• Woman hurt in tractor-trailer crash

A Life Link III helicopter landed on County Road 16 in response to a crash in Millerville Township near Pine Ridge Golf Course. Photo / Ross Evavold - Echo Press
A Life Link III helicopter landed on County Road 16 in response to a crash in Millerville Township near Pine Ridge Golf Course. Photo / Ross Evavold - Echo Press


An Otsego woman was seriously injured Thursday in Millerville Township in a collision with a tractor trailer.

Lisa Mueller, 55, was extricated from her sport utility vehicle and airlifted by Life Link III to St. Cloud Hospital, where she was in critical condition as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

The crash occurred at the intersection of County Road 5 and County Road 16, near Pine Ridge Golf Course, at about 11:30 a.m.

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According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the initial investigation determined that a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Mueller was southbound on County Road 16 when it went through the stop sign at County Road 5 and struck a tractor-trailer combination.

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• Sanford doctors telling patients to stop vaping

E-cigarettes are devices that typically deliver nicotine, flavorings and other additives to users via an inhaled aerosol. Photo / Forum News Service
E-cigarettes are devices that typically deliver nicotine, flavorings and other additives to users via an inhaled aerosol. Photo / Forum News Service

If you're a patient at a Sanford Health facility and you smoke e-cigarettes, your doctor has something to tell you: stop.

Sanford's chief medical officer, Dr. Allison Suttle, sent a directive to all Sanford physicians Wednesday afternoon, calling on them to help curb a nationwide outbreak of a severe lung illness linked to use of e-cigarettes, or the practice of vaping. The outbreak has sickened more than 500 and killed seven, the Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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• Zebra mussels in Eagle Lake

A zebra mussel.   Forum News Service file photo
A zebra mussel. Forum News Service file photo

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed multiple adult and juvenile zebra mussels in Eagle Lake in Otter Tail County.

A lake property owner removing equipment from the lake for the season contacted the DNR after finding what were confirmed to be adult zebra mussels on a dock and related equipment being removed for the season. DNR staff conducted equipment searches and found seven juvenile zebra mussels in a second area of the lake, about three-quarters of a mile from the location of the original report.

Lake property owners should carefully check boats and trailers, docks and lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage.

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• Douglas County's windmill tours

Jim Pellman, of the Old Brule Heritage Society, points out a part to the blade during a tour of the Davidson windmill on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Photo / Jed Carlson - jcarlson@superiortelegram.com
Jim Pellman, of the Old Brule Heritage Society, points out a part to the blade during a tour of the Davidson windmill on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Photo / Jed Carlson - jcarlson@superiortelegram.com

The Davidson windmill, located along Wisconsin Highway 13, about a 10-minute drive from Superior, is ready for its closeup.

Members of the Old-Brule Heritage Society will hold free tours of the town of Lakeside site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. It will also be open for tours during Bayfield Apple Festival Oct. 4-6.

Built by Jacob Tapola Davidson, a Finnish immigrant, it ground grain into animal feed and flour for local farmers from 1904-1926. Its octagonal shape was inspired by a coffee pot that sat on the wood-burning range in his kitchen, according to Davidson’s grandson, Gene. Neighbors pitched in to help with construction, which began in 1900.

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