Archives for January 2019

MINNESOTA TEEN KILLS GRANDPARENTS IN CONNECTICUT

An 18-year-old from Cottage Grove who was staying with his grandparents in Connecticut, stabbed them to death and then tried to burn down their home. Marcus Fisher was taken into custody Monday in connection with the double homicide in Montville, Connecticut. Fisher confessed to the killings, admitting that he stabbed his grandparents Sunday night after an argument. He faces two counts of murder, arson, and murder with special circumstances. A judge set bail at $1 million.

MUSHING WINNERS CHOSEN

Most Minnesotans didn’t venture outside, but some lead teams of sled dogs across the forests of Cook County, braving subzero temperatures and a 45 below windchill. Husband and wife mushing duo Blake and Jennifer Freking were the fastest among those competing in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. First place this year was worth $5,400.

BEMIDJI WASTE TREATMENT PLANT IN GOOD SHAPE FOR THE FUTURE

The Bemidji wastewater treatment facility has the ability to meet future city growth. That’s the result of a recent study done engineering consultants. But due to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency rules, the city may still have to make upgrades to the building and system that will end up costing millions of dollars. The facility has 12 systems for treatment, and according to the report, 11 of them are in good condition to handle new service areas in the future.

AT LEAST ONE MINNESOTA DEMOCRAT IS IN FAVOR OF BORDER WALL

Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is breaking ranks with fellow Democrats, saying the way to end the government shutdown is to give President Trump money for a border wall. Peterson says he doesn’t want to preclude the president from getting the money for security that we need on the border. He says fellow Democrats look at him cross-eyed when he tells them what he thinks.

MINNESOTA LAWMAKERS WILL MEET IN PRISON

For the first time ever, Minnesota lawmakers will hold a hearing inside a state prison.
The House public safety subcommittee on corrections will meet next Wednesday, January 30th, inside the Stillwater prison to discuss the safety of guards and inmates. “Coming home safely” will be the theme of the meeting. Lawmakers will hear from new Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell, the Stillwater prison warden and an advocate for inmates, among others.

MINNESOTA CITIZENS CONCERNED FOR LIFE WATCHING POTENTIAL CHANGES IN LEGALIZED ABORTION LAWS

Organizers of the annual “March for Life” marking the 46th anniversary of Roe versus Wade, say President Trump’s appointment of Brett Kavanaugh has many wondering if the the U-S Supreme Court could soon overturn that 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. Scott Fischbach is with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life…

TOBACCO MEETING SET FOR TONIGHT

A second reading, offering another chance for comment on a proposed Beltrami County tobacco ordinance revision is set for this afternoon at 5. The Board of Commissioners will meet, and discuss the potential changes, which would… among other things… raise the legal tobacco buying age to 21. The proposed new ordinance would also cover the sale of any component or part of an electronic device, whether or not it’s sold separately. It would not ban smoking or tobacco use or possession of those products by 18-year-olds or young adults… but it would ban the sales of the products to minors. The Bemidji City Council is also considering a similar proposal.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA MAY HAVE A HAZY FUTURE IN MINNESOTA

It still doesn’t look good this legislative session for Minnesota legalizing recreational marijuana. Governor Tim Walz said last week it should happen “as fast as Minnesotans are comfortable we’re doing the right thing” — but Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka does not appear interested….

USDA CALLS BACK SOME FOR TEMPORARY DUTY

The USDA announced that the department will call FSA loan officers and some county office employees back to work to cash checks and do other activities related to USDA’s ability to issue IRS-1099s. This is a partial, temporary reopening only. Employees were in those county offices (today/on Thursday), and will be again on Friday, as well as next Tuesday, January 22. These FSA employees will deposit checks and undertake the “incidental duty” of co-signing two-party checks received last year, and check the mail for checks received. Employees will process loan pay outs and advances on existing loans. USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey indicated that there will be no late charges accrued, nor delinquencies acted on while USDA is shut down. Employees will also check on bankruptcy filings and update lien filings. The Beltrami County Service Center is one of the offices affected. You can call them at (218) 751-1942.

CANDLE LIGHT SNOWSHOES OFFERED

Candlelight Snowshoe will bo offered at Lake Bemidji State Park, on Saturday, January 26th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Explore the winter woods along a candle-lit trail! This year’s Candlelight Snowshoe starts and ends at the Visitor Center, where refreshments will be available. Stop along the way and warm up by the magical crackling of a toasty campfire. Snowshoes will be available for rent at $6/pair; first come, first served. A vehicle permit ($7 daily/$35 annual) required to enter the park.