Echo Press staff
A no-travel advisory has now been lifted for all state highways in west-central Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation had issued a no-travel advisory around midnight for several state highway segments in the region, due to a mix of snow and ice.
An Evansville woman and a child were taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle crash Sunday night on Interstate 94. Ashley Quinn, 31, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer westbound on the freeway when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled into the center median near milepost 97. The crash, which the Minnesota State Patrol said was near Baker Drive SW in La Grand Township in Douglas County, was reported at 10:18 p.m. Jan. 6.
A winter storm warning and a wind chill advisory have been issued for Douglas County, and the county is advising no unnecessary travel until conditions improve. Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen issued the no travel advisory shortly after 6 a.m. today, citing dangerous driving conditions. He said that plows are working to clear the roadways. Several inches of snow fell overnight, and this morning a wind out of the north at 20 mph, gusting to 35 mph, is blowing it around.
Several fish houses on three Douglas County lakes were broken into over the weekend. The reports were received Sunday by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, and are believed to have occurred between midnight and sunrise. The fish houses on Stowe, Devils and Moon lakes were forcibly entered, with fishing equipment, electronics, heaters, propane tanks and other items stolen. The sheriff's office reminds anglers to remove belongings from inside fish houses, and to immediately report any suspicious persons or vehicles.
Two people were taken to Alomere Health in Alexandria as a result of a sport utility vehicle-semi truck crash near the Osakis exit on Interstate 94 Saturday morning. The crash, one of several reported in the region during the morning related to icy conditions caused by a small amount of snow and in some cases freezing rain, was reported at 10:33 a.m. on Highway 27 at I-94 in Orange Township.
A homeowner in Orange Township heard a "loud boom" prior to discovering his garage was on fire Wednesday night in Orange Township. Charles Maher was inside his residence at approximately 6:20 p.m. when he heard the noise. When he looked outside, he spotted flames coming from a detached garage on his property. The Osakis Fire Department responded to the fire at 7131 County Road 3 SE and put out the fire. The garage was deemed a total loss, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, and the cause of the fire is unknown. No foul play is suspected.
One person was ejected from their vehicle and three people were injured Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash just east of Alexandria. The crash occurred at the intersection of County Road 82 and East Lake Victoria Road SE, and was reported at 6:55 p.m. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which responded to the crash:
A second arrest has been made in connection with a Saturday shooting in Alexandria, and police have released the identify of the man who was shot.. Jacob McCoy, 25, of Alexandria, is now in custody along with Zachary Gordon, 29, of Alexandria, who was apprehended Monday afternoon. Both are believed to have been involved in the incident, authorities said.
A vehicle that caught fire in Carlos Township Tuesday night was deemed a total loss by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which responded to the fire along with the Carlos Fire Department. The fire, at 4255 County Road 11 NE, was reported at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Sheriff's deputies were the first on scene but were unable to extinguish the fire. The fire department arrived later and put the fire out.
A national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush has been declared for Wednesday and many federal agencies will be closed. However, all of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System’s outpatient clinics, including Alexandria, will be open and providing full clinical services that day. The Max J. Beilke Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Alexandria will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and appointments with veterans will go on as scheduled.