Real ID Act Will Soon Affect Minnesota Travelers

Minnesota lawmakers want Minnesota to get an extension from the Federal Government for compliance with the REAL ID ACT, so residents can still board domestic flights with state driver’s licenses after October 10. Without the extension from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Minnesota residents who try to board domestic flights, enter a military base or gain access to some other federal installations will no longer be able to do so with a standard Minnesota driver’s license after that date. Other states have run up against the same thing, and the extension is considered “routine.”

Minnesota Graduation Rates On The Rise

High school graduation rates have inched up across Minnesota. According to the Department of Education, they now stand at 83 percent, improving by one-sixth of a percentage point since the last survey. High school completion has been trending up in Minnesota for several years, even as standardized math and reading test scores largely have been flat.

Gun Violence Solutions

Minnesota leaders views differ on gun violence solutions. DFL Rep. Collin Peterson supports an age-21 purchasing requirement for assault weapons. Sen. Amy Klobuchar favors ownership restrictions for domestic abusers, and Sen. Tina Smith would ban “high-capacity magazines” and reinstate a ban on “military-style” weapons.

Missing Woman Sightings

As the search for a Red Lake woman missing since January 24th continues, she may have been spotted in Bemidji, White Earth and Naytahwaush within the past week. The Red Lake Department of Public Safety said that police received reports of three possible sightings of 27-year-old Amy Dow.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Reports

Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault report in the area of Supreme Court NW in Bemidji on Thursday at 5:45pm, where a man was arrested for domestic assault. 23-year-old Antone Cloud was taken into custody and transported to county jail.

During a traffic stop on Thursday at 2:08am in the area of Grange Road and Werner Road NW in Bemidji, Beltrami County Sherrif’s deputies arrested 41-year-old Derek Komezos for DWI, controlled substance possession and an out of county warrant.

On Thursday at 5:30pm, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a possibly suicidal person in Alps Court NW in Bemidji. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a woman whose identity was not released. She confirmed a verbal domestic disturbance with a man who left to cool off. Deputies spoke to both parties when the couple reunited.

During a traffic stop on Thursday at 7:34am, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies issued a citation to Anthony Coutlee for speeding in the area of Hillcrest Drive and Gull Lake Loop Rd NW in Bemidji.

NWS Alert

The National Weather Service reports two winter storms will impact the Northland through this weekend. This morning, a fast moving low pressure system moves across the Northland. The storm is expected to bring snowfall of 4 to 7 inches. Another storm is expected to move northward on Saturday night.

Mutual Aid Agreement

Sheriff Phil Hodapp asked the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners to approve a mutual aid agreement with northern Minnesota agencies in the event of pipeline protests in Bemidji, similar to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota.

Child Hunger Caucus

DFL Representative Erin Maye Quade of Apple Valley and GOP Representative Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake announced the formation of the bipartisan Child Hunger Caucus to end childhood hunger in Minnesota. Ten percent of Minnesotans struggle to provide food for their families, resulting in food insecurity. Persons experiencing food insecurity do not have sufficient access to affordable, nutritious food.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Reports

On Wednesday at 8:22pm, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies located the subject of a criminal arrest warrant in the area of Division Street West in Bemidji. 32-year-old Richard Simmons was taken into custody. No additional details were released.

During a traffic stop on Highway 2 and Adams Avenue NW in Eckles, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies issued citations to the unidentified driver of a vehicle without lights, without proof of insurance and without registration.

During a traffic stop on Wednesday at 9:18am, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies issued citations to 49-year-old Troy Torgerson and 34-year-old Daniel Dopp in the area of Highway 2 and Adams Avenue NW in Bemidji. Details about the citations were not released by the Sheriff’s Office.

Red Lake Tribal Elections

At the February monthly meeting of the Red Lake Tribal Council, the dates were set for the 2018 tribal election. All three officers and one representative from each of four districts will be elected or reelected to four-year terms. Two representatives from each community on the reservation make up the eleven member Tribal Council.