State regulators are investigating the death of a worker at the Benson Power Plant in Swift County. Last week, a man fell into a hopper and was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. No other details have been released. The energy plant formerly known as Fibrominn which burns turkey manure and wood chips is scheduled to close next year.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office found the body of a Crosby man whose snowmobile fell through the ice on Monday. Emergency workers fanned out over Serpent Lake which had ice thickness up to six inches but also open areas of water. After several hours, teams found the man in 45-feet of water. The man’s name has not yet been released.
Searchers say they have not lost hope in finding two males who fell into Lower Red Lake when their boat capsized more than a month ago. A third man was able to make it to shore. Crews have covered more than 50 acres of the lake, using sonar equipment and cameras but so far have only found a shoe and foot imprints on the lake bottom.
A Kandiyohi County judge has ruled in favor of a rural Spicer Couple who sued the manufacturer of a hoverboard that started a fire last year. Court records say the couple purchased a “Shiny Chrome Smart Self Balancing Electric Hoverboard” off the internet in May of 2016. The website said the device was safe and fire tested. But in July 2016, the hoverboard was being recharged in the couple’s kitchen when a fire started, damaging the home, killing 4 of the couple’s dogs.
Some advice from forecasters for Minnesotans who still have deck furniture out: summer is not coming back for a while. The National Weather Service predicts freezing rain and high winds late tonight into Wednesday. Those wind gusts could hit 55-miles an hour in western Minnesota.