A Seattle teenager is improving from injuries suffered in a crash that killed three fellow Carleton College students Friday.
Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center have upgraded from serious to satisfactory the condition of Conor J. Eckert, 19, of Seattle. The driver, 20-year-old William Sparks of Evanston, Ill., is also listed in satisfactory condition at the same hospital.
Three of their friends died in the crash, including two Minnesotans: James Adams, 20, of St. Paul, and Paxton M. Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater. The five were just leaving the campus in Northfield, heading to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a flight to an ultimate frisbee tournament in California, when they skidded on an icy road and were struck by an oncoming truck.
Funeral services for the two Minnesotans killed will be held Saturday,
Harvieux's memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at Stillwater Junior High School at 523 Marsh Street. Visitation for Adams will be held Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bradshaw Funeral Home at 678 S. Snelling Av. in St. Paul. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Av., St. Paul.
The third member of the team killed, 20-year-old Michael Goodgame, will be buried Thursday in his hometown of Westport, Conn. More information has been posted on a Carleton webpage.
Never mind, for now, a $1.4 million plan to clean up wood chips from an old logging operation and replace them with a new sandy beach on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. City Council members voted 5-2 Monday night against scheduling a May referendum asking residents to pay for the new beach.
According to the Bemidji Pioneer, the vote could delay the project for as much as two years as other funding options are sought.
The driver of the vehicle involved in Friday’s deadly crash near Carleton College in Northfield remained hospitalized Monday. Three fellow students were killed and a fourth friend was seriously injured when their Toyota 4Runner spun out on an icy road and slammed into an oncoming truck.
Hennepin County Medical Center officials said driver Williams Sparks, 20, of Evanston, Ill., was in satisfactory condition while Conor J. Eckert, 19, of Seattle, remained in serious condition. Killed in the crash were James Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton M. Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.
The families of the injured young men released the following statement through the hospital: “We want to thank the many people, especially the Carleton College staff and students, who have been so supportive to us during this difficult time. James, Paxton and Michael were dear friends to Conor and William. They were outstanding, remarkable young men who made this world a better place. Please keep their families and friends in your prayers.”
Visitation for Adams will be held Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bradshaw Funeral Home at 678 S. Snelling Av. in St. Paul. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Av., in St. Paul.
“James had a sparkle in his eye, an ever-present smile, and an infectious laugh,” according to an obituary on the funeral home’s website. “He was always a leader, making and welcoming new friends into his communities.
“His determination to succeed on the playing field and in the classroom was matched only by the compassion he showed toward others who might have felt left out. His death leaves a huge void in the lives of both his family and his many friends.”
Funeral arrangements for Harvieux were pending. A memorial service for Goodgame will be held on Thursday in Westport, Conn.
Before we paint with numbers the economic spinoff generated by Minnesota's National Parks, how 'bout a trivia question?
Can you name Minnesota's four National Parks or Monuments or Recreation Areas?
If you rattled off Grant Portage National Monument up on Lake Superior's North Shore, Miississippi National River and Recreation Area in St. Paul and Bloomington, Pipestone National Monument and Voyageurs National Park near International Falls, well done.
The report, which can be found here, said in 2012 just more than 600,000 visitors stopped at the four Minnesota sites, supporting 500 jobs and spending more than $34 million. According to the report, spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery stores and convenience shops (39 percent), hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts (27 percent) and other amusement and recreation venues (20 percent).
"The national parks of Minnesota attract visitors from across the country and around the world and provide premiere historical, cultural, natural, and recreational experiences,” said National Park Service Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds in a news release. “This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy -- returning $10 for every $1 invested -- and funding generated by national parks has a swift and direct positive impact on local economies in Minnesota as well.”
The Bemidji City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday night and might put a lake cleanup referendum on the ballot, sending voters to the polls six months before the usual autumn elections.
A survey a few months ago showed 51 percent of respondents wanted the to city clean up industrial byproducts on the south side of Lake Bemidji left from wood processing plants that once stood in the area.
The city has a May 21 deadline to select bids so one option to fund the $1.4 million cleanup would be a bond referendum, according to the Bemidji Pioneer.
Another option, if the special election idea fails, would be to seek state Legacy Amendment funding.