Backus woman injured in crash

A 76-year-old Backus woman was injured in a crash on Highway 64 yesterday morning.

According to a release from the state patrol, Shirley Plehal was attempting to make a left turn onto Cass County Road 2 in a Jeep Compass when she was rear-ended by a Chevy Pickup and trailer in the southbound lane.

The pickup occupants, also of Backus, were uninjured.

Plehal was treated for her non-life threatening injuries at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. Alcohol is not cited as a factor in this crash, and all were wearing their seat belts.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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