Apr
22

KQ92 News

KQ92 News

BURNING RESTRICTIONS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN 11 NORTH-CENTRAL AND  NORTHWEST MINNESOTA COUNTIES STARTING THIS COMING MONDAY, APRIL 28TH….THE D-N-R SAYS THE RESTRICITIONS ARE PUT INTO PLACE  AS THERE IS AN INCREASED FIRE POTENTIAL AS SNOW RECEDES, LEAVING DEAD GRASS AND BRUSH THAT CAN LIGHT EASILY AND SPREAD QUICKLY….THE RESTRICTIONS WILL INCLUDE ROSEAU, LAKE OF THE WOODS, KITTSON, BELTRAMI, KOOCHICHING, MARSHALL AND PENNINGTON COUNTY…BURNING RESTRICTIONS MEAN THE STATE WILL NOT GIVE OUT BURNING PERMITS FOR BURNING BRUSH OR YARD WASTE….ACCORDING TO THE  D-N-R, DEBRIS BURNING IS ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS DURING APRIL AND MAY WHEN MOST WILDFIRES OCCUR IN MINNESOTA….THE RESTRICTIONS NORMALLY LAST FROM FOUR TO SIX WEEKS UNTIL SUFFICIENT GREEN VEGETATIVE GROWTH OCCURS….RON STOFFEL, D-N-R WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION SUPERVISOR, SAYS THE SPRING FIRE RESTRICTIONS HAVE RESULTED IN A DRAMATIC DECREASE IN BOTH THE NUMBERS AND SIZES OF ACCIDENTAL FIRES…RESIDENTS SHOULD CHECK WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO OBTAIN PROPER PERMITS BEFORE BURNING… 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT CURRENTLY HAS 16 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF LOW-COST TREES AND SHRUBS AVAILABLE FOR THIS SPRING…OFFICIALS SAY THE SPRING 2014 TREE ORDER FORM INCLUDES A WIDE VARIETY OF TREES AND SHRUBS SUITED TO THIS REGION… IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING TREES, THE DISTRICT SAYS IT CAN PROVIDE TECHNICAL AND COST SHARE ASSISTANCE FOR LARGER OR FUNCTIONAL TREE PLANTINGS AND THEY ALSO HAVE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO PROTECT TREE SEEDLINGS….MORE INFO IS  AVAILABLE AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS  SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT OFFICE,  LOCATED IN THE POST OFFICE BUILDING IN BAUDETTE, BY CALLING THE OFFICE AT 634-1842  EXTENSION 3….

 REGULATIONS THAT ALLOW UPPER RED LAKE ANGLERS TO KEEP LARGER WALLEYE AFTER JUNE 15 WILL BE IN EFFECT AGAIN FOR THE 2014 OPEN WATER SEASON…THE MINNESOTA D-N-R SAYS BEGINNING SATURDAY, MAY 10, TO SATURDAY, JUNE 14, ANGLERS MUST RELEASE ALL WALLEYE 17- TO 26-INCHES LONG….EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, JUNE 15 TO SUNDAY, NOV. 30, ANGLERS MAY KEEP WALLEYE LESS THAN 20 INCHES AND MUST IMMEDIATELY RELEASE ALL WALLEYE 20- TO 26-INCHES LONG ON UPPER RED LAKE….THE POSSESSION LIMIT FOR BOTH PERIODS IS FOUR FISH AND ONLY ONE OF THOSE FISH CAN BE LONGER THAN 26 INCHES…OFFICIALS SAY THE MORE RESTRICTIVE SIZE LIMIT IS NECESSARY FOR THE EARLY SEASON WHEN ANGLER CATCH RATES ARE HIGH AND MATURE WALLEYE ARE EXTREMELY VULNERABLE…AS THE OPEN WATER SEASON PROGRESSES, CATCH RATES AND FISHING PRESSURE DECLINE, REDUCING THE IMPACT OF HARVESTING LARGER WALLEYE…  

SNOW AND COLD CONTINUE TO PUT FIELD WORK ON ICE AT FARMS ACROSS MINNESOTA…IN ITS WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION REPORT FOR THE STATE, THE U.S.D.A. SAYS  IT RECEIVED REPORTS OF LIMITED CORN PLANTING FROM SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA LAST WEEK, AS WELL AS SOME PLANTING OF OATS, SPRING WHEAT AND BARLEY….BUT OTHER PARTS OF MINNESOTA ARE STILL WAITING FOR SUITABLE CONDITIONS TO BEGIN PLANTING…SEVERAL LOCATIONS REPORTED NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES LAST TUESDAY, INCLUDING MINUS-4 IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY, WHILE LAST WEEK BROUGHT WIDESPREAD SNOW AND NEW DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS TO MANY PARTS OF MINNESOTA…PASTURES HAVE STARTED TO GREEN UP IN SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR GRAZING….

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS  WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS THE COUNTY CORONER SITUATION WITH DOCTOR MARY ANN SENS, WHO IS A PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF THE PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT AT U-N-D IN GRAND FORKS…. COUNTY CORONER DISCUSSION…OFFICIALS SAY DUE TO THE LAW REVISION, LOCAL DOCTORS ARE RELUCTANT TO CONTINUE SERVING AS ELECTED COUNTY CORONERS….THE COUNTY MUST HAVE EITHER AN ELECTED OR APPOINTED CORONER/MEDICAL EXAMINER; AND THERE IS A PRESCRIBED PROCESS  THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED TO CHANGE FROM AN ELECTED TO AN APPOINTED CORONER…U-N-D PROVIDES THIS SERVICE FOR A NUMBER OF NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA COUNTIES….THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO ACCEPT THE HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OPERATION STONEGARDEN GRANT AGREEMENT WHICH INCLUDES A GRANT OF JUST OVER 71 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND IS EFFECTIVE NEXT WEEK THRU AUGUST 31ST OF 2015……THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO APPROVE  THE HIRE OF TRISHA BRAATEN (BRAW-TEN)  TO THE POSITION OF  ROSEAU COUNTY SOCIAL WORKER EFFECTIVE MAY 5TH….AND THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO AUTHORIZE THE COUNTY I-T ADMINISTRATOR TO PROVIDE I-T SERVICES TO THE CITY OF WARROAD ON AN AS-NEEDED, SHORT-TERM BASIS…. 

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES HAS ANNOUNCED THE SELECTION OF  ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSIONER JACK SWANSON, AS ONE OF TWENTY-FIVE COUNTY LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL COUNTY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE…THE EVENT IS A RIGOROUS FIVE-DAY PROGRAM OFFERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CAMBRIDGE LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATES…. SWANSON WILL MEET AT I-B-M’S INSTITUTE FOR ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT IN WASHINGTON, D-C, IN EARLY JUNE THIS YEAR…. THE INSTITUTE, NOW IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR, HAS GRADUATED NEARLY 250 MEMBERS FROM 45 STATES AND 172 COUNTIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY… THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM WILL FOCUS CLOSELY ON THE DEMANDS OF PERSONAL LEADERSHIP IN A NEW ERA OF GOVERNMENT….  

A FORMER GREENBUSH/MIDDLE RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE IS FACING CHARGES OF MISCONDUCT DEALING WITH FILED REPORTS,  WHILE SHE WAS EMPLOYEED THERE….W-D-A-Z  T-V REPORTS 59 YEAR OLD ARLYS STRANDBERG,  HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF MISCONDUCT OF A PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE WHILE SHE WAS THE DISTRICT’S BUSINESS MANAGER…STRANDBERG WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE LAST APRIL, THEN FIRED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD LAST MAY….COURT DOCUMENTS ALLEGE STRANDBERG ADMITTED TO FALSIFYING REPORTS TO AVOID ANYONE SEEING HOW MUCH OVERTIME SHE WAS BEING PAID….THE INVESTIGATION ALSO CONCLUDED THAT STRANDBERG WAS ALLEGEDLY CALCULATING OVERTIME INCORRECTLY FOR OTHER SCHOOL EMPLOYEES…. 

THE WARROAD D-N-R IS TEAMING UP WITH AREA SCHOOLS TO HELP CELEBRATE SMOKEY THE BEAR’S 70TH BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK…THE CELEBRATION IS ALSO PART OF THE DEPARTMENT MARKING “WILDFIRE PREVENTION WEEK” IN MINNESOTA….THE D-N-R WILL INCLUDE SMOKEY THE BEAR ALONG WITH A SPECIAL WILDFIRE FIGHTING HELICOPTER AND OTHER RESOURCES IN PRESENTATIONS AT THE WARROAD, ROSEAU, BAUDETTE AND GRYGLA SCHOOLS THIS WEEK…

THE POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE MINNESOTA STATE FIRE MARSHAL DIVISION HAVE INVESTIGATED THE FIRE AT THE BELTRAMI MALL AND DETERMINED THAT THE FIRE WAS ACCIDENTAL…AN EARLY MORNING FIRE FRIDAY WAS REPORTED BY A PASSERBY AROUND 1 A.M…IT APPEARS TO HAVE STARTED IN AN AUTO REPAIR GARAGE SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE ALL-STEEL BUILDING…FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM BELTRAMI, CROOKSTON, FERTILE, ADA AND BORUP FOUGHT THE FIRE FOR SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE BRINGING IT UNDER CONTROL… FLAMES WERE FED BY STORED TIRES AND PRODUCED HEAVY BLACK SMOKE…THE POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT THE BUILDING SUSTAINED VERY HEAVY DAMAGE AND IS NOT SAFE…KVLY-TV REPORTS THAT THE BUILDING IS ALSO PRIVATE PROPERTY AND THAT THE PUBLIC IS REMINDED THAT NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING AND LEGAL ACTION WILL BE TAKEN IF NECESSARY. 

BAIL HAS BEEN SET AT 1.5 MILLION FOR 19 YEAR OLD STEVEN HENDERSON, WHO  CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A PEACE OFFICER IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA….HENDERSON, WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS WAS IN FERTILE, IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING NORMAN COUNTY DEPUTY,  NATHAN WARNER, TWICE DURING A TRAFFIC STOP NEAR PERLEY….HENDERSON WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY AND BRINGING STOLEN GOODS INTO THE STATE….COURT DOCUMENTS SAY THE PICKUP HE WAS DRIVING AND THE GUN HE USED WERE STOLEN IN OKLAHOMA….

DEPUTY NATHAN WARNER WAS STRUCK TWICE BUT SURVIVED WITHOUT SERIOUS INJURY BECAUSE HE WAS WEARING A BULLET RESISTANT VEST…HENDERSON IS BEING HELD IN JAIL IN CROOKSTON…STEVEN HENDERSON’S YOUNGER BROTHER, WILLIAM, IS IN CUSTODY IN THIEF RIVER FALLS ON AN UNRELATED WARRANT….HIS ARREST TUESDAY SET OFF THE ENTIRE INCIDENT NEAR ADA…STEVEN HENDERSON IS DUE BACK IN COURT MAY 7TH….

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CHAPTER OF THE RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY WILL HOST ITS 24TH ANNUAL CONSERVATION AND SPORTSMEN’S BANQUET ON FRIDAY, MAY 9 TH AT SPRINGSTEEL RESORT,  JUST NORTH OF  WARROAD…THE EVENT WILL BEGIN WITH A SOCIAL HOUR AT 5:30 P.M. DINNER WILL BE SERVED AT 7:30 P.M….AS WITH ALL RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY  FUNDRAISERS, PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL BE USED TO ENHANCE HABITAT FOR RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK AND OTHER FOREST WILDLIFE….THE EVENING WILL FEATURE A LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION, GAMES, DRAWINGS AND DOOR PRIZES, HIGHLIGHTED WITH QUALITY FIREARMS, ARTWORK AND COLLECTABLES….FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS CONTACT: JARED OLAFSON  AT  218-242-1005….

THE  REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL IS CURRENTLY SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS FROM HUBBARD AND LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTIES TO FILL A TWO-YEAR TERM VACANCY BEGINNING AUGUST 1ST THIS YEAR… THE COUNCIL HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS, WHICH  ARE  NOW DUE BY MAY 1ST…COUNCIL OFFICIALS SAY THOSE WHO FEEL THAT THE VISUAL, PERFORMING AND LITERARY ARTS ARE AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN MINNESOTA, SHOULD CONSIDER SERVING ON THE BOARD…THE BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING, SETTING ORGANIZATIONAL POLICY AND REVIEWING/AWARDING GRANTS…IT MEETS SEVEN TIMES PER YEAR IN BEMIDJI ON THE THIRD MONDAY OF THE MONTH. …MEMBERS ARE REIMBURSED FOR TRAVEL….REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL IS ONE OF ELEVEN ARTS COUNCILS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND AWARDS OVER  230 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR ART ACTIVITIES IN THE FIVE COUNTIES OF BELTRAMI, CLEARWATER, HUBBARD, LAKE OF THE WOODS AND MAHNOMEN….FOR MORE INFO CALL 1-800-275-5447….

 THE ROSEAU RIVER CHAPTER OF THE MINNESOTA DEER HUNTERS ASSOCIATION WILL BE DISTRIBUTING FOOD PLOT SEED, OF SOYBEANS AND CORN, NEXT WEEK…CHAPTER OFFICIALS SAY IT WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY EVENING STARTING AT 6PM AT THE PARKING LOT OF GEROY’S HOME AND APPLIANCE IN ROSEAU….

A TOTAL OF 98 PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED TO DONATE BLOOD, AND 86 WERE ABLE TO GIVE DURING WARROAD’S LATEST BLOOD DRIVE HOSTED BY THE WARROAD EAGLES AUXILIARY….OFFICIALS SAY 17 PEOPLE GAVE BLOOD ON THE AUTOMATED 2-R-B-C MACHINE WHICH COLLECTS TWO UNITS OF RED BLOOD CELLS DURING THE DONATION, SO A TOTAL OF 103 PRODUCTS WERE COLLECTED….ORGANIZERS WERE HAPPY TO REPORT 4 OF THE DONORS GAVE BLOOD FOR THE FIRST TIME…

 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY IS SET FOR WARROAD….THE ROSEAU COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE SAYS THE DAY WILL BE SATURDAY ,  APRIL 26TH, AT THE WARROAD  CITY SHOP FROM 8 AM TO NOON…MOST TYPES OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED FREE OF CHARGE,  INCLUDING — PAINTS, PAINT RELATED PRODUCTS, CLEANERS, POISONS, FLAMMABLES, CHEMICALS AND MORE…A NOMINAL CHARGE WILL BE GIVEN FOR FLUORESCENT LIGHTING OF ALL TYPES….FOR ADDITIONAL INFO CALL: THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE HOTLINE AT  1-800-637-2090 , OR THE ROSEAU COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE AT  463-3750…. 

THE NEW SEVEN CLANS CASINO  WARROAD  PROJECT IS PROGRESSING WELL, EVEN THOUGH NORTHERN MINNESOTA EXPERIENCED THE COLDEST WINTER IN OVER 35 YEARS…THAT’S ACCORDING TO RAY BRENNY, C-E-O OF RED LAKE GAMING INCORPORATED…BRENNY TOLD RED LAKE NATION NEWS  THE PROJECT LOST ABOUT TWO WEEKS AS IT WAS SHUT DOWN  DURING THE  COLDEST PERIOD…BRENNY SAID THIS SPRING THEY WILL BE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO MAKE UP SOME TIME…A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY WAS HELD IN OCTOBER OF  2012 FOR THE NEW MULTIMILLION DOLLAR FACILITY, WHICH WILL BE LOCATED  ACROSS THE RIVER FROM THE THE CURRENT CASINO IN WARROAD…IT WILL FEATURE A 600 SLOT MACHINE FLOOR, 60 ROOM HOTEL, MEETING AND CONVENTION ROOMS AND MORE…THE FORMER CHERNEY PROPERTY WILL INCLUDE AN R-V PARK, PUBLIC CAMPGROUNDS, A BOAT LANDING, 75 BOAT DOCKS AND A LARGE PARKING LOT THAT WILL HAVE THE CAPACITY TO HOST 500 CARS, BOATS AND TRAILERS…FULL CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN MARCH 2013, WITH COMPLETION SCHEDULED IN THE FALL OF THIS YEAR….MEANWHILE, RED LAKE GAMING HAS SCHEDULED  A “JOB FAIR” ON JUNE 12TH, AT THE GARDENS ARENA IN WARROAD FROM 10 AM UNTIL 6 PM….OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE LOOKING TO FILL APPROXIMATELY 65 NEW POSITIONS, BOTH GAMING AND NON-GAMING RELATED…

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL HAVE CLOSED SOME STRETCHES OF HIGHWAYS IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA….MN-DOT SAYS HIGHWAY 220 FROM MARSHALL COUNTY ROAD 4 TO MARSHALL COUNTY ROAD 5 AND HIGHWAY 317 FROM HIGHWAY 220 TO THE NORTH DAKOTA BORDER DUE TO FLOODING….HIGHWAY 220 AND HIGHWAY 317 WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FLOODWATER RECEDES AND CREWS CAN EVALUATE THE ROAD FOR ANY DAMAGE….

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN POLK COUNTY NEAR CROOKSTON OVER THE WEEKEND…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND  9:30 AM SATURDAY MORNING AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 2 AND POLK COUNTY ROAD 11, NORTH OF CROOKSTON….THE PATROL SAYS 56 YEAR OLD JAMES LAUGHERY,  OF CROOKSTON, WAS DRIVING A 2005 CHEVY UPLANDERWESTBOUND ON THE COUNTY ROAD, WHILE 32 YEAR OLD MARITA KENDIG, OF GRAND FORKS, WAS DRIVING A 2005 FORD FOCUS NORTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 2 WHEN THE VEHICLES COLLIDED IN THE INTERSECTION….THE PATROL SAYS LAUGHERY HAD  NO APPARENT INJURY….KENDIG WAS TAKEN TO RIVERVIEW HOSPITAL IN CROOKSTON WITH UNKNOWN – BUT NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN THE CRASH…. 

REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL  RECENTLY AWARDED OVER  71 THOUSDAND DOLLARS  THROUGH THE ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANTS PROGRAM TO INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND NON-PROFITS IN BELTRAMI, CLEARWATER, HUBBARD, AND LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTIES….THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTS ACCESS, ARTS EDUCATION, AND CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITIES…THE GRANT RECIPIENTS INCLUDED TWO IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY: PEQUANA PLAYHOUSE,  IN BAUDETTE, WAS AWARDED  3 THOUSAND 580 DOLLARS TO CONTRACT WITH PRAIRIE FIRE THEATRE TO PROVIDE A TEAM OF TWO DIRECTORS TO FACILITATE AND PRESENT THE CHILDREN’S THEATER PRODUCTION OF “PETER PAN” BY CARRYING OUT THE AUDITIONS, REHEARSALS, AND DIRECTION USING PRIMARILY ALL LOCAL CHILDREN OR YOUTH….AND THE LAKE OF THE WOODS ART GUILD, IN BAUDETTE, RECEIVED 6 THOUSAND  TO OFFSET THE COST OF STUDENT TUITION FOR THEIR ANNUAL FRANK COVINO CLASSICAL ACADEMIC OIL PAINTING SEMINAR…. 

THE GOODRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL PRESENT IT’S ANNUAL SPRING MUSIC PROGRAM, ALONG WITH THE 3RD AND 4TH GRADE SCIENCE FAIR, AND 5TH GRADE HISTORY DAY PROJECTS ON TUESDAY…THE EVENT WILL START  AT 7PM… 

NORTHWEST COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL HOLD A REGULAR MEETING THIS THURSDAY STARTING AT 5PM AT THE BADGER OFFICE….

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE ROSEAU RIVER, BUT THEY EXPECT THE RIVER TO STAY BELOW THE MODERATE FLOOD STAGE…THE WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL LATE MONDAY NIGHT, OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED….FRIDAY MORNING THE RIVER’S STAGE IN THE CITY OF ROSEAU WAS 15.6 FEET….THE MINOR FLOOD STAGE FOR ROSEAU IS 16 FEET….THE RIVER’S FORECAST IS FOR IT TO  CONTINUE TO RISE TO A CREST NEAR 17.5 FEET BY SATURDAY MID-MORNING….OFFICIALS SAY THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE IN ROSEAU  BY SUNDAY NIGHT….THE  MODERATE FLOOD STAGE IN THE CITY OF ROSEAU IS AT 18 FEET….OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS THAT THE RIVER LEVELS AT ROSEAU  COULD CHANGE DUE  TO RAPID RISES AND QUICK  FLUCTUATIONS DUE TO DEBRIS IN THE CHANNEL AND ICE JAMMING…. 

A CONTROVERSIAL BILL WRITTEN TO HELP PREVENT SCHOOL BULLYING ACROSS MINNESOTA WAS SIGNED INTO LAW THIS WEEK…SUPPORTERS OF THE “SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE MINNESOTA SCHOOLS ACT”  SAY THE STATE’S EXISTING LAW WAS THE WEAKEST IN THE NATION AND THE LAW STATEWIDE SHOULD BE MORE STANDARDIZED…OPPONENTS ARGUE IT WILL BRING AN UNFUNDED MANDATE TO LOCAL SCHOOLS AND SUPERCEDE CURRENT LAW AND ADDS MORE RED TAPE AND BUREAUCRACY TO LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS…WARROAD SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CRAIG OFTEDAHL TOLD KQ92 HE FELT IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN,  BUT NOT WHAT THE EXACT COMPONENTS WOULD BE…OFTEDAHL SAID HIS BIGGEST CONCERN, AS WITH MOST SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS ACROSS THE STATE, IS THE COST ON ALREADY-SLASHED BUDGETS…

THE “SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE MINNESOTA SCHOOLS ACT”  NARROWLY PASSED THRU THE HOUSE AND SENATE BEFORE GOVERNOR DAYTON SIGNED IT INTO LAW…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS HAVE OFFICIALLY CLOSED THEIR SNOWMOBILE TRAILS FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON….ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS PRESIDENT, BUCK BUE, MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AS WARMER TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO EAT AWAY AT THE SNOWPACK THAT REMAINS IN THE AREA…. THE ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS CLUB IS A NON-PROFIT GROUP THAT WAS ESTABLISHED IN AUGUST OF 1987 PRIMARILY TO ESTABLISH AND PROVIDE MARKED AND GROOMED SNOWMOBILE TRAILS AND TO PROMOTE THE SPORT OF SNOWMOBILING IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…. 

THE MINNESOTA HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY THIS WEEK ON A PACKAGE OF BILLS THAT MAKE CHANGES TO MINNESOTA GAME AND FISH LAWS…D-F-L REPRESENTATIVE DAVID DILL, FROM CRANE LAKE, SAYS THE OMNIBUS BILL INCLUDES A PROPOSED REFUND FOR LIFETIME LICENSE HOLDERS WHO PURCHASED THEIR PERMIT AFTER MARCH 1, 2013 WHICH EQUALS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CURRENT AND NEW LICENSE FEES…..DILL SAYS HIS WIDE-RANGING LEGISLATION INCLUDES CHANGES THAT MAKE IT EASIER FOR DISABLED MINNESOTANS TO HUNT AND FISH….DILL SAYS ONE PROVISION WOULD ALLOW DISABLED HUNTERS TO GET FREE HUNTING PERMITS WITHOUT HAVING TO SHOW A THICK PILE OF PAPERWORK…THE BILL WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT THE USE OF THERMAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT WHILE HUNTING, AND STOP HUNTERS FROM REMOVING A FOX FROM A DEN OR TRAPPING A FOX WITHIN 300 FEET OF A DEN FROM APRIL THROUGH AUGUST….THE LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW THE SALE OF RAFFLE TICKETS FOR A DEER CONTEST, AND ALLOW A PROPERTY OWNER TO SCARE, CHASE OFF, OR HARASS CANADA GEESE THAT ARE CAUSING PROPERTY DAMAGE – SO LONG AS THEY DON’T KILL THEM….

