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Palmer Amaranth

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed a new Palmer amaranth infestation in a conservation planting — this time in Todd County. The agriculture department is investigating where the seed came from. While some varieties of amaranth are harvested as grain, Palmer amaranth is one of the nine varieties considered noxious and invasive. It grows rapidly, at times topping 8 feet. One female plant typically produces 100,000 to 500,000 seeds. Resistant to multiple herbicides, the weed can harm crop yields and is expensive to control. However, a state agriculture official sounded optimistic about the chance to eradicate it. Geir Friisoe, the state's director of protection said in a news release The Todd County planting was seeded in late June; and with cold overnight temperatures earlier this week, it's unlikely there is any viable seed on the plants Also, thanks to local officials who were on the lookout for Palmer and notified us immediately, we were able to quickly find and identify the Palmer, and make a plan for eradication." Palmer amaranth was first confirmed in Minnesota in 2016 in Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties. The state took action to control its spread there. Because of the threat it poses to Minnesota crops, Palmer amaranth may not be sold in the state and all parts of the plant must be destroyed. Palmer amaranth is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It has been found in 28 other states, including Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


Todd County Sheriff

10/16/17 10:02 40426 County 21, BROWERVILLE, MN 56438 Fire

On Monday (10/16/17) morning, at 10:02 am the Todd County Sheriff's Office received a report of a barn fire at 40426 County 21 in Moran Township. The Browerville Fire, Clarissa Fire, Eagle Bend Fire and Staples Fire Departments responded to the fire. The cause of the fire has not been determined yet. The fire departments were assisted by Korblick Excavating.

10/16/17 07:27 County 9, STAPLES, MN 56479 Car Deer

On Monday (10/16/17), morning at 7:27 am, Mark Piekarski of rural Motely struck a deer on County 9 south of Highway 10 in Staples Township. Piekarski was driving a 1996 Freightliner which sustained minor damage.

10/14/17 03:58 17848 COUNTY 10, LONG PRAIRIE, MN 56347 Car Deer

On Saturday (10/14/2017) morning at 3:58 am Jamie Wieling, rural Long Prairie, was traveling west on County Road 10 when he struck a deer with his 1995 Chevy S10 pickup. The Pickup sustained right front end damage. Wieling was not injured in the crash.




SAUK RAPIDS — Three people were injured when a driver ran a red light on Minnesota Highway 15 Saturday night in Sauk Rapids, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. 18 Nicole Rausch of Randall was driving south on Highway 15 at about 8:45 p.m. when she tried to make a left turn onto 18th Street Northwest, near Discovery Church and Living Waters Lutheran Church. 53 Joan Frerich, of Rice, was driving north on Highway 15 at the same time. Rausch ran a red light, colliding with Frerich's vehicle. Frerich then hit another vehicle stopped at the light on 18th Street, waiting to make a left turn onto Highway 15. Driver 60 Charles Wildman, and his passenger, 60 Judy Wildman, both of St. Cloud, were not injured in the collision. Frerich and her passenger, 17 Maria Frerich, also of Rice, were transported to St. Cloud Hospital with injuries not believed to be non-threatening. Raucsh was also transported to St. Cloud Hospital, with injuries not believed to be non-threatening.


Plane Crash

ANOKA, Minn. — Authorities said Sunday, (Oct. 15), they have recovered the body of a Princeton man they believe was piloting a single-engine plane that struck power lines and crashed into the Mississippi River in Anoka on Friday night. The body recovered from the wreckage Sunday is believed to be that of Chad Rygwall, said Anoka County Lt. Brent Erickson. Rygwall's wife, 48 Jill Rygwall, was found Friday night and pulled from the water by witnesses. Resuscitation efforts failed, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed that the couple left the Princeton airport Friday afternoon for a short flight and had planned to return to the airport where Rygwall, a licensed pilot, kept his plane. The plane went down about 5:30 Friday night about two miles northwest of the Ferry Street bridge over the Mississippi. Authorities have determined the plane crashed after hitting power lines, he said.


Todd County Sheriff

10/13/17 19:41 190TH ST / STATE 287, LONG PRAIRIE Car Deer

On Friday (10-13-17) night at approximately 7:41pm the Todd County Sheriff's Office responded to a car / deer accident on 190th St. Deana Callahan, 55 of Long Prairie, was issued a permit for the deer.

10/13/17 18:01 15266 380TH ST, EAGLE BEND Damage to Property

On Friday (10-13-170 night at 6:01 pm the Todd County Sheriff's Office received a report of a damage to a mailbox on 380th St in Eagle Bend. Upon investigation it appeared that a combine had collided with the mailbox post and broke it.

10/13/17 17:05 409 Hwy 71 W, CLARISSA, MN 56440 Accident Property

On Friday (10/13/2017) night at 9:05 pm Glen Norton of Clarissa reported a motor vehicle crash in Clarissa. Ruth Kent of Clarissa was driving a 2017 Hyundai SantaFe and attempting to park in a parking space when she struck a parked 1998 Dodge Durango owned by Norton. Both vehicles sustained minor damage.



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