MUZZLELOADER HUNTING COMING TO LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK

During the annual muzzleloader deer hunt on December 6-8, Lake Bemidji State Park will
remain open to all visitors, but the DNR advises wearing blaze orange if visiting while the hunt is in progress. Visitors should check for hunt-related information at the park office when they arrive and look carefully for hunt-related signage. Maps of the hunt area are available. Some blaze orange vests and caps will be available to borrow. Office hours are generally 8:30 am to 4:15 pm.

DEPUTY ARRESTED AMID SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS

A Clearwater County Deputy Sheriff has been arrested and is now facing allegations of sexual misconduct involving a 15-year-old student in Bagley High School. Investigators say it happned back in 2017. 31 year old Neil Dolan of Bagley, is charged with criminal sexual conduct. Dolan was taken into custody and locked up in the Clearwater County Jail . The BCA is investigating the case because Dolan is a Clearwater County employee. Dolan was 29 years old at the time of the alleged assault, which is said to have taken place in his high school office.

LAKE NAME CHANGE CONTROVERSY

The Minnesota Supreme Court is hearing a case about a controversial decision to rename a Minneapolis lake in honor of American Indians. David Chang is a history professor at the University of Minnesota, who studies indigenous people. He says getting influential leaders to listen has been a turning point….

Investigators: 19 Year Old’s Death In Cass Lake A Homicide

Police now say foul play is suspected in the death of a 19 year old man found dead in a Cass Lake residence on Monday. Investigators say they believe the victim, who hasn’t been identified, is a victim of murder. An autopsy is being conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine an exact cause of death. No word on suspects in the case.

Gonvick Woman Sentenced For Running Over Boyfriend After Drinking

Sentencing for a Gonvick woman whom police say backed over her boyfriend with a pick up truck following a night of drinking back in August. 47 year old Beth Rose Windus was handed close to five years behind bars on a charge of vehicular homicide under the influence of alcohol after pleading guilty. She also has to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution. A second count of vehicular homicide was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. 47 year old Jonathan Sundquist suffered head injuries in the incident.

NEW WOLF MAN APPOINTED

With 25 years of experience in wildlife education and zoo leadership in Minnesota and Oregon, Grant Spickelmier will take the helm of the International Wolf Center as executive director in mid-January. Spickelmier comes from Oregon Zoo in Portland after eight years where he was curator of conservation learning, and previously from the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley where he served in multiple roles, including assistant director of education. He co-wrote the WolfQuest internet game, which is considered the premier wolf simulation game with 900,000 online players.

TAX DEADBEAT LIST UPDATED

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated its latest online posting of Minnesota businesses prohibited from purchasing liquor, beer or wine to resell. The department updates the list each month to reflect companies that have failed to pay taxes to the state. Distributors are prohibited from the sale or delivery to the listed businesses. To view the list, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses, then click on “Business Center” and then click on “Tax Delinquency Lists”

ICE RESCUE ON UPPER RED LAKE

It’s early in the season, but on Tuesday, the Beltrami County Sheriffs Office received reports that people fishing on Upper Red Lake had become stranded on the ice. Eleven known people were rescued by Kelliher Fire & Rescue, but there were also reports of
many others being rescued by others. The exact number rescued is unknown. Early cold weather has resulted in the lake beginning to ice over earlier than usual with mixed thickness. Remember… Ice is never 100 percent safe and it is absolutely unsafe this early in the season. Fisherman are being reminded to stay off the unsafe ice. Doing so risk’s the lives of first responders. Don’t put your life and their lives at risk.

KIDS DO COUNT

Minnesota needs to make sure all kids are counted as part of the 2020 U-S Census. That’s among the key highlights of an annual report that serves as an indicator of child and family well-being in the state. Bharti Wahi, who heads the Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota, says an under-count can have a big impact on how public systems are funded….

Wahi says a strong outreach network has already been established for next year’s census count, so she is confident the state will account for all of its residents.

FARM RUNOFF FUNDING

A program that aims to protect Minnesota waterways from farm runoff has received another round of federal funding. This means $9 million for the state to use to reward farmers for implementing practices that prevent water pollution. Leif Fixen, agriculture strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota calls it a good road map for those who want reduce their environmental impact….

Those practices include using cover crops and buffer zones, and managing the nutrients or fertilizers used on farmland.