 THE MINNESOTA DEER HUNTERS ASSOCIATION IS ABOUT TO WRAP UP ITS EMERGENCY DEER FEEDING FOR THE SEASON….IT’S BEEN A TOUGH WINTER FOR DEER, ESPECIALLY IN NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA, SO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AGREED IN FEBRUARY TO RELEASE STATE FUNDS TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR DEER FEEDING DESPITE ITS CONCERNS ABOUT THE COSTS AND ITS QUESTIONABLE EFFECTIVENESS…THE DEER HUNTERS ASSOCIATION SAYS SATURDAY WILL MARK THE FINAL DAY OF FEED DISTRIBUTION…THE GROUP SAYS JUST OVER 1,000 VOLUNTEERS HAVE PUT OUT FEED PELLETS AT JUST OVER 1,000 SITES OVER THE PAST SIX WEEKS, FEEDING ABOUT 15,000 DEER PER WEEK…THE ASSOCIATION HAS SPENT JUST OVER 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS  TO BUY AND DISTRIBUTE 528 TONS OF FEED…WILDLIFE MANAGERS HAVE GOTTEN FREQUENT REPORTS OF DEAD AND STRUGGLING DEER IN RECENT WEEKS….

THE D-N-R SAYS, DUE TO PROLONGED ICE COVER, THE BEAVER TRAPPING SEASON IN THE NORTHERN THIRD OF MINNESOTA WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 15….THE SEASON WAS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE STATEWIDE ON APRIL 30, BUT A SECOND CONSECUTIVE WINTER OF PERSISTENTLY FROZEN LAKES AND RIVERS IN THE NORTH PROMPTED  OFFICIALS  TO TEMPORARILY EXTEND THE 2013-14 SEASON….BEAVER TRAPPING WILL CLOSE AS SCHEDULED IN THE SOUTHERN TWO-THIRDS…..OFFICIALS SAY TRAPPERS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE SEASON EXTENSION WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE MODIFICATIONS TO PREVENT INCIDENTAL OTTER CATCH….A MAP OF THE OPEN AREA CAN BE FOUND ON PAGE 48 OF THE 2013 MINNESOTA HUNTING AND TRAPPING REGULATIONS HANDBOOK….

 THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL’S 2014 NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ART EXHIBITION IS FAST APPROACHING…THE ART EXHIBITION IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 27 IN MIDDLE RIVER AT THE AMERICAN LEGION…THE EXHIBIT WILL BE OPEN FROM NOON UNTIL 6:00PM, EVERYDAY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF EASTER SUNDAY…ON DISPLAY WILL BE OVER 120 PIECES OF VISUAL ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, MIXED MEDIA, FINE CRAFT, AND SCULPTURE FROM ADULT ARTISTS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ARTISTS WHO LIVE IN THE SEVEN COUNTY SERVICE AREA THAT INCLUDES THE MINNESOTA COUNTIES OF KITTSON, MARSHALL, NORMAN, PENNINGTON, POLK, RED LAKE, AND ROSEAU…AN ARTISTS’ RECEPTION WILL BE HELD APRIL 27 AT 2:00PM AT THE AMERICAN LEGION IN MIDDLE RIVER…HE RECEPTION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC…THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZING, AT THE RECEPTION, THE RECIPIENTS OF THE NORTHWEST STAR ARTIST AWARD, THE NORTHWEST ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND THE NORTHWEST ARTS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD…THIS YEAR THE NORTHWEST STAR ARTIST IS LAVONNE FORSBERG OF THIEF RIVER FALLS…. THE NORTHWEST ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD WILL GO TO JESSICA PRIBULA OF EAST GRAND FORKS… KAYDELL SUPER OF MIDDLE RIVER WILL BE RECEIVING  THE NORTHWEST ARTS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD….

POLARIS INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCED THE COMPANY WILL MAKE NEARLY  10 MILLION DOLLARS OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AT ITS PARTS, GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA,  TO INSTALL NEW MATERIAL HANDLING SYSTEMS….BUILT IN 1997, THE 385 THOUSAND -SQUARE-FOOT, 150 EMPLOYEE VERMILLION DISTRIBUTION CENTER SUPPLIES MORE THAN 60 THOUSAND  PRODUCTS TO 130 COUNTRIES, DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS….TO KEEP PACE WITH INCREASED DEMAND AND ENSURE THE LONG TERM VIABILITY OF THE VERMILLION OPERATION, THE COMPANY, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OF VERMILLION AND THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA, WILL BE MAKING A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT UPGRADES….POLARIS EXPECTS TO COMPLETE THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW MATERIAL HANDLING SYSTEMS BY DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR…

AS WARM WEATHER APPROACHES, THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HAS TEMPORARILY CLOSED MANY OF ITS ROADS AND MOTORIZED TRAILS ON STATE FOREST LAND, INCLUDING THE LITTLEFORK AREA…ROAD AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DETERIORATE RAPIDLY THIS SPRING AND MANY WILL NOT REMAIN FIRM ENOUGH TO SUPPORT VEHICLE TRAFFIC WITHOUT BEING DAMAGED…THIS INCLUDES STATE FORESTS, RECREATION AREA AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ROADS AND TRAILS…THE TEMPORARY CLOSURES COULD REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL SOMETIME IN MAY, DEPENDING ON WEATHER CONDITIONS…STATE FORESTS IN THE LITTLEFORK AREA INCLUDE PINE ISLAND, KOOCHICHING AND SMOKEY BEAR, ALONG WITH THE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS LOCATED IN THE FOREST BOUNDARIES…A LIST OF ROADS TO REMAIN OPEN WILL BE POSTED ON THE DNR WEBSITE…JOE BROWN, LITTLEFORK AREA FORESTRY SUPERVISOR  IS ASKING PEOPLE TO USE GOOD JUDGMENT, OBEY THE CLOSURES AND CHECK THE D-N-R WEBSITE FOR UPDATES….

A ROSEAU COUNTY WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED IN PENNINGTON COUNTY FOR TAKING MORE THAN 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM A FORMER WARROAD MAN…37 YEAR OLD VENCHE KEELER, OF WARROAD,  WAS SENTENCED FOR FELONY THEFT …SHE WAS SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS OF PRISON – STAYED  FOR 10 YEARS…AS A CONDITION OF THAT SENTENCE, SHE WAS ORDERED TO SERVE 90 DAYS IN JAIL…KEELER WAS GIVEN CREDIT FOR 63 DAYS SERVED…ACCORDING TO THE COURT,  SHE MAY SERVE HER SENTENCE AT THE ROSEAU COUNTY JAIL AT HER EXPENSE…OTHER CONDITIONS AND ORDERS INCLUDE: 10 YEARS SUPERVISED PROBATION; THAT KEELER HAVE NO CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM, OR HIS FAMILY, AND TO UNDERGO A GAMBLING ASSESSMENT AND A TREATMENT PROGRAM, OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN EMPLOYMENT AND TO PAY 210 DOLLARS IN FEES…THE SENTENCE ALSO STATED RESTITUTION IS RESERVED….THE CHARGES STEM FROM AN APRIL 2013 REPORT TO THE THIEF RIVER FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT, THAT A GRAND FORKS MAN, FORMERLY OF WARROAD, HAD OVER 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH STOLEN FROM HIS PICKUP SOMETIME IN THE FALL OF 2012…THE MAN SAID HE WITHDREW HIS MONEY FROM SECURITY STATE BANK IN WARROAD IN OCTOBER OF 2012 AND PLANNED TO OPEN AN ACCOUNT IN ANOTHER BANK…IN THE MEANTIME, HE SAID HE KEPT THE MONEY IN HIS GLOVE BOX OF THE TRUCK… THE MAN SAID KEELER WAS A FRIEND WHO HAD BEEN IN HIS VEHICLE SEVERAL TIMES…

 

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS  ANNOUNCED THE RECIPIENTS OF 4.8 MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL GRANTS FOR THE PROGRAM : SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL…THE GRANTS WILL SUPPORT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AT 138 SCHOOLS IN 50 COMMUNITIES….MNDOT SAYS THESE PROJECTS WILL HELP COMMUNITIES INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN TO WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL…SCHOOLS RECEIVED GRANTS IN TWO CATEGORIES: PLANNING AND INFRASTRUCTURE….MNDOT ANNOUNCED THE AVAILABLE GRANTS IN DECEMBER 2013…IT RECEIVED 85 APPLICATIONS AND FUNDED 60 APPLICATIONS…..LOCALLY, THE GRYGLA SCHOOL RECEIVED AN INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT  IN THE AMOUNT OF  144 THOUSAND  960 DOLLARS  FOR 2015 FOR  SIDEWALK, LIGHTING AND CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS ALONG 89  TO THE GRYGLA SCHOOL….SINCE 2005, MNDOT AWARDED NEARLY 15.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL….

 

THE PERSISTENT SNOW IS DELAYING THE BEGINNING OF FIELDWORK ON FARMS ACROSS MINNESOTA…IN ITS FIRST WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION REPORT OF THE SEASON FOR MINNESOTA, THE U.S.D.A.  SAYS LAST WEEK’S HEAVY SNOW IS ONE REASON WHY NO DAYS WERE RATED SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK LAST WEEK…PLANTING OF SOME EARLY CROPS SUCH AS OATS USUALLY BEGINS AROUND NOW…EIGHT-FOUR PERCENT OF MINNESOTA’S PASTURE LAND IS RATED IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION….LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA REPORT CALVING IS PROGRESSING AT A STEADY PACE DESPITE THE DIFFICULT WEATHER CONDITIONS…TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES ARE RATES 75 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 22 PERCENT SURPLUS…SUBSOIL MOISTURE IS RATED A LITTLE SHORTER BECAUSE THE FROST REMAINING IN THE GROUND HAS PREVENTED MOISTURE FROM REACHING SUBSOIL LEVELS…

 MINNESOTA WILDLIFE MANAGERS PLAN TO HOLD THE NUMBER OF BEAR HUNTING LICENSES STEADY THIS YEAR TO HELP GRADUALLY INCREASE THE BEAR POPULATION…MINNESOTA’S BEAR POPULATION WAS ESTIMATED AT 17 THOUSAND  IN 2008, BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS TRENDS SUGGEST THE POPULATION IS DOWN TO BETWEEN 10  AND 15 THOUSAND… THE D-N-R’S LARGE CARNIVORE SPECIALIST, DAN STARK, SAYS THE DECLINE CAME FROM A DELIBERATE DECISION TO REDUCE THE BEAR POPULATION, WHICH HAD CLIMBED DURING THE 1990S AND EARLY 2000S….A D-N-R REPORT SAYS HUNTERS KILLED 1 THOUSAND 866 BEARS IN 2013, THE LOWEST SINCE 1988, WHICH APPARENTLY LET THE POPULATION GROW SLIGHTLY…THE D-N-R PLANS TO ISSUE 3 THOUSAND 750 LICENSES IN 11 PERMIT AREAS, SAME AS LAST YEAR….APPLICATIONS ARE BEING TAKEN THROUGH MAY 2….THE SEASON OPENS SEPT. 1 AND CLOSES OCT. 12….

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING  AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE….THE BOARD’S AGENDA INCLUDES THE COMMISSIONERS SCHEDULED TO  BE ASKED TO  AUTHORIZE THE COUNTY I-T ADMINISTRATOR TO PROVIDE I-T SERVICES TO THE CITY OF ROSEAU ON AN AS-NEEDED, SHORT-TERM BASIS AT A RATE SUFFICIENT TO COVER ALL COUNTY COSTS….THIS COULD BE CONSIDERED A “PILOT PROJECT” WHICH COULD LEAD TO OTHER POSSIBLE INTER-AGENCY COLLABORATIONS CONCERNING THE DELIVERY OF IT-RELATED SERVICES…. THE BOARD IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, WHO IS REQUESTING APPROVAL OF THE ATTACHED ROGER’S TWO-WAY RADIO MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT AND REQUESTING THE APPROVAL TO PURCHASE A FULLY EQUIPPED SQUAD CAR FROM THE CITY OF GREENBUSH…AND THE BOARD WILL ESTABLISH THE ROSEAU COUNTY ASSESSOR INTERVIEW COMMITTEE AND  VETERAN’S SERVICE OFFICER INTERVIEW COMMITTEE….

A BLOOD DRIVE IS SET FOR WARROAD ON TUESDAY…THE BLOOD DRIVE IS SPONSORED BY THE WARROAD AUXILIARY AND WILL BE HELD AT THE WARROAD COMMUNITY CENTER MAIN ROOM FROM 11:30AM TO 6PM…. FOR AN APPOINTMENT CALL 386-3692 OR GO TO THE WEB AT

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LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF THE NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA MAN  WHO DIED TUESDAY FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT WHILE AT WORK  AT A BAGLEY COMPANY….41-YEAR-OLD  MICHAEL ROSS LARSON, OF FOSSTON,  DIED BEFORE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS OR FELLOW EMPLOYEES COULD RESCUE HIM…THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT  BAGLEY HARDWOOD PRODUCTS IN BAGLEY…AUTHORITIES SAY LARSON’S JACKET SNAGGED ON A STORAGE BUILDING’S DOOR AS IT ROSE, LIFTING HIM TO HIS DEATH … POLICE CHIEF LARRY PETERSON SAYS THE MAN WAS STANDING NEXT TO THE DOOR MEASURING ROUGHLY 40 FEET WIDE AND 20 FEET HIGH WHEN IT STARTED GOING UP…MINNESOTA OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH IS ASSISTING POLICE IN THE INVESTIGATION… 

THE INTERNATIONAL RAINY/LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED BOARD HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE LATEST WINTER STORM THAT HIT THE REGION THIS WEEK… THE BOARD SAYS THE LARGE QUANTITY OF WATER IN THIS SNOWPACK ACROSS THE BASIN  INCREASES THE RISK OF HIGH INFLOWS TO NAMAKAN RESERVOIR, RAINY LAKE AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES AS THE SPRING MELT GETS UNDERWAY…IN RESPONSE, THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD IS MONITORING CONDITIONS CLOSELY AND DIRECTING THE DAM OWNERS AT RAINY LAKE AND NAMAKAN RESERVOIR TO ADJUST OUTFLOWS WITH THE GOAL OF AVOIDING HIGH PEAK LAKE LEVELS THIS SPRING…ON MARCH 7TH, THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE DIRECTED THE OWNERS OF THE DAMS AT RAINY LAKE AND NAMAKAN RESERVOIR TO OPERATE THESE DAMS SO AS TO TARGET THE LOWER END OF THE REGULATED LAKE LEVEL RANGE, OR RULE CURVES,  DEFINED BY THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION, BY THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL… THE COMMITTEE SAYS IT AIMS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL STORAGE ROOM IN BOTH LAKES FOR THE ANTICIPATED STRONG FRESHET FLOWS…IN RESPONSE TO THE DIRECTIVE, THE DAM OWNERS MADE SMALL ADJUSTMENTS TO THE OUTFLOWS FROM NAMAKAN RESERVOIR AND RAINY LAKE TO REACH LAKE LEVELS IN THE LOWER PORTION OF THE RESPECTIVE RULE CURVE RANGES AS OF APRIL 1,.. UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS, THE DAM OWNERS ARE REQUIRED TO TARGET THE MIDDLE PORTION OF THE RULE CURVES…FOLLOWING THE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL THIS WEEK,  THERE IS NO APPRECIABLE PRECIPITATION IN THE MEDIUM-RANGE FORECASTS UP TO MID-APRIL…INFLOWS TO THESE LAKES AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES ARE SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL FOR THE START OF APRIL, BUT ARE EXPECTED TO RISE QUICKLY AS THE SNOWPACK BEGINS TO MELT….IN RESPONSE, OUTFLOWS FROM THE DAMS AT NAMAKAN RESERVOIR AND RAINY LAKE WILL BE ADJUSTED WITH THE GOAL OF MAINTAINING THE LAKE LEVELS WITHIN THE RANGE OF THE RESPECTIVE RULE CURVES….

 A 41-YEAR-OLD FOSSTON MAN DIED AFTER HIS JACKET BECAME TANGLED IN AN AUTOMATIC DOOR AT A NORTHERN MINNESOTA HARDWOOD COMPANY…THE WORKER’S JACKET SNAGGED ON A STORAGE BUILDING’S DOOR AS IT ROSE, LIFTING HIM TO HIS DEATH TUESDAY MORNING….IT HAPPENED AT BAGLEY HARDWOOD PRODUCTS IN BAGLEY…POLICE CHIEF LARRY PETERSON SAYS THE MAN WAS STANDING NEXT TO THE DOOR MEASURING ROUGHLY 40 FEET WIDE AND 20 FEET HIGH WHEN IT STARTED GOING UP…MINNESOTA OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH IS ASSISTING POLICE IN THE INVESTIGATION…IN 2012, DURING ITS MOST RECENT ROUTINE INSPECTION BY O-S-H-A, THE COMPANY WAS FINED JUST OVER 1 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR VIOLATIONS INVOLVING ELEVATED RAILING AND STORAGE OF FLAMMABLES…FOUR YEARS EARLIER, IT WAS FINED 280 DOLLARS FOR NOISE VIOLATIONS….

 THIS IS THE FINAL WEEK IN THE BAUDETTE ROTARY CLUB’S 17TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING  EFFORT KNOWN AS THE  “ROTARY ROSE SALE”…ROTARY CLUB MEMBER, ANN ELLIS, SAYS PEOPLE STILL HAVE, THRU THIS FRIDAY, TO ORDER THE ROSES…PICKUP IS SET FOR APRIL 10TH….ELLIS SAYS THE ROSES ARE ONLY 15 DOLLARS PER DOZEN AND COME IN TWO DIFFERENT COLORS THIS YEAR: DARK RED OR LOLLIPOP….TO ORDER THE ROSES, STOP IN TO LAKE COUNTRY CHEVROLET IN WARROAD, THE BORDER STATE BANK IN BAUDETTE AND THE AWESOME BAKERY IN RAINY RIVER ONTARIO….THE BAUDETTE ROTARY CLUB IS  CURRENTLY WORKING TO ASSIST THE LOCAL AMBULANCE SERVICE TO PURCHASE TWO HYDRAULIC COTS FOR THEIR  RIGS…IN THE PAST, ROTARY PROJECTS INCLUDE THE BUDDY BACKPACK NUTRITION PROGRAM, THE TAKE-A-KID FISHING EVENT, YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND OTHER AMBULANCE EQUIPMENT PURCHASES…

EIGHTEEN INCHES OF FRESH SNOW WHIPPED UP BY WINDS OF 50 MILES PER HOUR MIGHT SEEM LIKE A CRUEL APRIL FOOL’S JOKE, BUT FOR RESIDENTS OF NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA IT’S ALL TOO REAL…MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS REPORTED HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN NORTHWESTERN COUNTIES AND DIFFICULT CONDITIONS FOR THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REPORTED 18 INCHES OF NEW SNOW AT THIEF RIVER FALLS AND WARREN…..IN ROSEAU COUNTY,  16 INCHES WAS REPORTED IN SALOL AND NEAR WARROAD,  AND A FOOT IN BADGER….OTHER AMOUNTS VARIED THROUGHOUT THE AREA, WITH A FOOT OF SNOW ABOUT THE AVERAGE…

 ROSEAU COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN YESTERDAY’S BIG STORM…AUTHORITIES SAY THERE WERE SEVERAL ABANDONED VEHICLES ON TOWNSHIP AND COUNTY ROADS…BUT NO ONE IN NEED OF RESCUE….

 

SNOWPLOWS CAME TO THE RESCUE OF A COUNTY SHERIFF IN NORTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTA WHO BECAME STRANDED WHILE TRYING TO HELP OTHERS DURING A BLIZZARD….WALSH COUNTY SHERIFF LAUREN WILD TELLS K-F-G-O RADIO THAT HE HEADED OUT DURING MONDAY’S BLIZZARD TO RESCUE TWO PEOPLE WHO HAD RUN OUT OF GAS ON INTERSTATE 29 NEAR GRAFTON…HE MADE IT TO WITHIN A COUPLE MILES OF THEIR CAR WHEN HIS FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE TRUCK GOT STUCK…WILD SAYS HE HAD A FULL TANK OF GAS AND WAS IN CONSTANT RADIO CONTACT WITH HIS OFFICE, SO HE WASN’T WORRIED…SNOWPLOWS CAME OUT FROM GRAND FORKS TO GET HIM AND THE TWO PEOPLE HE HAD GONE TO RESCUE….

 

A  REGULAR MEETING OF THE ROSEAU  CIVIC AND COMMERCE ASSOCIATION  IS SET FOR WEDNESDAY…THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 10AM AT THE  ROSEAU LIBRARY MEETING ROOM…

 SPRING TRUCK WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON STATE HIGHWAYS BEGIN FRIDAY FOR MINNESOTA’S NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTH FROST ZONES….ACCORDING TO THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, SPRING LOAD RESTRICTIONS ARE ALREADY IN PLACE FOR THE STATE’S SOUTH, SOUTHEAST, METRO AND CENTRAL FROST ZONES…MN-DOT LIMITS TRUCK WEIGHTS TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO ROADS WEAKENED DURING THE SPRING THAW…

FOUR PEOPLE, INCLUDING TWO FROM BAUDETTE, WERE INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT SOUTHWEST OF THE TWIN CITIES IN SIBLEY COUNTY SUNDAY EVENING…THE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 5:55PM ALONG HIGHWAY 19 AT COUNTY ROAD 9 NEAR ARLINGTON….THE PATROL SAYS A 2012 FORD FOCUS, DRIVEN BY 44 YEAR OLD CINDY BAIER, OF  HUTCHINSON,  AND A 2008 HONDA CIVIC, DRIVEN BY 69 YEAR OLD JANIS HOPWOOD,  OF BAUDETTE, COLLIDED BROADSIDE AT AN INTERSECTION …HOPWOOD AND HER PASSENGER, 82 YEAR OLD ROBERT HOPWOOD, OF BAUDETTE, RECEIVED NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN THE CRASH… BAIER AND HER PASSENGER, 18 YEAR OLD BRIAN JOHNSON, OF  HUTCHINSON, ALSO RECEIVED NON LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES….

