Minnesota News Briefs: Mississippi family dies in northern Minnesota crashMinnesota News
-- Three members of a Mississippi family are dead and one injured after a one-vehicle crash Saturday in northern Minnesota.
(Cass Lake, MN) -- Three members of a Mississippi family are dead and one injured after a one-vehicle crash Saturday in northern Minnesota.
The State Patrol says conditions were icy on Highway Two near Cass Lake when the pickup carrying 27-year-old Catherine Statham, her three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter went out of control and rolled over, killing all three. The driver of the pickup, Catherine's husband, 28-year-old Jeremiah Statham, has been upgraded to stable condition at a Duluth hospital. The State Patrol says all of the family members were wearing the proper seat restraints.
A business owner is Oslo says the small northwestern Minnesota community is coping the best it can without any running water. Today marks day three without water service after breaks in a main forced the system to be shut down. Kitty Stromberg, owner of Kitty's Cafe, says stormy weather Saturday kept her cafe closed...but two days of boiling water is enough. Stromberg says the menu is a little more limited because you can't make everything you'd like to -- but she says as long as there's a little something on hand the customers are happy. Oslo Mayor Scott Kosmatka says contractors are working to make repairs and hoping water should be back on sometime today.
Nearly two-dozen high schoolers are getting plenty of "face time" with Minnesota lawmakers Monday. The Future Farmers Association is holding an Agricultural Police Bootcamp for youths to take on leadership roles in Minnesota farming. The FFA's Leah Addington says all kinds of youths are represented: a third from actual farms, one-third from rural areas that don't farm, and a third from urban areas. Among the state groups at the two-day event in St. Paul are the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the DNR and the Department of Education.