Archives for May 2019

NEW LIQUOR STORE ALMOST READY IN BEMIDJI

Bemidji’s new municipal liquor store is planning to open on June 1st. First City Liquor is about ready. The building is completed, and now the shelves are about to be stocked. The 16,300 square-foot store at 500 Paul Bunyan Drive NW will replace the 50-year-old Discount Liquor, located just next door… and it will double the retail floor space, allowing for more products. It also comes with a large basement with an industrial elevator to allow for better storage.The new building, parking lot and demolition of Discount Liquor comes with a price tag of about $4.1 million.

BENIDJI HIGHWAY WORK UNDERWAY

Construction will begin today on Hwy 59 bridges crossing Hwy 2 and BNSF Railroad near Bemidji. Highway 59 will be closed. Thru Hwy 59 traffic will be detoured using county roads 35, 8 and 41 to McIntosh. Currently crews are working on reconstruction and replacement of the concrete pavement on Hwy 2 between west city limits in Erskine to the Oak Lake rest area. Traffic is currently in a 2 lane 2 way configuration on the TH 2 eastbound lanes. Bridge repair and maintenance will also be completed on the Hwy 59 overpass as well as replacement of curb, gutter, storm sewer and culverts. Motorists can expect delays and should obey traffic control. The project will benefit the highway with better safety, longer lasting road surface and bridge.

WINKLER COMMENTS ON AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

Minnesotans gathered on the Capitol steps to call on elected officials to demand a final budget that supports affordable health care and home care for our most vulnerable. Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…

CASS LAKE BURGLAR NABBED

A Cass Lake man has been arrested after Bemidji Police say he broke into a house and fought with a police officer. 21 year old Vincent Hall is facing felony charges, including burglary, property damage, and assault of an officer. The burglary and property damage charges are listed as felonies.

JAIL SUIT FILED

A lawsuit has been filed by the mother of a former Beltrami County jail inmate against the county, which she holds responsible for his death.Tony Edward May Jr. died in the Beltrami County Jail in August 2016. Now, his mother… Aldene Morrison… has filed a civil lawsuit against the county arguing the county violated her son’s Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights when it neglected to handle his medical needs properly after he suffered a cardiac event at the lockup. Inmates alerted the jail’s staff around 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2016, when they found May unresponsive. Although medical personnel attempted life-saving procedures, they later pronounced May dead. May was in jail for a DWI and fleeing an officer.

LEGISLATIVE SESSION DRAWING TO AN END

The legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on Monday and House DFLers say they are ready to finalize a budget that improves health care, education, and economic security for all Minnesotans. Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…

SENATOR TINA SMITH TAKES AIM AT PREDATORY LENDING

Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Tina Smith is calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to improve protections for Minnesotans purchasing manufactured homes, after hearing from multiple consumer advocates that unwitting home buyers are often steered toward higher-cost loans. Sen. Smith—a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs—and eight of her Senate colleagues highlighted the lack of transparency manufactured homebuyers face when it comes to lending practices.

FLAGS FLY AT HALF STAFF TODAY

In accordance with a proclamation issued by the President, Governor Tim Walz has directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in honor and remembrance of peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

NO ARRESTS IN DEATH INVESTIGATION AFTER THREE MONTHS

3-months after the remains of two people were found in a fire pit at a property off state highway 89 northwest of Bemidgi, still no charges have been filed… although the main suspect is now behind bars. 44 year old Darren Stebe was arrested in February, and shortly after his arrest, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement saying Stebe likely would face charges. Since then, however, neither Stebe nor anyone else has yet to be charged. The County Attorney says the reason for that, is simply because prosecutors are not pressed for time since their primary suspect is already in jail.They say they want to sure they have all the pieces put together before they bring charges.

STATE LEADERS PUTTING IN OVERTIME

Less than ten days remain in the 2019 legislative session. Rep. Paul Marquart, chair of the Houses Tax Committee, said on Friday, that he was ready to work through the weekend to complete a key part of the budget….

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The DFL tax bill would increase taxes on corporations. The Senate GOP plan opposes that option.