Archives for July 2019

CHANGES THIS YEAR FOR DEER HUNTERS IN MINNESOTA

Hunters can start planning ahead for significant changes to deer season regulations, including a youth deer season that’s expanded statewide, expanded deer feeding and attractant bans, and other updates related to managing chronic wasting disease. The 2019 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping regulations handbook is now available at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer. Hunting licenses go on sale Thursday and are available at any DNR license agent, by telephone at 888-646-6367, or online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense.

CULTURE CAMP PLANNED BY RED LAKE CHIPPEWA INDIANS

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will host a Language and Culture Camp on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, August 7 to 9 from 9am to 6pm for the seventh consecutive year. The three-day camp will feature, lacrosse, moccasin game, rock painting, sand art, tobacco pouch making, and more. The location will again be at the Ponemah Round House. It’s free and open to the public. If you need more info, call 218-554-7425 or 218-679-1462.

BLOOD IN SHORT SUPPLY LOCALLY

To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross in Minnesota now through Aug. 29 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood. You can schedule an appointment to give now by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

MINNESTOA MAN ACCUSED IN SEX CASE BELIEVED TO HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE

A Central Minnesota man accused of child sexual assault was found dead. 50 year old Steven Dale Row of Paynesville, was found after authorities got a call from a landowner about a vehicle on or near their land. Deputies responded and found the body. Complete autopsy results are not available yet, but the death is being investigated as a suicide, after investigators say Row appeared to have been searching for information on suicide before his disappearance. Row and his wife, 55-year-old Stacy Row, were suspected of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Stacy Row continues to face a felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. She is due in court Aug. 9.

2 MEN CHARGED IN TORTURE CASE

Two men were arrested and are charged in connection with the kidnapping and then torture of a man, and for wounding a woman he was with at an area mobile home park. 23 year old Anthony Wittner and 19 year old Edward Jenkins-Whitefeather Jr. each face felony charges after police found one of the two victims running with his hands zip-tied behind his back and with lacerations all over his body. The victim said the two also waterboarded him for 20 to 30 minutes. The method is used as a torture technique to simulate the sensation of drowning.

EXPLORER CLUB TO MEET FRIDAY

The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department has launched their Family Outdoor Exploration Club. Nature hikes, games and fun activities are included for the whole family. Bring a picnic this Friday from 6 to 7:30 at North Country Park. Picnic tables are available. Nature Connection will be at the upcoming Exploration Club with a live bird presentation!! It’s $10 per family. Register online at www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call 218-333-1859 with any questions.

SOBRIETY RUN TO TAKE IN 200 MILES

Mind, Body, Spirit, Heart is the theme of the 23rd Annual Spirit Run, (formerly “sobriety run”) sponsored by the Red Lake Chemical Health programs of Red Lake. The Leech Lake youth chemical dependency prevention programs are also involved in the event. The 200-mile journey will kick off with an opening ceremony and remarks at 10:00 a.m. July 31st at the Red Lake Pow wow grounds and will conclude August 3rd in Sawyer, MN. Using the Native American medicine wheel as a guide, this year’s participants will carry a message of wellness and balance in mind, body, spirit and emotions.

INVASIVE SPECIES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers from across Minnesota are needed on Saturday, August 17 to participate in a
statewide search for starry stonewort, one of Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. Hundreds of volunteers will gather at local training sites statewide to learn how to identify starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species and search for them in area lakes. Early detection is critical for control. This event is free, but registration
is requested. For information, visit www.StarryTrek.org. For local information, contact
Beltrami Environmental Services.

PARKS AND REC OFFERING FAMILY OUTDOOR EXPLORATION CLUB

The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department announces a new Family Outdoor Exploration Club, where folks can explore the outdoors and have a fun family picnic. Nature hikes, games and fun activities for the whole family are part of it. Nature Connection will be at the upcoming Exploration Club with a live bird presentation on July 26th from 6 to 7:30PM at North Country Park. The cost is just $10 per family. Register online at www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call 218-333-1859

SERIOUS ATV CRASH IN CASS COUNTY

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Tuesday morning around 8:30, they got a report of a serious ATV crash resulting in injury in the area of County Road 8 in rural Longville. Deputies say a 31 year old man from Bayport was on an ATV when he lost control, went into the ditch, and was ejected. That man, whose name has not been released, was treated at the scene for serious injuries, and then taken via North Air Care to a Twin Cities hospital. The crash investigation continues.