Archives for August 2019

Get ready For Mickey D’s Delivery

McDonald’s customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin will now have more options to enjoy World Famous Fries, Quarter Pounders and other menu favorites from the comfort of their homes or offices. Following a 200-restaurant pilot in Texas, McDelivery with DoorDash, the nation’s largest on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery, is now expanding to thousands of McDonald’s restaurants across the country. McDelivery will now be available in more than 10,000 restaurants across all 50 states. Customers will be able to place their McDonald’s orders through the DoorDash mobile app or on www.DoorDash.com.

MINNESOTA HAS THE HIGHEST %% OF REPEAT DUI OFFENDERS IN THE NATION

A new study has ranked all U.S. states based on their DUI laws and penalties in order to reveal those that are the strictest and those that are most lenient when it comes to driving under the influence. Minnesota was found to have the highest percentage of repeat DUI offenders in the nation and Minnesotans who find themselves facing a second DUI charge will face some major penalties, including a maximum penalty of a year in jail and fines up to $3,000. As compared to other states in the nation, Minnesota also received the highest score when it comes to penalties for both jail time and associated fines for a second DUI charge .

JOB CHANGES IN BEMIDJI BUILDING DEPARTMENT

A new position at the Bemidji Building Department has caused staff changes. The department promoted Jesse Robertson to the new facilities manager position. Now, Robertson will be responsible for the operations of city facilities and will perform tasks ranging from assisting departments with maintenance to long term building planning. Another key part of Robertson’s role will be managing the heating and cooling system for the city buildings, with many of them being on computer systems requiring monitoring. As Robertson leaves the position of rental inspector, the role will be filled by Davis Smid, who was previously a state electrical inspector for Beltrami and Clearwater Counties, as well as an electrical inspector at Northwest Technical College.

BIKE CRASH VICTIM DIES

An Eagan man hurt earlier this month in a bike crash in Bloomington, and has now died. 54 year old Robert Anderson according to authorities, died of multiple blunt force injuries at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He suffered a severe brain injury in the accident, and had been taken off of life support. Police say Anderson was on his way to work when he crashed after he lost control of the bike and fell. Anderson was wearing a helmet, which was still on his head when police arrived.

BELTRAMI HIGHWAY DEPTARMENT SAYS ROUNDABOUT HAS BEEN COMPLETED

The Beltrami County Highway Department says construction of the roundabout at US 71 off ramp at the junction of Irvine Avenue has been completed and the road has re-opened to the public. They say however, that there is still a bit of minor work to be completed, so use caution around workers. For more information regarding this construction project, you can contact the Beltrami County Highway Department at 333-8173.

TURTLE RIVER DAY SATURDAY

It’s tomorrow in Turtle River. Saturday is the day for the 15th Annual Turtle River Day festivities… a yearly celebration of the community. Each year, Turtle River Day features an array of family friendly activities and good eats, which attract hundreds of visitors to the town that normally has only around 75 residents. It all begins tomorrow morning at 8. There will be a pancake breakfast, a crossword puzzle contest with a $100 prize, a craft fair and flea market, a parade and classic car show, and other activities. Turtle River is about 17 miles northeast of Bemidji on County Highway 21..

SENATORS ANNOUNCE GRANTS THROUGH RURAL ENERGY PROGRAM

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith of Minnesota, have announced that the USDA is investing nearly $830,000 in grants to Minnesota to help reduce energy costs for farmers and ag producers through the Rural Energy for America Program. Grants have been awarded to 54 Minnesota projects, mostly on family farms. Minnesota recipients can use REAP grants to install renewable energy systems—like biofuels or power generation from wind, solar, or biomass, for example—and make energy efficiency improvements. Funds can also be used on energy storage projects and energy audits.

MINNESOTA MINIMUM WAGE ADJUSTMENTS

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2020, to $10 an hour for large employers and $8.15 an hour for other state minimum wages. The current large-employer minimum wage, $9.86, will increase by 14 cents to $10. Other state minimum wages, including the small-employer, youth and training wages, as well as the summer work travel exchange visitor program wage, which are all currently $8.04, will increase by 11 cents to $8.15.

RUBY’S PANTRY OPERATING TODAY AT SANFORD CENTER

Ruby’s Pantry will be at the Sanford Center today (Wednesday). Doors open at 4 p.m. and registration at 4:30 p.m., with distribution to follow. Ruby’s Pantry is a nonprofit food ministry that provides affordable groceries on the third Wednesday of each month to anyone and everyone. Cost is a $20 cash donation for two laundry baskets or boxes full of food. No extra large coolers or bags allowed.

MINNESOTA BIG GAME HUNTING EMBEZZLER NOW BEHIND BARS IN NORTH CAROLINA

A well known big-game hunting embezzler from Minnesota is now in a North Carolina prison. 56 year old Jerry Hennessey used money from the elevator he managed here in Minnesota to pay for big-game hunting trips. At the end of last month, Hennessey reported to the low-security area of Butner Federal Correctional Institution in North Carolina. He was the genearl manager of the Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative. Hennessey was sentenced in Fergus Falls in June, to eight years in prison for federal wire fraud and income tax charges. That fraud caused the dissolution of the co-op and sale of its assets.. He is now in the same prison as convicted swindler Bernie Madoff.