Archives for June 2018

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.

UND UNVEILS “PILOT” PROGRAM

A new agreement that has been reached between the University of North Dakota and United Airlines. The UND Career Pathway Program with United Airlines gives aviation students the chance to become United Airlines pilots, as long as they meet eligibility requirements at the university and through the airline. Students who graduate from the University of North Dakota’s aviation school will be required to stay for a period of time, making a commitment to the school before they can move on to one of United’s regional partners. The agreement hopes to address the continued need for new pilots and will help create an additional pipeline for United pilots.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PRESENTED

Bank Forward President Tom Watson along with CEO and Insure Forward President Mark Brown have jointly announced that Soren Dybing is the recipient of an educational scholarship to be awarded to a student participating Bank/Insure/Invest/Tax Forward markets. Dybing recently graduated from Bemidji High School and plans to study geological science at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The Bog Is Gone!

Volunteers won what has become known as the battle with the bog on Sunday, working in hot, humid conditions, with chainsaws and power boats to dismember it. The bog on North Long Lake, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, was about 255,000 square feet in diameter and estimated to weigh 4,000 tons… that’s 8 million pounds. It floated around the bay as the wind shifted—damaging property in the process. The bog removal has been in the works for months.