FARM RUNOFF FUNDING

A program that aims to protect Minnesota waterways from farm runoff has received another round of federal funding. This means $9 million for the state to use to reward farmers for implementing practices that prevent water pollution. Leif Fixen, agriculture strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota calls it a good road map for those who want reduce their environmental impact….

Those practices include using cover crops and buffer zones, and managing the nutrients or fertilizers used on farmland.

HERE COMES ANNIE!

The musical “Annie,” based on the syndicated comic strip by Harold Gray, will come alive when Bemidji Community Theater actors step on stage at the historic Chief Theatre Nov. 15-17 and Nov, 22-24. A cast of 48 will bring the show to life. “Annie” won seven Tony Awards. Tickets may be purchased at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry or Iverson Corner Drug or at the Box Office pending availability. Admission is $6 for children under 18, $12 for seniors (62 and over) and $15 for adults. Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24.

2 VEHICLE CRASH LEAVES ONE PERSON INJURED

A two-vehicle accident Friday night around 11:30 on US Highway 2 left one person with minor injuries. Police say 26 year old Tiara Goodwin of Bagley rear-ended another vehicle driven by 67-year-old Kathleen Current of Bemidji just west of the Bemidji Regional Airport. Neither Current or her passenger, 19-year-old Renae Current of Wilton, were injured. Goodwin was taken to Sanford Bemidji with non-life-threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol says alcohol was not a factor, and everyone was wearing seat belts. It is believed that snow and/or ice contributed to the crash.

A BAD YEAR FOR CORN

The corn harvest is coming in slower this year, and ag experts say it’s all due to difficult harvest conditions. In some places, stalks are in standing water about knee-high, with high water all too common throughout the region. Some farmers estimate that only 10% of the corn has been combined. For instance, by this time most years, many plants have full bins and another 1 million to 2.5 million bushels of corn in bunkers. This year, only about a fourth of the bins are filled. It’s not just the fields either… Prairie roads are slick, muddy, and in some cases, nearly impassable.

DEER HUNTERS OFF TO A GOOD START

The fresh coating of new snow was nice, making everything in the woods seem a little less brown, making a brown deer just a little easier to see for hunters. And the 25-degree temperature seemed almost balmy. Hunters returned to the woods Saturday morning, after a 349-day wait. Tens of thousands of Minnesotans were out Saturday, on opening day of the firearms deer season. Many have already reported success.

WREATH MAKING TAUGHT AT BEMIDJI STATE PARK

If you’ve never made your own evergreen wreath, here’s an opportunity to learn how—and take yours home! Balsam, pine, and cedar boughs, wreath forms, and wire will be supplied, along with a demonstration, easy instructions, and decorating ideas. Bring your own decorations to Bemidji State Park if you’d like to customize your wreath. The materials fee is $10.00; maximum 20 people. Registration required. Call the park at 218-308-2300 by November 26th to sign up and for more details.

Stalker With Meth

A Worthington man faces stalking and burglary charges. 34 year old Jimmy Solis was arrested over the weekend after being accused of stalking a woman and entering her home through a window. The victim says it is a patterned behavior. Solis and the woman were reportedly acquainted with one another, and she says last Saturday’s incident wasn’t the first of its kind. In fact, over the past couple of months, Solis has visited the victim’s home “almost daily.” When he was booked into jail following his arrest, the staff discovered a bag of methamphetamine when it fell out of his pants. Bail was set at $20,000.

GIGAZONE GAMING CHAMPIONSHIP A HUGE SUCCESS

An estimated crowd of over 4,000 attended the 4th annual GigaZone Gaming Championship on Saturday at the Sanford Center George W. Neilson Convention Center. The event featured free gaming, numerous gaming tournaments, virtual reality, door prizes, and more. The one of a kind regional gaming event showcased Paul Bunyan Communications’ IT and web development team which custom built and integrated much of the online technology and leverages the speed of the GigaZone… one of the largest
rural all-fiber optic Gigabit networks in the country. The entire event was run off a single residential GigaZone Internet connection.   For more information on the GigaZone Gaming Championship visit www.gigazonegaming.com

KEY CLUB HONORED

The Thief River Falls Lincoln High School “Key Club” was honored by Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths for their work to save lives through improved traffic safety. The awards were announced at the statewide TZD conference Oct. 23-24 in St. Cloud.

HY-VEE ROUND UP UNDERWAY

Hy-Vee has announced that it is teaming up with customers for the seventh consecutive year to fundraise for veterans, active-duty military members and their families during its annual Hy-Vee Homefront Round Up event. The fundraiser began on Friday, and runs through November 17th at Hy-Vee’s more than 265 stores across its eight-state region. During the Hy-Vee Homefront Round Up, customers can join Hy-Vee in supporting veterans, active-duty military members and their families by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar, or other amount. Hy-Vee will match customer donations up to $100,000, with all proceeds benefiting Hope for the Warriors, Operation First Response and the American Red Cross.