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Deadly start to snowy season


November 2, 2017

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 44-year-old Duluth man was killed in the early morning hours of October 27 when his Freightliner semi tractor slid off Interstate 35 and into the St. Louis River at Scanlon amid early season snowy conditions.

The truck was traveling northbound just before 5 a.m. when the crash occurred. According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, the semi lost control and went west into the median. The semi came to rest on its side between the north- and southbound bridges partially submerged in the river. Numerous law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and searched for the driver. The Cloquet-area firefighters discovered the driver’s body, identified as Christopher Michael Lucia, about two hours after the accident.

With the arrival of winter weather, many accidents were reported throughout the region. A post on the Cloquet Area Fire District facebook page reminds drivers, "As the seasons abruptly change, please slow down, wear your seatbelt, and give 100% of your attention to driving."

Power outages

The first winter storm also affected electric service for nearly 2,500 Lake Country Power members. According to a press release from Lake Country Power, many trees came down on power lines from the heavy, wet snow. Line crews also worked to replace broken poles.

Lake Country Power offers the following tips for winter outages:

- Stay inside — dress in warm, layered clothing, and cover up with extra blankets.

- Close off unneeded rooms.

- When using an alternative heat source, follow operating instructions, use fire safeguards and be sure to properly ventilate (keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it).

- Stuff towels or rags underneath doors to keep in the heat.

- Cover windows at night.

- Maintain a regular diet. Food provides the body with energy for creating its own energy.

- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

- Infants or persons over 65 are more susceptible to the cold, check on elderly or disabled friends or neighbors. You may want to find an alternative location with friends or relatives if you cannot keep your home warm.

- Be cautious when using alternative heating, lighting and cooking sources that may increase the risk of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

- Essential supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, extra supply of water, food.


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