Archives for July 2018

COLERAINE WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES… LOSES CUSTODY OF 3-YEAR-OLD

A Coleraine woman was arrested on drug-related charges following the exectution of a search warrant at her home. 38 year old Shana Perry’s 3-year-old child was present, when Perry admitted to possessing marijuana and a marijuana pipe in a “smoking room” attached to the kitchen. She also told investigators that she had methamphetamine and a meth pipe hidden behind a vent cover in her bedroom. Pot, Meth, and drug paraphernalia was seized in the raid. Perry was jailed on a Felony Possession of Methamphetamine charge, and a Felony charge of Methamphetamine Related Crimes Involving Children. Her 3-year-old daughter was placed on a 72-hour hold and custody was transferred to another family member.

GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE UNDERWAY

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency is crafting the next phase of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Andrew Slade with the Minnesota Environmental Partnership says the federal program to restore environmental health to the Great Lakes came after decades of deterioration and neglect….

Tag: Since the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative began a decade ago, nearly three-billion dollars has been invested in more than four-thousand projects. The E-P-A held its only Minnesota hearing in Duluth last week, but people can still comment online at ‘glri.us.’

Carnegie Library To Be Renovated

On Monday night, the Bemidji City Council voted to begin to restore the city’s Carnegie Library with the vote 4-3. The project bid was awarded to Bradbury Stamm Construction of St. Cloud. With large last-minute donations and a current $100,000 matching grant in place, the Carnegie project had a lot of good momentum behind it as it went before council during Monday night’s meeting. Details will now be ironed out, and then the project will get underway.

FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN MINNESOTA RECOGNIZED AS LEADERS

Some Minnesota farmers and ranchers have asked Congressman Collin Peterson to defend the nationwide Conservation Stewardship Program. According to Ben Anderson with Minnesota’s Stewardship Project, the program encourages farming practices such as conservation tillage, multi-species cover cropping, mob grazing and frequent rotations….

Minnesota farmers and ranchers are recognized as leaders in the number of contracts held and acres enrolled in the conservation program. Continued funding is already included in the Senate version of the bill.

“SCAM JAM” EVENT TODAY

Consumer groups in Minnesota continue their efforts to protect older adults from fraud and identity theft. At a “Scam Jam” event today (Friday) in Cambridge, A-A-R-P Minnesota and the Better Business Bureau teamed up to educate seniors, family members and caregivers about the most common scams and how to avoid them. Jay Haapala is with A-A-R-P Minnesota….

More information is available online at ‘AARP.org/fraud' and ‘BBB.org/scamtracker.

BBB… “BEWARE THE FUN RUNS!”

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is advising people to be cautious when signing up for themed races, also known as “fun runs.” They say, while most go off without a hitch, but a handful have been rescheduled, postponed or even canceled. The problem is that often, when you sign up, there are no refunds or there’s a no-refund policy. They suggest checking bbb.org and looking at customer reviews. Ddon’t be fooled by a fancy website. Confirm with the local venue that the event is on, and pay by credit card.

MURPHY ENDORSES SINGLE PAYER PLAN – JOHNSON WARNS IT COULD BE FATAL

DFL-endorsed candidate for governor Erin Murphy rolled out a plan on Tuesday for single-payer health coverage in Minnesota, and eliminating H-M-Os. Murphy proposes the state contract directly with medical providers…

But Republican-endorsed candidate for governor Jeff Johnson warns with state-run single-payer, “You probably lose your doctor. You probably lose your hospital. Your wait times are gonna increase, and a bureaucrat is gonna decide whether you get coverage or not.

BEMIDJI SCHOOLS OFFERING SUMMER FOOD

Bemidji Area Schools are offering a free food program this summer, sponsored by the USDA. It’s available to all kids from any area (not just Bemidji) who are 18 and under. Breakfast is served at 7:30am at Bemidji Middle School, Bemidji High School, Central Elementary School, and Lincoln Elementary School. Lunch is then served at the same locations starting at 10:30. Parents are also invited, but they’re asked to pay for their meal… $4 for lunch and $3 for breakfast. The food service program will end on July 27th.

2 MOTORCYCLISTS KILLED… 2 OTHERS INJURED IN CRASH

Two motorcyclists were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash Saturday on Highway 23. The Minnesota State Patrol says 44-year-old Michelle Young and 42-year-old James Young – both of St. Cloud – died after their motorcycles collided with a car that turned in front of them. The driver of a third motorcycle purposely laid it down to avoid a crash. A 61-year-old man and his passenger on that motorcycle, were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The driver and a passener in the car weren’t hurt.

GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

Governor Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in much of our area, following the devastating storms that have rolled through the area. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Joe Kelly…