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Pine County crash sends Braham woman to the hospital, and more news




A 33-year-old Braham woman was sent to the hospital on Wednesday following a head-on collision with a dump truck on Highway 70.


According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Ford Focus driven by the woman was traveling east on Highway 70 toward I-35 when it drifted into the westbound lane and struck the dump truck.


The dump truck was reportedly driven by a 70-year-old from Milaca, who was not injured in the crash.


The Braham woman was taken to the Cambridge hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.


The Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Pine City Fire Department, and MnDOT assisted with the crash.


Braham City Council nixes 2023 Fourth of July fireworks display


The Braham City Council voted to cancel a Fourth of July fireworks display for 2023 during a meeting on Tuesday.


Fire Chief Ross Benzen said he didn’t want the fireworks purchase to come from the fire department’s budget as it typically has due to budget constraints.


The 2022 fireworks display cost the city $3,500, with $600 in liability insurance. Donations offset $2,850 of those expenses.


Benzen said the same price tag might get Braham 10 minutes worth of fireworks in 2023.


"We love doing fireworks," Benzen said. "Fireworks are a fun thing for us to do and we like to be able to put that on for the community. Everything goes up; inflation goes up, and so if you're talking about putting money towards it, $3,500 might get you 10 minutes of fireworks."


The city will have to put on a fireworks display in 2024 to retain a state license. The council will begin seeking donations for a show early next year.


Kanabec County seeks input on hazard mitigation plan


Kanabec County is seeking input from the public as it updates its hazard mitigation plan.


The plan assesses the natural hazards posing risks to the county and identifies ways to minimize the damage of severe natural events.


Comments or concerns regarding the plan can be submitted to Kanabec County Emergency Management by phone, email, or social media.


A draft of the updated plan will be made available for public review before it’s submitted to the state.


Counties are required to update their plan every five years to stay eligible for certain FEMA grant programs.

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