Echo Press staff
Schools closed/delayed on Friday, Feb. 8 due to the weather: Alexandria - closed Minnewaska - closed Osakis - closed Brandon-Evansville - delayed two hours Parkers Prairie - delayed two hours West Central Area - delayed two hours Alexandria Technical and Community College - opens at 10 a.m.
Several area school districts decided Wednesday to make it three consecutive days of school closings. With temperatures expected to sink to 32 below zero Wednesday night, and remain below zero Thursday with wind chills as low as 48 below, area schools opted to either close school or delay its start by two hours. In the closing category are Alexandria, Osakis, Brandon-Evansville and Minnewaska school districts. On Thursday morning, West Central Area Schools said it was also closing. It will be the third straight day those schools have been closed.
There's cold, and then there's record cold. With wind chills forecast to go as low as -55 Tuesday, and air temperatures not expected to rise much above 20 below until Thursday, the Alexandria School District has closed school for both Tuesday and Wednesday. Also deciding Monday to close schools for the next two days are Brandon-Evansville, Osakis, Minnewaska, West Central Area and Parkers Prairie.
Several area school districts – including Alexandria, Osakis and Brandon-Evansville – have decided to close school for the day Monday due to poor road conditions.
A no-travel advisory has now been lifted for all state highways in west-central Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation had issued a no-travel advisory around midnight for several state highway segments in the region, due to a mix of snow and ice.
Two people were taken to Alomere Health in Alexandria as a result of a sport utility vehicle-semi truck crash near the Osakis exit on Interstate 94 Saturday morning. The crash, one of several reported in the region during the morning related to icy conditions caused by a small amount of snow and in some cases freezing rain, was reported at 10:33 a.m. on Highway 27 at I-94 in Orange Township.
A homeowner in Orange Township heard a "loud boom" prior to discovering his garage was on fire Wednesday night in Orange Township. Charles Maher was inside his residence at approximately 6:20 p.m. when he heard the noise. When he looked outside, he spotted flames coming from a detached garage on his property. The Osakis Fire Department responded to the fire at 7131 County Road 3 SE and put out the fire. The garage was deemed a total loss, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, and the cause of the fire is unknown. No foul play is suspected.
One person was ejected from their vehicle and three people were injured Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash just east of Alexandria. The crash occurred at the intersection of County Road 82 and East Lake Victoria Road SE, and was reported at 6:55 p.m. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which responded to the crash:
A Sauk Centre man was killed in a one-car crash in Todd County Tuesday night. Allen J. Pagel, 72, died when the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche he was driving north of Sauk Centre went off the road and struck several trees, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash was reported at 8:51 p.m. July 3 in Kandota Township. Pagel was traveling south on Highway 71.