FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN MINNESOTA RECOGNIZED AS LEADERS

Some Minnesota farmers and ranchers have asked Congressman Collin Peterson to defend the nationwide Conservation Stewardship Program. According to Ben Anderson with Minnesota’s Stewardship Project, the program encourages farming practices such as conservation tillage, multi-species cover cropping, mob grazing and frequent rotations….

Minnesota farmers and ranchers are recognized as leaders in the number of contracts held and acres enrolled in the conservation program. Continued funding is already included in the Senate version of the bill.

“SCAM JAM” EVENT TODAY

Consumer groups in Minnesota continue their efforts to protect older adults from fraud and identity theft. At a “Scam Jam” event today (Friday) in Cambridge, A-A-R-P Minnesota and the Better Business Bureau teamed up to educate seniors, family members and caregivers about the most common scams and how to avoid them. Jay Haapala is with A-A-R-P Minnesota….

More information is available online at ‘AARP.org/fraud' and ‘BBB.org/scamtracker.

BBB… “BEWARE THE FUN RUNS!”

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is advising people to be cautious when signing up for themed races, also known as “fun runs.” They say, while most go off without a hitch, but a handful have been rescheduled, postponed or even canceled. The problem is that often, when you sign up, there are no refunds or there’s a no-refund policy. They suggest checking bbb.org and looking at customer reviews. Ddon’t be fooled by a fancy website. Confirm with the local venue that the event is on, and pay by credit card.

MURPHY ENDORSES SINGLE PAYER PLAN – JOHNSON WARNS IT COULD BE FATAL

DFL-endorsed candidate for governor Erin Murphy rolled out a plan on Tuesday for single-payer health coverage in Minnesota, and eliminating H-M-Os. Murphy proposes the state contract directly with medical providers…

But Republican-endorsed candidate for governor Jeff Johnson warns with state-run single-payer, “You probably lose your doctor. You probably lose your hospital. Your wait times are gonna increase, and a bureaucrat is gonna decide whether you get coverage or not.

BEMIDJI SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER FOOD

Bemidji Area Schools are offering a free food program this summer, sponsored by the USDA. It’s available to all kids from any area (not just Bemidji) who are 18 and under. Breakfast is served at 7:30am at Bemidji Middle School, Bemidji High School, Central Elementary School, and Lincoln Elementary School. Lunch is then served at the same locations starting at 10:30. Parents are also invited, but they’re asked to pay for their meal… $4 for lunch and $3 for breakfast. The food service program will end on July 27th.

2 MOTORCYCLISTS KILLED… 2 OTHERS INJURED IN CRASH

Two motorcyclists were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash Saturday on Highway 23. The Minnesota State Patrol says 44-year-old Michelle Young and 42-year-old James Young – both of St. Cloud – died after their motorcycles collided with a car that turned in front of them. The driver of a third motorcycle purposely laid it down to avoid a crash. A 61-year-old man and his passenger on that motorcycle, were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The driver and a passener in the car weren’t hurt.

GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

Governor Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in much of our area, following the devastating storms that have rolled through the area. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joe Kelly…

E-COLI OUTBREAK IN MINNESOTA

The state Health Department says this summer has brought a typical number of e-coli advisories at beaches along Minnesota’s North Shore. Monitoring program coordinator Cindy Hakala…

There’s a hotline to report suspected water-borne illness at 877-366-3455

TURNS OUT, IT WAS A TORNADO

IT’s now official… Acording to the experts, it was a tornado with 90 to 100 mph winds, that touched down in Bemidji. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks and Beltrami County Emergency Management conducted a damage assessment on Wednesday afternoon to confirm the strength of the storm. They now say it was an EF1 tornado that caused severe damage in the Bemidji area. Trees and power lines were downed, trees were on houses, cars, and roads. No injuries were reported. Wednesday’s tornado is the fourth significant severe weather incident to impact Beltrami County in the past six days.

MINNESOTA CLEANS UP AFTER STORMS

People in much of Minnesota spent the Fourth of July filling sandbags and coping with flood water. More than eight inches of rain reportedly fell in Murray County, where the ground was already saturated and the lakes were full. Murray County spokesperson Cristy Riley said summer recreation is taking a big hit….