 

THE ROSEAU SCHOOL, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH  ROSEAU COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES AND LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER,  WILL BE HOSTING A SPECIAL COMMUNITY FORUM TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE SCHOOL…THE FORUM IS CALLED “TOOLS FOR PARENTING TODAY’S YOUTH” AND WILL BEGIN AT 6PM AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL THEATER…ORGANIZERS SAY THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR PARENTS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN THE WELFARE OF YOUTH IN THE ROSEAU, WARROAD AND BADGER AREAS…THE COMMUNITY FORUM WILL FOCUS ON AREAS INCLUDING CHILDHOOD ANGER AND DEPRESSION, BULLYING, SUICIDE, AND SOCIAL MEDIA…PANELISTS WILL INCLUDE SUE SHIREK, A RETIRED GRAND FORKS POLICE/SCHOOL LIASON OFFICER; STEPHANIE DOWNEY, A SUICIDE PREVENTION COORDINATOR FROM BEMIDJI; ANNA BACHMAN, A PSYCHOLOGIST WITH LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER IN ROSEAU;  JENN GALBRAITH, A MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST WITH LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER; AND NATHAN ADAMA, A SPECIAL AGENT WITH THE MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION….ORGANIZERS SAY FREE DAYCARE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR CHILDEREN AGES 3-12……

 WARM WEATHER AND CABIN SEASON MAY SEEM LIKE A LONG WAY OFF, BUT THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS ENCOURAGING LAKE SERVICE PROVIDER BUSINESSES, LIKE DOCK INSTALLERS, RESORT OWNERS, AND CANOE OUTFITTERS TO GET READY FOR SUMMER NOW…ACCORDING TO APRIL RUST, THE D-N-R’S INVASIVE SPECIES TRAINING COORDINATOR, THESE BUSINESSES MUST ATTEND AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES TRAINING AND GET A PERMIT BEFORE THEY CAN OFFER THEIR SERVICES…RUST ADDED THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, WHICH GIVES PEOPLE TIME TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING BEFORE THE ICE IS OUT…FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE D-N-R WEBSITE AT mndnr.gov 

A SPECIAL CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN IS SATURDAY IN ROSEAU…THE “GIRLS ROCK 2014 CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL AND FEATURES NATIONAL SPEAKER AND AUTHOR LYNN COWELL, OF PROVERBS31 MINISTRIES….THE CONFERENCE IS BASED TOWARD TEEN GIRLS AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES…COWELL SAYS SHE TRAVELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO EMPOWER GIRLS AND WOMEN WITH CONFIDENCE IN THEIR CHOICES…REGISTRATION SATURDAY BEGINS AT 8AM…FOR MORE INFO,  OR TO REGISTER,  VISIT THE ROSEAU FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH WEB PAGE AT  fbcroseau.org 

A SPECIAL TREE PRUNING WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD IN BAUDETTE IN EARLY APRIL…. THE U OF M EXTENSION AND LAKE OF THE WOODS SOIL AND WATER  ARE PARTNERING UP TO BRING THIS TREE PRUNING WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY APRIL 5TH….OFFICIALS SAY PRUNING TREES CAN HELP PREVENT DISEASE, ENCOURAGE FRUITING, AND IMPROVE AESTHETICS….PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN ABOUT REASONS AND BENEFITS OF PRUNING, OPTIMAL TIMES OF YEAR TO PRUNE, AND TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR PRUNING….ORGANIZERS SAY  AFTER A 45 MINUTE CLASSROOM SESSION, PARTICIPANTS WILL HEAD OUTSIDE FOR SOME HANDS ON TREE PRUNING PRACTICE IN BAUDETTE….REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9:45 A.M. SATURDAY APRIL 5TH WITH THE  SESSION RUNNING  FROM 10:00AM TO  NOON AT THE  AMBULANCE GARAGE MEETING ROOM IN BAUDETTE… 

THE 13TH DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SPRING WORKSHOP IS SATURDAY IN BADGER…THE WORKSHOP WILL BE HOSTED BY THE GRO-RITE AND NORTHERN BORDERS GARDEN CLUB AND WILL BE HELD AT THE BADGER COMMUNITY CENTER STARTING WITH REGISTRATION AT 9AM SATURDAY MORNING….. 

DON RICKE  WILL BE INDUCTED POSTHUMOUSLY INTO THE I-D-E-A HALL OF FAME ON APRIL 24 AT THE I-D-E-A COMPETITION AWARDS BANQUET, TO BE HELD AT THE SANFORD EVENT CENTER IN BEMIDJI….THE AWARD WILL BE ACCEPTED ON HIS BEHALF BY CHILDREN DAVE RICKE AND DEB MATTHEWS….RICKE GREW UP NEAR BAGLEY….AND EVENTUALLY LAUNCHED THE COMPANY, T-E-A-M INDUSTRIES, WHICH HAS ESTABLISHED A SOLID POSITION AS AN INDUSTRY LEADER, DRIVING INNOVATION IN PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY-ENHANCING COMPONENTS….RICKE PASSED AWAY IN 1997…THE I-D-E-A HALL OF FAME WAS INSTITUTED IN 2009 TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE REGION’S LEGACY INNOVATORS-THOSE WITHIN THE REGION WHO HAVE INSPIRED OTHERS WITH THEIR ENTREPRENEURIAL VISION, LEADERSHIP AND ACHIEVEMENT….THE HALL OF FAME INCLUDES SEVEN OTHER NORTHWEST MINNESOTA INDUCTEES: ANDY WELLS OF WELLS TECHNOLOGY; EDGAR HETTEEN, FOUNDER OF POLARIS AND ARCTIC CAT; GLEN AND DENNIS BRAZIER, (BRAZE-yer)  BROTHERS WHO FOUNDED MATTRACKS AND CENTRAL BOILER, RESPECTIVELY; WILLIAM S. MARVIN, MARVIN WINDOW AND DOORS; MARK LARSON, C-O-O AND PRESIDENT OF DIGI-KEY; AND RON STORDAHL, FOUNDER AND C-E-O OF DIGI-KEY…. 

THE WARROAD SUMMER THEATRE’S  FIRST RUN OF THE PRODUCTION OF “GREATER TUNA” BEGINS TONIGHT AT THE WARROAD AMERICAN LEGION….THE PLAY IS UNDER THE DIRECTON OF BEN JOHNSTON AND STARS JIM PROVANCE AND JEFF GALLE ….THE DINNER THEATRE  BEGINS WITH THE MEAL SERVED AT 6:30PM….FOR RESERVATIONS CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 386-3435…THE FIRST RUN IS THRU SUNDAY AT THE WARROAD LEGION….A SECOND RUN OF THE PRODUCTION IS SET FOR ROCK HARBOR LODGE FROM APRIL 9TH THRU THE 12TH….RESERVATION NUMBER IS 442-7215….FOR MORE INFO,

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 MN-DOT DISTRICT 2 OFFICIALS HAVE RELEASED THE PLANNED HIGHWAY PROJECTS FOR CONSTRUCTION SEASON 2014….PLANNED PROJECTS IN THE AREA INCLUDE:

–30 MILES OF RESURFACING ALONG HIGHWAY 72 FROM  BLACKDUCK TO WASKISH , WITH A TOTAL  COST OF 791 THOUSAND DOLLARS….

—14 MILES OF RESURFACING ALONG HIGHWAY 75 FROM  DONALDSON TO HALLOCK WITH A TOTAL COST  OF 367 THOUSAND…SCHEDULED  FOR  MAY AND JUNE….

–RESURFACE 27 MILES OF PAVEMENT ALONG HIGHWAY 11 FROM  KARLSTAD TO THE BRIDGE OVER  THE RED RIVER THAT INCLUDES THE REPLACEMENT OF CULVERTS, AND SHOULDER REPAIRS …THE COST OF THAT PROJECT IS AT  7 MILLION…

–RESURFACE 11 MILES OF PAVEMENT  ALONG HIGHWAY  11 FROM LOMAN TO PELLAND,  IN KOOCHICHING COUNTY,  WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE REPLACEMENT OF  CULVERTS AND WIDENING OF SHOULDERS AT A COST OF 6.6 MILLION…THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN  JULY WITH  LANE CLOSURES  AND A  SHORT-TERM DETOUR ….

–A BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ON HIGHWAY 59 OVER THE NORTH BRANCH TWO RIVERS NORTH OF LANCASTER….THAT PROJECT IS AT A COST OF 1.25 MILLION AND EXPECTED TO START IN JUNE….

—AND TWO BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS ALONG HIGHWAY 175 EAST OF HALLOCK OVER THE MIDDLE BRANCH OF THE TWO RIVERS AT A TOTAL COST OF 1.39 MILLION TO START IN JUNE….

 U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION  OFFICIALS ARE  REMINDING TRAVELERS PLANNING TRIPS ACROSS THE BORDER INTO MINNESOTA OR NORTH DAKOTA TO ANTICIPATE HEAVY TRAFFIC THIS WEEK,  AS IT IS THE START OF SPRING BREAK FOR MOST SCHOOLS IN MANITOBA….OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING  TRAVELERS TO PLAN TRIPS IN ADVANCE AND OBTAIN A RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION ENABLED TRAVEL DOCUMENT SUCH AS AN ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE/ENHANCED IDENTIFICATION CARD, U.S. PASSPORT CARD, OR TRUSTED TRAVELER PROGRAM CARD  TO EXPEDITE THEIR ENTRY INTO THE U-S AND MAKE FUTURE BORDER CROSSINGS MORE EFFICIENT….BORDER TRAFFIC VOLUMES ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY FRIDAY THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK IN APRIL…FOR MORE INFO,  CHECK OUT THE NEW C-B-P INFORMATIONAL WEBSITE AT

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A BILL AUTHORED BY DISTRICT 1 “A” REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAN FABIAN,  OF ROSEAU,  THAT EXPANDS MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT SERVICES IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA , CLEARED ITS SECOND HURDLE IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK….THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARD FABIAN’S LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW SANFORD MEDICAL CENTER IN THIEF RIVER FALLS, THE REGION’S ONLY INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY, TO INCREASE ITS LICENSED PSYCHIATRIC BED CAPACITY TO 16 BEDS…. RURAL HOSPITALS ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED BY LAW TO A 10-BED MAXIMUM, FORCING PATIENTS TO SEEK CARE HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY OR NOT RECEIVE CARE AT ALL….FABIAN’S LEGISLATION WAS LAID OVER TO INCLUDE IN THE OMNIBUS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BILL….

AN EXCEPTION TO THE SPRING TRUCK WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IS IN EFFECT ON TWO SECTIONS OF HIGHWAY 1 IN MINNESOTA’S NORTH FROST ZONE….ACCORDING TO THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, ONE SECTION IS IN THE CITY OF RED LAKE FROM THE FISHERY ROAD TO PRESTONS ROAD AND THE OTHER IS 11 MILES WEST OF ELY TO THE CITY OF ELY…OFFICIALS SAY HIGHWAY 1 WILL HAVE A SPRING LOAD RESTRICTION OF SEVEN TONS INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 10 TONS….THIS EXCEPTION WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…MNDOT LIMITS TRUCK WEIGHTS TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO ROADS WEAKENED DURING THE SPRING THAW…ENDING DATES FOR SPRING LOAD RESTRICTIONS WILL BE ESTABLISHED BY MONITORING ROADWAY STRENGTH AS WEATHER CONDITIONS CHANGE…

NORTHWEST ONTARIO AUTHORITIES HAVE CHARGED A FORT FRANCES ONTARIO MAN WITH AUTO THEFT…OFFICERS OF THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE WERE CALLED THURSDAY, AT APPROXIMATELY 11:16 PM, TO A FORT FRANCES COMMERCIAL PROPERTY IN RESPONSE TO SOMEONE ATTEMPTING TO STEAL A PICKUP TRUCK FROM A LOCKED COMPOUND…WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, THEY WERE DIRECTED TO THE REAR OF THE COMPOUND WHERE THEY SAY THEY OBSERVED THE PICKUP TRUCK RUNNING WITH ITS LIGHTS ON AND A MALE SEATED IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH ALL OF THE DOORS LOCKED…THE MALE WAS DIRECTED TO PUT THE VEHICLE IN PARK AND UNLOCK THE DOORS BUT HAD A DIFFICULT TIME COMPLYING WITH THE INSTRUCTION DUE TO HIS LEVEL OF INTOXICATION…POLICE SAYONCE OFFICERS WERE IN A POSITION TO REMOVE THE DRIVER FROM THE VEHICLE, THE DRIVER BECAME UNCOOPERATIVE AND PHYSICALLY RESISTANT WITH POLICE….HE WAS PLACED UNDER ARREST AND TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY… AS A RESULT OF POLICE INVESTIGATION, 24 YEAR OLD DUSTIN MELROSE  WAS CHARGED WITH;  THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE;  CARE AND CONTROL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE; AND RESIST ARREST OF A PEACE OFFICER…HE WAS LATER RELEASED FROM POLICE CUSTODY AND ORDERED TO APPEAR IN  COURT ON APRIL 28TH

 

THE MINNESOTA SOYBEAN RESEARCH AND PROMOTION COUNCIL CONTINUES THEIR “SEE FOR YOURSELF” MISSION IN THE PHILLIPINES AND JAPAN….THE GROUP INCLUDES BAUDETTE AREA  FARMER JONATHAN WAIBEL…WAIBEL IS ONE OF 15 MINNESOTA FARMERS/EDUCATORS TOURING THE PHILIPPINES AND JAPAN TO ASSESS THE VALUE OF THE SOYBEAN CHECKOFF IN OUR INTERNATIONAL MARKETS…

LAKE OF THE WOODS TOURISM HAS ANNOUNCED A CHARITY EVENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH WALLEYE MASTER CHARITY TO BENEFIT DISABLED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES…. “PAY IT FORWARD” FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA AND WALLEYEFEST CELEBRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT LAKE OF THE WOODS AND IN BAUDETTE,  AUGUST 21ST THRU THE 24TH THIS YEAR…….ORGANIZERS SAY DISABLED VETERANS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY THE WALLEYE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD IN COMFORT AND STYLE… VETERANS WILL STAY FOR THREE NIGHTS AND FISH FOR TWO DAYS AT PREMIER AREA RESORTS UTILIZING THEIR FACILITIES, CHARTER BOATS AND COAST GUARD LICENSED CAPTAINS…. ALL LODGING, FISHING AND MEALS WILL BE INCLUDED AS WELL AS COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EACH DAY AND NIGHT…. JOE HENRY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LAKE OF THE WOODS TOURISM, SAYS TWO WORTHY ORGANIZATIONS CHOSEN TO WORK WITH AND BENEFIT FROM THIS EVENT THIS YEAR ARE MIDWEST OUTDOORS UNLIMITED AND FISHING FOR LIFE… HENRY SAYS A NUMBER OF CELEBRITIES AND MEDIA PLAN ON BEING PART OF THE EVENT INCLUDING RON SCHARA, TERRY TUMA, AND JIM ZUMBO OF THE OUTDOOR CHANNEL….IN ADDITION, A VARIETY OF NATIONAL OUTDOOR MEDIA WILL BE PRESENT FOR THE EVENTS… 

THE MINNESOTA SOYBEAN RESEARCH AND PROMOTION COUNCIL “SEE FOR YOURSELF” MISSION IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN JAPAN…THE GROUP LEFT OVER A WEEK AGO…MINNESOTA SOYBEAN RESEARCH AND PROMOTION DIRECTOR, DREW PARSLEY, OF WARROAD, IS ON THE TRIP…HE TALKED ABOUT HOW IMPRESSIVE IT IS TO SEE THE MINNESOTA GROWN BEANS GETTING TO THE END USER…PARSLEY, AND THE REST OF THE GROUP OF MINNESOTA SOYBEAN GROWERS WILL RETURN ON WEDNESDAY…   

THE MINNESOTA HOUSE HAS PASSED LEGISLATION TO CUT TAXES…OFFICIALS SAY THE BILL WOULD REDUCE TAXES FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MINNESOTANS,  LARGELY BY CONFORMING TO FEDERAL TAX CHANGES…DISTRICT 2 “A”

 D-F-L- STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROGER ERICKSON, OF BAUDETTE,  VOTED FOR THE BILL…LAST SESSION THE HOUSE INCLUDED FEDERAL TAX CONFORMITY FOR TAX YEAR 2013 AND BEYOND, BUT IT DID NOT END UP IN THE FINAL BUDGET SIGNED INTO LAW…

 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING  AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH JANINE LOVOLD, FROM THE BOARD OF WATER AND SOIL RESOURCES, ON THE “ONE WATERSHED ONE PLAN”  PILOT PROGRAM…AFTER A MEETING ON MARCH 6, THE PENNINGTON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND WATER PLANNER,  ALONG WITH THE RESPECTIVE WATERSHED DISTRICTS (AND COUNTIES) WILL BE MOVING FORWARD TO APPLY FOR FUNDING IN REGARDS TO THE ONE WATERSHED ONE PLAN PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE THIEF RIVER WATERSHED AND RED LAKE WATERSHED…THEY WISH AT THIS TIME TO COMBINE TWO WATERSHEDS UNLESS THE BOARD OF SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES  DECIDES DIFFERENTLY DUE TO FUNDING… ROSEAU COUNTY HAS APPROXIMATELY  1 THOUSAND 744 ACRES OF THIEF RIVER WATERSHED IN HUSS AND POPLAR GROVE TOWNSHIPS…IF ROSEAU COUNTY WOULD LIKE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PILOT PROGRAM, THE PENNINGTON WATER PLANNER IS LOOKING FOR A RESOLUTION OR LETTER OF COMMITMENT… ALSO AT TUESDAY’S MEETING, THE ROSEAU BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ARE REQUESTED TO APPROVE THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF MATT ULWELLING TO THE ROSEAU COUNTY EXTENSION COMMITTEE……

 

THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR THIEF RIVER FALLS OVER THE WEEKEND…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 4:20AM SATURDAY ALONG HIGHWAY ONE, ABOUT 3 MILES WEST OF THIEF RIVER FALLS…THE PATROL SAYS 41 YEAR OLD GARY HARSTAD, OF VIKING, WAS DRIVING A 2008 FORD SUPER DUTY EASTBOUND WHEN HE LOST CONTROL ON THE ICY ROAD AND ENTERED  THE NORTH DITCH…THE VEHICLE THEN ROLLED AND LANDED UPRIGHT FACING WEST…HARSTAD HAD NO APPARENT INJURIES, HOWEVER THE THREE PASSENGERS IN THE VEHICLE WERE INJURED….23 YEAR OLD BRITTANI DARGUS, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS RECEIVED SERIOUS, BUT UNKNOWN INJURIES….24 YEAR OLD JARED VOECKS, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES…THE THIRD PASSENGER, 29 YEAR OLD ROGER PASSA, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, ALSO HAD NON- LIFE THREATENING INJURIES…..

 

A ROSEAU  WOMAN RECEIVED A VERY UNEXPECTED SURPRISE WHILE WALKING THROUGH THE BEMIDJI SANFORD CENTER’S DOORS TO GET HER TICKET SCANNED FOR THE JAKE OWEN CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT….examiner.com  REPORTS SHORTLY BEFORE THE START OF THE SHOW, PAYTON LUND, OF ROSEAU,  WAS SHOWERED WITH CANNONS OF CONFETTI AND STROBE LIGHTS FLASHING ALL AROUND HER…LUND WAS THE LUCKY WINNER WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BE BEMIDJI SANFORD CENTER’S 500 THOUSANDTH  CUSTOMER….THE FACILITY WAS CELEBRATING THREE YEARS OF SUCCESS BY HOSTING THE SPECIAL EVENT…LUND, WHO IS ALSO A BIG JAKE OWEN FAN, ALSO WON TWO BACKSTAGE PASSES TO MEET OWEN ALONG WITH A GIANT COMMEMORATIVE TICKET FROM SANFORD CENTER, A CUSTOMIZED SANFORD CENTER CHAIR, TWO FREE TICKETS TO A FUTURE EVENT AT SANFORD CENTER, CONCESSIONS FOR THE NIGHT PROVIDED BY VENUWORKS AND A 100.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO A LOCAL RESTAURANT….

WINTRY WEATHER IS CAUSING TRAVEL PROBLEMS IN THE REGION AS SPRING BEGINS….THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS POSTED BLIZZARD AND WINTER STORM WARNINGS FOR NORTHWEST MINNESOTA AND THE FAR NORTHEAST PART OF NORTH DAKOTA TODAY, BECAUSE OF SNOW AND WINDS GUSTING UP TO 50 MPH…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN PLACE FOR THE REST OF THE REGION…THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ADVISES NO TRAVEL IN WESTERN MARSHALL AND SOUTHERN KITTSON COUNTIES DUE TO BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITY….OFFICIALS HAVE CLOSED HIGHWAY 1 BETWEEN OSLO AND WARREN….STRONG WINDS COMBINED WITH THE FRESH SNOW ARE CREATING DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT NORTHWEST MINNESOTA…SNOWFALL TOTALS RANGE ANYWHERE FROM AROUND 1-2 INCHES IN THE WARROAD AREA, TO AROUND 8 INCHES IN THE INDUS AREA AND NEARLY A FOOT AROUND GRYGLA….

MEANWHILE, THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A TRAVEL ALERT FOR THE REGION, INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GRAND FORKS, GRAFTON AND PEMBINA….OFFICIALS SAY MOTORISTS CAN STILL TRAVEL BUT SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION BECAUSE OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND ICY ROADS….

 

THE ROSEAU SCHOOL DISTRICT BEGAN A NEW STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS THIS WEEK…SUPERINTENDENT LARRY GUGGISBERG SAYS 25 PEOPLE WERE AT THE INITIAL MEETING AS THE DISTRICT LOOKS TO UPDATE IT’S CURRENT PLAN…GUGGISBERG SAYS THE SCHOOL BEGAN A STRATEGIC PLAN IN 2004…HE SAYS THE LAST TIME IT WAS UPDATED WAS 2008…GUGGISBERG SAYS IT’S A VISION OF WHERE THE DISTRICT WANTS TO GO WITH INPUT FROM DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF THE DISTRICT…GUGGISBERG SAYS THE GROUP WILL MEET ABOUT 3 TIMES DURING THE PROCESS…TOM WATSON, FROM THE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT SERVICE FIRM, THE WATSON CONSULTING GROUP, HAS BEEN APPROVED BE THE ROSEAU SCHOOL BOARD TO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ROSEAU PLAN…WATSON HAS DONE STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE WARROAD AND GREENBUSH SCHOOL DISTRICTS…THE GROUP WILL NEXT MEET ON APRIL 1ST TO REVIEW AND DEVELOP ELEMENTS OF THE THE WORKFORCE PLAN…

 

THE ARROWHEAD LIBRARY SYSTEM IS PRESENTING “ THE YARD BIZARRE”, WHICH IS A FREE PROGRAM BEING OFFERED AT THE BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY ON MONDAY, MARCH 24TH AT 3:30 P.M….THE EVENT IS BEING PUT ON BY THE DULUTH PLAYHOUSE AND IS  A POETRY INSPIRED PLAY…

THE RED LAKE CONSTITUTION REFORM INITIATIVE COMMITTEE IS PLANNING A SERIES OF AREA MEETINGS TO TALK WITH ENROLLED CITIZENS AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY OF ENROLLED CITIZENS ABOUT DRAFTING A NEW RED LAKE CONSTITUTION…ACCORDING TO A RELEASE, THE COMMITTEE WANTS TO HEAR FROM MEMBERS OF EACH COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE DRAFTING OF A NEW RED LAKE CONSTITUTION ACCURATELY REFLECTS THE VOICE OF THE RED LAKE NATION…THE UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS WILL BE THE FIRST ROUND OF FOUR COMMUNITY MEETINGS…A MEETING HAS BEEN SET FOR  MARCH 24 AT 5:30 P.M. AT THE REDBY COMMUNITY CENTER….ANOTHER ON  MARCH 25 AT 5:30 P.M. AT THE RED LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER, IN RED LAKE…

RIVERSIDE HEALTH CARE IN NORTHWEST ONTARIO  IS RESPONDING WITH MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO A WATER MAIN BREAK CLOSE TO THE RAINY RIVER HEALTH CENTRE… TOWN OFFICIALS ARE  REPAIRING THE SITE….THERE IS A ‘BOIL WATER’ ADVISORY AT THE RAINY RIVER HEALTH CENTER UNTIL SAMPLES ARE ANALYZED AND APPROVED FOR DRINKING BY THE NORTHWESTERN HEALTH UNIT…. PRESENTLY, RAINY RIVER  STAFF ARE ENSURING THAT BOTTLED WATER WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL PATIENTS AND RESIDENTS AND THAT APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN IN FOOD SERVICE PREPARATION AND INFECTION CONTROL….IN ADDITION, CAUTIONARY SIGNAGE IS BEING PLACED ON ALL WATER TAPS AND DRINKING
FOUNDATIONS…


THIS THURSDAY THE WARROAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  IS HOSTING A TOURISM DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION… RANI BHATTACHARYVA,  COMMUNITY ECONOMICS EDUCATOR, SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO REVIEW THE 2014 SUSTAINABLE TOURISM ASSESSMENT REPORT FOR WARROAD AND EXPLORE WITH PARTICIPANTS POTENTIAL SHORT TERM PROJECTS THEY CAN ACT UPON IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS…THE PROJECT HAS BEEN 18 MONTHS IN DURATION,  AND  INCLUDES  THE INSIGHTS AND EFFORTS OF MEMBERS OF THE WARROAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WARROAD VISITORS BUREAU, CITY OF WARROAD, LAKE OF THE WOODS TOURISM BUREAU, BIG BOG NATURE CENTER AND NORTHERN BELTRAMI HERITAGE CENTER IN KELLIHER … BHATTACHARYVA SAYS THERE WERE SOME COMMON THREADS IN THE FINDINGS WITH SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND  ITS POSITIVE NEWS FOR WARROAD…WARROAD’S COMMUNITY TOURISM WORKSHOP IS FROM 1-4PM AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING ON THURSDAY… FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION   CALL 386-3543….

MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON ANNOUNCED HE WILL SEEK A 13TH TERM IN THE U-S HOUSE…THE 7TH DISTRICT DEMOCRAT SAYS THERE’S PLENTY OF WORK LEFT TO DO INCLUDING FLOOD RETENTION PROJECTS, IMPLEMENTING THE FARM BILL AND THE HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION ACT…PETERSON EXPECTS HIS RACE WILL BE TARGETED BY NATIONAL REPUBLICANS, BUT HE HOPES TO KEEP THE CAMPAIGN LOCAL…STATE SENATOR TORREY WESTROM OF ELBOW LAKE IS THE LONE G-O-P CANDIDATE PLANNING TO CHALLENGE PETERSON THIS FALL…. 

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES SAY A YOUNG CHILD  HAS DIED AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY TWO DOGS OVER THE WEEKEND….R-C-M-P SAY THEY RESPONDED TO THE INCIDENT JUST BEFORE 3:30PM SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN THE R-M OF SPRINGFIELD…OAKBANK R-C-M-P SAY TWO ALASKAN MALAMUTE DOGS HAD MAULED A SEVEN YEAR OLD GIRL FROM THE R-M OF ST. ANDREWS…THE GIRL, WHOSE NAME WAS NOT RELEASED, WAS  RUSHED TO A  WINNIPEG CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, WHERE SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD….POLICE SAY THE TWO ALASKAN MALAMUTE DOGS WERE SEIZED AND ARE BEING HELD BY THE R-M OF SPRINGFIELD ANIMAL CONTROL WHILE THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES….AUTHORITIES SAY THE DOGS WERE KNOWN TO THE YOUNG GIRL….NO OTHER DETAILS WERE GIVEN…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 8:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE  BOARD  ROOM….THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE HIRING  OF A NEW ROSEAU COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER….CURRENT VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER, DONALD DUNN,  HAS GIVEN HIS RESIGNATION TO THE BOARD WITH HIS FINAL DAY IN THAT POST EXPECTED TO BE APRIL 11TH…THE BOARD HAS ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION AND IS NOW IN THE PROCESS OF LOOKING FOR HIS REPLACEMENT….

ROSEAU COMMUNITY EDUCATION ALONG WITH LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER AND ROSEAU COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES WILL BE HOSTING A COMMUNITY FORUM  IN  EARLY APRIL, FOCUSING ON SOME OF THE CHALLENGES FACED BY TODAY’S YOUTH…ORGANIZERS SAY THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP EMPOWER PARENTS AND CONCERNED ADULTS WITH TOOLS TO ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS:

CHILDHOOD ANGER AND DEPRESSION; SOCIAL MEDIA / TECHNOLOGY THREATS;  BULLYING AND SUICIDE…PANELISTS WILL INCLUDE:

SUE SHIREK, A GRAND FORKS SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER. …

STEPHANIE DOWNEY, A SUICIDE PREVENTION COORDINATOR  FROM BEMIDJI….

ANNA BACHMAN, A PSYCHOLOGIST WITH LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER ROSEAU….

JEN GALBRAITH, A MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST WITH LIFECARE MEDICAL ROSEAU AND

NATHAN ADAMS, A SPECIAL AGENT WITH THE MINNESOTA

B-C-A….

THE FORUM IS SET FOR TUESDAY APRIL 1ST FROM  6 TO 8 PM AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL THEATER…IT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ORGANIZERS SAY CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED DURING THIS EVENT….

 

MINNESOTA DISTRICT 1”A” STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAN FABIAN, OF ROSEAU HAS AUTHORED A  BILL, HE SAYS, WOULD EXPAND WORKFORCE HOUSING IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA….FABIAN SAYS SEVERAL OF  AREA MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES HAVE A SHORTAGE OF WORKERS BECAUSE ADEQUATE WORKFORCE HOUSING ISN’T AVAILABLE…. FABIAN SAYS HIS  PLAN IS GEARED TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WHILE ENSURING LOCAL CONTROL THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING AND BUILDING PROCESS….SPECIFICALLY, HE SAYS THE  BILL WOULD CREATE A NEW TYPE OF TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT FOR GREATER MINNESOTA COMMUNITIES FACING HOUSING SHORTAGES…. FABIAN SAYS THE PROGRAM IS A PROVEN, LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL THAT WOULD GIVE CITIES A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO WORK WITH CONTRACTORS AND DEVELOPERS TO BUILD MID-PRICED, WORKFORCE HOUSING UNITS—WITHOUT A FISCAL IMPACT TO THE STATE….FABIAN PRESENTED HOUSE FILE 2739 IN THE HOUSE PROPERTY TAXES COMMITTEE THIS WEEK….TODD PETERSON, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ROSEAU ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, AND JONATHAN BOHN OF POLARIS INDUSTRIES TESTIFIED ON BEHALF OF FABIAN’S LEGISLATION, WHICH HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE…. 

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A FIRE AT A FORT FRANCES AREA BUSINESS THURSDAY NIGHT….AROUND 8:30 PM, THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE), THE FORT FRANCES FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE AND THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES  RESPONDED TO THE  FIRE AT REID’S VOYAGEUR INN MOTEL …A 39 YEAR OLD MALE RESIDENT OF THE MOTEL REMAINS IN HOSPITAL AND HIS CONDITION IS BEING MONITORED….MEMBERS OF THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT REMAIN ON SCENE AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ONTARIO FIRE MARSHALL’S OFFICE, OPP NORTH WEST REGION FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION UNIT, FORT FRANCES AND NORTH WEST REGION CRIME UNIT….ANYONE WITH INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS INVESTIGATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE O-P-P AT 1-888-310-1122 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477… 

A SPECIAL EVENT THAT THE ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB HAD ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO HOST A FEW WEEKS BACK,  IS ON FOR THIS SATURDAY….THE ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS ARE TEAMING UP WITH THE BIG/BROTHER-BIG/SISTER PROGRAM

AND WILL BE HOSTING A FUN DAY AT BEMIS HILL IN THE BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST  THIS SATURDAY….THE EVENT WAS POSTPONED FROM THE EARLIER DATE DUE TO SEVERE COLD WEATHER…EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO THE SPECIAL DAY WHICH WILL BE HELD  FROM 10AM TO 2PM….

DEER HUNTERS IN MINNESOTA HAVE BEEN INVITED TO  ATTEND ONE OF A SERIES OF LISTENING SESSIONS JOINTLY HOSTED BY THE MINNESOTA D-N-R AND THE MINNESOTA DEER HUNTERS ASSOCIATION….LESLIE MCINENLY, D-N-R BIG GAME PROGRAM LEADER, SAYS THEY HAVE  BEEN HEARING THAT DEER NUMBERS ARE TOO LOW AND THIS YEAR’S SEVERE WINTER IS EXACERBATING THOSE CONCERNS IN MANY REGIONS OF THE STATE…SHE SAYS THESE LISTENING SESSIONS WILL GIVE DEER HUNTERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH D-N-R STAFF WHO MAKE DEER MANAGEMENT DECISIONS….ALL LISTENING SESSIONS WILL BE FROM 7-9 P.M….THE CLOSEST MEETING IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA IS IN BEMIDJI  ON MONDAY, MARCH 24TH AT THE  BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL…..ONLINE COMMENTS ALSO WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, AT THE D-N-R’S WEBSITE….

MINNESOTA DISTRICT 2 “A” STATE REP ROGER ERICKSON, OF BAUDETTE, HAS CO-AUTHORED A BONDING BILL REQUEST THAT WILL ASK FOR FUNDING IN THE CONTINUING EFFORT TO BATTLE INVASIVE SPECIES IN THE STATE…ERICKSON, THE 2ND AUTHOR ON THE BILL, SAYS THE REQUEST IS ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES RESEARCH CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA….ERICKSON SAYS THE BILL REQUEST WILL BE ADDED ON THURSDAY…. 

TOWNSHIP ELECTIONS WERE HELD ACROSS MINNESOTA TUESDAY…IN ROSEAU COUNTY,  16 OF THE 33 TOWNSHIPS HELD ELECTIONS …IN ROSEAU COUNTY’S MOST POPULATED TOWNSHIP,  LAKE TOWNSHIP, INCUMBENT SUPERVISOR GREG BOYNTON WAS CHALLENGED BY KENT PETERSON….THE UNOFFICIAL RESULTS SHOW  PETERSON WINNING WITH A TOTAL OF 110 VOTES TO 32 FOR BOYNTON…THE SUPERVISOR TERM IS FOR 3 YEARS…BOYNTON HAS BEEN IN THAT POST SINCE 2008….

MINNESOTA DISTRICT ONE “A” STATE REP DAN FABIAN, OF ROSEAU,  HAS INTRODUCED A BILL TO EXPAND MUCH-NEEDED ACCESS TO INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA…UNDER FABIAN’S BILL, SANFORD MEDICAL CENTER IN THIEF RIVER FALLS COULD INCREASE ITS LICENSED PSYCHIATRIC BED CAPACITY TO 25 BEDS… AS THE REGION’S ONLY INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY, SANFORD IS LIMITED BY CURRENT LAW TO A 10-BED MAXIMUM….FABIAN IS STRESSING THAT ACCESS TO THIS SPECIALIZED CARE IS DESPERATELY NEEDED IN THIS AREA….HE SAID LAST YEAR, 350 INDIVIDUALS IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT SERVICES WERE TURNED AWAY FROM RURAL HOSPITALS DUE TO LIMITED BED CAPACITY… SOME WERE DIRECTED HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY FOR PLACEMENT, GIVEN DELAYED CARE, OR PLACED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT CUSTODY….FABIAN SAYS HIS LEGISLATION IS SUPPORTED BY HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND COUNTY ATTORNEYS IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA…THE BILL, HOUSE FILE 2314,  AWAITS A HEARING IN THE HOUSE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES POLICY COMMITTEE…. 

THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT O-P-P  CURRENTLY IS INVESTIGATING A BREAK AND ENTER AT A GROCERY STORE IN EMO….THE FORT FRANCES CANINE UNIT ASSISTED IN THE POLICE RESPONSE…..AUTHORITIES SAY, AROUND 12:33 A.M. MONDAY,  A MALE WAS OBSERVED LEAVING THE AREA OF THE STORE…THEY SAY A MAN FLED WHEN APPROACHED BY A WITNESS….THE SUSPECT WAS DESCRIBED AS A YOUNGER MALE, ABOUT 5’8” TALL, WITH A MEDIUM BUILD…POLICE SAY HE WAS WEARING A RED HOODIE SWEATER, A DARK GREY FEATHER DOWN JACKET WITH A HORIZONTAL WHITE LINE ACROSS CHEST AND SHOULDERS, DARK PANTS,  AND DARK SHOES…ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IN  THIS CRIME IS URGED TO CONTACT THE O-P-P AT 1-888-310-1122 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)…

ELECTIONS ARE GOING TO BE HELD TUESDAY IN MANY TOWNSHIPS ACROSS ROSEAU COUNTY AND THE STATE….IN ROSEAU COUNTY, 16 OF THE 33 TOWNSHIPS WILL HOLD ELECTIONS…MANY ANNUAL MEETINGS ARE SET AS WELL….ROSEAU COUNTY’S MOST POPULATED TOWNSHIP, LAKE TOWNSHIP, HAS A CONTESTED RACE FOR A SUPERVISOR POSITION…INCUMBENT GREG BOYNTON IS FACING A CHALLENGE BY KENT PETERSON…VOTING WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT THE LAKE TOWN HALL FROM 10AM TO 8PM….VOTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE POLLING PLACE FINDER AT  mnvotes.org TO SEE IF THEY HAVE AN ELECTION AND FIND OUT WHERE TO VOTE….MORE THAN  ONE THOUSAND 100 MINNESOTA TOWNSHIPS WILL HOLD ELECTIONS TUESDAY ACROSS MINNESOTA….

THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A REGULAR MEETING MONDAY AFTERNOON AT 5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS…THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO GET A REVIEW AND ACCEPT A BID FOR THE COMMUNITY PARK DEVELOPMENT PHASE ONE PROJECT…THE COUNCIL IS ALSO EXPECTED TO ADDRESS A COMMUNITY EDUCATION REQUEST FOR THE ANNUAL SUMMER REC ACTIVITY FEE AND THE STANDARD ANNUAL AGREEMENT WITH K-L-J

 ENGINEERS…

 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE….THE BOARD WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING AT 9:15 A.M. TO RECEIVE PUBLIC INPUT CONCERNING A PROPOSED LAND EXCHANGE/SWAP IN THE BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST….THE BOARD IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO GET A  NORTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY UPDATE,  AND A REPORT FROM ROSEAU COUNTY AG SOCIETY/RED RIVER VALLEY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER  BUDDY ERICKSON…THE BOARD WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF CHRIS GEVING, KAROL SAVAGE  AND, RACHEL WELIN AS TEMPORARY PART-TIME DISPATCH/JAILERS….AND APPROVE THE HIRING OF MATT RESTAD FOR THE POSITION OF JAIL ADMINISTRATOR….THE BOARD IS ALSO BEING ASKED TO APPROVE THE HIRING OF JOSH OLSON TO A FULL TIME POSITION AS DEPUTY SHERIFF TO TAKE OVER MATT RESTADS POSITION….THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE ROSEAU COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ARE REQUESTING AN ORDINANCE TO BE ADOPTED BY THE BOARD REGULATING THE SALE, POSSESSION AND USE OF SYNTHETIC DRUGS IN ROSEAU COUNTY…THE BOARD IS BEING ASKED FOR AUTHORIZATION TO PUBLISH AND HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING….

 

OPPONENTS OF MINNESOTA’S WOLF HUNT WILL TAKE THEIR CASE TO STATE LAWMAKERS THIS WEEK…THE SENATE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COMMITTEE TAKES UP A BILL TUESDAY THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO CONDUCT AN ANNUAL WOLF CENSUS…THE D-N-R WOULD ALSO HAVE TO SAMPLE PUBLIC OPINION ON HUNTING WOLVES….WOLF BAITING WOULD BE BANNED WITHIN 10 MILES OF TRIBAL LANDS, AND THE D-N-R WOULD HAVE TO PRODUCE A MAP THAT SHOWS WHERE WOLVES ARE A THREAT TO LIVESTOCK…HOWLING FOR WOLVES SPOKESPERSON,  MAUREEN HACKETT,  SAYS THE D-N-R NEEDS TO COLLECT MORE DATA ON WOLF DEATHS AND HOW THE HUNTING SEASON AFFECTS THE OVERALL POPULATION…HACKETT SAYS THE HUNT SHOULD BE SUSPENDED UNTIL THEN… 

THE MINNESOTA  HOUSE PASSED LEGISLATION THIS WEEK,  TO CUT TAXES FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND TO REPEAL BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS TAXES….D-F-L LEADERS SAY THE 514 MILLION  DOLLAR TAX CUT BILL WILL REDUCE TAXES FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MINNESOTANS, LARGELY BY CONFORMING TO FEDERAL TAX CHANGES…. THE HOUSE TAX BILL ALSO WOULD REPEAL THREE BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS TAXES (WAREHOUSING AND STORAGE SERVICES, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT REPAIR (INCLUDING FARM MACHINERY) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT) THAT WERE PASSED AS PART OF THE D-F-L’S 2013 BUDGET… D-F-L  DISTRICT 2A STATE REPRESENTATIVE, ROGER ERICKSON, OF BAUDETTE, SAYS HE IS PLEASED…THE REPEAL OF THE BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS TAXES TOTAL $314 MILLION. THE BILL ALLOWS TAXPAYERS TO APPLY FOR A REFUND FOR ANY TAXES PAID SINCE THEY TOOK EFFECT. TWO OF THE TAXES WENT INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1, 2013…THE WAREHOUSE TAX WILL TAKE EFFECT ON APRIL 1, 2014, AND SOME SAY THAT ADDS TO THE URGENCY TO PASS THIS TAX CUT BILL….  

THE HIGHWAY PATROL HAS IDENTIFIED TWO SISTERS WHO DIED WHEN A SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE CRASHED ON AN ICY INTERSTATE 29 SOUTH OF GRAND FORKS….23 YEAR OLD  HOLLY NADEAU  FROM FARGO, THE DRIVER,  AND 20-YEAR-OLD PASSENGER IVY NADEAU FROM GRAND FORKS DIED MID AFTERNOON WEDNESDAY..THE PATROL SAYS THEIR S-U-V WAS TRAVELING NORTH WHEN IT WENT INTO THE MEDIAN AND ROLLED SEVERAL TIMES 2 MILES NORTH OF HILLSBORO, THROWING BOTH WOMEN FROM THE VEHICLE…THEY DIED AT THE SCENE… 

THE CITY OF ROSEAU HAS RECEIVED WORD  THAT THE CITY’S FLOOD DIVERSION PROJECT WOULD RECEIVE FULL FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, PUTTING THE PROJECT ON TRACK FOR COMPLETION….THE CITY HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE PROJECT SINCE THE 2002 FLOOD… MUCH OF THE PROJECT HAS ALREADY BEEN CONSTRUCTED…IN JANUARY, MINNESOTA SENATORS AMY KLOBUCHAR AND AL FRANKEN, ALONG WITH 7TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON,  SENT A LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL WORKS AT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, URGING HIM TO FUND THE PROJECT THIS YEAR……THE PROJECT WILL DIVERT HIGH WATER FROM THE ROSEAU RIVER INTO A CHANNEL THAT GOES AROUND THE CITY, SPLITTING THE FLOW OF THE RIVER TO MAKE WATER LEVELS MANAGEABLE….THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PEGGED THE COST OF THE PROJECT AT NEARLY 42 MILLION, WITH 24.3 MILLION COMING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT…THE LOCAL AND STATE SHARE IS ALREADY IN PLACE… 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE POSSIBILITY OF SIGNIFICANT FLOODING REMAINS LOW IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY OF NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA AND EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA…A FLOOD OUTLOOK RELEASED THURSDAY SHOWS THAT MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING IS EXPECTED ALONG THE RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES, WHICH WOULD LIKELY NOT AFFECT POPULATED AREAS….THE WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT MONTH INDICATES BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR TO SOMEWHAT BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION, WHICH SHOULD LEAD TO A FAVORABLE MELT…THE REPORT SAYS HEAVIER SPRINGTIME SNOWS AND OR RAINS ARE STILL POSSIBLE, BUT NOT AS LIKELY….

ONE PERSON DIED AND ANOTHER WAS INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN POLK COUNTY TUESDAY MORNING…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 11:20AM AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 2 AND HIGHWAY  32 SOUTH OF RED LAKE FALLS….THE PATROL SAYS 59 YEAR OLD KAREN WAINSCOTT, OF FARGO, WAS DRIVING A 2009 CHEVY EQUINOX, WHILE 31 YEAR OLD TYLER MESSELT, OF EAST GRAND FORKS, WAS DRIVING A 2012 VOLVO TRACTOR WHEN THE TWO COLLIDED AT THE INTERSECTION….WAINSCOTT  DIED  IN  THE ACCIDENT….MESSELT RECEIVE UNKNOWN BUT NON  LIFE THREATENING INJURIES….

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND FORKS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW, BLOWING SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY….SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION COULD MAKE  FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT IN THE  RED RIVER VALLEY… SOUTH WINDS EXPECTED TO  BE 25 TO 35 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS…VISIBILITIES COULD BE LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES IN OPEN COUNTRY….LESS THAN ONE INCH  OF SNOW WITH ICE  ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING AND  OVERNIGHT….A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW, BLOWING SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE LIMITED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW…USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING, ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS….

 DUE TO THE UNUSUALLY COLD CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE THIS YEAR,   SEVERAL COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN, AND ARE EXPERIENCING FROZEN WATER LINES… THE CITY OF ROSEAU SAYS  IT HAS ONLY EXPERIENCED ISOLATED CASES OF LINES FREEZING WHERE WATER HAS NOT BEEN RUN FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME….THEREFORE, THE CITY SAYS  IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE OUT OF TOWN FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME TO PLEASE CONTACT THE ROSEAU UTILITY DEPARTMENT AT 463-2351 FOR ADVICE ON WHAT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FROZEN WATER LINES WHILE YOU ARE AWAY…. 

BEMIDJI AUTHORITIES SAY THE INVESTIGATION INTO A 6-YEAR-OLD  GIRL’S DEATH MAY STRETCH INTO NEXT WEEK…BEMIDJI POLICE CHIEF MIKE MASTIN TOLD THE BEMIDJI PIONEER THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND COULD WRAP UP ON MONDAY…MASTIN SAID HE IS NOT GOING TO HINDER AN INVESTIGATION BY RELEASING INFORMATION BEFORE THE CASE IS CLOSED…HE SAYS ONCE THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED,  HER NAME WILL BE RELEASED…PROVISIONAL MEDICAL REPORTS INDICATE SHE DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA….MASTIN SAID THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS STILL AWAITING THE FORMAL REPORT…

 A NORTHWEST MINNESOTA COUPLE HAS DIED FROM APPARENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING, AND ONE OF THEIR DAUGHTERS IS FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE…AUTHORITIES SAY 49 YEAR OLD KENT OSTGAARD AND AND HIS 51-YEAR-OLD WIFE, NATALIE,  WERE FOUND DEAD MONDAY MORNING…THEIR 22-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, ARYANNA, IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN A ROCHESTER HOSPITAL….THE COUPLE’S 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WAS TREATED AND RELEASED….POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CHIEF DEPUTY JIM TADMAN SAYS SHE WAS THE ONE WHO CALLED 9-1-1…TADMAN SAYS THE FAMILY HAD BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THEIR FURNACE AND THERE WERE NO CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN THE HOME….AUTHORITIES SAY THE PROPANE TANK WAS VERY LOW AND TWO SPACE HEATERS WERE BEING USED… 

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO MINNESOTA’S CONSTITUTION WOULD BE LESS FREQUENT UNDER A PROPOSAL BACKED BY A STATE SENATE COMMITTEE…D-F-L STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TOM BAKK, OF COOK,  TOLD THE SENATE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE THAT IT SHOULD BE HARDER TO CHANGE THE STATE CONSTITUTION…IN RECENT YEARS, THE LEGISLATURE FORWARDED A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE BALLOT…VOTERS DEFEATED THE FAILED GAY MARRIAGE BAN AND PHOTO I-D REQUIREMENT FOR VOTING IN 2012…IN 2008, THEY APPROVED A SMALL SALES TAX INCREASE TO FUND PROGRAMS IN NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ARTS….BAKK HAS PROPOSED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LIMIT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS…IT WOULD ASK VOTERS WHETHER THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITIES OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO FORWARD FUTURE AMENDMENTS TO THE BALLOT….BAKK SAYS HE HAS LINED UP REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR HIS AMENDMENT…..

