Wednesday morning got off to an interesting start at the Island Lake Inn Bar and Grill.  Full details are still forthcoming, but an SUV crashed into the side of the building - right through to the bar area.

According to details being shared on Facebook by the bar owners, the St. Louis County Sheriff's department and the Hermantown Fire Department were called out to excavate the vehicle from inside of the business.  Pictures included with the post show the vehicle appeared to have entered the building from the north end.

According to the release from the St. Louis County Sheriff's department, the driver of the vehicle was a 36 year old male from Tower, Minnesota who received "minor injuries and stated he had fallen asleep at the wheel while driving to work".  County Road 4 curves at that point so it appears that the vehicle may have been traveling south when it left the road and plowed straight for the building.  The sheriff's report confirms that alcohol and drug use are not suspected at this time.

The owners quickly posted an update on their Facebook page:

"So, we’ve had an eventful morning at the Island Lake Inn already! Thankfully no one got hurt, not even a scratch!
For this reason we will be closed for the day but we will let you know when we are open for either takeout or for you to come back in to celebrate Independence Day.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers."

From the looks of the damage in the pictures on Facebook, the business will have some clean-up and construction work needed to fix the damage. Take a look at some of the pictures for yourself:

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Located just eleven miles north of the Duluth Airport, the Island Lake Inn Bar and Grill is a popular stop-off destination in the Island Lake, Fish Lake, and Rice Lake Reservoir area.  That particular area is a favorite recreational area for Twin Ports residents to fish, boat, and own cabins.

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