NEW FARM BILL ON THE VERGE OF AUTHORIZATION

As Congress works to reauthorize a new farm bill by the end of September, those working to end hunger in the U-S are encouraged that the latest version would help, not punish, Minnesota’s 621-thousand residents who use SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. Colleen Moriarty is with Hunger Solutions Minnesota…

The farm bill is usually renewed every five years, and the current version is set to expire September 30th. Congress is working on a timeline of passing the legislation before the July Fourth recess.

AMERICAN SPIRIT FLOATING AGAIN

A huge 1,004 foot freighter, loaded with iron ore pellets, ran aground in the Duluth harbor Sunday afternoon. The American Spirit came to a stop just short of the seawall, but it didn’t hit it. Nobody was hurt. The Coast Guard reported no signs of pollution. The freighter has since been re-floated and is once again on its way.

INSTACART AVAILABLE IN BRAINERD

A new service is now available to folks living in the Brainerd area. They can now get groceries delivered right to their front door. The grocery delivery service “Instacart” is now serving the greater Brainerd area. All shoppers need to do is visit Instacart.com or use their mobile app to put in their shopping list, and an Instacart driver will do all their shopping, and then deliver the groceries to their house at any time. They currently are working with Cub Foods and Costco. Delivery fees range from six to twelve dollars based on the size of the order.

1.004 FOOT FREIGHTER RUNS AGROUND IN DULUTH HARBOR

A huge 1,004 foot freighter, loaded with iron ore pellets, ran aground in the Duluth harbor Sunday afternoon. The grounding of the American Spirit, caused the Aerial Lift Bridge to be pressed into service as the only way to ship traffic for the time being. The freighter came to a stop just short of the seawall, but it didn’t hit it. Nobody was hurt. Boaters are being asked to stay at least 500 yards away from the ship. The Coast Guard reported Sunday evening there were no signs of pollution.

HEALTH INSURANCE RATES ACTUALLY DIPPING A BIT IN MINNESOTA

After the past few years, when severe price spikes have been the norm, health insurers in Minnesota’s individual markets are proposing mostly decreased premium rates for 2019. The average decrease could range anywhere from 3 percent to more than 12 percent, althoght the proposed rates are preliminary and will be reviewed by the Commerce Department before they are finalized later this year. Even so, health insurance rates remain sky high compared to just a few years ago, prior to the implementation of The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

BOY INJURED AS TRUCK HITS COW NORTH OF BEMIDJI

A truck collided with a cow Friday morning on Highway 1 in Shooks Township… about 40 miles north of Bemidji, leaving an 11 year old boy who was a passener in that truck, injured. The driver, 45 year old Royal Larson of Windom, was not hurt. The child was said to have been suffering non life threatening injuries, when rushed to Sanford Bemidji Medical Hospital. There is no word about the condition of the cow.

SPIRIT RIDE FOCUSES ATTENTION ON MINNESOTA MOVE OVER LAW

Follow Minnesota’s “Move Over” law is the message as “Spirit Ride” advocates make their first sweep through Minnesota. They trucked a symbolic casket up I-35 from Albert Lea to Saint Paul yesterday and stop in Detroit Lakes and Twin Valley today. Experts say nationwide 70 percent of motorists don’t know about “Move Over” statutes. Minnesota passed its law after State Trooper Ted Foss was struck and killed by a semi in August of 2000 while conducting a traffic stop on I-90 near Rochester.

TWO FACE CHARGES FOR HOLDING TEEN CAPTIVE

Two people are now facing felony charges of false imprisonment with intentional restraint after authorities say he held a teenager captive in their apartment for at least two days, after he and another boy tried to take off without paying for a ride. 21 year old Jose Sanchez and 25 yera old Ashley Valadez of Wilmar, are accused of holding the 17-year-old boy captive in their apartment for at least three days in May, and assaulting him. Police say the couple held the boy captive in their apartment and beat him approximately a dozen times.

MAN MISSING AFTER BOATING ACCIDENT

One man was rescued but another man at last report, remained missing Tuesday evening, after a boat overturned on a lake in Cass County. The sheriff’s office got the call yesterday afternoon around 1:30. about two people who had been tossed off a boat on Hay Lake near Backus. The operator of the boat was found, and taken to shore, where he was treated for only minor injuries. A passenger in that boat, remains missing as of last report.

ACCUSED PERVERT TEACHER HAS DAY IN COURT

The Lincoln Park Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a former student made an appearance in court on Tuesday. 33 year old Karla Winterfeld is already being disciplined by the Duluth School Board. Winterfeld is facing a felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after admitting to investigators, that she had sex with with a 15-year-old. Winterfeld has held both health and special education teaching positions in the Duluth school district since 2007. She was placed on paid administrative leave after her arrest last month. Winterfeld remains in the St. Louis County Jail on $100,000 bail.