Archives for August 2018

FOREST FIRES FOCUS TODAY AT STATE FAIRGROUNDS

Preventing wildfires is the educational focus today at the D-N-R Building on the State Fairgrounds. Regional Fire Prevention Specialist Jeff Jackson…

LET THE FUN BEGIN AT THE FAIR!

Today is day-one of the Minnesota State Fair. Fair spokeswoman Danielle Dullinger…

MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT ORDERS RECONSIDERATION IN TEACHER LAWSUIT

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the state Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision to dismiss a lawsuit that claims teachers union rules protect bad educators. The state’s top court on Tuesday, said the appeals court should re-examine the case after a recent state Supreme Court ruling that allowed a class-action lawsuit seeking to desegregate Twin Cities schools to proceed.
The case regarding teachers union protections was brought back in 2016, by four Minnesota mothers, who allege tenure, seniority-based layoffs and other rules violate students constitutional right to an “uniform and thorough education.”

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY PROPANE

Now is a good time for folks here in Minnesota to schedule a propane tank fill-up in preparation for the fall heating season. Bill Grant is with the state Commerce Department…

Wildlife Fund Lifetime Close To Expiring, But Renewal Expected

Congress must act before September 30th if the Land and Water Conservation Fund is to be preserved, and there is no indication that will not be accomplished, according to federal authorities. Jason Dinsmore with the Minnesota Conservation Federation grew up hunting and fishing, and he says the fund made much of that possible….

Dinsmore says anyone who has enjoyed Minnesota’s outdoors, used public tennis courts or swimming pools has likely benefitted from the program.

Air Alert!

The state Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for the northern half of Minnesota through noon Sunday, due to smoke from Canadian wildfires. The affected area includes Brainerd, Bemidji, Duluth, and Moorhead, along with other areas, including Leech Lake, and Red Lake. Air pollution can aggravate heart and cardiovascular disease as well as lung diseases like asthma and COPD.

Minnesota Illegal Alien Nabbed & Now To Be Deported

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested a Minnesota man at a Carlton County golf course. 42 year old Pedro Aranda is charged with immigration violations. Aranda was born in Mexico. He is here illegally, but is also the owner and operator of Pedro’s Grill and Cantina in downtown Cloquet. He had been held in the Douglas County Jail but has since been listed as released from that facility, and is now detained at another location. A federal immigration judge issued a voluntary departure order to Aranda in 2010, which directed that he depart the U.S. by May 25, 2010. But he stayed, and violated his deportation order. Now, Aranda will remain in ICE custody, pending his removal from the United States.

TWO MEN ARRESTED ON SEX STINGS IN BIMIDJI

Two men who were arrested in Bemidji as a result of online sex stings were sentenced recently. 41 year old Travis Nicholson of Littlefork, was ordered to spend three years in prison. Nicholson received credit for the 195 days he was already jailed after his March arrest. 54 year old Scott Mickle of Deer River, who responded to an online “casual encounters” ad posted by Bemidji law enforcement and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, thinking that he was talking to a 15-year-old boy, was sentenced to 30 days in the Beltrami County Jail, but he will only do six days if he participates in a veterans program.

DNR TO HOLD DEER MANAGEMENT PUBLIC MEETINGS

The Minnesota DNR is set to hold several public meetings statewide this month. Erik Thorson is the DNR’s acting big game program leader…

LOCAL RACE RESULTS

In the primary race for an at-large seat on the council, Don Heinonen and Jim Thompson advanced to the November 6 election, earning 569 votes and 485 votes respectively. Lawrence Hanenberger, finished with 336 votes. In Beltrami District 1, Craig Gaasvig and Natalie Grosfield were the winners of Tuesday’s primary, taking in 767 votes and 442 votes respectively.