Sheriff: Tree used to block the highway. 61 to keep visitors out of Cook County

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If a tree falls on a road, will it stop the spread of COVID-19?

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office says don’t try to find out.

Early Monday morning, a large tree was found blocking the two lanes of the highway. 61 near the Cook County line on the north shore and “was intentionally cut for this purpose”.

“This action is believed to have been taken in response to the influx of visitors to our area and concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in Cook County,” said the sheriff’s office.

Cook County, home to Lutsen, Grand Marais and Grand Portage in the northeast corner of the state, was one of the last two counties in Minnesota to report cases until this week. of COVID-19. (The other is Lake of the Woods.) That changed on Wednesday afternoon when health officials from Cook County reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county.

The infected person was identified as a county resident man in his thirties.

As for the tree, Sheriff Pat Eliasen said the waterfall was “reckless, dangerous and unjustified.”

“If there was medical transportation to Duluth which was a matter of life and death and the ambulance could not continue due to this irresponsible behavior, the cost is much higher than doing this type of statement, “he wrote on Facebook. “Not only does this endanger motorists, but there is also a significant cost to taxpayers for the removal of the tree. “

Minnesota Department of Transportation teams have been called in to transport the tree.

Anyone with information about the potential viral barrier is invited to call the sheriff at 1-218-387-3030 or send an email to [email protected]

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