Archives for October 2018

MEET AND GREET SET FOR THIS AFTERNOON TO MEET FLANAGAN

Minnesota may have a Native American woman Lieutenant Governor come 2019. Governor Tim Walz chose Peggy Flanagan, a White Earth Nation member to be his running mate as Lt. Governor. The Red Lake Nation and Red Lake Nation College have issued an open invitation for all to come to a meet and greet at the Red Lake Nation College on Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Beverages and cookies will be provided.

THIS IS CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH IN MINNESOTA

This is “Cyber Security Awareness Month” in Minnesota. State officials are reminding Internet users to watch for scams aimed at gathering information about your identity or finances. MNIT Services Communications Director Cambray Crozier …

NEW PRISON WORKERS NEED TO BE HIRED ACCORDING TO AFSCME

The AFSCME state employees union is demanding the State of Minnesota hire 327 new corrections officers and 75 to 100 other employees, which they say are necessary to keep prisons safe. AFSCME officials say they’ll also continue opposing a plan to re-open the now-empty privately-owned prison in Appleton. Local officials have been pushing hard for the project, arguing it will bring much-needed jobs to that area.

$6.1 Million In Water Projects Approved

The Public Facilities Authority has approved $6.1 million in water projects for Minnesota. The funding will support projects ranging from a new drinking water plant to the rehabilitation of a sanitary sewer. Governor Dayton says many communities across Minnesota face serious water-quality challenges, and this funding supports improvements that will give Minnesota residents access to the clean drinking water they deserve.

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.