I consistently write about how fortunate we are to live in the area we live in. We have the wonderful change of seasons, our beautiful lakes, rivers and woods and we have some of the most giving and caring people in the world in our own backyard. As we enter into this great season, I thought it would be a good idea for a reminder regarding our safety and the safety of others. In any given shift, Crow Wing County 911 operators are very busy.
With holidays quickly upon us, many of us find ourselves traveling to see our family and friends in other areas of the state and out of state as well. As we enter into this wonderful time of year, I thought it would be a good idea for all of us to remember some simple, but helpful tips to keep us safe in our home and while making online purchases. Home Safety Ideas • Use a deadbolt locking mechanism for the doors and don't forget about the door entering the garage. Use a piece of wood on the track of a sliding glass door to decrease access. • Consider an alarm system and use it.
Remember these 10 simple steps in an effort to stay safe on the road. • Plan your route. Know where you’re going ahead of time. Tune into local media to keep well informed about weather, road conditions or traffic activity. Allow for frequent rest stops every few hours in an effort to keep you mind sharp and avoid becoming sleepy while behind the wheel.
I’ve often talked about how fortunate we are to be able to live and raise our families in this area. The abundance of lakes and water related activities we have are endless and makes it very special when it comes to enjoying our different seasons. Being an avid fisherman, I truly enjoy not only summer fishing, but enjoy getting out on our lakes during the winter, sitting in an ice house and attempting to catch some fish. The problem we see year after year, is the patience of people waiting for the ice to become thick enough to venture out.
As we approach the 2013 firearms deer season, outdoor safety comes to mind. There are few tips that we to need to remember each year to remain safe in the woods, and while we are out and about in areas that potentially contain hunters.
Motorcycles have been a big part of my life for many years. Raised on a small mini bike at the age of 5, I eventually graduated to a smaller dirt bike, a larger dirt bike, smaller road bikes and currently ride a large touring motorcycle. My love for these machines has never been stronger and find myself wanting to ride mine as much as I can. I have a large amount of saddle time on my bike and would hope I have a certain set of skills to ride and certain attributes necessary to ride at this time in my life, which is over the age of 45.
As I’ve mentioned several times before, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been born and raised in Crow Wing County. I was brought up in a family that loves nature and I’ve enjoyed all that we have to offer here in the lakes area. Whether it is hunting, fishing, trapping or boating I’ve truly enjoyed what we have and look forward to the next season that Minnesota will throw at us.
Rural communities have their own unique crime problems — theft of crops, timber, livestock and expensive farm equipment. People who vandalize do more than break mailboxes, they can destroy crops and fields as well. Crimes such as burglary, rape, assault and auto theft also happen in our rural areas and I would ask that you keep an eye out for things that seem unusual as well as these helpful tips: Check the Doors and Locks Make sure outside doors — in your home and outbuildings — are solid wood or metal and have dead bolt locks.
Recently Social Security recipients have found that their direct deposit has been redirected to another bank account. Investigators looked into the matter and found that the money was redirected to a prepaid credit card which subsequently linked to an Internet routing address in Jamaica.
Minor adjustments to our vehicle may help us all By TODD DAHL Crow Wing County Sheriff