BELTRAMI ELECTRIC COLLECTING WARM WINTER CLOTHES FOR STUDENTS

For the 19th year, Beltrami Electric Cooperative will be collecting donations of NEW or HOMEMADE mittens, gloves, hats and scarves, which will be distributed to students enrolled in the Head Start /ECFE programs throughout the cooperative’s service area. If you would like to help keep children warm this winter, Beltrami Electric will be accepting donations through Friday, December 7th.
Beltrami Electric is located at 4111 Technology Drive, N.W. and items can be
dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

RON WHITE COMING TO BEMIDJI’S SANFORD CENTER DECEMBER 1ST

Comedian Ron White will appear in Bemidji on Saturday, December 1st at the Sanford Center. The Grammy-nominated comedian has sold more than 14 million albums. He originally began performing stand-up comedy in 1986. A few years later, he joined the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, alongside Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy, whose tour sold out audiences in 270 cities. His upcoming local performance will feature some of his latest work, including bits from his 2018 Netflix special, “If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up.” White’s show at the Sanford Center begins December 1st at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Sanford Center box office, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

FAMILY MISSING SINCE THANKSGIVING DAY FOUND DEAD AFTER CRASH

A Grand Forks Count family who went missing on Thanksgiving Day, was found dead after a car crash in Montana. Chelsi and Anthony Dean, along with their children Kaytlin and Avri, died in the crash that happened east of Billings. The Montana Highway Patrol says the family was headed east on Interstate 94 around 7 a.m. when the vehicle went off the road and crashed into a median. No other details about the crash were released, and it remains under investigation.

GOVERNOR HEADS HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL TODAY

Governor Mark Dayton leaves Mayo Clinic today after an extended stay of over a month due to complications from back surgery. He said during that time, things ran pretty smoothly….

TWO BEMIDJI RESIDENTS SENT TO PRISON ON DRUG CHARGES

Two people from Bemidji residents were sentenced Monday for trafficking methamphetamine in Beltrami County. 39 year old Sky Knute will serve 75 months in prison, and 39 year old Suzanne Locke will spend 105 months behind bars. The pair was arrested in May.

ADA WOMAN DIES IN HAY BALER ACCIDENT

A woman from Ada was killed in a farm accident. It happened last Friday, when Katie Vilmo was pinned by a hay baler. She was flown to a Fargo hospital where she died on Saturday. Katie is survived by a 3-month-old daughter and her husband, Mike. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with medical costs.

FISHERMEN RESCUED FROM ICE

Two fishermen had to be rescued over this past weekend from Upper Red Lake, after a sheet of ice they were on detached from the main shoreline. The two were treated for hypothermia. It’s a reminder that ice fishing on Lower Red Lake and Upper Red Lake is prohibited until they are deemed safe. Both lakes are still among dozens that have not yet accumulated a safe amount of ice. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says there needs to be at least 4 inches of ice for a person… 5 to 7 inches for snowmobiles or ATVs, and for cars and small pickups, a minimum of 8 to 12 inches is needed.

FARMERS DEALING WITH WINTER MANURE ISSUES

A reminder for farmers from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency… you should try to take steps to minimize runoff, nutrient loss, and water contamination when spreading manure, as snow-covered and frozen soils make land application of manure a challenge this time of year. Watch weather and field conditions closely for a safe window to apply manure. When in doubt, contact your MPCA or county feedlot official. Monitor field edges to verify that manure runoff is not occurring. If runoff is occurring, report it to the Minnesota Duty Officer at 800-422-0798.

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…