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Two Area Students Honored. Will Get Scholarships!
April 23, 2018, 10:24 am

Two area students were among the 44 students honored by National Joint Powers Alliance at its 27th annual Student Recognition Banquet recently at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd. Cass Lake-Bena [BEE-na] School’s Jennalee Fairbanks and Mark Reyes, were selected by school staff as the unsung heroes of their district… being referred to as behind the scenes students with little if any recognition for their accomplishments. The two were called rising stars. Fairbanks gets a $500 scholorship… Reyes gets a$215 scholarship.



Porn Man Of Ironton Found Guilty
April 23, 2018, 10:24 am

A man from Ironton has been found guilty of charges connected to child pornography. 53 year old
Roger Splettstoeszer was facing four counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. A federal jury in Minneapolis found him guilty last Thursday on all counts. Splettstoeszer owned a computer repair business known as Deepsystems in Aitkin, where prosecutors said he used the internet to search for, receive and distribute images and videos of child pornography. A forensic review of his computers, turned up more than 35,000 photos and 400 videos of child pornography. No word on when he will be sentenced.



Downey Drops Out
April 19, 2018, 9:54 am

Former state representative and former Minnesota GOP chairman Keith Downey has dropped out of the race for governor, saying the opportunity to win in November has closed. Downey placed a distant third in the Republican straw poll at February’s precinct caucuses. The G-O-P front runner, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, now faces a serious challenge from former Governor Tim Pawlenty, who jumped into the race late — but with a sizeable war chest.



Fiery Fatal Crash
April 19, 2018, 9:53 am

A 53 year old Walhalla man… whose name has not yet been released until his family is notified… was killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash Wednesday in North Dakota. Police there say the man failed to negotiate a curve, and lost control of his pickup truck, drove in the ditch and was ejected when the vehicle overturned, and landed in a ditch. It then caught fire. The man was taken to a hospital in Cavalier, N.D., where he died. The investigation into that deadly crash continues today.



New Farm Bill Passes
April 19, 2018, 9:53 am

A new federal Farm Bill passed out of the all-important Agriculture Committee in the U-S House Wednesday over objections of key Democrats including Minnesota’s Collin Peterson….



Governor Comments On Highway Spending Plans
April 18, 2018, 10:14 am

House Republicans Tuesday, put finishing touches on a bill to increase state spending on roads and bridges, at a cost of 385 million dollars, with 100 million of that coming from the General Fund. Governor Mark Dayton…



Late Spring Snow Buries State
April 17, 2018, 9:43 am

Minnesotans continue digging out from a spring snowstorm that dumped double-digit accumulations in many parts of the state. The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting 630 crashes statewide since Friday. Several cities received more than 20 inches of heavy snow. The late snowstorm made this month the snowiest April on record at several locations including the Twin Cities.



Asbestos Removal Costs Increase With Monitoring Requirement
April 16, 2018, 8:44 am

Earlier this month, Bimidji City Council awarded a $30,490 contract for removal of asbestos in the historic Carnegie Library building. One problem thought… when they inked that deal, they were unaware that the removal requires air quality monitoring while the removal work is happening. Now, they need to bring in another company, to handle the air quality monitoring. The estimated cost for that is $10,000. It’s got to be done… removal of asbestos is required, regardless if the building is moved, renovated or demolished.



VW Money Earmarked In Minnesota
April 16, 2018, 8:44 am

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has announced what it plans to do with around $47 million in settlement funds from Volkswagen. The money will be distributed over 10 years in three phases. In the first phase, the money will be used for school bus and heavy equipment replacement and for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. About 60% of the money will target the metro, and 40% will target Greater Minnesota.



Resolution Honors Olympic Champion From Afton
April 13, 2018, 8:19 am

Afton native and Olympic cross country skiing gold medalist Jessie Diggins, was honored by House lawmakers at the State Capitol. Representative Tony Jurgens of Cottage Grove read the resolution on the House floor…



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