• Woman hurt in tractor-trailer crash
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.
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.
• Sanford doctors telling patients to stop vaping
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.
• Zebra mussels in Eagle Lake
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.
• Douglas County's windmill tours
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.