Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Sunday, September 5th 2021 at 5:43 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV crash with injuries in Unorganized Township, rural Bena, MN and south of Lake Winnibigoshish in the Chippewa National Forest. Deputies arrived and found that a Polaris 850 ATV had been travelling on a forest trail and lost control, possibly from a mechanical issue with the machine, rolling over. Emergency aid was immediately rendered with the assistance of bystanders and off duty nurses.  The driver, Parker Marti, age 23 of Alexandria, MN, was treated on scene, transported to a nearby ambulance and then transported via helicopter to a Duluth, MN hospital with serious injuries. A female passenger, Brandi Wilson, age 23 of Alexandria, was also treated on scene and transported to a Bemidji, MN hospital with injuries. The crash remains under investigation. 

   Assisting at the scene were the Leech Lake Ambulance Service, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Cass Lake Fire Department and North Memorial Air Care.