Car-train crash, driver OK

A driver escaped injury March 12 when a car stuck on the railroad tracks in Pillager was struck by a BNSF train.

At 11:40 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a vehicle stuck on the railroad tracks. Authorities tried to summon help for the driver and alert BNSF, but ran out of time. The driver was able to get out of her vehicle as the train approached, but the train hit the car. A towing company was called to remove the car from the tracks. (Brainerd Dispatch)

Loon sculpture a no-go

A loon sculpture proposed for the corner of Hwy. 71 and 34 in Park Rapids is no longer in the works. Park Rapids City Planner Andrew Mack reported March 4 that  site developer Arch Simonson said the proposed site will not have room for safe installation and proper viewing by visitors. Mack also noted Simonson was unable to come to an agreement with neighboring property owners on a sale price for their homes which, if added to the development, would have made room for the sculpture.

The sculpture would have cost about $150,000.  Rezoning of the .32 acre parcel has been requested from single family residential to highway business. (Park Rapids Enterprise)

Robotics Team heads to world competition in Detroit

The Nevis Robotics Team 3102, Tech-No-Tigers, which also includes members from Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School, is headed to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Championship world competition in Detroit April 24-27.

The team earned a spot at the world competition with their win the weekend of March 8-10 at the Lake Superior Regional that included 63 teams. About 40 people, including mentors, made the trip to Duluth. Family members came to cheer on the team.

Even though the team has qualified for worlds, their next event is the 10,000 Lakes Regionals in Minneapolis at the end of March. If the team wins again, they will generate a “wild card” so another top-ranked team in the region can go to worlds. (Park Rapids Enterprise)

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