Chicago this summer. At the Forum on Medicine, students will join other high school students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine.
The Brainerd Fire Department received a call regarding a propane smell Saturday near 13th Street by the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds and the Stoney Brook mobile home community.
The first call came in at 11:41 a.m. as the gas smell evidently was moving south on the wind. A gas leak wasn’t found. Another call came in at 4:37 p.m. by Beech Street where a natural gas leak was discovered at a substation. CenterPoint Energy was called. Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:25 p.m.