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The Haffner family, which sells meat and produce at the Alexandria Farmers Market, will be featured in an episode of "Common Ground" on Bemidji-based Lakeland Public Television. Front row, from left: Becky, Greta, Benjamin and Graham Haffner. Back row: Quenton, Carson and Will Haffner. (Contributed)1 / 2
This waterless boat cleaning station at the boat launch area of Amelia Lake in Pope County will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17. (Contributed)2 / 2

Boat cleaning station to be dedicated

A dedication for a new waterless boat cleaning station will be held at the public access to Amelia Lake in Pope County Friday, May 17.

The Amelia, Villard, Leven Lakes Association, which has around 200 members, is hosting the dedication, which is at 10 a.m. at the launch area. A manufacturer's representative will be on hand to demonstrate the machine and answer questions.

Morley Frantzick of Glenwood, president of the lakes association, said the boat cleaning station will be the only one in the county. The user-operated station is a tool to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species and has been in the works for some time.

"At the time, we were probably the only lakes around with no invasive species," Frantzick said. However, zebra mussels were discovered in Amelia in 2018.

The three lakes are part of a chain of lakes, with Amelia connecting to the Chippewa River.

The station will be equipped with overhead and underneath lights to help illuminate any AIS, a wet and dry vac, an air compressor and several tools.

Rose City farm on PBS

The Haffner Family Farm near Rose City will be featured on Bemidji-based Lakeland Public Television at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16. The show, called "Common Ground," is a weekly series that highlights northern and central Minnesota culture. Episodes can also be viewed online.

The Haffner family was chosen because it sells meat at Sprout, a Little Falls food hub that holds a monthly indoor market. It also sells at the Alexandria Farmers Market, said farmer Becky Haffner.

Six hurt in I-94 rollover in Otter Tail County

Six young men were hurt in a rollover crash Monday, May 13, east of Rothsay in Otter Tail County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

About 4:20 a.m., a 1999 Toyota Camry was westbound on Interstate 94 when it swerved to avoid an animal, went off the road, hit a cable median barrier and rolled, the patrol said.

The six occupants of the car were men ages 18 to 20 from the Twin Cities area. They all were treated at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls for injuries that were not life-threatening.

All six were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not involved, the patrol said.

More than 1,900 cited during campaign

With Minnesota's new hands-free cellphone law going into effect in less than three months, state officials are still saying far too many drivers are using their devices behind the wheel.

Law enforcement cited 1,927 motorists for texting and driving during a three-week enforcement period that ended April 30, compared with 1,576 during last year's two-week campaign, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.

Police shared examples of a 44-year-old male driver in Grand Marais watching a video his wife sent to him of their twins, a 32-year-old female driver watching "Parks and Rec" in Blaine and an 18-year-old female going 96 mph using FaceTime near St. Peter.

The DPS said texting citations climbed 30% from 2017 to 2018 with 9,545 cited in 2018.

The new law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone.

See for more information about the new law.