PAID FAMILY LEAVE BILL APPROVED TO HELP MINNESOTANS HAVE GREATER ECONOMIC SECURITY

The Paid Family Leave bill was approved in the Judiciary Finance & Civil Law Division. Chief author, Rep. Laurie Halverson, says this safety net will help Minnesotans in real-life situations have greater economic security…

The bill now heads to Ways & Means before being heard in the Jobs & Economic Development Division.

MINNESOTA ADDS JOBS

Minnesota added 3,800 jobs statewide during the first month of 2019, and the state’s unemployment rate increased to 3 percent, according to seasonally adjusted figures released Monday. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in January. December’s previously announced gain of 500 jobs was revised downward to 800 jobs lost. The state’s unemployment rate in December was also revised upward to 2.9 percent.

KEEP GAS METERS AND EQUIPMENT SNOW FREE FOR TROUBLE FREE OPERATION

After the most recent winter storm, Minnesota Energy Resources continues to urge customers to check and clear any buildup of snow or ice from natural gas meters and appliance vents. Additionally, icicles or ice dams should be cleared from the area above this equipment to avoid damage. Minnesota Energy Resources crews continue to encounter meters buried underneath snowdrifts or plowed snow piles. They remind customers that accumulations of snow or ice can damage a natural gas meter’s piping and can block appliance vents, trapping carbon monoxide indoors. Meters left covered by snow or ice also may lead to issues with a home’s appliances or an interruption in service. To clear the snow, use a broom or your hands. Kicking or hitting a meter or vent, as well as using a shovel, could damage the equipment.

Beltrami County Body Cameras

Beltrami County Deputies have been trying to transition to body cameras for the past three years. In 2018 they were able to get funding for the cameras. The project will cost between 80 and 90k, and will cover the cost a camera per staff member and spares needed by the department. The Sheriff says they hope to have the cameras in place by August.

Plane Crash near Fargo

Two people will be OK after a plane crash in near Fargo Thursday morning. A county commissioner says the plane was used to manage wildlife and the two people inside only had minor injuries after the crash. One of the passengers had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

Traffic Stop Leads To A Chase

37-year-old Augustus Light has been arrested after fleaing a traffic stop and leading police on a chase which reached speeds of nearly 95 MPH. The traffic stop began in the 900 block of Beltrami Avenue. During the stop, the officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked Light to step out, but he refused. And, the chase began. Light is no facing a host of charges.

Gov. Tim Walz Back In Class

Gov. Tim Walz is going back to class this month. The teacher-turned-politician has been out promoting his statewide education proposal. Walz was at Bemidji High School on Wednesday afternoon, where he spoke with students about education policy and spending. Walz’s plan would increase per pupil funding for schools by 3 percent next year and 2 percent the year after. Using funds from the state’s budget surplus and by increasing taxes on gasoline by 20 cents per gallon.

Snow Removal Parking Lots Closed

It’s snow removal time and Bemidji State has a message for students and staff, if you are leaving your vehicle on campus over break, you must park on the far north end of the Oak Hall parking lot in the parking stalls closest to 23rd street. Parking permits are NOT required in the Walnut, Oak, Birch, or Linden lots over this timeframe. Multiple lots will be closed daily. Any vehicle parked in a closed lot will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

BPD Hiring

The Bemidji Police Department is currently accepting applications for position of Police Officer. Applications available online at: www.ci.bemidji.mn.us Salary range $26.89-$34.06 /hour ($55,923-$70,842 annually) Process includes: Written exam, training and experience rating, oral interview, fitness testing, extensive background investigation, psychological exam and physical exam. Applications must be received by 4:00 PM on Monday, March 25th, 2019. Questions: Call 218-759-3562

FARM HEALTH BILL PASSED

A bill passed this week in the Minnesota House unanimously, that provides statewide mental health counseling for farm families, increases marketing so farm families are informed that help is available, and boosts funding for farm advocate services and farmer-lender mediators. Rep. Jeanne Poppe (jean) (poppy), was the chief author of the measure, and is the chair of the Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division….

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