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Black Hills Wildfire
December 14, 2017, 2:49 am

A raging wildfire in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is reportedly only about 7 percent contained after burning for three days and covering an estimated 31,000 acres. The Legion Lake Fire caused the evacuations of Fairburn and Buffalo Gap.

USFS Seeking Volunteers
December 14, 2017, 2:48 am

The U.S. Forest Service office in Milwaukee is seeking volunteers to advise the agency on recreation fee changes at national forest sites. Vacancies exist for four current positions and four back-up replacement positions on the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee.

Roseau, Lancaster Port Hours Change
December 14, 2017, 2:47 am

Beginning Jan. 7, Roseau’s port of entry will close at 8 p.m instead of midnight, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Lancaster will close at 6 p.m during winter months. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the move puts federal convenience ahead of people’s needs.

Gander Mountain Now Gander Outdoors
December 14, 2017, 2:46 am

The reborn version of now-defunct Gander Mountain stores opened its first in Lakeville on Wednesday, and a Hermantown store reportedly won’t be far behind. Gander Mountain went bankrupt earlier this year, but its new owner, Camping World, is reopening half of the stores as Gander Outdoors.

Mrs. Smith to Washington
December 14, 2017, 2:45 am

It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last you’ll hear that ‘Mrs. Smith is going to Washington.’ Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has accepted a gubernatorial appointment to replace Al Franken in the United States Senate.

Senior Injured in Crash
December 14, 2017, 2:44 am

Minnesota State Patrol reports that a southbound Mercury on Highway 169 in Hibbing went into the ditch due to snow and ice and struck a tree. 89-year-old Lenore Quick of Hibbing suffered a cut to the head and was transported to Hibbing Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Report
December 13, 2017, 12:17 pm

A passenger was in a car that struck a deer on Highway 1 and Highway 72 NE in Shooks on Tuesday at about 6:30pm, and then her luck got worse. 31-year-old Natasha Rojas was arrested on a warrant by Beltrami County deputies and transferred into Lake of the Woods County custody. No injuries were reported.

On Tuesday at 10:14am, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 35-year-old Alicia Cook in the area of Minnesota Avenue NW in Bemidji on an outstanding warrant.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 12th, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies provided an agency assist to Bemidji Police officers in arresting 32-year-old Allen Sargeant in the area of 13th Street NW and Bemidji Avenue N in Bemidji at 3:53am. Sargeant was apprehended for multiple outstanding felony warrants.

Cass Meeting Draws One Taxpayer
December 13, 2017, 12:16 pm

A December 7th Truth in Taxation meeting in Cass drew just one taxpayer, Ben Thuringer of Madden’s Resort. County commissioners approved a resolution to adopt the 2018 final levy and budget.

Bemidji Twp. Fire
December 13, 2017, 12:14 pm

No one was hurt in a house fire on Tuesday night in Bemidji Township. The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the report at 10:06 p.m. in the 3000 block of Jackson Avenue Southwest. The building sustained minor damage and the fire appears to be accidental.

Tina Smith to Replace Fanken
December 13, 2017, 12:14 pm

Gov. Mark Dayton announced today that Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace Minnesota Sen. Al Franken once he resigns. Smith plans to run in 2018 to fill out Franken’s term. With the election of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama on Tuesday the balance of U.S. Senate power has narrowed to a 51-49 majority for Republicans.

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