Police investigate 3-car crash

FAIRMONT — Fairmont police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews were dispatched Thursday to a report of a three-vehicle accident involving a semi-trailer truck at the intersection of Lake Avenue and County Road 39.

According to Police Chief Michael Hunter:

Upon arrival, officers located two people involved in the accident who were injured. A 26-year-old male was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont, then airlifted to Mayo in Rochester. An update on his condition was not available. A 28-year-old female was transported by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont. She was treated and released Thursday evening.

Initial information from the investigation indicates a vehicle was southbound on County Road 39 at a high rate of speed near the railroad crossing and side-swiped a vehicle traveling in the same direction. The first vehicle continued south on County Road 39 and struck a another vehicle stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of County Road 39 and Lake Avenue, pushing that vehicle into the trailer of a semi that was eastbound on Lake Avenue and turning to go north on County Road 39. The first vehicle then spun into the ditch after striking the semi-trailer.

The incident remains under investigation.

Fairmont Legion awards scholarships

FAIRMONT — Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Auxiliary of Fairmont are awarding $10,000 in scholarships to 10 high school graduates in Martin County for post-secondary education.

The following high school seniors each will receive a $1,000 scholarship: Joseph Gerken, Fairmont; Eric Head, Fairmont; Alexis Lynn, Fairmont; Anthony Nuss, Fairmont; Daniel Reiter, Fairmont; Anna Schulte, Fairmont; Lauren Scott, Fairmont; Whitney Scott, Fairmont; Rachel Stauter, Welcome; Abigail Tonder, Fairmont.

Researchers studying virus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a virus appears to be the cause of a polio-like illness that caused paralyzing symptoms in some Minnesota children last fall, including one girl who remains hospitalized after losing all motor function.

The researchers say they found Enterovirus-D68 in the spinal fluid of one of six children who suffered acute flaccid myelitis, a mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness. Minnesota had 10 of the 228 confirmed AFM cases in 2018.