Former Duluth Mayor Arrested

61-year-old former Duluth and Superior Mayor Herb Bergson was arrested Tuesday after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a tree and lying to deputies about the incident. Bergson, who has three convictions on his record for operating while intoxicated, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Read more at; bemidjipioneer.com.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Reports

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department received a call on Wednesday at 11:19pm from a complainant who reported an incident of domestic assault. Deputies responded to the area of 15th Street NW in Bemidji, where 24-year-old Dylan Tonce was arrested and taken into custody.

During a traffic stop for speeding on Wednesday at 10:07pm, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 38-year-old Quincy Klasen in the area of Roosevelt Road and Frohn Road SE in Bemidji. He was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies for driving while intoxicated.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle complaint call on Wednesday at 4:14pm in the area of Birchmont Beach Road NE in Bemidji, where 26-year-old Libby Kendall was cited by deputies for a school bus arm violation.

21-year-old Chance Dyrdahl was issued a citation and equipment repair order by Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies for illegal window tint on the front and rear sides on Wednesday at 3:05pm near Grange Road and Highway 89 NW in Bemidji.

Peterson Blasts Budget

Ranking Member of the Ag Committee Collin Peterson of Minnesota responded to President Trump’s 2019 budget request, saying [quote] “Contrary to the Administration’s infrastructure proposal, this budget will harm rural America and agriculture… seeking to weaken or completely do away with the farm and food safety net,” [end quote]

Self-Defense at BSU

BSU students and staffers learned about “Empowerment self-defense” this week. It’s a technique that considers the broader cultural context in which violence occurs, according to Diane Long, an empowerment self-defense instructor who taught the seminars on campus.

Hassan Hid on St. Paul Campus

Accused St. Catherine University arsonist Tnuza Hassan might have hidden out on the St. Paul campus for up to a week in January. Consequently, the university is enlisting assistance to review its safety procedures, but there is no current threat at the campus.

Smith Backs Penny-a-Pill Bill

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith is cosponsoring the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act, also known as the “Penny-a-Pill” bill that would require big pharmaceutical companies to fund solutions to the epidemic they helped create.

Clerk Suing Kennedy

The former clerk and treasurer is suing the tiny town of Kennedy and its leaders, claiming they defamed her and violated open meeting laws. Mary Cooney said they retaliated against her after she attempted to push the City Council into discussing allegations against her in open meetings.

Suicide at Baxter Gun Range

An unidentified man died at Bill’s Gun Shop & Range in Baxter at roughly 2 p.m. Wednesday, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. First responders converged on the indoor shooting range on Excelsior Road near the intersection of Highway 371. They declined further comment, pending a forensic investigation.

Duckworth Likes Klobuchar for President

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois was asked which woman she would like to see next run for president, and she wasn’t shy about endorsing Minnesota DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar during an interview for POLITICO’s Women Rule podcast.

Ernie Beitel Running for Beltrami Sheriff

Beltrami County Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel announced today he has decided to run for sheriff in the 2018 election. Incumbent Sheriff Phil Hodapp announced Monday he will not be seeking a fourth term. Beitel has worked as chief deputy of the department for more than five years.