SMALL HERD OF CATTLE TIE UP TRAFFIC

In Polk County, a “small herd” of 10 to 14 cows was running down U.S. Highway 2 when a deputy noticed them on Monday. Local law enforcement and the fire department attempted to stop the cattle as they continued to run around for more than two hours. According to other media reports, most of the cattle were rounded up and brought back to their owner, Mike Halland, without incident, but as of Monday evening, some of the cows were still said to be unaccounted for. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office asked anyone who comes across missing cattle not to approach the animals and to contact authorities.

MINNEAPOLIS DEATH RULED HOMICIDE

In Minneapolis, authorities have released the man who died after a fight over the weekend near the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. According to a release from the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office, 27 year old Derrick Geshick of Roseville died of blunt-force injuries in the fight that broke out around 11pm Sunday after he and another man left a bar. His death has been ruled a homicide. A man was taken into custody, but he has been cooperative, and has since been released, pending further investigation.

15 YEAR OLD BOY STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WHILE IN BED

A 15-year-old boy who was struck by lightning early Saturday, luckily got away with only a few marks on his back and shoulder. Corey Wilmer of Oak Grove was sleeping in a small cabin on North Long Lake, north of Brainerd, when lightning struck about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He says the bolt lifted him off the bed, and he felt extreme burning pain. He got up, but couldn’t move his shoulder, and the bed was on fire. A friend and his stepdad who were with him, took him to the Brainerd hospital. He is expected to fully recover.

DETOUR IN BEMIDJI

A stretch of Division Street near Bemidji High School has been closed to prepare for three new roundabouts. All the traffic will be redirected to the Adams Avenue intersection. The roundabout project is expected to be finished by the start of school in the beginning of September.

WATER CARNIVAL KICKING OFF

Carnival workers, food vendors, and Jaycees have all been busy ramping up for the 74th Annual Water Carnival in Bemidji… part of the big six-day 4th of July celebration. New activities this year include a lumberjack show and a military veterans march from Paul Bunyan Park to the Lake Bemidji South Shore. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.bemidjijaycees.com/water-carnival.html

HAGEDORN 100% BEHIND TRUMP ON BORDER FIGHT

Republican Jim Hagedorn (HAG-a-dorn), running for U-S House in Minnesota’s First District, said the goal of President Trump’s travel ban is to prevent terrorists and people who hate America from entering the U-S. He says the president has a responsibility to protect and defend the United States and the people of America…

MINNEAPOLIS SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Minnesota authorities are investigating the deadly police shooting of a man who officers and witnesses say was firing a handgun on a Minneapolis street last night. WCCO-TV Reporter John Lauritsen says neighbors say they saw Thurman Blevins with a gun….

TWO HURT IN MULTI-VEHICLE PILEUP

Two people were hurt in a six-car crash in Bemidji. The Minnesota State Patrol says 74-year-old Ervin Blom failed to stop as he approached westbound on US Highway 2 at the Adams Avenue Intersection. Blom hit one car and that caused a chain reaction… pushing each car into the one ahead of it. Blom was treated fro non life threatening injuries, as was Richard Curtis of Bemidji, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. None of the other drivers were hurt.

TRUMP VISITS DULUTH

A historic visit by the President in Duluth…

Bemidji Jaycees Selling Water Carnival Buttons

Summer has officially arrived! How can you tell? Well, other than the warm weather we are now enjoying, the Bemidji Jaycees are now selling their Water Carnival Buttons. They are available at many places around Bemidji, and if you want to take part in the medallion hunt, you are going to need a button first. If you find the medallion and you have a button, you will win double the prize money!