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SENATOR SUED FOR BLOCKING FACEBOOK USER
December 12, 2019, 9:36 am

A South Dakota state senator has been sued for blocking a Facebook user. In his lawsuit, Jeffrey Church alleges Senator Stace Nelson, who announced his resignation as senator on November 17 and whose final day in the position was Tuesday, slandered and attempted to silence Church after he was critical of statements made by Nelson. Church alleges that he commented critically on a poll, and Nelson then deleted the comment. Nelson and Church then directed additional comments at each other on the poll post, after which Nelson reportedly deleted comments from other posts and blocked Church from the Facebook page.



NEW TOWN MAN HEADED TO PRISON FOR BURNING DOWN A CHURCH ON INDIAN RESERVATION
December 11, 2019, 10:44 am

A New Town man was sentenced Monday to 2 ¼ years in prison for burning down a church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. 23 year old Rode Vocu back in August, pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the April 22 fire that destroyed the Memorial Congregational Church. A federal grand jury had indicted him in June. The church was built in 1926 in Elbowoods and moved as floodwaters from construction of the Garrison Dam approached. Vocu must also spend three years on supervised probation after he is released from prison.



CASS COUNTY FATALITY
December 10, 2019, 9:18 am

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that early Saturday… at 1:43 AM… they got a report of a vehicle crash on County Road 8. Deputies arrived and found that a pickup had run off the road and into a ditch… landing in a swampy area. The driver, a 60 year old man from St Paul… who was alone in the vehicle… was dead. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members. The crash investigation continues, and an autopsy is scheduled.



WINTER LOADS INCREASE BEGINNING TODAY
December 9, 2019, 9:48 am

Winter truck load increases begin today on unrestricted state highways in the north and north-central frost zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The frost zones can be found on the MnDOT load limits map. Vehicles will be allowed to operate up to 10 percent over the standard legal maximum loads on unrestricted highways during the winter load increase period. However, trucks must comply with current registration weight laws and not exceed registered gross weight tolerances. Drivers need to check with local agencies before increasing any weights on city, county and township routes. For questions call 651-296-6000



HELICOPTER CRASH DEADLY IN MINNESOTA
December 6, 2019, 8:18 am

A routine test flight turned deadly in Minnesota. Sandra Best – Brigadier General, Minnesota National Guard…

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz…



PRISON POPULATION RACIAL GAPS STUDIED
December 5, 2019, 9:43 am

A new national report cites positive steps in closing racial gaps within the U.S. prison population. But the report’s authors caution there’s a lot of work left to do, and Minnesota’s numbers suggest a wide racial gap persists. Adam Gelb is the president and CEO of the Council on Criminal Justice….

The report doesn’t break the numbers down by state, but information from Minnesota corrections officials suggest there’s still a wide gap. At only seven-percent of the state’s population, African Americans represent more than 35-percent of the prison population.



PET FIXERS JOINING GREAT RIVER RESCUE
December 5, 2019, 9:42 am

Pet Fixers, a nonprofit spay/neuter assistance program, has announced that the
organization will be turned over to Great River Rescue. The two organizations are currently in the process of transferring equipment, technical knowledge, and all other assets including the Pet Fixers spay/neuter trailer with the goal of completion by early 2020. Great River Rescue will continue providing low-cost spay/neuter services to low-income residents in the region as Pet Fixers has done for the last seven years. Pet Fixers Board Members will work alongside Great River Rescue staff and volunteers to ensure a smooth transition and high level of service to the community.



OFFICIAL MINNESOTA CHRISTMAS TREE IS NOW AT THE GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE
December 4, 2019, 10:46 am

Foresters from Department of Natural Resources cut down the official state of Minnesota Christmas tree in General C.C. Andrews State Forest in Pine County. The balsam fir, which will decorate the Governor’s Residence, is about 40 years old and 25 feet tall. The tree was set up at the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul on Tuesday, and it will be lit on Thursday, weather permitting. Private tree farms in Minnesota contribute about $30 million to the state’s economy each year.



ALBRECHT RUNNING FOR SENATE
December 3, 2019, 10:06 am

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht (Rita Allbright) has announced her candidacy for Minnesota
Senate District 5. The Rita Albrecht (Rita Allbright) for Senate committee is hosting two events to kickoff Albrecht’s campaign… today in Bemidji and Wednesday in Grand Rapids. Today’s event is from 5 to 6:30pm at Brigid’s Pub on Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji. Tomorrow’s event in GRAND RAPIDS will also be held from 5 to 6:30pm, at Rapids Brewing on Pokegama Ave in Grand Rapids.



Free Turkeys Handed Out
December 2, 2019, 10:11 am

While Thanksgiving has now past us, charitable organizations are still ramping up distribution of holiday meals to people in need. Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions Minnesota…

Hunger Solutions this year, teamed up with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association to ensure that families in need got turkeys for their holiday meal. The association says roughly 11-thousand turkeys were distributed this



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