Duck hunters caught up in Cannon
Two men can thank Morristown Fire/Rescue personnel for saving their lives. 30 year old Thao Vue and 31 year old Yeng Chu, both of St. Paul, were duck hunting yesterday mornning in the water on the Cannon River when their boat overturned and they were caught up in rushing water. Rescuers found them clinging to a bog in about 8 feet of water. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said that had they not been wearing life jackets, there would have been at least one “recovery” possibly two. One of the men had a cell phone and was able to call 911 but, because they were unfamiliar with the area, it took rescuers 30 minutes
to find them in the area of Sakatah Lake. Dunn asks that people avoid the swollen rivers and lakes in the area. Yesterday’s windy conditions forced some road closures around lakes due to waves up over the roadway. Be sure to use caution and don’t drive around barriers. Dunn added, “There are numerous hazards on our waterways that makes it dangerous for not only citizens but the first responders called to rescue victims”. Sheriff Dunn will be in studio Thursday morning at 7:20.
It started in Cannon Falls…
It started with a call to the Cannon Falls PD and from there crossed counties with Dakota and Goodhue deputies and the State Patrol chasing down suspects involved in stealing a classic car, a pickup, burglarizing a home and stealing a gun safe. The call came yesterday morning of a driving complaint about a pickup pulling a car trailer with the ramps down. Before the officer got there, he spotted a crash on Hwy 20 involving a semi and a classic car. The car driver fled on foot. Just then the pickup from the driving complaint reached the intersection. The officer tried to stop the vehicle on foot but the vehicle swerved and took off as the gun safe flew off the trailer and onto the shoulder of Cty Rd 29. The officer gave chase and a mile down the road the pickup crashed in Dakota Co. THAT male driver then fled on foot to a farm house. A perimeter was set up around the farm house. As another vehicle, believed stolen from the Metro came down the driveway, they spotted police and fled onto west on Hwy 19 then crashed near Summit Golf Course. A State Patrol helicopter and a K-9 unit got involved. Eventually both suspects were caught. Once in custody, one of them told officers that he’d eaten a bunch of Methamphetamine. Two more occupants of that residence also said they’d eaten a bunch of Meth while the house was surrounded. No names have been released as the investigation continues.
Chief lifts State of Emergency
Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson has lifted the State of Emergency. The 4th street bridge is now open to vehicle traffic. The Cannon River has dropped from a high of over 901 feet to 898.5 feet this morning. Still, stay away from the fast moving water.
City seeks election judges
The City of Northfield is looking for individuals to serve as election judges on November 8th. Judges administer election procedures in polling places and ensure that voters’ rights. They’re paid unless they choose to serve as volunteers. By law, employers must give election judges time off from work to serve. In addition to serving on Election Day, judges must complete a required 2 hour online training. Election judges may serve all day (approximately 6 am – close) or a half day shift (6am – 2 pm or 2 pm – close). If interested, go to the City’s website at ci.northfield.mn.us
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