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August 23, 2019, 8:59 am

It’s tomorrow in Turtle River. Saturday is the day for the 15th Annual Turtle River Day festivities… a yearly celebration of the community. Each year, Turtle River Day features an array of family friendly activities and good eats, which attract hundreds of visitors to the town that normally has only around 75 residents. It all begins tomorrow morning at 8. There will be a pancake breakfast, a crossword puzzle contest with a $100 prize, a craft fair and flea market, a parade and classic car show, and other activities. Turtle River is about 17 miles northeast of Bemidji on County Highway 21..

August 22, 2019, 10:29 am

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith of Minnesota, have announced that the USDA is investing nearly $830,000 in grants to Minnesota to help reduce energy costs for farmers and ag producers through the Rural Energy for America Program. Grants have been awarded to 54 Minnesota projects, mostly on family farms. Minnesota recipients can use REAP grants to install renewable energy systems—like biofuels or power generation from wind, solar, or biomass, for example—and make energy efficiency improvements. Funds can also be used on energy storage projects and energy audits.

August 22, 2019, 10:29 am

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2020, to $10 an hour for large employers and $8.15 an hour for other state minimum wages. The current large-employer minimum wage, $9.86, will increase by 14 cents to $10. Other state minimum wages, including the small-employer, youth and training wages, as well as the summer work travel exchange visitor program wage, which are all currently $8.04, will increase by 11 cents to $8.15.

August 21, 2019, 10:33 am

Ruby’s Pantry will be at the Sanford Center today (Wednesday). Doors open at 4 p.m. and registration at 4:30 p.m., with distribution to follow. Ruby’s Pantry is a nonprofit food ministry that provides affordable groceries on the third Wednesday of each month to anyone and everyone. Cost is a $20 cash donation for two laundry baskets or boxes full of food. No extra large coolers or bags allowed.

August 20, 2019, 9:38 am

A well known big-game hunting embezzler from Minnesota is now in a North Carolina prison. 56 year old Jerry Hennessey used money from the elevator he managed here in Minnesota to pay for big-game hunting trips. At the end of last month, Hennessey reported to the low-security area of Butner Federal Correctional Institution in North Carolina. He was the genearl manager of the Ashby Farmers Elevator Cooperative. Hennessey was sentenced in Fergus Falls in June, to eight years in prison for federal wire fraud and income tax charges. That fraud caused the dissolution of the co-op and sale of its assets.. He is now in the same prison as convicted swindler Bernie Madoff.

August 19, 2019, 8:58 am

A GoFundMe page has been created to assist a 46-year-old Hill City man injured in a house explosion in Remer last week. Kenny Hilton was seriously injured and suffered burns from the explosion which occurred while he was performing furnace service work on a propane furnace. Hilton was the only person inside the home at the time and was transported via North Memorial Air Care to a Twin Cities Hospital. The incident remains under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office.

August 19, 2019, 8:58 am

A plan by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to update State Highway 197 through Bemidji’s commercial area will be a topic of discussion for city council. Up to six roundabouts are proposed along with new pavement, utilities and traffic signals. State transportation officials have requested Bemidji council members to provide a general approval of the plan and enter into a cooperative agreement. If approved, design and engineering work would take place over the next several years, with actual construction set to start in 2023. The first phase of the plan is estimated to cost between $6 and $8 million, with the city responsible for up to $1.5 million.

back in court
August 19, 2019, 8:57 am

A Callaway man is due back in court today after being charged in Becker County with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct, felony kidnapping and felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct. 40-year-old Terrance Lee Tonnessen is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl after arranging meetups via text. According to court documents, Tonnessen was a close family friend and provided transportation for the girl to and from events. Following his arraignment, he was ordered to have no contact with anyone under age 18.

August 19, 2019, 8:56 am

While the former executive director of Bemidji’s Sanford Center faces charges in Beltrami County of theft by swindle, Curtis Webb was found guilty Friday in Illinois on similar charges. Authorities say Webb stole money from the then-U.S. Cellular Coliseum, where he was the executive director, by misusing a company debit card. Webb took that job following his tenure leading the Sanford Center in Bemidji from 2013-16. Beltrami County Attorney David Hanson said last week Webb is suspected of submitting fraudulent expense reimbursements in excess $35,000 while running the Sanford Center. Webb is scheduled to appear in court in Bemidji on Friday, Sept. 6.

August 19, 2019, 4:57 am

The Hubbard County Fairgrounds could see some improvements in the next few years. The Shell Prairie Agricultural Association, the nonprofit organization which owns the fairgrounds, and 4-H are partnering put up a new building by 2023 that would house 4-H poultry, rabbits, horses, general projects and open class entries. The fair board is currently working on financing the construction of the building. There is also an effort to raise $60,000 to replace aging horse stalls and replace them with 40 new, galvanized steel ones.

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