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Investigators: 19 Year Old’s Death In Cass Lake A Homicide
November 20, 2019, 1:02 pm

Police now say foul play is suspected in the death of a 19 year old man found dead in a Cass Lake residence on Monday. Investigators say they believe the victim, who hasn’t been identified, is a victim of murder. An autopsy is being conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine an exact cause of death. No word on suspects in the case.



Gonvick Woman Sentenced For Running Over Boyfriend After Drinking
November 20, 2019, 12:59 pm

Sentencing for a Gonvick woman whom police say backed over her boyfriend with a pick up truck following a night of drinking back in August. 47 year old Beth Rose Windus was handed close to five years behind bars on a charge of vehicular homicide under the influence of alcohol after pleading guilty. She also has to pay nearly $6,400 in restitution. A second count of vehicular homicide was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. 47 year old Jonathan Sundquist suffered head injuries in the incident.



NEW WOLF MAN APPOINTED
November 19, 2019, 9:01 am

With 25 years of experience in wildlife education and zoo leadership in Minnesota and Oregon, Grant Spickelmier will take the helm of the International Wolf Center as executive director in mid-January. Spickelmier comes from Oregon Zoo in Portland after eight years where he was curator of conservation learning, and previously from the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley where he served in multiple roles, including assistant director of education. He co-wrote the WolfQuest internet game, which is considered the premier wolf simulation game with 900,000 online players.



TAX DEADBEAT LIST UPDATED
November 18, 2019, 10:31 am

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated its latest online posting of Minnesota businesses prohibited from purchasing liquor, beer or wine to resell. The department updates the list each month to reflect companies that have failed to pay taxes to the state. Distributors are prohibited from the sale or delivery to the listed businesses. To view the list, go to www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses, then click on “Business Center” and then click on “Tax Delinquency Lists”



ICE RESCUE ON UPPER RED LAKE
November 15, 2019, 7:55 am

It’s early in the season, but on Tuesday, the Beltrami County Sheriffs Office received reports that people fishing on Upper Red Lake had become stranded on the ice. Eleven known people were rescued by Kelliher Fire & Rescue, but there were also reports of
many others being rescued by others. The exact number rescued is unknown. Early cold weather has resulted in the lake beginning to ice over earlier than usual with mixed thickness. Remember… Ice is never 100 percent safe and it is absolutely unsafe this early in the season. Fisherman are being reminded to stay off the unsafe ice. Doing so risk’s the lives of first responders. Don’t put your life and their lives at risk.



KIDS DO COUNT
November 15, 2019, 7:55 am

Minnesota needs to make sure all kids are counted as part of the 2020 U-S Census. That’s among the key highlights of an annual report that serves as an indicator of child and family well-being in the state. Bharti Wahi, who heads the Children’s Defense Fund of Minnesota, says an under-count can have a big impact on how public systems are funded….

Wahi says a strong outreach network has already been established for next year’s census count, so she is confident the state will account for all of its residents.



FARM RUNOFF FUNDING
November 14, 2019, 10:24 am

A program that aims to protect Minnesota waterways from farm runoff has received another round of federal funding. This means $9 million for the state to use to reward farmers for implementing practices that prevent water pollution. Leif Fixen, agriculture strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota calls it a good road map for those who want reduce their environmental impact….

Those practices include using cover crops and buffer zones, and managing the nutrients or fertilizers used on farmland.



HERE COMES ANNIE!
November 13, 2019, 10:04 am

The musical “Annie,” based on the syndicated comic strip by Harold Gray, will come alive when Bemidji Community Theater actors step on stage at the historic Chief Theatre Nov. 15-17 and Nov, 22-24. A cast of 48 will bring the show to life. “Annie” won seven Tony Awards. Tickets may be purchased at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry or Iverson Corner Drug or at the Box Office pending availability. Admission is $6 for children under 18, $12 for seniors (62 and over) and $15 for adults. Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24.



2 VEHICLE CRASH LEAVES ONE PERSON INJURED
November 13, 2019, 10:04 am

A two-vehicle accident Friday night around 11:30 on US Highway 2 left one person with minor injuries. Police say 26 year old Tiara Goodwin of Bagley rear-ended another vehicle driven by 67-year-old Kathleen Current of Bemidji just west of the Bemidji Regional Airport. Neither Current or her passenger, 19-year-old Renae Current of Wilton, were injured. Goodwin was taken to Sanford Bemidji with non-life-threatening injuries. The Minnesota State Patrol says alcohol was not a factor, and everyone was wearing seat belts. It is believed that snow and/or ice contributed to the crash.



A BAD YEAR FOR CORN
November 12, 2019, 9:35 am

The corn harvest is coming in slower this year, and ag experts say it’s all due to difficult harvest conditions. In some places, stalks are in standing water about knee-high, with high water all too common throughout the region. Some farmers estimate that only 10% of the corn has been combined. For instance, by this time most years, many plants have full bins and another 1 million to 2.5 million bushels of corn in bunkers. This year, only about a fourth of the bins are filled. It’s not just the fields either… Prairie roads are slick, muddy, and in some cases, nearly impassable.



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