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Press Release – Vacation Rental Home Regulations

Notice of Amendments to the Vacation Rental Home Regulations in the Lake County Land Use Ordinance #12

Date: May 12, 2023
Contact: Matt Huddleston, County Administrator

On May 9, 2023, The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved by resolution, adoption of amendments to Sec. 27.06 A, Vacation Rental Home Requirements in Lake County Land Use Ordinance #12.  The amendments to the ordinance will go into effect on May 28th when Interim Ordinance No. 19-2, imposing a moratorium on Vacation Rental Homes (VRH) through interim use permits (IUP), expires. 

May 29th is Memorial Day, and Lake County will be closed, therefore, Lake County will begin accepting Interim Use Applications for vacation rental homes on Tuesday May 30th at 8:00am.

Generally, the amended ordinance imposes a cap or limit to the amount of VRHs in residential zoning districts in Unorganized Territory #2, Unorganized Territory #1, Beaver Bay Township, Crystal Bay Township, Silver Creek Township, Stony River Township and Knife River.   Please review all of the ordinance amendments, which will be located at and contact the Lake County Environmental Services Department if you have questions.


Press Release – Snowmobile Fatality

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

North Shore State Trail / Airbase Road, Snowmobile Fatality

March 7, 2023

On 3-04-2023 at 10:58 AM, Lake County Dispatch received a call reporting a snowmobile accident on the CJ Ramstad/North Shore State Trail snowmobile trail crossing on the Airbase Road in Finland.

After being transported by ambulance and rescue to the LifeLink landing zone at the Clair Nelson Center in Finland, the victim, a 52-year old female named Kellie Brickson of Hermantown, was pronounced dead.

Responding to the scene were the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Rescue Squad, Lake County Ambulance and LifeLink air medical


Press Release – Personal Injury Accident

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Hwy 2 / Gun Club Road, Personal Injury Accident

February 13, 2023

On 2-13-2023 at 6:07 AM, Lake County Dispatch received a call about a collision on Highway 2 at the Gun Club Road north of Two Harbors.  The crash involved a semi truck and a passenger vehicle.   The driver of the semi, a 71-year old male, denied medical attention.  The driver of the passenger vehicle, a 54-year old female, was extricated from the vehicle by the Two Harbors Fire Department and transported to St. Luke’s by Lake County Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.  The accident is currently under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the MN State Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Inspector.  The Two Harbors Fire Department, Lake County Rescue Squad, and Lake County Ambulance responded and assisted at the scene.

Press Release – Water Emergency

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

Hudson Lake/Lake Four, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Water Emergency

May 16, 2022

At 1117 hours today, Lake County Dispatch received a call of 2 adults in a canoe paddling on Hudson Lake when their canoe capsized.  Both individuals made it to shore on the portage between Hudson Lake and Lake Four.   Minnesota State Patrol sent out a helicopter to assist with the rescue.

At 1509 hours, MSP helicopter transported one of the parties to the medical staging area on Snowbank Rd.  At 1537 hours, MSP helicopter transported the second party to the medical staging area.

The parties are a 41-year-old male and his 64-year-old father.  Names of the parties were not available at this time nor were their conditions.

County Small Business and Nonprofit Organization Economic Relief Grant Program

The Lake County Board of Commissioners approved another round of Economic Grant Relief to distribute $256,250 of state funding to help small business and nonprofit organizations.

Tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your business or nonprofit organization.

Your organization is invited to submit a grant application; download the document below to learn more about grant eligibility, procedures and guidelines.  

CARES Act Charitable Nonprofit Grants

Lake County has received $1.28 million to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as small businesses, charitable nonprofits, congregate care facilities, health services, local government expenses, and individuals in need.

“Our highest priority is to send the bulk of these funds to our small businesses and non-profits who are hardest hit financially during this crisis, along with our most vulnerable citizens and those who care for them,” according to County Administrator Matt Huddleston. “We’re pleased that up to $850,000 is available directly to our business community.”

Learn more from the documents below or at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s website (updated 10/22).

Press Release – Caribou River Fatality

At approximately 2132 hours on September 7, 2020, Lake County Dispatch received a report of 29 year old man from Rochester who had fallen into the Caribou River and was unresponsive.  It was reported that Daniel Allman had been hiking with a friend when he fell approximately 100 feet from a cliff, landing in the water below.  Allman was removed from the water by his friend.  Lifesaving attempts were performed by the friend, Lake County Rescue Squad and Lake County Ambulance Service.  Allman was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Responding agencies were Lake County Rescue Squad, Lake County Ambulance Service, Cook County Sheriff’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release – Plane Crash on White Iron Lake

8/21/2020 – 2:24PM – The pilot, and only occupant, of the plane has been identified as Dr. Kyle Edlund, of Woodbury Dental Care.  Dr. Edlund was flying a Lance Air 4-seater, single engine N997S. 

Correction: Dr. Edlund was last at his hotel in Ely at 10:15 pm and flew out soon after.

8/21/2020 – 9:00AM – At approximately 2308 hours on 08/20/2020, Lake County Dispatch received a call reporting a possible plane crash on White Iron Lake.  The pilot, and only occupant, left the Ely Airport shortly after 9:00 pm and ended up crashing into White Iron Lake.  The plane was heading towards the Grand Marais/Cook County Airport from the Ely Airport.

Responders found the victim, a 58-year old male from Woodbury, MN, died on impact.

Responding to the scene were the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Rescue Squad, Morse-Fall Lake Fire Department and Ely Ambulance.

This accident is still under investigation.

Lake County Supports Governor’s Mask Mandate

“Lake County is pleased to see the state take leadership on this issue,” said Matthew Huddleston, Lake County Administrator. “Masks are an important way to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect ourselves, families, neighbors and businesses. Businesses need to stay open and we want to see all residents stay healthy.”

Mask Up Minnesota to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Press Release – Truck Fire

On July 12, 2020 at approximately 0838 hours, Lake County Dispatch received a report of a truck on fire on the Prospector UTV trail off the Kawishiwi Trl.  The truck apparently was involved in a crash and struck several trees, causing it to start on fire. It appears to be a full-size Chevrolet extended cab truck. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle perished in the fire. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall are still investigating the accident and fire, trying to determine the owner and occupant of the vehicle. If you have any information related to the accident, either the possible owner of the vehicle or the possible occupant of the vehicle, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. 

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