Archives for October 2018

GOVERNOR SAID TO BE RESTING COMFORTABLY AT MAYO CLINIC

Governor Mark Dayton is resting comfortably at Mayo Clinic after follow-up back surgery which officials say was successful. Dayton had surgery at Mayo last Friday and his doctor recommended an additional procedure Monday to further strengthen a fusion that was performed on his lower back.

FARM PAYMENTS COMING SOON FOR 2017

Farmers enrolled in the Farm Service Agency’s 2017 Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs will receive payments soon. Producers with bases enrolled in ARC for 2017 crops can find more details on updated yields, prices, revenue and payment rates on the FSA website. Altogether, USDA says $3 billion in payments are expected to be made for the 2017 year. For 2018, $1.8 billion will be allotted for Conservation Reserve Program payments.

BEMIDJI FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE CABIN FIRE ON ROOSEVELT ROAD

Bemidji Firefighters responded to a cabin fire Friday afternoon on Roosevelt Road. Upon arrival, firefighters were met by heavy smoke exiting the structure as well as fire on the exterior of the building. No injuries were reported. The fire caused moderate damage to the main floor and ceiling of the cabin. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but so far, authorities say it does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

HUBBARD COUNTY STABBING UNDER INVESTIGATION

A disturbance in Lake George is under investigation by the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office. Robert Creighton reported that a woman refused to leave his residence, and threatened him with a hammer. A few minutes later, Creighton called again to say that the woman had stabbed a man there. Deputies rushed to the scene and took 30 year old Crystal Farquher of Pine River into custody. A stabbing victim… 57 year old Douglas Lee of Hastings, was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Bemidji. Farquhar was locked up in the Hubbard County Jail. The entire incident remains under investigation.

TWO INJURED IN HIGHWAY 92 CRASH

A one-car crash on Highway 92 in Clearwater County leaves two people injured. The Minnesota State Patrol says 60 year old Brenda Webster of Clearwater, Nebraska was soutbound when her vehicle hit a slippery patch of highway, left the road and then went into a private driveway just north of Bagley.
Webster and her passenger, 55 year old Charles Aust were both wearing their seat belts. Both were taken to Sanford Hospital in Bagley with non life-threatening injuries.

U OF M TUITION INCREASE SCALED BACK AFTER ENROLLMENT PLUNGES

University of Minnesota leaders… citing a 26 percent plunge in nonresident students this fall… a now pulling back their previous plans to aggressively increase tuition. Over the past four years, the U has raised tuition by 49 percent for students who live in other countries or in states outside of Minnesota… leading nonresident freshman enrollment to drop to 1,015 this fall from 1,363 the year before. That drop translated into a net revenue decrease from $28.5 Million to $23.7 million.

RED LAKE TRIBAL CHIEF MEETING RESULTS IN NEW CHIEF

The October 2018 Red Lake Tribal Council meeting was held on Tuesday, when Arlan W. Jourdain was sworn in as one of Red Lake’s Seven Hereditary Chiefs. Jourdain succeeds Chief Alexander Gillespie who resigned in late summer. The members of Red Lake’s Seven Hereditary Chief system have the responsibility of deciding who is to succeed the previous Chief by examining the family
trees or lineage charts.  Red Lake, one of two closed reservations in the US, is touted as having the first modern indigenous democratic governance system in the nation, while maintaining a hereditary
chief system. 

DEER SURVEY UNDERWAY IN BEMIDJI

To assess deer population levels in certain areas of Bemidji, Bemidji State University professor, Dr.
Brian Hiller, and his students will be conducting evening spotlight surveys. Time and weather permitting, roadside surveys will be conducted in 3 different areas using multiple vehicles driving at slow speeds shining a spotlight. During the survey, they will record the number, age and gender of deer seen, as well as the distance and habitat type where deer are observed. Surveys are underway now, and will run through November 1st.

RED LAKE NATION RESPONDS TO COURT VERDICT

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently decided that provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act were unconstitutional in a case entitled Texas v. Zinke. The court sided with non-Indian Plaintiffs who are seeking to adopt Indian children. Red Lake Nation Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. responded to the recent decision, saying “We refuse to go back to the dark days before the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act when our children were forcibly removed from their families and their communities by state courts and state agencies without recourse, and the Red Lake Nation supports all efforts to have the recent wrongly decided Texas court decision reversed.

Bemidji Lions Club Welcome New Member – Dave Bahr Joins

A new member for one area social club… The Bemidji Lions recently welcomed Dave Bahr as the newest member of their club. President Jim Molde welcomed Bahr and his sponsor, Jack Naastad.