NEWS SUMMARY 5/23

A-T-V Driver Killed In Benton County; One Of Four Injured In Duluth U-T-V Accident Dies; Flying Cars Legal In MN

>>A-T-V Rider Killed In Central Minnesota

(Royalton) A man is dead following a car-A-T-V accident in Benton County .The sheriff’s office identified the victim as 71-year-old Frank Andrew Hohman of Rice. The collision occurred about 1:50 p.m. Monday about 6 miles east of Royalton. The Star Tribune reports the car’s driver was 54-year-old Heath Bradley Stolp, of South Haven. He told investigators he had been driving north when he saw a cat run into the road in front of him. He said he swerved to the right onto the shoulder briefly to avoid the cat, then got back on the road.

Once back on the road, Stolp said he saw the ATV immediately in front of his car. The Sheriff’s statement said the driver was unable to avoid a collision with Hohmann’s A-T-V, and no signs of impairment were detected.

Emergency responders declared Hohmann dead at the scene. The car’s driver was not hurt. (Star Tribune)

>>U-T-V Passenger Dies Sunday from Early May Crash Injuries

(Duluth) One of four occupants of an off-road vehicle that crashed after dark north of Duluth on May 6th has died, and officials suspect alcohol played a role in the wreck.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said the crash of the side-by-side machine occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in  Canosia Township.

17-year-old Emma Malmquist of nearby Saginaw died Sunday at Essentia Duluth hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The others were less seriously injured. 18-year-old  Emily Honer was operating the machine at the time of the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office said it intends to refer its criminal investigation in the coming weeks to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges. (Star Tribune)

>>Kandiyohi County Deputy Will Not Face Charges In January Death

(Willmar, MN)    A Kandiyohi County deputy will not face criminal charges in connection with a death in Willmar earlier this year.  Seventy-five-year-old Michael Yanacheak died in January after the deputy used a stun gun during an attempted eviction.  Yanacheak fell and hit his head, leading the medical examiner to declare his death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma.  Kandiyohi County Attorney Shane Baker confirmed this week that Corporal Riley Kampsen was justified in using his stun gun and will not face any charges. (24/7 News Source)

>>Copper Thieves Cause $10K In Damage In Little Falls

(Little Falls, MN)    Two men are facing charges after pulling copper wire from a communications tower in Morrison County.  Investigators say the men were posing as AT&T employees when they went to the tower near Little Falls last Wednesday.  A motion-activated camera alerted authorities, who caught the men before they could leave.  The company responsible for the tower said there was more than ten-thousand dollars in damage.  They were charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance.  (24/7 News Source)

>>MN National Guard Fighter Wing To Deploy Overseas

(Duluth, MN)    A Duluth-based National Guard unit will be headed overseas this summer.  Information about the destination for the 148th Fighter Wing will not be released until after the unit is deployed.  The unit has been sent overseas before, spending time in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.  The deployment will last about three months and involve about 300 members of the unit.(24/7 News Source)

>>New MN Law Makes Flying Cars Legal

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota has become only the second state in the U.S. to make flying cars legal.  A provision in the recently signed transportation bill carves out a place for “roadable aircraft,” which are described as airplanes “that can be driven to and from an airport or landing strip.”  The provision was hailed by a company that makes a street-legal airplane that can fly up to 500 miles on a single tank of gas.  New Hampshire passed a similar bill in 2020.(24/7 News Source)

>>Report:  Water Quality Improving In Mississippi River-St.Cloud Watershed

(St. Paul, MN)    Water quality is showing some improvement in the Mississippi River-St. Cloud watershed.  A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shows that eight lakes and streams in the watershed have been removed from the impaired waters list.  Another 17 lakes are showing some improvement in water quality, and the overall health of wildlife has improved.  The MPCA is accepting comments on the report through June 12th.(24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Historical Society Launches Lighthouse Livestream

(Two Harbors, MN)    A historic Minnesota lighthouse can now be seen online 24 hours a day.  The Minnesota Historical Society has launched a live-stream featuring Lake Superior’s Split Rock Lighthouse.  A camera near the lighthouse will rotate during the course of each day, providing views of the lighthouse and the lake.  Viewers will get a chance to see the lighthouse beacon tonight when it is lit for an event at 9 p.m.(24/7 News Source)



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