Archives for May 2018

DMV Denied

Despite pleas from the DMV deputy registrar for rescue funds, they got nothing from the Minnesota Legislature Sunday.

Lynx Lose Home Opener

The Minnesota Lynx pregame championship ring ceremony was memorable and the Target Center crowd was electric, but the Los Angeles Sparks spoiled the defending WNBA champions home opener on Sunday, 77-76. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve thanked the fans and the team’s staff to start off her postgame press conference on Sunday, before addressing their sluggish performance. The Lynx were 3-0 in their three previous season openers following titles.

BFD Plans 4th Station

The Bemidji Fire Department is planning to expand north to better serve the Greater Bemidji population of 35,000 people. The Bemidji City Council will hear a request today from fire officials to lease a building in Northern Township, which would be the home to a fourth fire station. Read more at; bemidjipioneer.com.

Congress Considers Net-Neutrality Repeal

The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution last week to block the FCC’s recent decision to repeal net-neutrality protections. Tim Karr, senior director of strategy and communications for Free Press said the measure faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Dayton May Veto Behemoth Bill

More than a few major issues remain before the Minnesota legislature, and a majority have been consolidated in one 990-page bill, and Gov. Mark Dayton’s threat to veto the behemoth bill– which he hasn’t seen– means much of the three month legislative session will be incomplete.

Red Lake Runoffs Required

All but one of Red Lake Nation’s 2018 elections resulted in the need for runoffs Wednesday, after nearly all of the 40 candidates failed to secure more than 50 percent of the vote. Only incumbent Gary Nelson was able to reach the 50 percent threshold for victory.

St Paul Man Charged with Violation

70-year-old Kenneth Logans, who reportedly pulled down a woman’s pants on a train in St. Paul, faces charges of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The 39-year-old sleeping woman awoke to find Logans pulling down her pants and underwear. Authorities used a cell phone photo taken on the train to track him down.

Beltrami DA Appeals Dismissal

Ninth District judge Shari Schluchter dismissed a first-degree drug charge on April 30th after determining that law enforcement did not have probably cause to search defendant Christopher McDonald’s home. The Beltrami County Attorney’s Office recently appealed the dismissal. Read more at; bemidjipioneer.com.

Top MN Baby Names 2017

The Social Security Administration on Thursday listed the most common names given state-by-state, and Minnesota’s most popular names were Olivia and Oliver. Michael failed to make the top-10 list for the first time since World War II, and Emily was not among the nation’s top 10 most popular girls’ names for the first time since 1990.

City, Sanford Center Consider Criminal Action Against Webb

Bemidji officials are working with the Sanford Center’s management company on possibly pursuing criminal action against former executive director Curtis Webb, who’s accused of misusing over $110,000 in funds. Webb was employed by VenuWorks, a management company that operates the Bemidji facility.