MN House Harrassment Changes

The Minnesota House of Representatives is considering bipartisan changes in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations at the State Capitol. The new rules include an expedited investigation process, confidentiality for complainants and due process protections for all parties involved.

Insurer Settles with Diocese

The second of five insurers has agreed to settle its part in a lawsuit related to monetary damages for victims of child sexual abuse, brought by the Catholic Diocese of Duluth in its ongoing bankruptcy. Fireman’s Fund Insurance would pay the diocese $975,000 to resolve claims filed in federal court in 2016.

Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, with freezing rain possible across the area this morning. Be aware of icy roads and hazardous travel conditions, gusty north winds and a few snow showers.

MDH Awards Visiting Funds

The Minnesota Department of Health recently awarded nearly $5 million in additional family home visiting funds to 19 counties and two tribal nations in greater Minnesota. The additional funding will allow the communities to build on existing family home visiting programs, serving an additional 300 families. Hundreds of children have a better chance at health in 2018.

Jones Wins High-Profile Senate Race

Doug Jones is the first Democratic U.S. Senator elected in Alabama since 1992, winning a special election Tuesday over Roy Moore, enthusiastically backed by President Donald Trump. Some say Sen. Al Franken’s resignation emphasized sexual allegations that impacted Moore’s campaign.

Beltrami BoC Receives Jail Assessment

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners received an in-depth assessment of the Beltrami County Jail, performed in October by the National Institute of Corrections. Read more about the 75-page report at; bemidjipioneer.com.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Report

Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies located a vehicle at 9:48pm on Monday, reported stolen out of Hubbard County. A pursuit began near Mission Rd and ended on Highway 2, where 27-year-old Jeramie Beaulieu and 23-year-old Brian Fairbanks were arrested and taken into custody in the area of Beaulieu Circle NE in Bemidji.

On Monday, shortly after 10am, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Bemidji Police in arresting 44-year-old Willard Reed in the area of 229th Avenue in Bemidji. Reed was taken into custody on a probation violation.

Minn. State Professors Get New Contract

Negotiators from the Inter Faculty Organization and Minnesota State have tentatively agreed to a 1.6 percent salary increase this school year and a 2.4 percent raise in 2018, with improvements to health and dental benefits. The union also represents professors at Bemidji State University.

Final Chamber After Hours Tuesday

You’re invited to the last Chamber After Hours this evening from 4 to 6pm at 3835 Supreme Court NW Suite 2 for a tour of Choice Therapy, appetizers and beverages with new Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Pfaff. Look for the new Business After Hours Showcase coming in 2018.

Cecena Sentenced Tuesday

22-year-old Francisco Cecena, who pleaded guilty in October to burglary, aggravated robbery, false imprisonment and possession of methamphetamine, was sentenced today to eight years in prison. Cecena and others robbed a trailer home on March 9.