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Lake Region Run Update
The Lake Region Run is just a few days away, but there is still time to register if you have been sitting on the fence. Entrants will receive official race sock booties after Monday with their completed registration. Race Organizer Karoline Gustafson says the number competing has risen dramatically in the last few days…
 “…Right now we’re at 708 total registrations, half marathon has 87, 5k has 378, the 1 mile has 197, the combo race has 30, the relay has 16 individuals, with 8 two person teams. We need more volunteers, they can get a hold of Mary at 736-8610.”
Gustafson says its very easy to register online at All proceeds benefit the LRH Cancer Care and Research Center.

FF Fires
The Fergus Falls Fire Department was called out twice Monday. The first call came about 9:00 am after a contractor working around Lake Alice broke a natural gas line.
Fergus Falls Fire Chief Mark Hovland says gas had to be shut off at 17 houses in the area. Three to four homeowners were asked to shut their windows, but left their homes voluntarily to be safe. The fire department stayed on scene for about an hour while the gas lines were purged.

Then, about noon, the fire department was called to Productive Alternatives in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, where a smoldering fire was reported in a workshop dust collection system. The building was evacuated as the ventilation system was taken apart and all hot spots were extinguished. The fire department was on the scene about two hours.
No one was injured in either incident.

Frazee M/C Crash
A Frazee man was injured in a motorcycle crash near Frazee Monday afternoon.
The State Patrol reports that 53-year-old Anthony Lucero was merging into traffic just after 1:00 pm on westbound Highway 10 near Silver Star Road when he struck a curb with his motorcycle and lost control, cutting across Highway 10.
Lucero was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes with non life-threatening injuries.

Bonding Bill Reax
State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria says seven metro legislators killed the legislature’s bonding bill. Ingebrigtsen says an amendment was added to the bonding bill for light rail funding…something those lawmakers had threatened to do.
State Representative Bud Nornes says it’s too bad the Senate stopped the bill from passing. He says there’s a possibility a special session will be called to give the bill a second chance.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says he won’t pass a transportation package that doesn’t provide some funding for a light-rail train to southwestern suburbs.

Crop Spraying
Weather permitting, aerial spraying will take place today in Otter Tail County. West Central Ag-Air Incorporated will be spraying Lida, South Lida, Crystal, Long and Heilberger Lakes. On Thursday, Otter Tail Lake will be sprayed. More lakes may be added to Thursday’s schedule

Pelican Rapids Road Work
Motorists on Highway 59 north of Pelican Rapids may encounter brief delays beginning today, as crews construct turn lanes.
A southbound right turn lane will be added for a new hotel development at Dunvilla, just north of Highway 34. Crews will also extend a northbound bypass lane in the same area.
During daytime hours, Highway 59 will be reduced to a single lane and flaggers will control traffic. Both lanes will reopen at night.
The work is expected to be done by noon on Friday, weather permitting. The project is being funded by the hotel developers.