 

THE I-D-E-A COMPETITION HAS RELEASED THE NAMES OF ITS 2014 FINALISTS WHO WILL NOW MOVE INTO THE FINAL PHASE OF THE COMPETITION: THE FINALISTS INCLUDE:

 

• LAMPLIGHTER HOCKEY  – TIM SLUKYNSKY, WARROAD

• SKYROCKER TELESCOPE – DONALD MILLER, ROSEAU

• SZURPICKI LAWN SERVICES  – JOHN SZURPICKI,

• SCRATCH MY ASPEN – MARINA LOVELL, LAPORTE

• ADDY-OLLY, – CYNTHIA J. KRANKKALA, THIEF RIVER FALLS

• BERD’S INNOVATIONS, – COREEN BERDAHL, RED LAKE FALLS

• C-R DATA SOLUTIONS – ROBERT CLOOSE, BAGLEY

 THIS YEAR’S WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED BY A JUDGING PANEL COMPRISED OF MEMBERS FROM THREE AREA EQUITY FUNDS, BANKERS, SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS, AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS….THE PANEL WILL CHOOSE UP TO THREE WINNERS WHO WILL EACH RECEIVE 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS  TO ADVANCE THEIR BUSINESS IDEA, PLUS ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE… WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE  I-D-E-A COMPETITION AWARDS BANQUET TO BE HELD APRIL 24, FROM 5:00-8:30 P.M.AT THE SANFORD EVENT CENTER IN BEMIDJI….

BEMIDJI POLICE ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW LONG A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS OUTDOORS IN SUBZERO TEMPERATURES BEFORE SHE DIED…AUTHORITIES SAY THE GIRL, WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED,   HAD SIGNS OF BEING EXPOSED TO THE FRIGID WEATHER…SHE WAS DEAD AT THE SCENE…EARLY MORNING TEMPERATURES IN THE BEMIDJI AREA WERE 27 BELOW ZERO WITH A WIND CHILL OF 40 BELOW…BEMIDJI POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE CARTER PLACE TOWN HOMES ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF BEMIDJI AT 6:23 A.M….WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, THE GIRL’S BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN THE FRONT ENTRYWAY OF THE APARTMENT COMPLEX. IT’S UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT IF SHE WAS CARRIED INSIDE AFTER BEING DISCOVERED OUTSIDE….THE LITTLE GIRL WAS WEARING A HAT, COAT, MITTENS AND BOOTS….THE FIRST GRADER HAD JUST TRANSFERRED TO HORACE MAY ELEMENTARY….OFFICIALS SAY GRIEF COUNSELORS WILL BE ON HAND AT THE SCHOOL….AUTHORITIES SAYS WHILE THE GIRL’S BODY SHOWED SIGNS OF EXPOSURE, AN AUTOPSY IS BEING CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH…. THE POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC TO CALL THEM WITH ANY INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS CASE, AT 218-333-9111….

 STATE FIGURES SHOW THE NUMBER OF HANDGUN CARRY PERMITS HAS NEARLY DOUBLED IN THE PAST YEAR….THE BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION RELEASED ITS ANNUAL REPORT FRIDAY SUMMARIZING THE DATA IT’S COLLECTED FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AROUND MINNESOTA….THE REPORT SAYS 60 THOUSAND 471 PERMITS WERE ISSUED IN 2013….THAT COMPARES WITH 31,657 ISSUED IN 2012….THE AGENCY SAYS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HANDGUN CARRY PERMITS IN MINNESOTA IS ABOUT 165 THOUSAND…MINNESOTA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES REPORT THAT INDIVIDUALS WITH PERMITS COMMITTED 1 THOUSAND  23 CRIMES OR OFFENSES IN 2013…MORE THAN HALF WERE DRUNKEN DRIVING OR OTHER TRAFFIC OFFENSES….THE TOP COUNTIES FOR PERMITS ISSUED LAST YEAR ARE HENNEPIN, ANOKA, DAKOTA, RAMSEY AND WASHINGTON…. 

MINNESOTA STATE LAWMAKERS ARE IN THE FIRST WEEK OF THE 2014 SESSION…DISTRICT 2A D-F-L STATE SENATOR ROGER ERICKSON, OF BAUDETTE, BEGINS HIS 2ND TERM AT THE STATE HOUSE…THE FORMER TEACHER AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL OFFERED SOME THOUGHTS IN A PREVIEW OF THIS SESSION….ERICKSON’S COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS THIS YEAR INCLUDE THE AGRICULTURE POLICY, EDUCATION POLICY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES AND AGRICULTURE FINANCE COMMITTEE…

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R IS REMINDINGANGLERS THAT 2013 FISHING LICENSES EXPIRE ON FRIDAY….FISHING LICENSES FOR 2014 NOW ARE AVAILABLE FROM D-N-R LICENSE AGENTS, ONLINE AND BY TELEPHONE AT 888-665-4236….ALL 2014 FISHING LICENSES BECOME EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 1….OFFICIALS SAY CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE ONLINE VIA SMARTPHONE WON’T RECEIVE A CONVENTIONAL PAPER LICENSE…INSTEAD, THEY’LL RECEIVE A TEXT MESSAGE OR EMAIL THAT SERVES AS PROOF OF A VALID FISH OR GAME LICENSE TO STATE CONSERVATION OFFICERS…ICE SHELTER PERMITS FOR 2013 REMAIN EFFECTIVE THROUGH WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30….

THE ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB IS TEAMING UP WITH THE LOCAL LITTLE BROTHER/LITTLE SISTER PROGRAM THIS SATURDAY TO HOLD A SPECIAL FUN DAY AT THE BEMIS HILL AREA IN THE BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST AREA SOUTH OF WARROAD…ORGANIZERS SAY EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO THE FUN DAY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT BEMIS HILL FROM 10:00AM TO 2:00PM…THE CLUB WILL BE GIVING SLEIGH RIDES FOR THE KIDS AND LUNCH AND HOT CHOCOLATE WILL BE AVAILABLE….

A SUDDEN VOTE HAS PUT A BILL CONTAINING 20 MILLION DOLLARS IN EMERGENCY HEATING ASSISTANCE ONE STEP FROM MINNESOTA GOV. MARK DAYTON’S DESK….THE SENATE VOTED 65-0 ON THURSDAY TO SEND A REVISED MEASURE BACK TO THE HOUSE… THE VOTE WAS SPED UP FROM PLANNED MONDAY ACTION AFTER REPUBLICANS SOUGHT TO MOVE IT ALONG QUICKER…THE BILL REPLENISHES A FAST-ERODING ACCOUNT FOR THE LOW INCOME HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH HAS BEEN STRESSED BY A BONE-CHILLING WINTER AND HIGH PROPANE COSTS….THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESTIMATES THAT FOR EACH 1 MILLION THE PROGRAM CAN SERVE 4 THOUSAND  HOUSEHOLDS… HOUSE MEMBERS HAVE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY FOR THE EXTRA AID….THE SENATE VERSION CAPS ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AT 5 PERCENT…IT WILL BE UP TO THE HOUSE TO ACCEPT IT OR APPOINT A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE….

THE 2014 MINNESOTA LEGISLATIVE SESSION IS UNDERWAY, AND LAWMAKERS IN THE STATE HOUSE WASTED NO TIME GETTING TO WORK ON A FUEL BILL….THE HOUSE PASSED ITS BILL, UNANIMOUSLY, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE 20 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE “LOW INCOME HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM”…FRIGID WINTER TEMPS AND RISING COSTS OF FUEL – INCLUDING PROPANE – HAVE PUT THE FINANCIAL HURT ON MANY FAMILIES ACROSS GREATER MINNESOTA…..DISTRICT 1A STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAN FABIAN, OF ROSEAU,  SUPPORTED THE BILL AND ADDRESSED IT DURING DEBATE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR….FABIAN TOLD THE HOUSE THAT WHILE SOME HAVE TALKED ABOUT PRICE GOUGING THIS WINTER, ITS NOT HAPPENING IN THIS AREA…FABIAN ALSO ASKED THE HOUSE, AND ALL MINNESOTANS,  TO MAKE A DONATION TO THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES THAT WILL HELP LOCALLY…THE BILL’S 20 MILLION DOLLARS WOULD COME FROM THE STATE’S GENERAL FUND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 AND ANY UNSPENT FUNDS AS OF JUNE 30TH THIS YEAR,  WOULD RETURN TO THE GENERAL FUND….

 AN  AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE DESIGN AND WATER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD IN CROOKSTON NEXT WEEK….THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN FOUR LOCATIONS IN 2014: SIOUX FALLS, SD, WAHPETON, ND,  AND NEXT WEEK IN CROOKSTON…THE WORKSHOPS ARE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, AND SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION….THE 2-DAY WORKSHOPS START AT 8:00 A.M. AND END AT 5:00 P.M. ON DAY TWO…THE WORKSHOPS WILL FOCUS ON PLANNING AND DESIGN OF AGRICULTURAL TILE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS TO MEET BOTH PROFITABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES…THE CROOKSTON WORKSHOP IS SET FOR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, – MARCH 5TH AND 6TH- AT THE U-M-C CAMPUS IN CROOKSTON…..TO REGISTER, OR FOR MORE INFO, CALL  (218) 281-8520… 

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT  IN NORTHWEST  MINNESOTA TUESDAY….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 10AM ALONG HIGHWAY 59 NEAR RED LAKE COUNTY ROAD 1 SOUTH OF THIEF RIVER FALLS…THE PATROL SAYS 49 YEAR OLD LISA SWANSON, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, WAS DRIVING A 2007 HONDA PILOT SOUTHBOUND ON 59, PULLING A SMALLER U-HAUL TRAILOR, WHILE 50 YEAR OLD DONNA LINDER, OF OKLEE, WAS DRIVING A 1997 G-M-C SIERRA WESTBOUND ON COUNTY ROAD 1…THE PATROL SAYS LINDER PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE SWANSON VEHICLE RUNNING INTO THE LEFT SIDE…SWANSON RECEIVED NON  LIFE THREATENING INJURIES WHILE LINDER HAD NO APPARENT INJURIES…TWO PASSENGERS IN THE SWANSON VEHICLE, 30 YEAR OLD AARON KEHL, OF ELBOW LAKE; AND 57 YEAR OLD CRAIG SWANSON OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, HAD NO APPARENT INJURIES….ALONG WITH THE STATE PATROL,  THE RED LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, OKEE AMBULANCE, THIEF RIVER FALLS AMBULANCE, AND PLUMMER FIRE AND RESCUE ALL RESPONDED….

THE ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL  HAS RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE  TOYOTA DRIVE FOR EDUCATION  PROGRAM….WITH THE PUBLIC’S HELP BY A POPULAR VOTE,  THE GRANT MAY BE MORE….KATIE HEDLUND, BUSINESS EDUCATION AND SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER IN THE ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL, SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION AND WAS ONE OF 14 SELECTED IN THE STATE TO  RECEIVE A 2 THOUSAND 500 DOLLAR GRANT …..HEDLUND SAYS PEOPLE CAN VOTE NOW THRU MARCH 5TH BY GOING TO THE “PREP45”  FACEBOOK  PAGE AND “LIKE”….THEN, CLICK ON “CONTESTS”  TO VOTE…..HEDLUND WILL RECEIVE THE  GRANT AT NOON ON SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH AT THE XCEL ENERGY CENTER, LIVE ON KSTC-TV….AND IF ROSEAU GETS ENOUGH VOTES, SHE WILL RECEIVE THE UPGRADED GRANT OF 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS MARCH 9TH LIVE ON KSTC-TV…. 

THE REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL ENCOURAGES AREA  STUDENTS WITH A STRONG INTEREST IN THE ARTS TO APPLY FOR A “REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL LEGACY FUNDED ARTIST MENTOR GRANT”…. STUDENTS MUST RESIDE IN BELTRAMI, HUBBARD, LAKE OF THE WOODS, CLEARWATER, AND MAHNOMEN COUNTIES TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS GRANT…APPLICATION DEADLINE IS  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9TH….. GRANT RECIPIENTS RECEIVE EITHER 20 HOURS OF ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING WITH A MINNESOTA ADULT ARTIST OR 600 DOLLARS TOWARD TUITION FOR A CLASS, CAMP OR WORKSHOP IN THE STUDENT’S ART DISCIPLINE IN THE STATE OF MN…. FOR MORE INFO,  CALL 1(800) 275-5447 ….

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING  AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO REVIEW THE UPDATED RESOLUTION PERTAINING TO THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA  REGIONAL RADIO BOARD JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT….THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR HIRE  THE FILL A SOCIAL WORKER  POSITION…MINNESOTA IS REQUIRING SPECIAL NEEDS BASIC CARE CLIENTS TO ENROLL INTO THE MEDICA HEALTH PLAN…MEDICA IS CONTRACTING WITH ROSEAU COUNTY TO PROVIDE CARE COORDINATION SERVICES… THE COUNTY WILL BE PAID FOR PROVIDING THESE SERVICES..OFFICIALS SAY  THE DOLLARS RECEIVED SHOULD MORE THAN COVER THE COST OF THIS POSITION…THE OFFICE SAYS EXISTING STAFF CANNOT ABSORB THE ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD ASSOCIATED WITH NEW  CLIENTS…THE SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD IS RECOMMENDING THE COUNTY BOARD APPROVE THIS POSITION….THE BOARD IS ALSO DISCUSSING THE  NORTHLAND COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SAFETY TRAINING CONTRACT APPROVE CONTRACT FOR REFRESHER TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES ON APRIL 17TH….  

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 10:15AM AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL IN BAUDETTE…THE BOARD WILL THEN RECESS AND RECONVENE AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN BAUDETTE AT 1:45PM….THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO REVIEW A BEAVER POLICY, SET THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION  MEETING AND REVIEW THE 2013 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT’S ANNUAL REPORT, AND 2014 ANNUAL PLAN, AS WELL AS THE ANNUAL FEEDLOT REPORTS AND PLANS….

 THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION MONDAY EVENING AT 5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS…THE COUNCIL’S AGENDA INCLUDES THE TOBACCO COMPLIANCE REPORT FOR THE CITY FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT,  THE LEGISLATION ALLOWING CITIES TO DESIGNATE THEIR CITY WEBSITE TO PUBLISH PUBLIC NOTICES…. 

THE VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION HAS ANNOUNCED A THREE-YEAR, 150 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FOR THE PARK LOCATED EAST OF INTERNATIONAL FALLS…THE INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY NEXT YEAR AS WELL AS THE PARK’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY…THE LANDMARK GRANT KICKS OFF THREE YEARS OF PROJECTS IN CELEBRATION OF VOYAGEURS AND IS MEANT TO USHER IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS….VOYAGEURS SUPERINTENDENT MIKE WARD SAYS THE GRANT WILL HELP THE PARK SERVE THE PUBLIC AND PROTECT ITS RESOURCES WHERE ITS OWN BUDGETS ARE LACKING…THE FUNDING WILL BE USED TO CONTINUE AND JUMP START PROJECTS INVOLVING LAND PRESERVATION, SITE RESTORATION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, YOUTH ENGAGEMENT AND VISITOR SERVICES….

 AUTHORITIES ARE CHARGING 12 PEOPLE WITH 80 VIOLATIONS STEMMING FROM AN ENFORCEMENT OPERATION ON LAKE OF THE WOODS IN JANUARY…COLONEL KEN SORING OF THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS INVESTIGATORS FOCUSED ON GUIDED FISHING OPERATIONS…HE SAYS SUMMONSES HAVE BEEN MAILED TO THE 12 DEFENDANTS, AND THE COUNTS ARE ALL MISDEMEANORS…THE CHARGES INCLUDE 23 COUNTS OF POSSESSING OVER LIMITS OF WALLEYES, 12 OF PACKING FISH WITHOUT A PACKER’S LICENSE, AND 10 OF TRANSPORTING WALLEYES WITHOUT THE REQUIRED SKIN PATCH…SORING SAYS OTHER VIOLATIONS DOCUMENTED DURING THE INVESTIGATION INCLUDE FIVE COUNTS OF GUIDING BEAR HUNTERS WITHOUT A GUIDE LICENSE, THREE OF FAILING TO REGISTER BEAR BAIT STATIONS AND THREE OF FAILING TO DISPLAY IDENTIFICATION SIGNS ON BEAR BAIT…THE CHARGES ARE BEING FILED IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY….

DUE TO A LOWER FROST TABLE THAN IN USUAL WINTERS IN THIS AREA, SEVERAL AREA TOWNS HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH SOME FROZEN WATER LINES AT SOME RESIDENCES, AND WAYS TO PREVENT MORE FREEZE-UPS….THE CITY OF ROSEAU REPORTS THERE HAVE BEEN TWO FROZEN SERVICE LINES SO FAR THIS WEEK…IN BOTH CASES, THE SERVICES FROZE WHEN OCCUPANTS WERE AWAY FOR MORE THAN A COUPLE OF DAYS, AND THERE WAS ZERO WATER USAGE DURING THAT TIME…THE CITY IS ASKING RESIDENTS THAT ARE PLANNING TO LEAVE THEIR HOME UNATTENDED, TO CALL THE ROSEAU UTILITIES DEPARTMENT AT 463-2351 FOR ADVICE ON WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PREVENT FREEZE-UPS….OFFICIALS PREDICT THE RISK COULD CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS OR LONGER…

THE KICK OFF THE 2014 SEASON OF RELAY FOR LIFE IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY IS SET FOR EARLY MARCH…THE FIRST OFFICIAL MEETING WILL BE MONDAY, MARCH 10 FROM 6 TO 7:30 P.M. AT FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH…OFFICIALS SAY THERE WILL BE FOOD, GAMES AND PRIZES …LL COMMITTEE MEMBERS, TEAM CAPTAINS, TEAM MEMBERS AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN RAISING MONEY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND…THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOLLOWING THE KICKOFF…ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR  MORE INFORMATION CALL  634-9430…. 

THE CITY OF RAINY RIVER ONTARIO IS THE LATEST IN THE AREA TO ASK THEIR RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS SO THEIR WATER LINES DO NOT FREEZE…THE RAINY RIVER CITY COUNCIL SAYS A NUMBER OF WATER LINES HAVE FROZEN OVER IN THE PAST WEEK…AS A PRECAUTION, THE CITY IS ASKING ALL RESIDENTS TO RUN A COLD WATER TAP IN THEIR HOME TO HELP KEEP LINES FROM FREEZING…A PENCIL THIN FLOW SHOULD BE MAINTAINED UNTIL AT LEAST THE END OF APRIL…RESIDENTS WITH QUESTIONS, OR PROBLEMS, ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE CITY OF RAINY RIVER BY CALLING 852-3244…THE CITY SAYS THAT LINE IS ANSWERED AFTER HOURS IF RESIDENTS HAVE ANY PROBLEMS… 

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS LOOKING FOR INNOVATIVE GRANT PROPOSALS FOR SPECIALTY CROP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT….THE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT EXPECTS TO GET THE MONEY FROM A FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT AUTHORIZED UNDER THE 2014 FARM BILL…SPECIALTY CROPS INCLUDE FRUITS, VEGETABLES, TREE NUTS, DRIED FRUITS, HORTICULTURE, AND NURSERY CROPS INCLUDING FLOWERS… THE M-D-A ENCOURAGES NONPROFITS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN MINNESOTA AGRICULTURE CAN APPLY FOR FUNDING TO SUPPORT NEW AND ONGOING RESEARCH THAT CAN PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIVERSIFYING THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY…. THE DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING PROPOSALS SPANNING UP TO THREE YEARS AND RANGING FROM 10 THOUSAND TO 100 THOUSAND…THE PROJECTS MAY NOT BENEFIT INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES OR ORGANIZATIONS…THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30…PROPOSALS WILL BE REVIEWED BY AN INDEPENDENT PANEL…

U.S. SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR KICKED OFF HER “COMPETITIVE AGENDA” TOUR ACROSS NORTHERN MINNESOTA WITH A STOP IN WARROAD TUESDAY MORNING…KLOBUCHAR STOPPED BY THE KQ92 STUDIOS FOR A VISIT AND TALKED ABOUT HER TOUR OF SOME AREA MANUFACTURERS, INCLUDING MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS…KLOBUCHAR HAS INTRODUCED THE INNOVATIVE AMERICA ACT, AND SHE EXPLAINS WHAT IS AT THE CORE OF THE BILL…KLOBUCHAR, LIKE MOST, WAS EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT THE OLYMPICS, ESPECIALLY T.J. OSHIE AND GIGI MARVIN…THE TWO, AND THE CITY OF WARROAD, IS A BUZZ EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING THE NATION’S CAPITAL…KLOBUCHAR SAYS ALL ARE IMPRESSED WITH THE TWO OLYMPIC STARS, ON AND OFF THE ICE…OTHER STOPS ON KLOBUCHAR’S TOUR INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FALLS, WHERE SHE WILL DISCUSS PORT OF ENTRY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES… SHE RECENTLY PUSHED TO INCLUDE IN THE FINAL OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS ACT A NEW PILOT PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP TOWNS LIKE INTERNATIONAL FALL UPGRADE LAND PORTS OF ENTRY…. BEMIDJI AND STAPLES WERE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE TOUR….

 A NESTING PAIR OF BALD EAGLES WHO JUST LAID EGGS ARE FEATURED IN A VIDEO STREAM ON THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WEBSITE THAT WENT LIVE TODAY. DNR NONGAME WILDLIFE SPECIALIST LORI NAUMANN SAYS THE CAMERA PROVIDES PEOPLE WITH A UNIQUE VIEW OF AMERICA’S NATIONAL BIRD…NAUMANN SAID THE EAGLE CAMERA WAS PAID FOR BY THE D-N-R’S NONGAME WILDLIFE PROGRAM, WHICH IS LARGELY FUNDED BY DONATIONS, ESPECIALLY THOSE MADE WHEN MINNESOTANS FILE THEIR STATE INCOME TAX FORMS…THE EAGLE’S ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE UPDATED ON THE PROGRAM’S FACEBOOK PAGE…THE EAGLE CAMERA CAN BE SEEN AT mndnr.gov

 MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BEEF TEAM ARE HOLDING THE  ANNUAL MINNESOTA COW/CALF DAYS ACROSS THE STATE, BRINGING  THE LATEST INFORMATION TO THE STATE’S BEEF PRODUERS….THE EVENT IS IN THE AREA THIS WEEK…A COW/CALF DAY IS SET FOR THURSDAY EVENING AT SPRINGSTEEL RESORT,  JUST NORTH OF WARROAD….ERIC MOUSEL EXTENSION EDUCATOR  IN LIVESTOCK AND  COW/CALF REPRODUCTION SAYS THE ANNUAL EVENT WILL COVER  A VARIETY OF TOPICS….THE EVENT THURSDAY AT  SPRINGSTEEL RESORT  BEGINS AT 5:30PM…

A ROSEAU BLOOD DRIVE IS SET FOR THIS COMING MONDAY…SPONSORED BY ROSEAU HEALTHCARE AUXILIARY,  THE BLOOD DRIVE WILL BE HELD MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 IN THE MORNING AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER…. CALL 463-4704 TO SIGN UP… 

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY  INJURED, IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN BELTRAMI COUNTY….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 1:04PM TUESDAY  AT THE HIGHWAY 71/BALSAM ROAD INTERSECTION NEAR BEMIDJI…THE PATROL SAYS 32 YEAR OLD KELLY OLSON, OF BEMIDJI, WAS DRIVING A 97 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY EAST BOUND ON BALSAM ROAD AND WAS ENTERING THE INTERSECTION WHEN SHE WAS STRUCK BY A 96 CHEVY PICKUP DRIVEN BY 27 YEAR OLD JASON STUBB, OF BEMIDJI….OLSON WAS KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT, WHILE STUBB RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES…HIS CONDITION WAS NOT AVAILABLE…

WARROAD’S GIGI MARVIN HAD AN ASSIST AND SIX DIFFERENT PLAYERS SCORED GOALS AS THE U.S. OLYMPIC WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY TEAM BEAT SWEDEN, 6-1, IN THE SEMIFINALS OF THE 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES IN SOCHI, RUSSIA….THE VICTORY PUTS TEAM U-S-A INTO THE GOLD-MEDAL GAME ON THURSDAY AT 11AM, WHEN THEY WILL PLAY (EITHER CANADA OR SWITZERLAND)…TEAM U-S-A CAME OUT STRONG, SCORING THREE FIRST-PERIOD GOALS WHILE OUTSHOOTING SWEDEN, 29-1, IN THE FIRST PERIOD….THE U-S OUTSHOT THE SWEDES IN THE ENTIRE GAME 70-9…..

