The Sartell, Minn. based company, however, has faced allegations of failing to provide adequate care to inmates, including 27-year-old Hardel Sherrell, who died in 2018 in the Beltrami County jail in Bemidji after his pleas for help were ignored by jail and medical staff.
Christopher Jerome Endicott, 53, who was sentenced in 2019 to eight years in prison for identity theft, stalking and burglary, was found unresponsive in his cell in the Brainerd jail. Lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.
Pat Gaertner is one of more than 40 Crow Wing County residents who’ve successfully earned veteran or survivor benefits through an expansion of eligibility due to exposure to the tactical herbicide Agent Orange, granted in the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.
The manager of emergency and ambulance services at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center doesn’t want to rely so heavily on luck and good Samaritans to provide medical care to cyclists using the trail system, should they need it. He said from the time his crew received the call for service until they loaded the injured cyclist to be airlifted, three hours passed.
Crow Wing County's public health head said community cooperation with mitigation efforts and vaccinations in necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the lakes area — and vaccine misinformation is driving some people's resistance to getting inoculated.
The trail would connect the communities of Wahkon, Isle, Malmo, Garrison and Vineland. Along the way, paddlers could explore numerous bays, islands, wildlife sanctuaries, state parks and undisturbed public beaches.
A spokesperson with the Iowa National Guard disputed Brig. Gen. Kruse's description of events, saying there were just 15 COVID-19-positive soldiers sent back to Iowa from Minnesota during the June training.