Archives for November 2018

RED LAKE TRIBE MAKES GENEROUS DONATION TO WOLFE CENTER

The Red Lake Tribal Council has donated $5,000 to The Wolfe Center to be distributed at $1,000 per month for the next five months. The Wolfe Center is a nighttime shelter for chronic homeless inebriates struggling with chemical dependency. It is able to house 16 people. Red Lake provided seed money to help get the Wolfe Center started a few years ago. The shelter is located in downtown Bemidji near the County Government Complex

FOOTBALL PLAYER RECOVERING FROM COMA

A Hill-Murray football player is walking and talking this week after suffering a brain bleed late last month resulting in a medically induced coma. Zach Zarembinski’s dad Dan…

FORMER SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FACING FEDERAL CHARGES

The former superintendent of the Shakopee School District is facing federal charges for allegedly soliciting a bribe. Prosecutors say 53-year-old Rodney Thompson, in dealings with a company interested being awarded contracts with the district, solicited home improvement projects, personal travel, and attendance at sporting events. The F-B-I investigated the case.

REPUBLICAN LOSSES MCCAIN’S FAULT – LEWIS SPEAKS TO WSJ

Defeated 2nd District Congressman Jason Lewis in a Wall Street Journal editorial says the Republican Party lost its U-S House majority back in July 2017 “when Sen. John McCain ended the party’s seven-year quest to repeal ObamaCare.” Lewis says McCain’s last-minute decision prompted a wave of attack ads by liberal special interests that allowed Democrats to hammer Republicans about pre-existing conditions.

WALTZ AND FLANAGAN TO ANNOUNCE ADVISORY BOARD

It’s expected Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan this week will announce members of their “One Minnesota” Advisory Board that will assist them as they take the reins. Walz and Flanagan’s transition website, mn.gov/tim-walz, is live now…

TEEN SHOT IN THE FOOT

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on November 6th, his office was notified by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office that a 16 year old girl was being taken by private vehicle to a Brainerd Hospital for a reported gunshot wound to her right foot. Investigators say it appears to have happened while she and others were loading gear into a vehicle after hunting in rural Maple Township, and the
rifle accidently discharged. Her wounds were said to be non-life-threatening.

DFL SELECTS LEADERS

The Minnesota House DFL elected state Representative Melissa Hortman Speaker of the House-designate at their organizational caucus this evening….

Representative-elect Ryan Winkler was elected House Majority Leader….

The DFL majority will consist of 75 members, pending a possible recount in District 5A.

FLAGS AT HALF STAFF ACROSS THE STATE AND NATION

In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump, Governor Mark Dayton has directed all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, beginning immediately, until sunset on Saturday, as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence in Thousand Oaks, California.

Refuse Pickup Changed Next Week

In Bimidji, residential refuse customers who are normally picked up on Monday, November
12th, will be picked up on Tuesday, November 13th, because of the Veterans Day Holiday. All other pickups remain unchanged.

WILL BE SPLIT STATE LEGISLATURE

Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz will be working with a split state legislature when the session convenes in January. The D-F-L took back control of the Minnesota House with Democratic candidates regaining 18 seats including many the Twin Cities suburbs. Representative Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park will likely be the next speaker of the Minnesota House.