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Winter arrives in full force

Teen dies in two-vehicle crash


A winter storm, the first of the season, slammed the region Friday. With rain turned ice and near whiteout conditions reported at times, numerous vehicle accidents occured.

Though plows were out in full-force, the Minnesota Department of Transportation states snow, ice and compaction can cause recently-plowed roads to quickly become slippery.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, from 10 p.m. November 17 to 4:30 p.m. November 18, there were 36 weather-related crashes in Duluth alone, plus 52 vehicle spin-outs or vehicles off the road.

Locally, the Moose Lake Police Department responded to six weather-related incidents and the Minnesota State Patrol reported an accident on Interstate 35 near Moose Lake. Just after 10 a.m. a vehicle driven by Melinda Cooper, 43, Duluth, was traveling southbound on I-35 when her vehicle crossed to the northbound lanes and collided with a vehicle driven by Craig DeForge, 55, of Coon Rapids.

Cooper and a passenger in her vehicle, David Markusen, 52, Duluth, sustained serious injuries and were transported to Mercy Hospital. DeForge had no apparent injuries.


According to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, November 18, at approximately 12:15 p.m., Carlton County 911 received a call of a two-vehicle crash on County Road 1 near the Leimer Road in Silver Brook Township.

The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, along with Carlton Fire and Ambulance and the Cloquet Area Fire District, responded.

A black Ford Taurus driven by 16-year-old Nathan Gould of Holyoke was traveling eastbound on a curve of County Road 1 when he lost control on the icy, snow-covered roadway and collided with a westbound red Ford Escape driven by 29-year-old Julie Jacobson of Moose Lake.

Gould was transported via ambulance to Essentia Hospital in Duluth where he later died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Jacobson received minor injuries. There was a 5-year-old and 3-year-old passenger in her vehicle who did not require medical attention.

Proper seat belt and child restraint systems were in place and utilized in both vehicles. Road and weather conditions are believed to be factors in the accident. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to conduct an accident reconstruction.

Power outages

Not only did the storm make for treacherous driving conditions, but it also caused widespread power outages.

Friday’s winter storm knocked out power for more than 8,000 Lake Country Power (LCP) consumers. As of Monday morning, less than 600 LCP members remained without service as crews worked to restore power for all members across the co-op’s rural service area.


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