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Area musician, Pribyl, dies in early morning crash

On Saturday, August 23, at 5:49 a.m. the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle fatality on CR 1 west of Fifty Lakes in Northern Crow Wing County.

The driver, John Pribyl, 52, of Fifty Lakes was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

Pribyl, who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, was the only occupant at the time of the crash. Pribyl’s body has been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the MN State Patrol. Also assisting at the scene was the Fifty Lakes and Crosslake Fire Departments.

A memorial service for John Pribyl will be held 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday at the Deerwood Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Any musician that would like to share their music, is invited to do so at the auditorium on Friday.

In search of nature’s undertakers

By Harland Hiemstra, DNR Information Officer

Chris Smith is on a hunt for buried treasure.

A short hike off a road in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, near Zimmerman, he drops to his knees next to a hole in the ground that’s been covered with chicken wire, plywood, and .... [MORE]

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