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTING AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY…ON THURSDAY,  AT APPROXIMATELY 7:36 PM, STEINBACH R-C-M-P RESPONDED TO AN ATTEMPT ROBBERY AT THE MITCHELL CO-OP GAS STATION IN MITCHELL, MANITOBA…AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED  THAT A MALE DRESSED IN SNOWMOBILE GEAR (INCLUDING HELMET) ENTERED THE GAS STATION AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE TILL…THE CASHIER REFUSED TO PROVIDE ANY MONEY AND THE UNKNOWN MALE FLED THE SCENE EMPTY HANDED ON A SNOWMOBILE HEADING EAST TOWARDS STEINBACH….THE MALE WAS WEARING BLACK SNOWMOBILE PANTS AND A BROWN JACKET AS WELL AS REFLECTIVE RAINBOW COLOURED GOGGLES….HE WAS DESCRIBED AS APPROXIMATELY 6 FEET TALL WITH AVERAGE BUILD… NO WEAPONS WERE REPORTED…ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE STEINBACH R-C-M-P OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) ….

 

MINNESOTA U.S. SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR AND  7TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE COLLIN PETERSON ARE SCHEDULED TO HEAR FROM FARMERS IN EAST GRAND FORKS AND RED LAKE FALLS TODAY ABOUT THE RECENTLY PASSED FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL…KLOBUCHAR AND PETERSON WERE MEMBERS OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR CRAFTING THE FINAL APPROVED FARM BILL…KLOBUCHAR SAYS THERE ARE SOME KEY POSITIVES IN THE BILL…

THE TWO LAWMAKERS WILL BE IN RED LAKE FALLS TODAY TO TALK WITH MEMBERS OF THE MINNESOTA WHEAT AND BARLEY GROWERS ASSOCIATION…KLOBUCHAR SAYS SO FAR, MOST OF WHAT SHE’S HEARING FROM FARMERS AND CONSUMERS IS POSITIVE…KLOBUCHAR  WILL KICK OFF HER  “COMPETITIVE AGENDA” TOUR ACROSS NORTHERN MINNESOTA TUESDAY, AND WILL BE IN THE KQ92  STUDIOS TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM LIVE ON THE AIR…

 THE ROSEAU SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL SITE IN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ROOM TUESDAY EVENING AT 8:00 P.M…THE BOARD’S AGENDA INCLUDES DISCUSSIONS ON THE ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY BLOOD DRIVE;  THE DONATION OF EQUIPMENT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL SMALL ENGINES CLASS BY POLARIS; A GRANT FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION PERSONAL FINANCE CLASS FROM SHOPKO AND A  REPORT ON STATUS OF THE PRELIMINARY 2014-2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR…THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO APPROVE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TEACHER GROWTH & EVALUATION PLAN AND THE EMPLOYEE HEALTH & HOSPITALIZATION INSURANCE WELLNESS INCENTIVE…..THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO GET A STATUS REPORT ON THE LOCKER ROOM AND CONCESSION STAND RENOVATION PROJECT

TEN RURAL MINNESOTA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, INCLUDING WARROAD,  HAVE GONE TO FOUR-DAY WEEKS TO SAVE ON TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER COSTS, BUT THE STATE IS PRESSURING THEM TO RETURN TO A FIVE-DAY SCHOOL WEEK…WARROAD SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT CRAIG OFTEDAHL SAYS TWO YEARS AGO, THE SCHOOL APPLIED FOR A THREE YEAR “PACKAGE” AND WAS THE ONLY DISTRICT IN THE STATE THAT RECEIVED IT…SO THE 4-DAY WEEK WILL STAY – FOR NOW…OFTEDAHL SAYS ALONG WITH SAVING THE DISTRICT MONEY,  THE 4-DAY WEEK FOR WARROAD, AS A WHOLE, HAS WORKED WELL…A MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO REPORT SAYS DISTRICTS SUCH AS THE PELICAN RAPIDS SCHOOL DISTRICT DON’T WANT TO CHANGE…SUPERINTENDENT DEB WANEK SAYS ITS CURRICULUM IS JUST AS STRONG, AND THE MOVE SAVES THE DISTRICT ABOUT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS  PER YEAR… BUT THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WANTS SCHOOLS TO RECONSIDER…DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN JOSH COLLINS SAYS THE COMMISSIONER WANTS DISTRICTS TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH THE STUDENTS’ BEST INTERESTS IN MIND..SEVERAL SUPERINTENDENTS SAY THE DECISION SHOULD BE LEFT UP TO THE COMMUNITY…

 

LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER IN ROSEAU HAS RECEIVED A FEDERAL GRANT TO OVERSEE THE DISTRIBUTION OF LIFE SAVING CARDIAC EQUIPMENT THROUGHOUT NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…THE GRANT AUTHORIZES LIFECARE TO PURCHASE 150 AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS AND DISTRIBUTE THEM THROUGHOUT 12 NEIGHBORING COUNTIES….THAT LIST INCLUDES THE COUNTIES OF KITTSON, ROSEAU, LAKE OF THE WOODS, MARSHALL, PENNINGTON, NORMAN, MAHNOMEN, RED LAKE, CLEARWATER, POLK, BELTRAMI, AND HUBBARD…THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE AWARDED THE GRANT THROUGH ITS HEALTH RESOURCES SERVICES ADMINISTRATION….WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GREATER NORTHWEST EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, LIFECARE WILL ACQUIRE 50 DEFIBRILLATORS ANNUALLY BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016…ENTITIES WITHIN THE 12 COUNTIES MAY APPLY FOR A-E-D EQUIPMENT THROUGH A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROCESS…SCREENING OF APPLICANTS WILL OCCUR ON A QUARTERLY BASIS BY A COMMITTEE….APPLICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT A-E-D DISTRIBUTION WILL BE AVAILABLE MARCH 1 ON THE WEB AT lifecaremedicalcenter.org…

PAUL STASTNY SCORED TWICE DURING A SIX-GOAL BARRAGE IN THE SECOND PERIOD, AND THE UNITED STATES GOT OFF TO A SPECTACULAR START IN THE OLYMPIC MEN’S HOCKEY TOURNAMENT WITH A 7-1 VICTORY OVER SLOVAKIA ON THURSDAY….RYAN KESLER, DAVID BACKES, PHIL KESSEL AND DUSTIN BROWN ALSO SCORED AS THE AMERICANS BATTERED SLOVAKIA FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE GOALS IN A 13:51 SPAN, TURNING WHAT WAS EXPECTED TO BE A TOUGH MATCHUP INTO A LAUGHER….WARROAD’S T-J  OSHIE HAD 2 ASSISTS FOR TEAM U-S-A WHILE JONATHAN QUICK MADE 22 SAVES IN HIS OLYMPIC DEBUT FOR THE U.S., WHICH HOPES TO IMPROVE ON ITS SILVER-MEDAL FINISH IN VANCOUVER DESPITE A ROSTER THAT ISN’T THOUGHT TO HAVE THE OFFENSIVE POWER OF CANADA, RUSSIA OR SWEDEN…. 

THE OFFICE OF THE MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE HAS AWARDED  JUST OVER 126 THOUSAND DOLLARS  IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO 44 MINNESOTA CITIES, TOWNSHIPS AND COUNTIES THROUGH ELECTION ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES GRANTS THAT FUND POLLING PLACE ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS….THE FUNDS WILL GO TOWARD POLLING PLACE PROJECTS SUCH AS PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF ACCESSIBLE VOTING BOOTHS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AUTOMATIC DOOR OPENERS, RAILINGS AND MORE….CITIES RECEIVING GRANTS IN OUR AREA INCLUDE:  RED LAKE FALLS AND WARREN… 

THE ICE WAS FILLED WITH PARTICIPANTS AT THE 4TH ANNUAL  JUSTIN KNEBEL MEMORIAL ICE FISHING TOURNAMENT HELD ON LAKE OF THE WOODS…THE EVENT IS AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER TO HELP  SUPPORT A SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF WARROAD’S JUSTIN KNEBEL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON….THE TOURNAMENT, HELD AT ZIPPEL BAY RESORT ON LAKE OF THE WOODS, INCLUDED NEARLY 100 PARTICIPANTS AND RAISED MORE THAN 3 THOUSAND 300 DOLLARS… ORGANIZERS SAY IF SOMEONE IS INTERESTED IN DONATING A PRIZE,  OR SPONSORING THE 2015 TOURNAMENT,  CALL  218-281-8436 OR 701-215-4300….JUSTIN KNEBEL, WHO PLAYED BASKETBALL FOR THE U OF M, CROOKSTON GOLDEN EAGLES, GREW UP  AND GRADUATED FROM WARROAD HIGH SCHOOL IN 2001… AFTER GRADUATION, HE ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, CROOKSTON WHERE HE PLAYED BASKETBALL AS A POINT GUARD FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLES UNTIL PASSING AWAY IN THE FALL OF 2002 AT THE AGE OF 19…. 

KATIE BARTELSON, DONOR RECRUITMENT REPRESENTATIVE AT UNITED BLOOD SERVICES  SAYS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BLOOD DRIVE WAS HELD IN WARROAD THIS MONTH… OUT OF 64 PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEERED TO DONATE, 59 WERE ABLE TO GIVE…EIGHTEEN PEOPLE GAVE BLOOD ON THE AUTOMATED 2-R-B-C MACHINE WHICH COLLECTS TWO UNITS OF RED BLOOD CELLS DURING THE DONATION, SO A TOTAL OF 77 PRODUCTS WERE COLLECTED….TWO OF THE DONORS DONATED FOR THE FIRST TIME…

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ROLLOVER IN BELTRAMI COUNTY TUESDAY NIGHT…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 8:49PM ALONG STATE HIGHWAY 89 SOUTH OF RED LAKE…THE PATROL SAYS 37 YEAR OLD JONELL BRUMMOND, OF RED LAKE, WAS DRIVING A 2013 CHEVY MALIBU NORTHBOUND WHEN THE VEHICLE WENT OFF THE ROAD INTO THE RIGHT DITCH AND ROLLED…BRUMMOND WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE BEMIDJI HOSPITAL WITH UNKNOWN, BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES….THE PATROL SAYS THE ROAD WAS ICY AT THE TIME…. 

THE CITY OF WARROAD SAYS DUE TO THE EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES, COMBINED WITH THE EXTREME FROST DEPTH, SOME WATER LINES IN THE CITY MAY BEING TO FREEZE….CITY OFFICIALS SAY IN ORDER TO KEEP SERVICE LINES FROM FREEZING, RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE COLD WATER COMING OUT FROM THEIR FAUCETS…THE CITY SAYS THIS SHOULD BE DONE IN THE MORNING, STARTING NOW THRU THE MONTH OF MARCH…THE CITY SAYS THIS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BY USING A REGULAR KITCHEN THERMOMETER AND HOLDING IT IN THE STREAM OF WATER….IF THE WATER TEMP IS 35 DEGREES, OR LOWER, RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE AT 386-1454…THE CITY SAYS AT THAT TIME, A CITY EMPLOYEE WILL CONTACT YOU FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE….. 

THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES CONTINUE IN SOCHI, RUSSIA…..KQ92’S COVERAGE INCLUDES REPORTS FROM ON THE GROUND AT THE OLYMPIC SITES WITH MIKE MARVIN, OF WARROAD….MARVIN, WHOSE DAUGHTER GIGI AND FORMER WARROAD WARRIOR, T.J. OSHIE, ARE SKATING FOR TEAM U.S.A, REPORTS WEDNESDAY  HE WAS ABLE TO SEE WARROAD’S TWO CURRENT OLYMPIC STARS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RUSSIA…THE U.S. MEN’S TEAM WILL PLAY THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE OLYMPICS THURSDAY MORNING AT 6:30AM OUR TIME….MEANWHILE, MIKE MARVIN SAYS AS WE WATCH THE OLYMPICS ON T-V BACK HOME,  WE MAY NOTICE NO SNOW ON THE GROUND AT TIMES, AND THAT IS BECAUSE THE WEATHER IS MORE LIKE SUMMER THAN WINTER…BE LISTENING TO KQ92 FOR MIKE MARVIN’S  FULL REPORTS FROM THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS AT 12:30PM AND 5:30PM EACH DAY… 

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R  IS MARKING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS BECOMING AN OUTDOORS WOMAN PROGRAM THIS YEAR…THE D-N-R HAS JUST RELEASED ITS 2014 CATALOG OF EVENTS FOR THE PROGRAM, WHICH OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF HANDS-ON LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO WANT TO LEARN HOW TO HUNT, FISH OR DEVELOP OTHER OUTDOOR SKILLS… B-O-W  PROGRAM COORDINATOR LINDA BYLANDER SAYS THE SKILL-BUILDING CLASSES FOCUS ON LEARNING BY DOING IN A FRIENDLY AND SUPPORTIVE ATMOSPHERE….THE MORE THAN 100 PROGRAM OFFERINGS THIS YEAR INCLUDE ARCHERY, CLAY TARGET SHOOTING, A STURGEON FISHING TRIP  AND A WALLEYE FISHING TRIP ON LAKE OF THE WOODS, GROUSE AND PHEASANT HUNTS, KAYAKING AND CANOEING…THE CLASSES ARE DESIGNED FOR WOMEN AGE 14 AND OLDER….THEY RANGE FROM BEGINNER TO ADVANCED LEVELS… 

MINNESOTA RESIDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR AN ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO RE-ENTER THE UNITED STATES FROM CANADA WITHOUT NEEDING A PASSPORT…..PAT MCCORMACK, DIRECTOR OF DRIVER AND VEHICLE SERVICES FOR THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, SAYS THE CARDS ARE EQUIPPED WITH RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY…MINNESOTA IS NOW THE FIFTH STATE IN THE U.S. TO OFFER ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSES OR IDENTIFICATION CARDS…MCCORMACK SAYS THE COST IS 15 DOLLARS IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR LICENSE FEE…..

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A BREAK AND ENTER THAT OCCURRED OVER THE WEEKEND IN NESTOR FALLS….O-P-P SAID THEY RECEIVED A REPORT SUNDAY  THAT UNKNOWN SUSPECT, OR SUSPECTS,  HAD ENTERED A BUSINESS ON HIGHWAY 71 IN NESTOR FALLS….THE INVESTIGATION REVEALED THEY  HAD FORCED ENTRY TO THE BUSINESS SOMETIME BETWEEN 6:00 PM ON SATURDAY, AND 1:00 PM ON SUNDAY….POLICE SAY AN AMOUNT OF CANADIAN CURRENCY AND OTHER SMALL ITEMS WERE TAKEN…THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING….AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS BREAK AND ENTER TO CALL THE KENORA O-P-P OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-800-222-TIPS…….

WITH GRANTS FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, 30 ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE STATE WILL SOON PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO HOMELESS YOUTH…UNDER CONTRACT WITH THE DEPARTMENT, THE ORGANIZATIONS WILL EXPAND AND DEVELOP ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO FILL NEEDS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING STREET OUTREACH, DROP-IN CENTERS, EMERGENCY SHELTER, TRANSITIONAL LIVING AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAMS…FUNDING COMES FROM A 4.2 MILLION IN THE HOMELESS YOUTH ACT…THE GRANTEES IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA INCLUDE:

-THE  ARROWHEAD ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AGENCY OF ITASCA, KOOCHICHING AND ST. LOUIS COUNTIES, WHO WILL RECEIVE 108 THOUSAND DOLALRS FOR STREET OUTREACH, DROP-IN CENTER AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING…

-EVERGREEN YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES, OF BEMIDJI, WILL GET 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING…

-INTER COUNTY COMMUNITY COUNCIL, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, WILL GET 80 THOUSAND FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND HOST HOMES…

-LEECH LAKE HOUSING AUTHORITY, OF CASS LAKE, WILL GET 72 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING….

 

MINNESOTA’S HOMELESS POPULATION HAS GROWN BY SIX PERCENT SINCE 2009, ACCORDING TO THE 2012 WILDER RESEARCH STUDY….ON THE NIGHT OF THE STATEWIDE COUNT IN OCTOBER 2012, HOMELESS MINNESOTANS NUMBERED 10 THOUSAND 214…NEARLY HALF WERE YOUTH AGE 21 AND YOUNGER. MORE THAN 1,000 WERE YOUTH ON THEIR OWN… 

MINNESOTA DISTRICT 2 STATE SENATOR ROD SKOE, OF CLEARBROOK,  WILL BE HOLDING THREE TOWN HALL MEETINGS ON WEDNESDAY IN  THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE DISTRICT…SKOE  WILL BE DISCUSSING ISSUES AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE UPCOMING 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION…HIS FIRST MEETING IS SET FOR MENAHGA HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER AT 9:15 A.M …THEN SKOE WILL HOLD MEETINGS AT THE FRAZEE FIRE HALL AT  11:00 A.M AND LAKE PARK CITY HALL AT  1:00 P.M…..FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS,  SKOY SAYS YOU CAN CONTACT HIM BY CALLING HIS OFFICE  AT (651) 296-4196….

THE 2014 ROSEAU /LAKE OF THE WOODS SOYBEAN UPDATE MEETING & PRIVATE APPLICATOR RECERTIFICATION TRAINING IS SET FOR THIS WEEK IN ROSEAU….THE MEETING AND TRAINING WILL BE HELD THIS THURSDAY AT THE  ROSEAU CITY CENTER….REGISTRATION OPENS AT 8:30 A.M., PROGRAM BEGINS AT 9 AM….THE  ROSEAU/LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA WILL HOST THE EVENT….ORGANIZERS SAY PRIVATE APPLICATORS REQUIRING RECERTIFICATION MUST ATTEND BOTH MORNING AND AFTERNOON TO COMPLETE THEIR RECERTIFICATION…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE….ALONG WITH USUAL BUSINESS, THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE  ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS 2ND BENCHMARK PAYMENT AND TO ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC HEARING DATE FOR A  POTENTIAL LAND SWAP…THE PROPOSED DATE IS MARCH 11TH AT 9:15 A.M….THE POTENTIAL SWAP IS A PROPOSAL FROM THE      B-C-K CAMP, WHICH IS A GROUP OF 4 FAMILIES SPANNING 3 GENERATIONS THAT OWN LAND WITHIN THE BELTRAMI STATE FOREST….THE GROUP SAYS THEY PURCHASED THE LAND, AS IT IS NOW, FROM PAUL BILBERG IN 1993…THEY SAY AT THE TIME THEY WERE UNAWARE THAT THE CABIN THEY PURCHASED SITS ON COUNTY LAND…THE COUNTY WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS UNTIL ABOUT 2006…THE GROUP PROPOSES TO SWAP LAND ON THE FAR EASTERN SIDE OF THE 40 ACRE PARCEL…THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE A-M-C RESOLUTION, WHICH INVOLVES PUBLICATION ALTERNATIVES… 

WARROAD CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN SESSION THIS AFTERNOON AT 5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS….THE COUNCIL’S AGENDA INCLUDES THE APPROVAL AND SPECS AND TO SET A BID DATE FOR PHASE ONE OF THE WARROAD PARK DEVELOPMENT PLAN…

REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE  DAN FABIAN,  OF ROSEAU, WILL HOLD TOWN HALL MEETINGS ACROSS ROSEAU COUNTY ON THURSDAY NEXT WEEK….ALL RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS, WHICH WILL BE DISCUSSIONS ON ISSUES IMPORTANT TO NORTHWEST MINNESOTA AND THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT WILL START LATER THIS MONTH…FABIAN SAYS THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN NEARLY 300 BILLS PROPOSED FOR THE SESSION…THE MEETINGS THURSDAY WILL BEGIN IN WARROAD FROM 8-9AM AT JOE’S PLACE….THEN IN ROSEAU FROM 10AM TO 11AM AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS….TOWN HALL MEETINGS THIS COMING THURSDAY WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE AT THE BADGER CITY OFFICES FROM NOON – 1PM AND IN GREENBUSH FROM 2-3PM AT THE TWINS ROCKIN’ 50’S CAFÉ… 

THE WORLD RECORD PARADE OF SNOWMOBILES WILL REMAIN INTACT,  AFTER AN ATTEMPT TO BREAK IT IN WISCONSIN RECENTLY…ORGANIZERS SAY 524 SNOWMOBILERS TURNED OUT FOR THE OSCEOLA SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION’S ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST PARADE OF SNOWMOBILES…BUT THE RECORD REMAINS AT 820, SET IN 2004 IN ROSEAU….THE MOST RECENT ATTEMPT WAS ARRANGED AS A FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR A LOCAL  SNOWMOBILE CLUB… 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL IN BAUDETTE WILL HOST THE SECTION 8A HIGH SCHOOL ONE ACT PLAY SATURDAY…THE EVENT WILL START AT 10:00 AM…CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE…IT WILL FEATURE THE ONE ACT PLAYS FROM AROUND SECTION 8A IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS IN THEIR SUB-SECTION COMPETITIONS, INCLUDING WARROAD AND ROSEAU FROM SUB-SECTION 32….THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC…THE WINNER OF THIS COMPETITION WILL GO ON TO REPRESENT SECTION 8A  IN THE STATE ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION NEXT WEEK….

THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD HAS APPROVED A ACCOMMODATION REVIEW RESOLUTION INVOLVING THE FATE OF THREE AREA SCHOOLS….THE BOARD THIS WEEK,  UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A RESOLUTION THAT STURGEON CREEK, CROSSROADS AND DONALD YOUNG ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN WITH CONTINUED MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR, AND THAT DONALD YOUNG SCHOOL IN EMO (EE-MOE) BE REBUILT ON THE EXISTING SITE,  CONTINGENT UPON MINISTRY OF EDUCATION CAPITAL FUNDING APPROVAL… IN 2003, THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION PUT A MORATORIUM ON SCHOOL CLOSURES AND DONALD YOUNG SCHOOL WAS DESIGNATED AS PROHIBITIVE TO REPAIR…THE BOARD SAID DECLINING ENROLMENT, AGING SCHOOL BUILDINGS, DIMINISHED PROVINCIAL FUNDING AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES AND PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES ARE ALL PLACING PRESSURE ON SCHOOL BOARDS’ LIMITED FINANCIAL RESOURCES…AS A RESULT OF THESE COMBINED FACTORS, THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT BOARD EMBARKED ON ACCOMMODATION REVIEWS FOR THE THREE SCHOOLS  IN JUNE OF 2011….

A SECOND PERSON HAS DIED AFTER A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLL-OVER MONDAY MORNING  IN SOUTHEAST MANITOBA…THE 73 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE HAS DIED FROM  HER INJURIES IN THE CRASH…THE R-C-M-P  ARE CONTINUING THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 1, JUST WEST OF HIGHWAY 12….A 59 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER DIED MONDAY…RCMP SAY SLIPPERY HIGHWAY CONDITIONS WERE A FACTOR IN THE CRASH…NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED….

