Minnesota Meth Problem

Minnesota is seeing an increase in meth activity. While the opioid crisis has commanded most of the attention, in states such as Minnesota, authorities also are having to combat the demand for meth. Marnie Werner is with the Center for Rural Policy and Development, and says the problem is being felt in rural areas….

Werner says unlike meth in the past, when homemade labs drove the market, suppliers from Mexico are funneling the drug here.

February is National Heart Month

February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association of Minnesota is raising awareness about children born with heart defects, and the challenges their families go through in trying to allow their child to live a full life. Emily Swanson is the communications director for the American Heart Association of Minnesota….

The association says nationally, 1 in 100 births result in a congenital heart defect. Minnesota officials say each year, roughly 650 babies are born with one.

TRUMP PROPOSES BIG FISCAL WINDFALL FOR INDIAN AFFAIRS

President Trump is proposing a $1.9 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget for Indian Affairs. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said the President is committed to the mission of conservation and creating more public access for Americans to fully enjoy our national treasures and landscapes. The President’s request strengthens tribal communities through strategic investments in public safety, energy and broadband development, while implementing management efficiencies to improve Indian Affairs’ operations.

2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION UNDERWAY

The 2020 legislative session convened Tuesday at noon. Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman….

RED LAKE NATION STUDENTS TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON

Some Red Lake Nation College students were recently representing the college and the Red Lake Nation in Washington DC at the 2020 Annual Legislative Summit. It was National Tribal College Week and the students were there advocating for Tribal Colleges and Universities from across the nation. 37 Tribal College and Universities gathered in Washington DC for the Annual Legislative Summit, and students learned about many topics during the panel discussions, including internship opportunities in Washington. They also toured many of the historic sites in DC.

UPDATED TAX FORMS NOW AVAILABLE

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has been reviewing state impacts of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019. Minnesota has not adopted the tax law changes made in the bill. Due to federal tax law changes, the state revenue department is updating the 2017 and 2018 Minnesota Individual Income Tax and Corporation Franchise Tax forms. Updated 2019 forms and instructions were posted online on January 10th. Visit www.revenue.state.mn.us for more info.

202O MAY BE THE YEAR FOR LEGAL POT IN OUR STATE

Supporters of legalizing marijuana in Minnesota say they still face long odds getting a bill passed this year – but they think the 2020 election might convince some lawmakers to give it more thought. Marty Super, chairman of the Legal Marijuana Now political party, says lawmakers might be wondering what voters are thinking during a presidential election year….

In the 2019 Minnesota House of Representatives’ State Fair Opinion Poll, 56-percent of respondents supported recreational marijuana use.

BEMIDJI FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE

Bemidji Firefighters responded to a commercial building fire early Friday morning in the north part of the city. When crews arrived, the found a lot of smoke coming from the building and a semi- tractor engulfed in flames inside. There were no injuries and the fire caused moderate damage to the structure and contents. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Bemidji Fire Department, but so far, they say it appears to be accidental in nature.

POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF SEX CRIMES

A veteran Cottage Grove police officer assigned to Park High School has been arrested after investigators say he sexually touched seven female students and solicited one teenager for nude photos. 40 year old Adam Pelton of River Falls, Wisconsin, has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in connection with incidents that are said to have taken place from Sept. 1, 2018, until Oct. 4, 2019. That was when he went on administrative leave from the Police Department in the wake of an investigation.

TRIBAL MEETING SEEKS SOLUTIONS

Red Lake Nation Tribal Leaders, Hennepin County Commissioner Conley, and Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Harpstead all visited the Native American Community Clinic, to discuss ways everyone can work together to continue improving the health and wellbeing of Minnesotans. They say when all involved take the time to hear directly from those impacted by the decisions they make at the Capitol every day, we all are better able to find solutions that can make a difference in the lives of all of our communities.