VEHICLE PLUNGES THROUGH ICE ON LAKE LILLIAN

A vehicle plunged through the ice on Lake Lillian last Friday night… fortunately, the two people in it were not hurt. It happened on the north side of the lake, according to the sheriff’s office, who reports the vehicle was pulling a fish house out on the lake, when it went through the ice… submerging both the vehicle and the fish house. Officials say it serves as a warning that flowing water and trapped air bubbles make ice conditions unstable this time of year. . Ice can be variable and if you head out, you are urged to proceed with caution on area lakes.

SEX CRIME SENTENCE UPHELD

An appeals court in Ramsey County has upheld the probation sentence that was handed to a man who repeatedly raped a 15-year-old relative. The appeals court ruled that the judge did not abuse his authority when he went against a prosecutor’s protests and sentenced a man convicted of repeatedly raping the young teen, to probation instead of prison time…. citing the broad discretion that the law gives district court judges. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office filed the appeal last summer in hopes of eventually securing a longer sentence for 28 year old Michael Hill, of Hastings, sex crimes.0

MINNESOTA RAIL CONFERENCE TODAY IN ST. PAUL

Minnesota’s first-ever statewide rail conference is being held today in St. Paul. MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle…

WHITE EARTH TRIBAL MEMBER RECEIVES DEATH THREATS

A White Earth Tribal Council member is now speaking out after receiving death threats… White Earth Tribal Council member Alan Roy, is getting death threats and the council addressed the situation by making a Facebook Live video. Roy, was elected to the Tribal Council in June. He says, four people so far, have made threats against him and/or criminally harassed his wife and three young children. One person has been charged with making terroristic threats for allegedly threatening to choke him and to put an ax through his head. Roy has an active restraining order against that person.

NEW BRIGHTON MAN FACING MURDER CHARGES

A New Brighton man is now charged with first-degree attempted murder in connection with a shooting at a south Moorhead grocery store that happened last Sunday evening, and resulted in a juvenile going to the hospital for treatment. 23 year old Kevin Blocker faces seven felony charges, including two counts of first-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. Blocker was locked up in the Clay County Jail. His bail was set at $750,000 with conditions or $1 million without conditions.

fORMER ELEVATOR OPERATOR SURRENDERS TO FRAUD CHARGES

A federal fugitive Minnesota elevator manager has turned himself in. Jerry Hennessey, the fugitive manager of the Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative turned himself in to federal authorities after formal charges were filed on Monday. Prosecutors say Hennessey used millions of dollars of elevator funds to help pay for big-game hunting trips. Hennessey had turned himself in but federal authorities late in the day could not confirm this. The 56 year old Hennessey is charged with mail fraud. Prosecutors say he ripped off the co-op since 2003, and spent $500,000 for taxidermy alone. They also say he wrote checks from the elevator to individuals in the taxidermy and hunting industry, labeling the money as paying for corn, soybeans or other commodities, and that he wrote more than $1.1 million in checks to himself.

OTTER TAIL POWER COMPANY HOSTING LED LIGHT EXCHANGE

Today and tomorrow, Otter Tail Power Company will host holiday light exchanges in Bemidji and Fergus Falls. Just bring a bag of non-perishable food in exchange for up to five strings of LED holiday lights. It’s today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Food Shelf in Bemidji and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. Quantities are limited, so get there while supplies last.

BELTRAMI ELECTRIC COLLECTING WARM WINTER CLOTHES FOR STUDENTS

For the 19th year, Beltrami Electric Cooperative will be collecting donations of NEW or HOMEMADE mittens, gloves, hats and scarves, which will be distributed to students enrolled in the Head Start /ECFE programs throughout the cooperative’s service area. If you would like to help keep children warm this winter, Beltrami Electric will be accepting donations through Friday, December 7th.
Beltrami Electric is located at 4111 Technology Drive, N.W. and items can be
dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

RON WHITE COMING TO BEMIDJI’S SANFORD CENTER DECEMBER 1ST

Comedian Ron White will appear in Bemidji on Saturday, December 1st at the Sanford Center. The Grammy-nominated comedian has sold more than 14 million albums. He originally began performing stand-up comedy in 1986. A few years later, he joined the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, whose tour sold out audiences in 270 cities. His upcoming local performance will feature some of his latest work, including bits from his 2018 Netflix special, “If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up.” White’s show at the Sanford Center begins December 1st at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Sanford Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

FAMILY MISSING SINCE THANKSGIVING DAY FOUND DEAD AFTER CRASH

A Grand Forks Count family who went missing on Thanksgiving Day, was found dead after a car crash in Montana. Chelsi and Anthony Dean, along with their children Kaytlin and Avri, died in the crash that happened east of Billings. The Montana Highway Patrol says the family was headed east on Interstate 94 around 7 a.m. when the vehicle went off the road and crashed into a median. No other details about the crash were released, and it remains under investigation.