Dayton May Veto Behemoth Bill

More than a few major issues remain before the Minnesota legislature, and a majority have been consolidated in one 990-page bill, and Gov. Mark Dayton’s threat to veto the behemoth bill– which he hasn’t seen– means much of the three month legislative session will be incomplete.

Red Lake Runoffs Required

All but one of Red Lake Nation’s 2018 elections resulted in the need for runoffs Wednesday, after nearly all of the 40 candidates failed to secure more than 50 percent of the vote. Only incumbent Gary Nelson was able to reach the 50 percent threshold for victory.

St Paul Man Charged with Violation

70-year-old Kenneth Logans, who reportedly pulled down a woman’s pants on a train in St. Paul, faces charges of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The 39-year-old sleeping woman awoke to find Logans pulling down her pants and underwear. Authorities used a cell phone photo taken on the train to track him down.

Beltrami DA Appeals Dismissal

Ninth District judge Shari Schluchter dismissed a first-degree drug charge on April 30th after determining that law enforcement did not have probably cause to search defendant Christopher McDonald’s home. The Beltrami County Attorney’s Office recently appealed the dismissal. Read more at; bemidjipioneer.com.

Top MN Baby Names 2017

The Social Security Administration on Thursday listed the most common names given state-by-state, and Minnesota’s most popular names were Olivia and Oliver. Michael failed to make the top-10 list for the first time since World War II, and Emily was not among the nation’s top 10 most popular girls’ names for the first time since 1990.

City, Sanford Center Consider Criminal Action Against Webb

Bemidji officials are working with the Sanford Center’s management company on possibly pursuing criminal action against former executive director Curtis Webb, who’s accused of misusing over $110,000 in funds. Webb was employed by VenuWorks, a management company that operates the Bemidji facility.

Law Enforcement Honored in Bemidji

About 50 police officers, deputies and civilians gathered Thursday evening to honor the 129 members of law enforcement killed in 2017, including one from Minnesota. The annual memorial ceremony has been held in Bemidji for more than 15 years.

Trooper Hurt In Crash

A head on crash involving a Minnesota State Patrol trooper and another driver Tuesday afternoon in Lakeville… Police say 35 year old Sgt. Mike Krukowski was in his Chevrolet Tahoe squad vehicle and headed south on Kenrick Avenue shortly before 4pm yesterday, when a northbound minivan driven by 29-year-old Wesley Briggs veered off Interstate 35, crashed through a barrier fence, and slammed into the trooper’s vehicle head-on. Krukowski was pinned inside his vehicle, but he was freed by first responders and taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Briggs was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Memorial Weekend Potluck Scheduled At Clearwater Lake

The Clearwater Lake Area Association will hold a Memorial Weekend meeting and potluck meal on Sunday, May 27th, at Moore’s Garage. It’s easy to find… just eight houses east of the public access. The board meeting will be held at 3, followed by the potluck at 5. If you plan on going, you are asked to bring one of your favorite dishes… along with plates, utensils, and a lawn chair. Coffee and lemonade will be provided. The meeting is open to the public.

Granddaughter Of Minnesota Philathropist Arrested For Embezzlement

The granddaughter of a Minnesota philanthropist has been arrested after investigators say she stole from her former employer. 48 year old Tawnee Nasseff is charged with six counts of theft by swindle for misappropriating about $860,000 from a St. Paul law firm she worked at for nearly 20 years. Nasseff is the daughter of the late John “Mickey” Nasseff Jr. and the granddaughter of the late John Michael Nasseff… a senior West Publishing executive before becoming one of St. Paul’s most prolific donors. He died in February. Tawnee Nasseff was fired from her job as a bookkeeper at Paige J. Donnelly Ltd. after the law firm discovered the theft.