Archives for June 2019

TRIBAL TERMINATION

The Shooting Star Casino general manager has been removed from his job, and is not expected to return. White Earth Tribal Council members say Eugene “Bugger” McArthur has been asked to take a leave of absence since June 14th. A tribal official released a statement saying “gaming issues” were the reason for an ongoing investigation at the casino involving McArthur. The tribal council voted 4-1 to remove McArthur, who now says he plans to appeal his termination.

DRUG ARREST NEAR CASS LAKE

A man from Detroit, Michigan was arrested for selling heroin and fentanyl near Cass Lake. 43 year old James McRunels is now charged with one count of second-degree sale of heroin and one count of third-degree sale of narcotics. Both charges are felonies and each potentially could result in 20 or more years in prison. He was nabbed after undercover officers purchased more than $3,000 worth of drugs from him on multiple occasions through confidential informants between April 15 and June 14. McRunels had more than $3,000 with him at the time of his arrest, and some of that money matched the funds that were used during the controlled buys.

LAKESIDE FLEA MARKET HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS SUMMER

The Lakeside Flea Market will be held at the Sanford Center all this summer. Local crafters and vendors will be showing off their talents and products in the parking lot of the Sanford Center for the Bemidji Lakeside Flea Markets. The first one this past Tuesday, brought in 30 vendors, selling a variety of merchandise and food. Future flea markets will take place in the Sanford Center parking lot every third Tuesday during July and August. For vendors, the cost is $30 with spaces first-come, first-serve.

MAN TRAMPLED TO DEATH BY CATTLE

A Parkers Prairie man died after being trampled cows on his farm last weekend. 41 year old Craig Thoennes was injured around 11:30 last Saturday morning. Deputies found Thoennes’ body near a shed in the cow yard where two cows and a bull were roaming free. His body was taken to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The initial assumption is that he was trampled by the bull or the cows.

WET WEATHER HAMPERING PLANTING

The wet weather means different things to different people. For farmers in the dry portions of northern North Dakota, this past weekend delivered one of those ‘million dollar rains.’ The Canadian Prairies are also seeing some welcome moisture to start the week. For many parts of the Eastern Cornbelt, the wet weather means millions of acres will not get planted.

LIST OF ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS POSTED ONLINE

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated its online posting of Minnesota businesses prohibited from purchasing liquor, beer or wine to resell because of failure to pay taxes to the state. Distributors are prohibited from the sale or delivery to the listed businesses. Once a business pays the taxes owed, their name is removed from the list within two business days. To view the list, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses

MAN DECAPITATED BY FIREWORKS ACCIDENT

A horrible reminder of the dangers of fireworks now, just ahead of the July 4th holiday. A Fargo man was decapitated in a fireworks accident. It happened on Monday, when police say 41 year old William Burley was getting ready to set off either a homemade or illegal artillery shell firework in the middle of the street in Fargo’s Riviera Heights mobile home park, when he lit it according to witnesses, who say there was a cloud of smoke, a bang, and when they walked up to his body, it was nothing but his shoulders down. Police are still investigating, but some say the shell contained a warning that read, “If found please report to the U.S. government.”

MAN DROWNS TRYING TO SAVE CHILD

A man died at Detroit Lakes on Saturday evening while trying to save his 3-year-old child, who had fallen from a bridge into the lake. 31 year old Christopher Schultz of Frazee jumped into the water to rescue the child, who was brought to shore by bystanders. Schultz began to struggle while keeping the child above water, and he never resurfaced. Schultz was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The child was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening. The whole thing remains under investigation.

YOU MAY NEED TO RESCAN YOUR TV

If you get your television via an antenna, listen up. The Federal Communications Commission is announcing that some local television stations nationwide are changing frequencies to help open up airwaves for new high-speed wireless services. Only viewers who receive their local channels using a TV antenna will be affected, which is around 72 million Americans nationwide, according to the National Association of Broadcasters. If you watch your tv with an antenna, you will need to rescan your television sets to continue to receive local TV channels that changed frequencies. Changing frequencies doesn’t mean the channels themselves are changing. TV stations that have already changed frequencies have notified viewers by airing public service announcements and on-screen messages.

BEMIDJI LOOP RIDE CONSIDERED A BIG SUCCESS

Bikin’ Bemidji: Loop the Lake was a big success over the weekend… bringin in nearly 1,000 riders on Saturday in Bemidji. 961 riders enjoyed a mild morning for a trip around Lake Bemidji… just short of last year’s 999 riders who took the 17-mile ride. Along the route riders could take advantage of eight different rest stations to refuel with food, coffee and water, listen to music, get mechanical help for their bikes or find first aid equipment. Spectators and volunteers cheered and encouraged riders at every stop.