Local NewsMinute: Fire, Car Collisions, Influenza, Grants, And Retirement 01 Feb 18

Law Enforcement Needs Your Help

An elderly man was badly injured Tuesday night after a hit-and-run collision in Brandon.
At 9:53 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to South Central Avenue, where they found 91-year-old Dale Carol Burkey lying in the street, bleeding from his head.
Burkey was able to tell Deputies that he had left the Brandon Assisted Living facility, when he fell into the roadway. He was then struck by a “clean, newer, white sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu,” or similar model.
Burkey was taken to Douglas County Hospital, his current condition is unknown. Sergeant Scot Umlauf is asking anyone with information to contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

Flu Hits Wheaton Hard

Sanford Medical Center of Wheaton is keeping its visitor restrictions in place, thanks to the continuing influenza outbreak. CEO JoAnn Foltz says nearby schools have experienced a “heavy” number of sick students, and her doctors reported 30 cases as of last week.
Only non-symptomatic, immediate family members (or clergy) are allowed indoors, children ages 12 and under must wear masks at all times, and only two visitors will be allowed per patient.
Since last week, Stevens Community Medical Center and the Courage Cottage have also recommended that their guests limit non-essential stays.

Salvation Army Veteran Hangs It Up

After 39 years in the Salvation Army, Central Minnesota Field Representative Peggy Kill is calling it a career.
With Kill’s departure comes changes for the Salvation Army Thrift Shop in Morris – effective today, the store will not be open on Saturdays. However, the weekday hours will be extended until 5:30 p.m.
Even though she’s leaving, Kill hopes you’ll sign up to volunteer as much time as you are able. In her retirement, she hopes to continue serving the community, in whatever field she chooses, but this time, as a regular volunteer. Kill’s resignation takes effect next Wednesday.

Stevens County Awaits Word From Secretary Of State

No word yet on Stevens County’s application for State grant funding towards new election equipment.
In November, the Morris City Council voted to cut the number of in-town polling places in half. Going forward, Morris will operate three precincts, Hancock and Moore Township will have its combined 500-person location, and you’ll still be able to vote in-person with three new machines at the Stevens County Courthouse.
The exact locations in Morris have yet to be determined.

Barn Fire Near Kensington

Three calf barns were destroyed in a blaze last night north of Kensington.
At 7:50 p.m., an employee at a dairy farm located at 8150 Dairy Drive Southwest noticed round bales on fire, and called 911. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office believes the fire was started by an idling skid loader parked near the round bales, the fire spread to the nearby calf barns.
In total, 50 round bales, 22 calves, and a cattle trailer belonging to Mark Fernholz were lost. The incident remains under investigation.

Slippery Roads Send One To The Hospital

A snow-covered road led to a one-vehicle accident last night, north of Lake Christina.
At 5:02 p.m., 19-year-old Amanda Kristine Lukken of Clitherall was driving north on Highway 78, when she slipped off the road, and struck a tree near the 355th Avenue intersection.
Lukken was transported to Lake Region Hospital of Fergus Falls with minor injuries. Her passenger, 19-year-old Elise Jean Carlson of Battle Lake, wasn’t hurt.