Archives for July 2018

SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY PROMISED IN MINNESOTA

A policy designed to improve sex-assault investigations across Minnesota is now being promised by the chairman of the state’s police licensing board. Tim Bledsoe says he will call a special meeting next month of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Teri Walker McLaughlin with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault says women who report sex crimes must be able to trust that the police will take them seriously….

HEALTH SCAM MAKING THE ROUNDS

If you get a call from someone saying they’re with Premier Health Plan, beware. Ross Corson is with the state Commerce Department…

If you’ve received such a call, contact the Consumer Services Center at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Minnesota Credit In Good Standing

Two top agencies, Fitch and Standard and Poors, have given the State of Minnesota Triple-A bond ratings and a third agency, Moody’s, reaffirmed its A-a-1 rating. Fitch says the state has shown “significant financial resilience,” while S&P cites Minnesota’s “improved financial position and recently passed pension reform” for public employees. Governor Mark Dayton says “state government has made a complete financial turnaround in the past seven-and-a-half years” and he credits the people of Minnesota.

Housley Says It’s Time To Delist Wolves

Republican-endorsed U-S Senate candidate Karin Housley applauds a measure that recently passed the U-S House to take the grey wolf off the endangered species list and says the Senate should follow suit…

Phone & Email Campaign Aimed At Minnesota Teachers

A telephone and email campaign here in Minnesota and other Midwest states is aimed at teachers, encouraging them to drop out of their union. It’s thought to be the result of a Supreme Court decision last month that struck down laws in many states, including Minnesota, that allow unions to negotiate teacher contracts, and in return collect a “fair share” fee to cover the cost of collective bargaining. Education Minnesota President Denise Specht…

DNR RELEASES STATEWIDE DEER MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released its first statewide deer management plan… the result of two years of planning. It includes input from a 19-member citizen advisory committee, dozens of public input meetings and open houses, more than 1,100 submitted comments and letters from tribal governments, hunting organizations and others. The plan covers topics ranging from research, to keeping Minnesota’s deer populations healthy to how the DNR and the public work together on deer management. It also seeks to increase two-way communication with hunters, landowners and others through annual deer management discussions.

BEMIDJI MAN DIES IN ATV WRECK

A Bemidji man is dead following an ATV crash. 23 year old Kyle Sagedahl was found with life-threatening injuries, and he was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital where he later died. According to investigators, alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, but the investigation is still continuing.
Sagedahl was a 2013 Bemidji High School honor graduate and a standout athlete. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Bemidji.

FORMER TEACHER FACING FELONY CHARGES FOR SEX WITH STUDENTS

A former science teacher at Liberty Middle School, is facing felony charges after investigators say she shared hundreds of sexually explicit Snapchat videos and photos with two male students and had sex with one of them. 37 year old Shannon Moser of Moorhead, is now facing two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance… both felonies; and one count of sexual assault, also a felony. Moser resigned from her job on July 12th. Her arrest comes after West Fargo police received an anonymous tip that Moser was having sex with a male student in Rendezvous Park and giving him electronic tobacco products. Other anonymous complaints alleged that Moser shared nude Snapchat photos with a 16-year-old West Fargo student.

FEMA DAMAGE ASSESSMENT MAKING HEADWAY

After beginning in Lake, St. Louis and Carlton counties in northeast Minnesota, it’s expected FEMA teams will move into northwest Minnesota this week and then on to the southwest — assessing damage from the succession of storms and flooding that have hit Minnesota since mid June. State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joe Kelly says FEMA is focusing on damage to public infrastructure, but also collecting data on losses to individual homes and businesses. He says based on initial damage assessments, the governor will likely be able to ask President Trump for a major disaster declaration in early August, which would bring federal assistance to repair public infrastructure. Any decision on individual assistance would come later.

SO LONG BAGLEY MERCANTILE AFTER 120 YEARS

Demolition has begun at the old Bagley Mercantile, which has stood for 120 years… even predating the town of Bagley by about 6 months. After costly repairs began to add up, the owner decided now was the time to bring it down. David Lee says it’s been a part of his family for all those 120 years, during which time it employed more than 600 people, and sold everything from cars to stereos, clothing to hardware, groceries , farm implements, and chainsaws. Lee says he is retiring now, and he has sold the property to Galen Supermarket, which after the demolition, will use part of the property for a new parking lot, and part of it to expand their store.