 FORMER MINNESOTA HOUSE MINORITY LEADER MARTY SEIFERT CAME OUT ON TOP OF A GOP STRAW POLL FOR GOVERNOR – STATEWIDE AND LOCALLY….STATEWIDE, SEIFERT NARROWLY TOOK THE TOP SPOT, WITH 28% OF THE VOTE…STATE SENATOR DAVE THOMPSON WAS SECOND AT 26%, AND JEFF JOHNSON AT 17%…. MINNESOTA STATE SENATOR JULIANNE ORTMAN WON THE STRAW POLL FOR U.S. SENATOR WITH 31% OF THE VOTE TO MIKE MCFADDEN’S 22%….IN ROSEAU COUNTY,  FOR GOVERNOR, SEIFERT CAPTURED 50% OF THE VOTES,  DAVE THOMPSON RECEIVED 34%… KURT ZELLERS, SCOTT HONOUR, JEFF JOHNSON AND ROB FARNSWORTH ALL RECEIVED LESS THAN 5%….FOR AL FRANKEN’S  SENATE SEAT, ROSEAU COUNTY REPUBLICANS WERE SPLIT BETWEEN MIKE MCFADDEN AND MONTI MORENO, WITH BOTH GETTING 27% OF THE VOTE…JIM ABELER RECEIVED 20% …. JULIANNE ORTMAN  HAD 16% WHILE CHRIS DAHLBERG HAD 5%…

THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS’ SHOW  IN LAS VEGAS MARKS THE UNOFFICIAL START TO THE HOME BUILDING AND REMODELING SEASON, AND MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS AND INTEGRITY WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE INTRODUCING A WIDE ARRAY OF NEW PRODUCTS…SUSAN MARVIN, PRESIDENT OF  MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS, SAID IN A PRESS RELEASE, THE INVESTMENTS THE COMPANY HAS MADE IN INNOVATION, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND IN THEIR WORKFORCE DURING THE RECESSION HAVE PAID OFF, AND THE COMPANY IS MORE POISED THAN EVER FOR GROWTH BY PROVIDING THE MOST INNOVATIVE, HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS IN THE INDUSTRY…AMONG THE PRODUCTS THAT MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS WILL BE INTRODUCING AT THIS YEAR’S BUILDERS SHOW INCLUDE  INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SHADESTHE EXTERIOR SHADES ARE  A FIRST FOR THE WINDOW INDUSTRY; A CONTEMPORARY DOOR OPTION FOR THE ULTIMATE SWINGING FRENCH DOORPEARLESCENT EXTERIOR FINISHES IN BRIGHT SILVER AND COPPER ; A 90-DEGREE CORNER UNIT; AN INSERT DOUBLE HUNG REPLACEMENT WINDOW; ALL ULTREX SLIDING PATIO DOOR IN SPECIAL SIZES ; ALL ULTREX ROUND TOPS  AND MORE….

 

MINNESOTA DISTRICT 2A D-F-L STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROGER ERICKSON, OF BAUDETTE, WILL BE TRAVELING ACROSS THE DISTRICT TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETINGS NEXT WEEK…THE TOUR, CONSISTING OF SEVEN STOPS OVER TWO DAYS, WILL GIVE CONSTITUENTS A CHANCE TO TALK WITH ERICKSON DIRECTLY ABOUT THE UPCOMING SESSION STARTING FEBRUARY 25….THIS COMING MONDAY, ERICKSON WILL BE AT PARK RAPIDS AND BEMIDJI…THEN TUESDAY, HE WILL BE IN BAGLEY AND CLEARBROOK IN THE MORNING, BEFORE APPEARING IN BLACKDUCK AND KELLIHER IN THE AFTERNOON…ERICKSON WILL HOLD A MEETING AT THE NORTH BELTRAMI COMMUNITY CENTER IN KELLIHER STARTING AT 2:30PM….ERICKSON WILL CLOSE OUT THE TOUR WITH A TOWN HALL MEETING IN BAUDETTE TUESDAY EVENING FROM 5-6PM  AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM…. 

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, HAS ANNOUNCED THE MINNESOTA ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE….IT IS THE NEWEST WESTERN HEMISPHERE TRAVEL INITIATIVE COMPLIANT DOCUMENT FOR ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES AT ALL LAND AND SEA PORTS OF ENTRY…IT OFFICIALLY IS ACTIVE NOW…MINNESOTA BRINGS THE NUMBER OF U.S. STATES WITH E-D-LS TO FIVE, JOINING MICHIGAN, NEW YORK, VERMONT AND WASHINGTON…..THE CANADIAN PROVINCES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, MANITOBA, ONTARIO AND QUEBEC ARE ALSO CURRENTLY ISSUING E-D-LS….U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICIALS SAY THEY WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE U.S. STATES AND CANADIAN PROVINCES TO DEVELOP A SECURE, HIGHLY TAMPER RESISTANT ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE THAT INCLUDES VICINITY RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION CAPABILITY, A MACHINE READABLE ZONE – OPTICAL CHARACTER READ  AND CONTAINS MULTIPLE LAYERS OF OVERT, COVERT AND FORENSIC SECURITY FEATURES…. C-B-P OFFICIAL, BRIAN KING,  AT THE WARROAD PORT, SAYS WHEN THE LICENSE IS PRESENTED BY A UNITED STATES CITIZEN TRAVELER, NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED FOR PURPOSES OF PROVING IDENTITY AND CITIZENSHIP… KING SAYS BEFORE 9/11, YOU NEEDED JUST A DRIVER’S LICENSE OR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE….AFTER 9/11,  THE BORDER REQUIRED A PASSPORT TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP….KING SAYS THESE LICENSES NOW PROVE CITIZENSHIP, IN LIEU OF A PASSPORT…HE SAID IT’S A GOOD DEAL FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T CROSS THE BORDER VERY OFTEN….

 ONE PERSON DIED AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER A ONE VEHICLE ROLLOVER IN SOUTHEAST MANITOBA…R-C-M-P SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 9:30 AM MONDAY ON THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY ONE AND A HALF KILOMETRES WEST OF THE HIGHWAY 12 JUNCTION….LOCAL FIRE AND E-M-S ALSO RESPONDED…POLICE SAY THE VEHICLE ROLLED AND CAME TO A STOP IN THE MEDIAN BETWEEN THE WESTBOUND AND EASTBOUND LANES OF THE TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY…BOTH OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLE WERE TRANSPORTED TO STE. ANNE HOSPITAL….THE 59 YEAR OLD MALE PASSENGER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD…THE 73 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER, HAS LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES…SLIPPERY CONDITIONS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE A FACTOR IN THIS COLLISION…THE NAMES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE COLLISION WILL NOT BE RELEASED….

A MISSING SOUTHEAST MANITOBA MAN WAS LOCATED SAFE OVER THE WEEKEND…. STEINBACH   R-C-M-P  SAY SHORTLY BEFORE 1:30 PM LAST WEDNESDAY,   THEY RECEIVED A REQUEST FROM BETHESDA HOSPITAL IN STEINBACH TO LOCATE A PATIENT, 46 YEAR OLD FABIAN JOHN  PENNER, WHO HAD LEFT THE HOSPITAL ON FOOT PRIOR TO BEING RELEASED BY MEDICAL PERSONNEL…HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAID STEINBACH WAS  CONSIDERED AT RISK,  AND WAS LAST WEARING PANTS, SWEATER AND HOSPITAL SLIPPERS….PENNER WAS LOCATED FRIDAY NIGHT AND WAS O.K…NO OTHER DETAILS WERE GIVEN….

THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF THE MINNESOTA STATE ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8TH AT LAKE OF THE WOODS HIGH SCHOOL IN BAUDETTE….THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS WILL BE COMPETING…FROM SUB-SECTION 29  -  BAGLEY & FOSSTON…FROM SUB-SECTION 30  -  ADA-BORUP & CROOKSTON…FROM SUB-SECTION 31  -  EAST GRAND FORKS & TRI-COUNTY AND FROM SUB-SECTION 32  -  WARROAD & ROSEAU…AGAIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF THE MINNESOTA STATE ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8TH AT LAKE OF THE WOODS HIGH SCHOOL IN BAUDETTE…

ROSEAU COUNTY’S  “RELAY FOR LIFE” KICKS OFF ANOTHER YEAR WITH A SPECIAL MEETING ON MONDAY IN ROSEAU…THE ANNUAL AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S FUNDRAISING EVENT IS IN IT’S 18TH YEAR AND HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS…ROSEAU COUNTY’S COMMITTEE MEMBER PATTY CHAMPAGNE SAYS ALL TEAM MEMBERS AND CAPTAINS ARE INVITED TO MONDAYS GET-TOGETHER, AS WELL AS ANYONE WHO HAS NOT BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE EVENT IN THE PAST…SHE TOLD KQ92 THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW PEOPLE TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER….AND SHE SAYS EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO GIVE, YOU ARE STILL VERY MUCH NEEDED IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS…MONDAY’S KICK OFF EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER STARTING AT 6PM…FOR MORE INFO CALL 1-218-686-3082….THIS YEAR’S ROSEAU COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT WILL BE HELD AUGUST 8TH AT THE ROSEAU CITY PARK….

 MnSure – THE STATE’S VERSION OF OBAMACARE-  HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH PROBLEMS AND SCANDALS SINCE IT’S INCEPTION LAST YEAR…. THE PROGRAM THAT WAS DESIGNED TO HELP MANY MINNESOTANS FIND MORE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTH INSURANCE HAS INSTEAD CAUSED FRUSTRATION AND CONCERN AMONG SOME ITS CLIENTS, INSURANCE AGENTS AND OTHERS ACROSS THE STATE…. THIS MONTH,  MNsure OFFICIALS SAID THAT WITH CURRENT ENROLLMENT TRENDS, MNsure WILL FALL SHORT OF PROJECTIONS AND COULD NEED FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT…DOCUMENTS RELEASED LAST WEEK SHOW THAT CURRENT TRENDS COULD LEAD TO AN OPERATING DEFICIT OF 3 MILLION DOLLARS AT THE HEALTH EXCHANGE BY 2016….REPUBLICAN DISTRICT 1A STATE REP DAN FABIAN, OF ROSEAU, SAYS A RECENT AUDIT OF MnSure REFERRED TO THE PROGRAM BEING IN “CRISIS MODE”, AND NOTED A LACK OF LEADERSHIP…FABIAN SAYS THE AUDIT ALSO BROUGHT UP THE QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER MnSure COULD MEET ITS ENROLLMENT GOALS BY THE MANDATED MARCH 31ST DEADLINE…

NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED, BUT THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS ABOUT TWO DOZEN PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO BE CITED AFTER THE D-N-R OFFICERS EXECUTED SEARCH WARRANTS AS PART OF A FISH POACHING INVESTIGATION ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….     D-N-R ENFORCEMENT CHIEF, KEN SORING, SAYS MANY OF THE CASES IN THE FISHING HOT SPOT OF LAKE OF THE WOODS INVOLVE “DOUBLE TRIPPING” …ANGLERS WOULD CATCH FISH, LEAVE THE LAKE AND THEN RETURN TO CATCH MORE THAN THEIR LIMIT…ABOUT 40 CONSERVATION OFFICERS DESCENDED ON LAKE OF THE WOODS LAST WEEK TO EXECUTE THE WARRANTS….SORING  TOLD THE STAR-TRIBUNE  SOME FISHING GUIDES AND BUSINESSES PARTICIPATED IN POACHING…HE SAYS SOME ENCOURAGED ANGLERS TO VIOLATE THE LAW….STATE LAW SAYS ANY FISH THAT ARE CAUGHT, EATEN OR FROZEN, MUST COUNT AS PART OF AN ANGLER’S CATCH LIMIT….NO WORD ON WHEN THE CHARGES WILL BE FILED…

   

POLARIS INDUSTRIES  HAS INTRODUCED A NEW TYPE OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLE THAT STRADDLES THE LINE BETWEEN A-T-Vs  AND SIDE-BY-SIDE VEHICLES….IT’S CALLED THE “SPORTSMAN ACE”…..OFFICIALS OF POLARIS’ OFF-ROAD DIVISION, SAID IN A NEWS RELEASE,  THAT IN CREATING THE SPORTSMAN ACE,  THEY WANTED TO NOT ONLY APPEAL TO CURRENT OFF-ROAD ENTHUSIASTS,  BUT DEVELOP A VEHICLE THAT BRINGS NEW CUSTOMERS TO OFF-ROAD RECREATION….THE RESULT IS A ONE-SEAT VEHICLE LIKE AN A-T-V, BUT WITH A CAGE LIKE SIDE-BY-SIDES….THE SPORTSMAN ACE, ALONG WITH ABOUT 25 RELATED ACCESSORY PRODUCTS, WILL BE IN DEALERSHIPS IN FEBRUARY FOR ABOUT 7 THOUSAND 500 DOLLARS…THE PRODUCTS WILL BE MADE IN ROSEAU….

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R SAYS AFTER A LENGTHY INVESTIGATION, CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST A NUMBER OF PEOPLE FOR ILLEGALLY TAKING, TRANSPORTING AND/OR POSSESSING TOO MANY WALLEYES ON LAKE OF THE WOODS…INDIVIDUAL NAMES AND SPECIFIC INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME….ACCORDING TO THE GRAND FORKS HERALD, D-N-R COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR CHRIS NISKANEN SAID  AN INVESTIGATION BY THE  DIVISION OF ENFORCEMENT DOCUMENTED NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS…THE INVESTIGATION INCLUDED ACTIVITIES OF FISHING GUIDES AND ALSO INVOLVED ILLEGAL BEAR GUIDING ACTIVITY… ABOUT 40 D-N-R CONSERVATION OFFICERS EXECUTED SEARCH WARRANTS AND SEIZED EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT CHARGES THAT WILL BE FILED SOON…DNR AUTHORITIES ARE COMPLETING REPORTS AND COMPILING EVIDENCE FOR CHARGES EXPECTED TO BE FILED IN THE CASE….NO TIMETABLE WAS GIVEN TO WHEN THOSE CHARGES WILL BE FILED…

MEMBERS OF THE 2014 U.S. OLYMPIC WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY TEAM RECENTLY MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO SELECTED YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SENDING 300 TOTAL SETS OF ONEGOAL STARTER EQUIPMENT TO THE PROGRAMS THAT HELPED SHAPE AND INSPIRE THEIR OWN HOCKEY DREAMS….EACH PLAYER ON THE AMERICAN ROSTER WAS PROVIDED WITH 12 SETS OF EQUIPMENT TO DONATE TO THE YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION OF THEIR CHOICE…EACH EQUIPMENT SET INCLUDES SHIN PADS, SHOULDER PADS, ELBOW PADS, PANTS, GLOVES, A HELMET WITH A CAGE, AND A BAG…WARROAD YOUTH HOCKEY WAS A RECIPIENT ON BEHALF OF GIGI MARVIN….THE GRAND FORKS PARKS DISTRICT ON BEHALF OF JOCELYNE AND MONIQUE LAMOUREUX….THREE-TIME U.S. OLYMPIAN JULIE CHU DONATED TO HER CHILDHOOD RINK IN CONNECTICUT…MINNESOTAN ANNE SCHLEPER, WHO WILL BE PLAYING IN HER FIRST OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES, DONATED TO A MINNEAPOLIS URBAN YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION FOR WHICH SHE SERVED AS A VOLUNTEER…

MINNESOTA WILDLIFE MANAGERS SAY FEWER WOLVES ARE BEING SHOT OR TRAPPED FOR PREDATOR CONTROL…DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WOLF SPECIALIST DAN STARK TOLD A LEGISLATIVE HEARING TUESDAY THE NUMBER OF WOLVES KILLED BECAUSE THEY WERE PREYING ON LIVESTOCK FELL FROM 295 IN 2012 TO 127 LAST YEAR….STARK ATTRIBUTED THE DECLINE TO THE MILD WINTER OF 2011-12…HE SAYS WOLF DEPREDATION ON LIVESTOCK TENDS TO INCREASE DURING MILD WINTERS THAT MAKE IT HARDER FOR WOLVES TO HUNT DEER…THE HEARING ROOM WAS PACKED WITH OPPONENTS WHO WANT THE STATE TO SUSPEND WOLF HUNTING AND TRAPPING, WHICH RESUMED IN 2012….OPPONENTS QUESTIONED THE ACCURACY OF THE STATE’S ESTIMATE OF THE WOLF POPULATION OF 2,211 AS OF LAST WINTER…MINNESOTA HUNTERS AND TRAPPERS KILLED 413 WOLVES IN 2012 AND 237 LAST YEAR….

A WOMAN REMAINS HOSPITILIZED AFTER BEING STABBED OVER THE WEEKEND NEAR ROSEAU…THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, ROSEAU AMBULANCE AND ROSEAU POLICE  RESPONDED TO A 9-1-1 CALL SUNDAY MORNING  AT 4:51AM FROM THE FEMALE VICTIM WHO REQUESTED AN AMBULANCE BECAUSE SHE HAD BEEN STABBED…THE WOMAN’S NAME AND CONDITION HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED…AFTER A BRIEF INVESTIGATION AT THE RESIDENCE, OFFICERS ARRESTED KIRK HAMRE FOR ASSAULT…THE FEMALE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO ROSEAU LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER WHERE SHE WAS LATER TRANSPORTED TO GRAND FORKS….HAMRE APPEARED IN ROSEAU DISTRICT COURT MONDAY WHERE HE WAS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF 2ND DEGREE ASSAULT…HE IS BEING HELD AT THE ROSEAU COUNTY DETENTION CENTER WITH BAIL CONDITIONS…. 

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES REPORT TWO PEOPLE WERE DISCOVERED ALIVE IN ROSEAU COUNTY,  AFTER BEING SEPARATED FROM THEIR FISHING GROUP AND SPENDING A FULL NIGHT OUTDOORS IN THE BLIZZARD SUNDAYINTO MONDAY….SUNDAY AFTERNOON,  SHORTLY AFTER 2:30 PM,  SPRAGUE R-C-M-P WERE ADVISED THAT A 20-YEAR-OLD MALE AND A 20-YEAR-OLD FEMALE HAD NOT RETURNED AS SCHEDULED FROM ICE FISHING AND SNOWMOBILING ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….THE MALE AND FEMALE WERE IN A PARTY OF FOUR, UTILIZING ONE SNOWMOBILE TO TRAVEL TO THEIR FISH HOUSE, WHICH WAS LOCATED ABOUT 7 MILES  EAST OF BIRCH POINT….AUTHORITIES SAY  THE COUPLE HAD DEPARTED TO RETURN TO THEIR VEHICLE AT APPROXIMATELY 11:30 AM, AND WHEN THE MALE DID NOT RETURN TO PICK UP THE REMAINING MEMBERS OF THE PARTY, THEY FLAGGED DOWN A PASSING SNOWMOBILER TO GET A RIDE TO THEIR VEHICLE AT WHICH TIME THEY NOTED THE COUPLE HAD NOT RETURNED TO THEIR VEHICLE… THE COUPLE DID NOT HAVE A G-P-S AND DUE TO BLOWING CONDITIONS AT THE TIME, THERE WAS LITTLE TO NO VISIBILITY…CIVIL AIR SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSOCIATION , OFFICE OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER, SEARCH AND RESCUE MANITOBA,  MANITOBA CONSERVATION, LOCAL VOLUNTEERS, SPRAGUE AND STEINBACH R-C-M-P AND R-C-M-P SEARCH AND RESCUE STARTED  A SEARCH AT DAYBREAK MONDAY, HOWEVER AT 10:00 AM, POLICE WERE ADVISED THAT THE COUPLE WERE LOCATED IN ROOSEVELT…. THE COUPLE HAD BECOME DISORIENTED AND TRAVELLED APPROXIMATELY 40 KILOMETRES WHERE THEIR SNOWMOBILE BROKE DOWN…AUTHORITIES SAY THEY WERE ABLE TO START A FIRE AND SPEND THE DAY AND NIGHT IN THE BUSH… YESTERDAY MORNING THE MALE WALKED TO A RESIDENCE WHERE HE WAS ABLE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH HIS FATHER’S EMPLOYER, WHO ADVISED POLICE…THE COUPLE WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL IN ROSEAU, WHERE IT IS REPORTED THAT THE MALE IS BEING TREATED FOR FROSTBITE….

 

A CANADIAN MAN SURVIVED AN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY THE WEEKEND SNOWSTORM NEAR THE PEMBINA BORDER,  BUT WAS STRUCK AND KILLED WHEN HE WENT TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE…THE NORTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS IT HAPPENED SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON INTERSTATE 29 JUST SOUTH OF THE PEMBINA PORT OF ENTRY….THE AGENCY SAYS 53-YEAR-OLD JOHN GEORTZ, OF WINNIPEG, GOT OUT OF HIS VEHICLE TO CHECK ON ANOTHER DRIVER INVOLVED IN THE CRASH AND WAS STRUCK BY A TRACTOR TRAILER…FOUR OTHER PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A THIRD VEHICLE…. 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES REPORTS RECORD 2013 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR RESULTS….THE COMPANY REPORTED RECORD FOURTH QUARTER NET INCOME OF 108.7 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31ST…..THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 26 PERCENT  COMPARED TO THE PRIOR YEAR’S FOURTH QUARTER….SALES FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2013 TOTALED A RECORD 1.1 BILLION, WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF 20 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR….COMPANY OFFICIALS SAID OFF-ROAD VEHICLE SALES INCREASED 16 PERCENT….SNOWMOBILE SALES DECREASED 13 PERCENT, AS EXPECTED….MOTORCYCLE DIVISION SALES, WHICH INCLUDE BOTH VICTORY AND INDIAN MOTORCYCLES, INCREASED 94 PERCENT IN THE 2013 FOURTH QUARTER….SALES IN THE SMALL VEHICLES DIVISION, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF AIXAM, G-E-M AND GOUPIL ELECTRIC VEHICLES, INCREASED 286 PERCENT….PARTS, GARMENTS, AND ACCESSORIES SALES INCREASED 33 PERCENT….POLARIS’ INTERNATIONAL SALES TO CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA TOTALED 203.2 MILLION, AND THAT IS UP 46 PERCENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 2012…..COMPANY OFFICIALS SAID 2013 MARKED POLARIS’ FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF GREATER THAN 15 PERCENT GROWTH IN BOTH REVENUE AND EARNINGS….SALES AND NET INCOME HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE 2009… 

MINNESOTA SEVENTH DISTRICT U.S. REPRESENTATIVE COLLIN PETERSON SAYS HE’S PLEASED HIS COLLEAGUES WERE ABLE TO PUT ASIDE PARTISANSHIP AND ASSEMBLE A FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL THAT’S EXPECTED TO GET A VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WEDNESDAY….THE LONGTIME MINNESOTA DEMOCRAT IS THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND WAS A KEY PLAYER IN NEGOTIATING THE COMPROMISE COMPLETED MONDAY IN A HOUSE-SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE…PETERSON HAD BACKED DAIRY PRODUCTION CONTROLS THAT WERE JETTISONED FROM THE FINAL BILL TO GET THE SUPPORT OF HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER … PETERSON SAYS THAT WHILE IT’S NO SECRET HE DOESN’T SUPPORT SOME OF THE FINAL BILL’S PROVISIONS, HIS RESERVATIONS ARE OUTWEIGHED BY THE NEED TO PROVIDE LONG TERM CERTAINTY FOR AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS…HE SAYS HE HOPES THE PRESIDENT QUICKLY SIGNS THE BILL INTO LAW….

