NEW FIRE TRUCKS PRESSED INTO SERVICE

The Red Lake Band has raised the required funding, and now has purchased two new fire trucks. The new trucks were delivered to the Red Lake District Fire Hall last Wednesday, and now serve the areas of Ponemah and Red Lake. According to a statement released by the fire district, the new emergency vehicles were badly needed. They join four new ambulances that were purchased earlier this year, two for Red Lake and two for Ponemah, with a combination of a USDA Loan and Grant.

MINNESOTA FOLLOWS US LEAD IN JOBS GROWTH UNDER TRUMP

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The last time Minnesota’s unemployment rate was below 3 percent was December 1999. The U.S. unemployment rate last month was also historically low, coming in at just 3.9 percent. Over the past year, Minnesota has added 50,904 jobs, a 1.7 percent growth rate. U.S. jobs are up 1.8 percent in the past year.

PREDATORY SEX OFFENDER MOVES IN BEMIDJI – TADASHI ANDERSEN NOW LIVES ON RAKO STREET

We have learned that a level 3 predatory sex offender has changed his address in Bemidji. Bemidji Police say as of Wednesday, 28 year old Tadashi Andersen now resides in the 100 block of Rako St.
Andersen was released from custody in June 2017, after having been convicted of and serving time for one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim between 13 and 15 years of age in 2011. Andersen also viewed child pornography when he was a minor and had sexual contact with a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old. He is not wanted by police, as he has served his sentence, but officials are keeping a close eye on him.

EARLY MORNING FIRE FRIDAY IN BIMIDJI

Bemidji firefighters responded to a residential house fire early this morning on the 4000 block of 15th Street NW. The first calls about the fire began to come in just after 3am. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find flames already coming from the structure, and they were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire which was concentrated mainly in a bedroom. Eleven firefighters used 1engine and two tenders. No injuries were reported. The fire department was on scene approximately 1 1/2 hours.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Bemidji Fire Department, but so far, they say they believe it was accidental in nature. The fire department was assisted at the scene by the Beltrami County Sheriff.

REGISTER NOW FOR BOO DASH 5K

The City of Bemidji is gearing up for the Boo Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk. You are invited to join in for the fun. Costumes are strongly encouraged. It’s set for October 27th, with registration beginning at 9am. The race starts at 10 at City Park Montebello Ski Trail. Pre-register for $15… Registration the day of the race is $20. For more information visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call 218-333-1859

BODY PULLED FROM LAKE

A body was pulled from Crystal Lake in Burnsville on Tuesday. According to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, it was that of a 40-year-old Iowa man whose death has been ruled a drowning… Andrew Lee Little. Little’s body was discovered floating in the water near the public beach. Although foul play is not suspected, investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have interacted with Little at Crystal Lake Beach on Saturday. Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 651-438-4729.

MINNESOTA COUPLE HIT WITH FELONY TAX CHARGES

The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that Timothy O’Brien and Sharon O’Brien, both of Inver Grove Heights, have been charged with eight tax-related felonies each. They are each charged with four counts of failing to file individual income tax returns and four counts of failing to pay individual income taxes. Investigators determined that the couple willfully evaded filing state individual income tax returns and failed to pay income tax for tax years 2013 through 2016, despite the fact that the tax department sent more than 35 notices to the couple over several years regarding their unfiled returns and unpaid taxes.Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

111th Annual Gala Planned

Everyone is invited to attend the 111th Annual Celebration Gala, presented by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce… Tuesday, September 25th, beginning at 5:30pm at the Hampton Inn and Suites. The Presenting Sponsor is Paul Bunan Communications. Major sponsors include Bemidji State University, 1st National Bank Bemidji, Sanford Health, and Sanford Center. Tickets are $30 per person… a table of 8 is $225. For tickets, you can email deb@bemidji.org. For more information, call the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce at 218-444-3541 or visit www.bemidji.org.

Delinquent Tax List Released

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated its online posting of Minnesota businesses prohibited from purchasing liquor, beer or wine to resell. The department updates the list each month to reflect companies that have failed to pay taxes to the state. Distributors are prohibited from the sale or delivery to the listed businesses. To view the list, visit www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses

RED LAKE ROAD AWARD

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians was one of the top recipients of the Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards for 2018. The award was for the Construction and Collaboration of the Red Lake Nation and Minnesota Department of Transportation to construct the Redby Bridge and the Highway #1 West Bridges. The road and bridges involved in this project serve residents of the Red Lake Indian Nation, on a remote stretch of Highway 1 is a crucial link in the transportation network in northwestern Minnesota.