MnDOT Awarded Nationally

The Minnesota Department of Transportation was recognized Wednesday for its “Implementation of Data Driven Safety Solutions” program to reduce fatal crashes on county roads. Minnesota was one of nine states to receive the 2017 National Roadway Safety Award from the Federal Highway Administration.

Maplewood Man Must Move

After 20 years of complaints, police calls and code violations, Gilbert Mancheski of Maplewood Minnesota will have to sell his home and leave the city forever. The city sued Mancheski in August, and the court ruled in its favor Monday. Closing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

GBED Hosts Meeting Tuesday

Greater Bemidji Economic Development will host a public meeting at the downtown Mayflower Building next week to provide information on a proposed wellness complex and Amateur Sports Commission. The event is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21st.

MDH Safe Harbor Program

The Minnesota Department of Health announced the release of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s evaluation of the Safe Harbor Program for sexually trafficked youth on Facebook at 11 a.m. today. MDH will also release new community protocols for preventing sex trafficking. Learn more at; health.state.mn.us.

DWI Arrest in Bemidji Thursday

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputies report that at around 10:52pm Thursday, 44-year-old Robert Hanson was arrested for driving while Intoxicated in the area of Aspen Avenue NW in Bemidji. No additional information about Hanson’s status was readily available.

Gull River Bank Stabilization

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, reports they’ve started working on a bank stabilization repair project along the Gull River near the Corps’ Gull Lake Dam, near Brainerd today. A crew out of Fountain City, Wisconsin, is performing repairs, and should be completed by early December.

Peterson on GOP Tax Bill

Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson commented on House passage of the Republican tax bill, saying that while he supports lowering the corporate tax rate, cutting health care and increasing the deficit by one-and-a-half trillion dollars is not fair and not needed.

Three Charged in Drug Deal Murder

Authorities say a botched drug deal led to the hit-and-run death of 17-year-old Tristan Robinson in Andover, north of the Twin Cities, last Friday night. Teenagers Jaden Meadows, Daveion Maddox and Loren Gafner arranged to buy marijuana from Robinson, then fatally struck him with a car. Each faces one count of second-degree murder.

Beltrami Commissioners Meet Nov. 21

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, November 21st to interview County Attorney candidates Katie Nolting at 3pm and Clifford Wardlaw at 4pm in the Commissioner’s Conference Room at 701 Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji.

NTC Counselors Meeting

On Thursday, approximately three dozen primary and secondary school counselors heard about north-central Minnesota’s skills gap and how technical education can help close that gap at a meeting of the Northwest Regional Counselors Association at Northwest Technical College.