Gov. Tim Walz Back In Class

Gov. Tim Walz is going back to class this month. The teacher-turned-politician has been out promoting his statewide education proposal. Walz was at Bemidji High School on Wednesday afternoon, where he spoke with students about education policy and spending. Walz’s plan would increase per pupil funding for schools by 3 percent next year and 2 percent the year after. Using funds from the state’s budget surplus and by increasing taxes on gasoline by 20 cents per gallon.

Snow Removal Parking Lots Closed

It’s snow removal time and Bemidji State has a message for students and staff, if you are leaving your vehicle on campus over break, you must park on the far north end of the Oak Hall parking lot in the parking stalls closest to 23rd street. Parking permits are NOT required in the Walnut, Oak, Birch, or Linden lots over this timeframe. Multiple lots will be closed daily. Any vehicle parked in a closed lot will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

BPD Hiring

The Bemidji Police Department is currently accepting applications for position of Police Officer. Applications available online at: www.ci.bemidji.mn.us Salary range $26.89-$34.06 /hour ($55,923-$70,842 annually) Process includes: Written exam, training and experience rating, oral interview, fitness testing, extensive background investigation, psychological exam and physical exam. Applications must be received by 4:00 PM on Monday, March 25th, 2019. Questions: Call 218-759-3562

FARM HEALTH BILL PASSED

A bill passed this week in the Minnesota House unanimously, that provides statewide mental health counseling for farm families, increases marketing so farm families are informed that help is available, and boosts funding for farm advocate services and farmer-lender mediators. Rep. Jeanne Poppe (jean) (poppy), was the chief author of the measure, and is the chair of the Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division….

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MURDER TRIAL SET

A man from Duluth pleaded not guilty Monday, to fatally assaulting a Park Point resident in a January home invasion. The jury trial for 30 year old Darrel Darryl Mayhew was scheduled to begin April 30th. Mayhew is accused of hitting 70-year-old Larry Watczak over the head with a blunt object, then stealing his cellphone, tablet computer and $2 in cash. Watczak slipped into a coma and died 10 days later. Mayhew is charged with intentional second-degree murder, unintentional second-degree murder, aggravated first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. He is set to appear for a final pretrial hearing on April 18.

SCHOOL SAFETY HIGHLIGHTED

House Education Policy Chair Cheryl Youakim on Friday, announced a new event that took place at the Capitol called “Health and Safety in Our Schools Day.” The event is a House DFL Majority initiative inspired by students, parents, and public education advocates….

KILLER MOVED TO ANOTHER PRISON

A Fargo man who’s serving time in prison for helping kidnap the baby of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind has been transferred to an out-of-state facility. The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says 33 year old William Hoehn was moved from the State Penitentiary in Bismark to an undisclosed prison in another state, for his own protection. Authorities did not elaborate on the reason for the move. They also would not say whether Hoehn was injured during his stay at the State Penitentiary, citing laws that keep medical records private. Hoehn was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after a judge determined he was a “special dangerous offender.” He has appealed the sentence.

GET YOUR ICE HUT OFF THE LAKE!!

The deadline to remove ice shelters from lakes in Minnesota is today in some parts of the state. The March 4th deadline will not be extended. Anglers are expected to follow the March 4th deadline in the south, and a March 18 deadline in the northern third of the state.
Capt. Cory Palmer of the D-N-R…

FOREVER GREEN INITIATIVE GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM STATE LEGISLATURE

Bills have been introduced in the legislature to fully fund the U of M’s Forever Green Initiative… a priority for the Land Stewardship Project.

Rep. Jeff Brand says that no one on the planet is doing what MN is doing right now…

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Rep. Ginny Klevorn (KLEE-vorn) says this initiative is relevant throughout Minnesota…

(TAG) The legislation seeks $5 million each year for the program.

TYPE “O” BLOOD URGENTLY NEEDED – RED CROSS PUTS OUT URGENT APPEAL

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter. Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).