Archives for April 2019

Minnesota House and Senate Continue Debating And Voting On Major Budget Bills

The Minnesota House and Senate continue debating and voting on major budget bills before Wednesday’s self-imposed deadline to have them all passed. After the House votes on a transportation funding package including a gas tax increase, they’ll then take up a public safety budget bill. That’s particularly controversial because it includes Democrats’ plan for background checks on all gun sales, plus a so-called “red flag” law that Democrats say would keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves or others.

Minnesota Good Food Access

A proposal under consideration in the state legislature would continue and build on the Minnesota Good Food Access program. Supporters say that would bring quality nutrition, and economic development, into struggling rural communities. Corey Christianson is the owner of two KC’s Country Markets, in Badger and Greenbush…

He says he now hopes to expand the delis to offer more fresh food, and maybe hire more help.

Cheryal (Cheryl) Hills is the executive director of the Region 5 Development Commission, which serves five counties in central Minnesota. She says the grants and technical assistance offered by the Good Food Access program can have a surprisingly large impact….

For the last three years, the program has been funded at 250-thousand dollars, which has never come close to meeting demand. A proposal at the legislature would expand funding for the program beyond this year to support additional grants and loans for small food retailers.

BELTRAMI ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE OPERATION ROUND UP AWARDS GRANTS

The Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board for Operation Round Up® met
recently and awarded grants to 25 area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $21,500. Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives and provides financial assistance to nonprofit and community based organizations in our area. A complete list of grants awarded to date can be found online at www.beltramielectric.com.

TRANSPORTATION BILL EXPECTED TO PASS

The Minnesota House of Representatives is expected to approve a new transportation budget today. Transportation Finance chair Frank Hornstein…

WANT TO BE A SKYWARN WEATHER SPOTTER????

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management will be offering Skywarn Training on Monday, May 13th at 6PM in the Beltrami County Emergency Operations Center. The class if free and open to the public. No prerequisites are required and no RSVP is needed. Skywarn spotters provide real-time information to the National Weather Service which assists in forecasting and the warning decisions during severe weather. Class attendees will be provided with the National Weather Service Field Spotter’s Guide and view a multi-media presentation on severe weather. Anyone with an interest in weather or becoming a contributing Skywarn spotter is invited to attend.

RED LAKE DELEGATION VISITS ST. PAUL

A delegation from Red Lake Nation traveled to St. Paul on Tuesday, to meet with Governor Walz, State Commissioners, Senators and Representatives in the areas of Education, Health, Human Services, Housing, and Chemical Health, concerns of the Red Lake Band.

BELTRAMI ELECTRIC PROMOTES GREENTOUCH

Beltrami Electric Cooperative is calling on volunteers of all ages for GreenTouch, a state park clean-up day sponsored by Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. This year’s event will be held at Lake Bemidji State Park, Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. GreenTouch is a volunteer event at Minnesota’s state parks to help clear hiking trails,
rake leaves and pine needles, and pick up litter. Youth groups, service clubs and other organizations are welcome to participate, and you need not be a Beltrami Electric Cooperative member to volunteer. Lunch will be provided. For more info, call 218-444-3689.

LEGISLATORS BEGIN DEBATE ON BUDGET AND FINANCE

Tuesday morning, legislators began debating the major finance bills as they continue crafting the two-year budget. Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…

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LAWMAKERS RETURN AND GET TO WORK

Lawmakers return to St. Paul today to resume the legislative session. Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…

MN WOMEN’S EXPO AT SANFORD CENTER

Plans are underway for Northern Minnesota’s Largest Women’s Expo to be held at The Sanford Event Center. The Women’s Expo is a community collaboration that is building on
the momentum from their inaugural year. The number of vendors has grown for this event, paving the way for a more interesting and interactive experience for guests. Topics that will be covered range from healthy food preparation for your family, to self-defense. Tickets are $5 per person, children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at The Sanford Center Box Office, or www.ticketmaster.com. A portion of the ticket sales will go
to the Edith Sanford Breast Center. For more information visit www.thesanforcenter.net.