Archives for May 2018

Drunk Driving Judge Reprimanded

A Minnesota judge who was convicted of DWI earlier this year, has been publicly reprimanded by the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards. Ramsey County Judge G. Tony Atwal’s conduct… according to the reprimand handed down on Wednesday, violated several provisions of the board’s code of judicial conduct when he was caught driving while intoxicated on New Year’s Day in downtown St. Paul. Board members found that Atwal abused the prestige of his position when he told his arresting officer, “So, I live right there. I’m Judge Atwal from Ramsey County,” and then asked the officer three times to be let go. Atwal is currently undergoing outpatient treatment for alcohol addiction.

Butter Making Seminar Planned

The Clearwater County Historical Society will host Dairy Days from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. The program is for children ages 5-11, and it will cover the importance of cows and dairy products in the history of Clearwater County. Those who attend will learn how to make butter and ice cream without using electricity. Cost is $2. For more information, call (218) 785-2000.

No More Flavored Tobacco In Duluth

In Duluth, more than 80 local stores plan to stop sales of menthol cigarettes, as new restrictions on flavored tobacco products in Duluth take effect Friday. Beginning on June 1st, adults-only smoke shops will be the only retailers in Duluth, allowed to sell the products, which are widely regarded as a gateway to nicotine addiction for young people.

Summer Brings Food Insecurity To Many Students

Another school year soon comes to an end in Minnesota, it could mean a long, hungry summer without the state’s Summer Food Service Program for some kids. Feeding America specialist JoAnna Lund says food insecurity for any length of time is detrimental to children’s health and development….

Tag: Lund says the Summer Food Service Program is being used by only about 10 to 15 percent of the students who need it and are eligible.

Updated Details Released On Fatal Crash Near Grand Forks

An update today on a fiery crash Wednesday night, that shut down southbound traffic on Interstate 29 near Grand Forks. 57 year old Wayne O’Connell of Shelly was killed after he was ejected from his 1953 Ford Pickup. 53 year old Timothy Mack of South Dakota, the driver of the other vehicle… a semi hauling cattle that rear-ended the pickup… was not injured. No cattle were hurt in the crash. Charges are pending and the whole thing remains under investigation.

New Bemidji Superintendent

Bemidji Area Schools now has a new superintendent. On Monday, Tim Lutz signed off on a three-year employment contract that sets Lutz’s salary at $165,000 this coming fiscal year, and ramps up to $170,000 in the final contract year… the 2020-2021 school year. The contract also calls for 25 vacation days and a $6,500 vehicle allowance annually. Lutz has led Kelliher Public School since 2008. His first official day on the job at Bemidji Area Schools is July 1st.

ND GOP Candidate Drops Out

The Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for North Dakota secretary of state has dropped out of the race following a news report of a 2006 “Peeping Tom” incident on the North Dakota State University campus. Will Gardner announced his departure on Sunday afternoon in a social media post to his campaign’s Facebook page. Gardner beat the GOP incumbent in April.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Reports

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday at approximately 7:16 p.m., an unidentified 23-year-old female and 35-year-old male were arrested for unspecified drug offenses in the area of the 8500 block of Division Street W. in Bemidji.

At 6:22 a.m. on Thursday, an unidentified 30-year-old female was arrested by Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies for outstanding warrants at the intersection of Alaska Lane and Lumberjack Road NW in Bemidji. Details specified within the warrants were not released.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 10:55 p.m. Thursday, a 26-year-old male was arrested for domestic assault and obstruction of justice in the area of the 500 block of Justice Road NW in Bemidji. No names were released.

Crash Victim Identified

The victim of a fatal crash in Central Minnesota has been identified as 62-year-old Kevin Erickson, killed Friday night when his vehicle collided with a farm implement on state Highway 15. The driver of the tractor, 56-year-old Peter Peterson, was not injured.

Man, Child Die in Kayak Accident

42-year-old Jesse Anderson of Norwood, Iowa and his 4-year-old child died after their kayak overturned on Hart Lake Saturday. A family member reported the accident. The 4-year-old was found in the overturned kayak, but died Sunday in Minneapolis after being taken off life support. Anderson was found dead Sunday morning. Neither victim was wearing a lifejacket.