• Lake storm wreaks havoc in Twin Ports

A Duluth firefighter and a utility worker check out the damage caused by a large maple that fell across Wicklow Street in Lincoln Park Monday afternoon, hitting a house and its gas meter, causing a gas leak. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com
A Duluth firefighter and a utility worker check out the damage caused by a large maple that fell across Wicklow Street in Lincoln Park Monday afternoon, hitting a house and its gas meter, causing a gas leak. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

A vigorous lake storm brought close to 2 inches of rain and wind gusts as high as 74 mph to the Twin Ports on Monday, leaving trees down, flooding near Lake Superior and thousands of businesses and residents without power.

Access to Duluth's Park Point neighborhood was limited to only emergency vehicles for about an hour Monday evening as city officials determined water levels were too deep on both sides of the bridge for safe travel. Residents in the neighborhood were asked to stay home, and those wanting to return home were told to wait.

"The Park Point residents who are not home, please be patient and allow water levels to decrease," public information officer Kate Van Daele wrote in a news release shortly after 6 p.m.

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The action was rescinded at 7 p.m. as water levels receded quickly, said Lieut. Ken Zwak of the Duluth Police Department during an after-hours news conference.

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• Bar in Chamberlain, SD, destroyed from fire

A firefighter with the Chamberlain-Oacoma Volunteer Fire Department hoses down the Silver Dollar Bar on Monday afternoon on Chamberlain's Main Street. Sam Fosness / Republic
A firefighter with the Chamberlain-Oacoma Volunteer Fire Department hoses down the Silver Dollar Bar on Monday afternoon on Chamberlain's Main Street. Sam Fosness / Republic

The community of Chamberlain, S.D., lost a big piece of the town's history on Monday, after a popular downtown bar was destroyed in a morning fire.

The Silver Dollar Bar, which is inside a building that dates back more than 90 years, was engulfed by flames shortly after 9 a.m. Monday at its 206 N. Main St. location. Firefighters from the Chamberlain-Oacoma Fire Department were working the scene for more than five hours, battling flames that were nearly 30 feet high.

"A lot of memories took place inside that bar, and it was a landmark in this town," said Jennifer Reindl, a longtime Chamberlain resident, who is the sister of the Silver Dollar bar owner. "It's a big part of downtown."

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• DEA drug takeback includes vaping materials for first time

For the first time, vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted at drop-off sites participating in the DEA's national prescription drug takeback event Saturday.

With rising national concern over vaping-related illnesses and deaths, vaping devices have been added to the collection list for the national drug prescription takeback event being held Saturday in Willmar and other participating sites around the region.

The takeback, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is held nationwide twice a year to allow the public to dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications safely, anonymously and at no cost.

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• Highway 210 sign honors fallen trooper

Nearly 60 years after his death from a traffic crash while on duty, Brainerd State Trooper Ray Krueger was honored with a portion of Highway 210 west of Baxter named for him Monday, Oct. 21. Friends and family gathered at the Brainerd district headquarters of the Minnesota State Patrol before the dedication and ribbon-cutting at the site of one of the signs honoring the fallen trooper. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Nearly 60 years after his death from a traffic crash while on duty, Brainerd State Trooper Ray Krueger was honored with a portion of Highway 210 west of Baxter named for him Monday, Oct. 21. Friends and family gathered at the Brainerd district headquarters of the Minnesota State Patrol before the dedication and ribbon-cutting at the site of one of the signs honoring the fallen trooper. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Krueger, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper, died Nov. 20, 1959, while on duty as a result of injuries in a crash along Highway 210, west of Brainerd in Cass County. Krueger left behind his wife, Alyce, to raise five children -- ages 17, 15, 7, 5 and 2 at the time of his death -- on a $120 per month pension.

Ray Krueger’s family and fellow Minnesota State Patrol troopers will never forget the sacrifices the 47-year-old man made nearly 60 years ago.

And now anyone traveling on a 15-mile stretch of Highway 210 between Baxter and Motley will never forget, either, as this portion of the highway was dedicated as the “State Trooper Ray Krueger Memorial Highway.”

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