Archives for December 2019

BIG FIRE IN MINNEAPOLIS

It was a dangerous Christmas morning in Minneapolis. An early morning fire yesterday at the Drake Hotel forced an evacuation of all 250 of the hotel’s occupants. This man says he got out okay…

The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey… says officials are trying to help those who were put out in the cold…

WCCO-TV reporter Mary McGuire says there have been no serious injuries…

WINTER SURVIVAL ESCAPE ROOM FUN SET FOR DECEMBER 31ST

The Rocky Point trail is now a multi-use trail… providing a great opportunity to snowshoe, hike, or ski to the overlook above Lake Bemidj. The Winter Survival Escape Room will go out as a group but everyone is free to make their way back along the trail again or walk or snowshoe back on the inner loop through the trees. If conditions permit snowshoeing or skiing, snowshoes will be available to check out at no cost. Meet at the park office on Tuesday, December 31st. There will be two sessions… 10 to 11am and 2 to 3pm. Call the park office at 218 308-2300 to register and for more information.

ROBBERS HIT LAKES MARKET

Robbers hit Lakes Market convenience store in Turtle River Township. One suspect is now in custody, but the sheriff’s Office is now asking for your help locating a second person of interest. Monday night at about 9:30, two armed subjects entered and robbed the Lakes Market, then fled with an undetermined amount of cash and merchandise in a vehicle that had been stolen in Bemidji, and was later found unoccupied in a ditch. Now, the search is on for 19 year old Carlito Kingbird of Bemidji. If you have any information about him, you are asked to call the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. The name of the person who has been arrested is not yet being released.

MINNESOTA WAGE ADJUSTMENTS TO TAKE EFFECT IN THE NEW YEAR

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. As of Jan. 1, Large employers must pay at least $10 an hour when the employer’s annual gross revenues are $500,000 or more. Small employers must pay at least $8.15 an hour when the employer’s annual gross revenues are less than $500,000. The training wage rate, $8.15 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 20 years of age for the first 90 consecutive days of employment. The youth wage rate, $8.15 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 18 years of age.

STOLEN FIREARMS IN BRAZEN DAYTIME ROBBERY

Someone stole three firearms in what police are calling a daytime burglary on December 2 at a home near Minnesota State University Moorhead. Preston Hoganson told police that a handgun, a hunting rifle and an AR-style rifle were taken. The Moorhead Police Department is investigating. Hoganson told investigators that he believes the theft happened during the day when, for a brief time, no one was home. He also said the guns were locked in cases and hidden, and he believes whoever took them most likely had been in his house before, and knew exactly where to look. The investigation is ongoing. So far, no arrests.

TEEN HIT BY TRAIN

A teenager was hit and killed Friday evening in Coon Rapids by a Metro Transit commuter train. Authorities say it happened about 6:45pm Friday in the area of 119th Avenue and the railroad tracks near Northdale Boulevard. The teen… whose name has not been released… was pronounced dead at the scene. The northbound Northstar commuter train was carrying about 50 passengers at the time, and was on a run between Minneapolis and Big Lake. No passengers were injured. It remains under investigation.

SENATOR SUED FOR BLOCKING FACEBOOK USER

A South Dakota state senator has been sued for blocking a Facebook user. In his lawsuit, Jeffrey Church alleges Senator Stace Nelson, who announced his resignation as senator on November 17 and whose final day in the position was Tuesday, slandered and attempted to silence Church after he was critical of statements made by Nelson. Church alleges that he commented critically on a poll, and Nelson then deleted the comment. Nelson and Church then directed additional comments at each other on the poll post, after which Nelson reportedly deleted comments from other posts and blocked Church from the Facebook page.

NEW TOWN MAN HEADED TO PRISON FOR BURNING DOWN A CHURCH ON INDIAN RESERVATION

A New Town man was sentenced Monday to 2 ¼ years in prison for burning down a church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. 23 year old Rode Vocu back in August, pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the April 22 fire that destroyed the Memorial Congregational Church. A federal grand jury had indicted him in June. The church was built in 1926 in Elbowoods and moved as floodwaters from construction of the Garrison Dam approached. Vocu must also spend three years on supervised probation after he is released from prison.

CASS COUNTY FATALITY

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that early Saturday… at 1:43 AM… they got a report of a vehicle crash on County Road 8. Deputies arrived and found that a pickup had run off the road and into a ditch… landing in a swampy area. The driver, a 60 year old man from St Paul… who was alone in the vehicle… was dead. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members. The crash investigation continues, and an autopsy is scheduled.

WINTER LOADS INCREASE BEGINNING TODAY

Winter truck load increases begin today on unrestricted state highways in the north and north-central frost zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The frost zones can be found on the MnDOT load limits map. Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the winter load increase period. However, trucks must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances. Drivers need to check with local agencies before increasing any weights on city, county and township routes. For questions call 651-296-6000