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Local news briefs- May 22

Accident injures three  Brainerd women Thursday

BAXTER — Three young Brainerd women were injured after a two-vehicle accident Thursday at the intersection of Golf Course Drive and Clearwater Road in Baxter, reported the Baxter Police Department.

One of the vehicles was driven by Samantha Blahut, 16, who was injured and taken to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center. The hospital had no information on Blahut’s condition on Friday.

The other driver, Cynthia Hanson, 22, and her passenger, Cassandra Skillings, 22, also were injured and taken to St. Joseph’s. No information was available on Hanson’s condition and Skillings was treated and released.

Name released of man killed in head-on collision

ONAMIA — The 72-year-old Lino Lakes man who was killed Thursday in a head-on collision on U.S. 169 in Mille Lacs County was identified Friday as William Kolby, the State Patrol reported.

The collision, reported at 11:48 a.m., happened on the 20000 block of Highway 169 near Mille Lacs County Road 16, just north of Milaca.

One vehicle, driven by Ronald Lee, 61, Coon Rapids, was driving in the wrong lanes of traffic on 169 — southbound in the northbound lanes — when he collided with a northbound vehicle. Lee was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where Friday he was still reported in critical condition.

Baxter businesses pass compliance check

BAXTER — Baxter Police chief Jim Exsted Thursday announced the results of the alcohol compliance checks conducted in Baxter that show that 100 percent of alcohol retailers refused a sale to someone under the age of 21.

Out of 21 checks completed, 21 retailed passed. Checks were conducted with both on-sale and off-sale establishments from May 6-11.

“We are extremely excited to have reached the 100 percent mark in compliance,” Exsted said in a news release. “That is our ultimate goal. Both the community and the department can be confident our local businesses are doing their part in reducing underage drinking.”

Local law enforcement conducted the compliance checks with funding from the Minnesota Institute of Public Health through the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program of Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Another round of checks is scheduled to be conducted in the fall.

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