Island Lake Inn reopens days after car crashes into building

Sheriff: Driver fell asleep at wheel just before crashing through Island Lake Inn
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 10:23 AM CDT
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4 P.M. FRIDAY UPDATE-- The Island Lake Inn is back open Friday after a car slammed into their building.

Authorities say a driver fell asleep at the wheel Wednesday morning and crashed into the side of the building, damaging the restaurant’s bar and bathrooms along the way.

Luckily, no one was hurt but there was a lot of clean-up to do to get back open in time for the busy 4th of July weekend.

Community members showed up to help and the restaurant was able to reopen Friday afternoon.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said the driver had minor injuries, and did not need any medical treatment.

DULUTH, MN -- Authorities say a man fell asleep at the wheel just before crashing into the Island Lake Inn Wednesday morning.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the 36-year-old from Tower was heading to work in Duluth around 6:50 a.m. when he crashed through the building on Rice Lake Road and into the bar area.

He had minor injuries, but did not need any medical treatment.

Authorities say there were no signs of impairment and the driver was wearing his seatbelt.

The Island Lake Inn saw damage, although authorities have not put a price tag on the repairs.

Representatives from the Inn say they will be closed Wednesday while they and community volunteers clean up.

“We will let you know when we are open for either takeout or for you to come back in to celebrate Independence Day,” they wrote on Facebook.

We’ll hear from them and the community who showed up to help, tonight on the news at 5 and 6 p.m.

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