Archives for April 2018

New Farm Bill Passes

A new federal Farm Bill passed out of the all-important Agriculture Committee in the U-S House Wednesday over objections of key Democrats including Minnesota’s Collin Peterson….

Governor Comments On Highway Spending Plans

House Republicans Tuesday, put finishing touches on a bill to increase state spending on roads and bridges, at a cost of 385 million dollars, with 100 million of that coming from the General Fund. Governor Mark Dayton…

Late Spring Snow Buries State

Minnesotans continue digging out from a spring snowstorm that dumped double-digit accumulations in many parts of the state. The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting 630 crashes statewide since Friday. Several cities received more than 20 inches of heavy snow. The late snowstorm made this month the snowiest April on record at several locations including the Twin Cities.

Asbestos Removal Costs Increase With Monitoring Requirement

Earlier this month, Bimidji City Council awarded a $30,490 contract for removal of asbestos in the historic Carnegie Library building. One problem thought… when they inked that deal, they were unaware that the removal requires air quality monitoring while the removal work is happening. Now, they need to bring in another company, to handle the air quality monitoring. The estimated cost for that is $10,000. It’s got to be done… removal of asbestos is required, regardless if the building is moved, renovated or demolished.

VW Money Earmarked In Minnesota

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has announced what it plans to do with around $47 million in settlement funds from Volkswagen. The money will be distributed over 10 years in three phases. In the first phase, the money will be used for school bus and heavy equipment replacement and for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. About 60% of the money will target the metro, and 40% will target Greater Minnesota.

Resolution Honors Olympic Champion From Afton

Afton native and Olympic cross country skiing gold medalist Jessie Diggins, was honored by House lawmakers at the State Capitol. Representative Tony Jurgens of Cottage Grove read the resolution on the House floor…

Police Shooting In Lake Elmo

An investigation has been launched, after a 23-year-old man was killed early Thursday in an officer-involved shooting in Lake Elmo. The man, according to Washington County deputies, was making suicidal comments when he was found… armed with a handgun… near the Lake Elmo Public Library. Officers tried to reason with the man. Then, they were forced to turn up the heat, and so they used non-lethal bean bag rounds to try to take him into custody. That didn’t work, so they were then forced to shoot him. The man… later identifed as Benjamin Evans… was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was pronounced dead. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will investigate the shooting.

Former School Superintendent Arrested On Sex Charges

The former superintendent of Rocori Public Schools is facing ten counts of indecent exposure. 56-year-old Scott Staska is accused of exposing himself at two Kwik Trip locations and a Super America. Staska was initially accused of exposing himself at least 16 times. Staska has resigned his position with the schools.

BUFFER LAW PENALTIES DRAW CRITICISM

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is likely reversing course on proposed buffer law penalties after sharp criticism from landowners, Governor Dayton and state Republicans. Executive Director John Jashke…

TWO CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH OF CHILD

In Fergus Falls, two people are now charged with third-degree murder in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy. That boy’s sibling, who was living in the same home, has been taken into protective custody. 40 year old Bobbie Bishop and 44 year old Walter Wynhoff… both of Fergus Falls, are now behind bars in Otter Tail County Jail. The victim and his sibling moved to Otter Tail County last summer, and moved to Fergus Falls in January, where they both were living with Bishop, who was described as a “family friend.” Neither child was enrolled in school.