BRIAN PETERSON FROM WELLS FARGO BANK WILL BE GIVING A COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING CLASS IN BAUDETTE FOR FUTURE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS…. THE CLASS WILL COVER STUDENT LOANS, FINANCIAL AID IDEAS AND CREDIT…..HE CLASS WILL BE AT THE BAUDETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 AT 5:30 P.M…. ANY QUESTIONS, CALL 634-2329…. 

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A STABBING IN ROSEAU COUNTY THIS WEEKEND…THE STABBING TOOK PLACE  EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, AROUND 4:51AM, IN A RURAL ROSEAU COUNTY RESIDENCE NEAR ROSEAU….NOT MANY DETAILS ARE AVAILBLE AT THIS TIME…THE VICTIM IS CURRENTLY IN A GRAND FORKS HOSPITAL…THE PERSON’S CONDITION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED…MORE DETAILS ARE  EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED TODAY… 

WARROAD CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN SESSION THIS EVENING AT  5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS…THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE TRAINING REPORT,  THE PURCHASE OF A NEW SQUAD CAR FROM THE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT  AND THE HIRING OF A PART TIME OFFICER…THE COUNCIL IS ALSO EXPECTED TO GIVE FINAL APPROVAL OF THE 2014 FEE SCHEDULE… 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE….HELEN ANDERSON, OF QUIN COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES, WILL MEET WITH THE BOARD ABOUT A  TOBACCO FREE COMMUNITIES GRANT…QUIN COMMUNITY HEALTH  IS ONE OF TEN GRANTEES SELECTED FOR THIS GRANT BY THE  MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH…THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO NAME AN INTERIM JAIL ADMINISTRATOR…THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO HIRE GRACIA NELSON AS THE INTERIM JAIL ADMINISTRATOR EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY…OFFICIALS SAY THIS WILL BE A TEMPORARY HIRE, WORKING ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS UNTIL A FULL-TIME JAIL ADMINISTRATOR IS  SELECTED…THAT APPLICATION DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY….THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO GO OVER THE ROSEAU COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT…THE COMMISSIONERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS  THE 2014 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR CONSIDERATION AT THE THURSDAY   M-R-C-C MEETING IN GRAND RAPIDS…. 

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES SAY THERE WILL BE NO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IN AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT A  NATURAL GAS PIPELINE NEAR OTTERBURNE, MANITOBA….R-C-M-P SAY THE CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION IS NOT SUSPICIOUS IN NATURE…THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AT APPROXIMATELY 1:05 AM SATURDAY….ST-PIERRE-JOLYS POLICE AND FIRE  RESPONDED TO THE LOUD EXPLOSION FOLLOWED BY LARGE FIRE IN THE R-M OF DE SALABERRY NEAR OTTERBURNE….FIVE HOUSES WITHIN THE VICINITY OF THE FIRE WERE EVACUATED…LATER SATURDAY MORNING, ALL EVACUATED RESIDENTS WERE ALLOWED TO GO HOME….FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE NATURAL GAS OUTAGE,  AUTHORITIES SAY TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS FOR MORE INFORMATION….

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND FORKS HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH THE REGION LATE  THIS AFTERNOON….LIGHT SNOW WILL FALL AHEAD OF THIS  FEATURE…THEN WINDS WILL INCREASE CAUSING BLOWING SNOW….THE  POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR GROUND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS…WINDS ARE EXPECTED FROM THE NORTH  AT 30 TO 40 MPH…WITH GUSTS  POSSIBLE TO 50 MPH…..VISIBILITY COULD POSSIBLY BE NEAR ZERO…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS….SNOW ACCUMULATIONS  UP TO AN INCH POSSIBLE….THERE IS UNCERTAINTY WITH HOW MUCH SNOW WILL BE  AVAILABLE TO BLOW AROUND GIVEN THE EXPECTED WARM TEMPERATURES  AHEAD OF THE STRONG WINDS. …

 

TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A HOUSE FIRE IN MARSHALL COUNTY THURSDAY AFTERNOON….THE MARSHALL COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT  SAYS THEY RECEIVED A REPORT OF THE FIRE AROUND 4:30PM AT THE HOUSE, LOCATED AT 230 BOUNDARY STREET IN ALVARADO ….AUTHORITIES SAY THE TWO, WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT RELEASED AT THIS TIME, WERE TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION ….AUTHORITIES SAID THE INTERIOR OF THE HOME WAS DAMAGED…THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED…THE INCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION…. 

FORECASTERS IN GRAND FORKS SAY THE RISK FOR SUBSTANTIAL SPRING FLOODING IS LOW ALONG THE RED RIVER BASIN….BUT THEY SAY WINTER IS FAR FROM OVER AND AN EARLY THAW IS LESS LIKELY…GREG GUST AND MIKE LUKES WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAY MOST MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA TRIBUTARIES WILL LIKELY HAVE MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING…. A MODERATE FLOOD POTENTIAL IS POSSIBLE FOR MOST OF THE RED RIVER MAIN STEM….AND A RISE OF 1 TO 1 1/2 FEET IS EXPECTED ON DEVILS LAKE…THEY SAY SOILS AND STREAMS ARE A BIT “WET” IN THE FAR SOUTHERN BASIN BUT OTHERWISE NEAR NORMAL….THE WATER CONTENT IS GENERALLY RUNNING A BIT LOW…. AND THE REST OF WINTER IS LIKELY TO BE NEAR TO COLDER THAN NORMAL…. 

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS HAVE CLOSED A MAIN HIGHWAY IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA… THE STATE PATROL SAYS HIGHWAY 2 FROM EAST GRAND FORKS TO CROOKSTON IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, BECAUSE OF HEAVY BLOWING SNOW THAT CREATED  NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY EARLIER. .. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING FOR THE REGION AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA…FROM LANCASTER TO WARREN AND EAST GRAND FORKS TO CROOKSTON TO  FERGUS FALLS TO DETROIT LAKE, ALL ARE AMONG THE  MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS CANCELING CLASSES TODAY… THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND HIGHWAY PATROL SAID THE NO-TRAVEL ADVISORY IN NORTHEAST NORTH DAKOTA HAS BEEN LIFTED….A TRAVEL ALERT REMAINS IN EFFECT IN THAT AREA, HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF REDUCED VISIBILITY FROM BLOWING SNOW….A BLIZZARD WARNING ISSUED THIS MORNING  FOR KITTSON, WEST MARSHALL, PENNINGTON, POLK AND EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA,  REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 P.M…

 A MEMORIAL SERVICE IS THURSDAY FOR LONGTIME LOCAL NEWSPAPERMAN, JOHN OREN,  WHO PASSED AWAY THIS WEEK AT THE AGE OF 75 AFTER A LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER…OREN WAS AN EDITOR OF THE BAUDETTE REGION NEWSPAPER, AS WELL AS WORKING FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHT AND NORTHERN LIGHT REGION NEWSPAPERS….THE MEMORIAL VISITATION AND SERVICE IS SET FOR 5-7PM AT THE HELGESON FUNERAL CHAPEL IN BAUDETTE…

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED FORUM….THE EVENT WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE INTERNATIONAL LAKE OF THE WOODS WATER QUALITY FORUM….THE FORUM WILL TAKE PLACE MARCH 12 AND 13 IN INTERNATIONAL FALLS…ORGANIZERS SAY IT IS A PROFESSIONAL SYMPOSIUM INTENDED FOR RESEARCHERS AND RESOURCE MANAGERS WORKING AND/OR INTERESTED IN RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE INTERNATIONAL RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED….ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AT THE FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE  lowwsf.comORGANIZERS SAY REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE BY MARCH 7…

NO ONE WAS INJURED IN A CAR/SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT IN NORTHWEST ONTARIO MONDAY….THE RAINY RIVER DETACHMENT OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE RESPONDED TO THE SCENE IN FORT FRANCES, AROUND 3:10PM ON SECOND STREET EAST AND PORTAGE AVENUE INTERSECTION…POLICE SAY THE COLLISION OCCURRED WHEN A HONDA CIVIC WAS TRAVELLING WESTBOUND BEHIND AN UNLOADED SCHOOL BUS….POLICE SAY BOTH VEHICLES STOPPED FOR TRAFFIC LIGHT AT PORTAGE AVENUE INTERSECTION AND THEN PROCEEDED ON THE GREEN LIGHT….THE SCHOOL BUS STOPPED WITHIN INTERSECTION AND THE HONDA CIVIC SLID INTO REAR OF THE SCHOOL BUS…THERE WERE NO CHILDREN ONBOARD THE BUS AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION….POLICE SAY NO ONE WAS INJURED AS A RESULT OF THE COLLISION, AND THE PASSENGER VEHICLE RECEIVED MINIMAL DAMAGE…NO CHARGES WERE LAID…

THE SECOND ANNUAL “DAVID JOHNSON VINTAGE SNO-CAT SPECTACULAR”  WILL BE HELD AT THE PIONEER FARM AND VILLAGE, JUST WEST OF ROSEAU, ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST…ORGANIZERS SAY REGISTRATION STARTS AT 9:00 AM AND THE LEGENDS PROGRAM AT NOON….ROGER SKIME IS THE SPECIAL GUEST THIS YEAR..ARCTIC CAT’S DAVE THOMPSON AND POLARIS’ JIM BERNAT WILL BE HAVING A GRUDGE RACE ON SPECIALLY PREPARED SNO CATS AT 1:30 PM….

THE 39TH ANNUAL  “AG ARAMA”  IS SET FOR THIS WEEKEND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON….THE WEEKEND OF EVENTS, SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, IS HOSTED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT AND INCLUDES ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. …THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT IS “DOWN ON THE FARM”…MOST OF THE AG ARAMA ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, , IN THE UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND OUTREACH CENTER ,  LOCATED ON THE NORTH EDGE OF THE CAMPUS,,,,ORGANIZERS SAY AG ARAMA 2014 IS DEDICATED TO LONG TIME FACULTY MEMBER AND ALUMNA SUSAN JACOBSON WHO GRADUATED FROM THE SCHOOL AND HAS WORKED AT U-M-C FOR THE PAST TWENTY …JACOBSON IS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE CROOKSTON COMMUNITY AND IS PART OF MANY PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS INCLUDING THE MINNESOTA NURSERY LANDSCAPING ASSOCIATION…. JACOBSON WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD DURING HOMECOMING LAST FALL….

ONE PERSON DIED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN BELTRAMI COUNTY THURSDAY AFTERNOON…THE STATE PATROL SAID THE ACCIDENT WAS ONE OF SEVERAL THAT  HAPPENED ALONG HIGHWAY TWO NEAR BEMIDJI ON ICY ROADS…THE PATROL SAYS AROUND 1:45PM,  36 YEAR OLD OLEN DEFOURE, OF BALD KNOB, ARKANSAS, WAS DRIVING A 2002 CHEVY S-K EASTBOUND WHEN HE LOST CONTROL ON THE ICY ROAD AND WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND ROLLED…DEFOURE RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES…BUT A PASSENGER, 24 YEAR OLD VICTORIA PRELLER, OF BALD KNOB, ARKANSAS, WAS KILLED IN THE CRASH…

 LESS THAN AN HOUR EARLIER, ONE PERSON WAS KILLED IN ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ALONG HIGHWAY TWO…THE PATROL SAYS AROUND 12:56PM, 71 YEAR OLD MAREEN OBRIEN, OF SOLWAY WAS DRIVING A 2005 DODGE CARAVAN EAST IN THE RIGHT LANE WHEN SHE LOST CONTROL WHILE ENTERING A CURVE…THE VEHICLE LEFT THE ROAD AND STRUCK A MARKER SIGN THEN ROLLED INTO THE DITCH…OBRIEN RECEIVED NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES….

 ONE PERSON WAS INJURED AFTER ANOTHER ACCIDENT HAPPENED ALONG HIGHWAY 2 IN BELTRAMI COUNTY TWO HOURS LATER…THE PATROL SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 3:20PM….28 YEAR OLD DANAE JOHNSON, OF LAPORTE, WAS WESTBOUND WHEN SHE LOST CONTROL AND WENT OFF THE ROAD AND ROLLED…JOHNSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES….TWO PASSENGERS :  7 YEAR OLD JOSHUA JOHNSON AND 4 YEAR OLD JONATHON JOHNSON HAD NO APPARENT INJURIES….

BLINDING SNOW HAS CLOSED DOZENS OF SCHOOLS AND AT LEAST TWO HIGHWAYS IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA WHERE FIREFIGHTERS RESCUED A STRANDED MOTORIST….STRONG WIND AND HEAVY SNOW COMBINED TO CREATE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS….AUTHORITIES ADVISED AGAINST TRAVELING…FROM BADGER TO HALLOCK TO CROOKSTON, ALEXANDRIA AND FERGUS FALLS,  SCHOOL DISTRICTS TOLD STUDENTS TO STAY HOME THURSDAY…THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS HIGHWAY 2 WAS CLOSED FROM CROOKSTON TO EAST GRAND FORKS, AS WELL AS HIGHWAY 200 BETWEEN THE STATE LINE AND HIGHWAY 75 NEAR HALSTAD…THEY HAVE SINCE RE-OPENED THEM…TWO KENNEDY FIREFIGHTERS RESCUED A DRIVER STRANDED ON HIGHWAY 11 IN KITTSON COUNTY AFTER HE RAN OFF THE ROAD AND RAN OUT OF GAS EARLY THURSDAY….THE BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING…ZERO  VISIBILITY  IS EXPECTED AT TIMES, ESPECIALLY IN OPEN COUNTRY…NORTH WINDS WILL CONTINUE FROM 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH POSSIBLE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON…NEW SNOWFALL OF AROUND AN INCH OR LESS.. WEATHER OFFICIALS  SAY CONDITIONS  ARE EXPECTED TO  SLOWLY IMPROVE BY LATE AFTERNOON INTO THE EARLY EVENING…..

 

SEVENTH DISTRICT MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN, AND HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, COLLIN PETERSON,  HOSTED A MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND E-P-A ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY TO EXPRESS THEIR DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE  E-P-A’S PROPOSED VOLUME NUMBERS FOR 2014….THE EPA HAS PROPOSED SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS TO THE RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD….PETERSON ISSUED A  STATEMENT, SAYING HE HOPES  THE AGENCY’S FINAL RULE WILL TAKE THE CONCERNS OF CONSTITUENTS INTO ACCOUNT….HE SAID THE RURAL ECONOMY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FEW BRIGHT SPOTS IN RECENT YEARS, DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE R-F-S….PETERSON SAID REDUCING THE STANDARD   WOULD NOT ONLY HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON JOBS AND THE RURAL ECONOMY, IT WOULD ALSO HALT ADVANCES IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF RENEWABLE FUELS….

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO START JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT IN  THE NORTHERN RED RIVER VALLEY AND PERSIST THROUGH THURSDAY  AFTERNOON….NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 40 TO 50 MPH   WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH POSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY.  VISIBILITIES WILL BE ZERO AT TIMES….NEW SNOWFALL OF AROUND AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE….BUT POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS COULD MAKE THE STORM A LIFE THREATENING BLIZZARD…TRAVEL ON THURSDAY WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES…SOME AUTHORITIES ARE ALREADY SUGGESTING FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE PLANS TO POSTPONE OR DELAY ANY TRAVEL ON THURSDAY…

TWO PEOPLE DIED IN A THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SOUTHEAST MANITOBA SUNDAY…R-C-M-P SAY THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ON  GARVEN ROAD NEAR OAKBANK ON SUNDAY-  JUST BEFORE 10:30 A.M…..AUTHORITIES SAY AN EASTBOUND VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH A WESTBOUND VEHICLE ABOUT TWO MILES EAST OF PROVINCIAL ROAD 206…A THIRD VEHICLE SIDESWIPED ONE OF THE VEHICLES IN THE CRASH SHORTLY AFTER…R-C-M-P SAID TWO OF THE THREE PEOPLE IN THE EASTBOUND VEHICLE DIED IN THE CRASH…ONE WAS AN 80-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND THE OTHER AN 86-YEAR-OLD WOMAN….BOTH WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE…THE THREE PEOPLE IN THE WESTBOUND VEHICLE WERE TAKEN TO A WINNIPEG HOSPITAL IN STABLE CONDITION…THE PEOPLE IN THE THIRD VEHICLE WERE NOT INJURED…THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS  WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE….THE BOARD’S AGENDA INCLUDES A DISCUSSION ON THE RECORDER’S OFFICE COMPLIANCE REPORT…ROSEAU COUNTY RECORDER PAM GRAND HAS PROVIDED A LETTER ADVISING THE BOARD THAT SHE IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATUTE…THE BOARD WILL ALSO ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF JAIL ADMINISTRATOR JANICE ANDERSON EFFECTIVE JANUARY 31ST…THE BOARD WILL ALSO HOLD A  BID OPENING FOR  2014 ROSEAU COUNTY PUBLISHING AND  LIQUOR LICENSES… 

TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR ROOSEVELT OVER THE WEEKEND…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED SATURDAY AROUND 11:38AM ALONG HIGHWAY 11…THE PATROL SAYS 25 YEAR OLD WILLIAM FISH, OF WILLIAMS, WAS DRIVING A 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS, EASTBOUND…HE WAS PASSING A PICKUP AS 54 YEAR OLD JEFFREY RATHMAN, OF WILLIAMS, WAS WESTBOUND, DRIVING ON ICE….THE VEHICLES COLLIDED HEAD-ON…THE PATROL SAYS FISH RECEIVED SERIOUS, BUT UNKOWN INJURIES…HIS CONDITION WAS NOT AVAILABLE….RATHMAN RECEIVED NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN THE CRASH….

 NO ONE WAS INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ROLLOVER IN ROSEAU COUNTY SATURDAY AFTERNOON…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 12:49PM ALONG HIGHWAY 11 EAST OF ROSEAU…THE PATROL SAYS 68 YEAR OLD DOUGLAS STEINBRING, OF WARROAD, WAS DRIVING A 2001 FORD RANGER EASTBOUND AND WAS ACCELERATING ON ICE WHEN HE LOST CONTROL AND WENT INTO THE SOUTH DITCH…THE PICKUP ROLLED ONTO ITS SIDE….STEINBRING HAD NO APPARENT INJURY…

THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN SESSION THIS AFTERNOON AT 5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS…THE AGENDA INCLUDES A REVIEW OF THE 2014 FEE SCHEDULE AND THE APPROVAL OF THE 2014 FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS….THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO REVIEW THE COMMITTEE, COMMISSION AND BOARD MEMBER LIST….

NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN A STRUCTURE FIRE IN SOUTHEAST MANITOBA OVER THE WEEKEND…SHORTLY AFTER 2:00 AM SATURDAY,  STEINBACH R-C-M-P MEMBERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE AT A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ON HWY 311 IN BLUMENORT, MANITOBA…POLICE SAY,  WHEN THEY ARRIVED ON SCENE, MEMBERS FOUND A LARGE WAREHOUSE FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES THAT WERE MULTIPLE STORYS IN HEIGHT….WHILE STEINBACH, STE ANNE AND KLEEFELD FIRE DEPARTMENTS WORKED TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE, R-C-M-P EVACUATED SEVERAL NEARBY RESIDENTS AS A PRECAUTION… RESIDENTS WERE LATERPERMITTED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES…THE FIRE WAS CONTAINED TO ONE BUILDING ON THE PROPERTY….THAT BUILDING AND CONTENTS ARE A COMPLETE LOSS… DAMAGES ARE ESTIMATED IN THE MILLIONS…THE OFFICE OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE…

COUNTY COMMISSIONS ACROSS THE AREA HAVE USED THEIR FIRST MEETINGS OF THE NEW YEAR TO NAME OFFICERS…THE  ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSION THIS WEEK NAMED THEIR 2014 CHAIR  WILL BE GLENDA PHILLIPE(FILLA-PEE), OF  WARROAD….PHILLIPE REPRESENTS COMMISSION DISTRICT 1….THE ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSION  VICE CHAIR  THIS YEAR IS JACK SWANSON, OFROSEAU, WHO REPRESENTS COMMISSION DISTRICT 2…THE  LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COMMISSION NAMED PATTY BECKEL AS THE 2014 CHAIR…BECKEL REPRESENTS COMMISSION  DISTRICT 4….THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY VICE CHAIR THIS YEAR IS  ED ARNESON, OF ROCKY POINT, WHO REPRESENTS  DISTRICT 5….THE KOOCHICHING COUNTY BOARD THIS WEEK ELECTED A NEW BOARD CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR FOR 2014….BY UNANIMOUS VOTE, COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROB ECKLUND WAS ELECTED CHAIR, AND COUNTY COMMISSIONER WADE PAVLECK WAS ELECTED VICE-CHAIR….THE POLK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING FOR 2014 AND ELECTED DON DIEDRICH OF RURAL WARREN AS CHAIR  OF THE BOARD REPLACING CRAIG BUNESS AND WARREN STRANDELL OF EAST GRAND FORKS WAS ELECTED VICE CHAIR….

DISTRICT 1 STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DAN FABIAN,  OF ROSEAU, SAYS TRUCK WEIGHT EDUCATION PROGRAM COMPLIANCE TRAINING IS NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA….A COURSE WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 AT THE POLK COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES CENTER IN EAST GRAND FORKS…THE INFORMATIONAL TRAINING WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE ALEXANDRIA TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND IS FREE OF CHARGE… FABIAN SAID NORTHWEST MINNESOTA IS FORTUNATE THIS YEAR TO HAVE A PROGRAM AVAILABLE….THIS TRAINING IS FOR ANYONE IN THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY, BECAUSE IT TEACHES EFFICIENCY: HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT TRUCK IN ORDER TO HAUL THE MOST LEGAL WEIGHT…THE WORKSHOP IS SCHEDULED FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M….FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT INSTRUCTOR GREG HAYES AT 218-684-1764…. 

THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FOUNDATION IS OFFERING A WORKSHOP IN BEMIDJI, AND THIEF RIVER FALLS, LATER THIS MONTH TO ASSIST EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF NONPROFITS WITH A PLAN FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY….ORGANIZERS SAY THE WORKSHOP IS DESIGNED TO HELP AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WORK WITH STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS TO CREATE A CULTURE OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY…THE WORKSHOP IS FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS ONLY…JANET OGDEN-BRACKETT OF NONPROFIT ASSISTANCE FUND IS LEADING THE WORKSHOP…THE WORKSHOP WILL BE OFFERED IN BEMIDJI, JANUARY 28, AT THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FOUNDATION AND IN THIEF RIVER FALLS JANUARY 29, AT NORTHLAND COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE…TO REGISTER , OR FOR MORE INFO,  GO TO THE WEB AT  nwmf.org    

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN TAYLOR BRANCH WILL PRESENT “CIVIL RIGHTS THEN AND NOW: REFLECTIONS ON THE KING YEARS” IN THE KIEHLE (KEEL) AUDITORIUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON ON MONDAY, JANUARY 20  AT 7 P.M….THE EVENT IS FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME…A BOOK SIGNING WILL BE HELD FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION AND BOOKS BY BRANCH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON SITE….BRANCH ALSO WILL SPEAK ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 AT 10 A.M. AT THE LAKE AGASSIZ REGIONAL LIBRARY IN CROOKSTON AS PART OF HIS VISIT….TAYLOR BRANCH IS AN AMERICAN AUTHOR AND PUBLIC SPEAKER BEST KNOWN FOR HIS LANDMARK NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS…THE TRILOGY’S FIRST BOOK, PARTING THE WATERS: AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS, 1954-63, WON THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NUMEROUS OTHER AWARDS IN 1989…ASIDE FROM WRITING, BRANCH SPEAKS BEFORE A VARIETY OF AUDIENCES—COLLEGES, HIGH SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, MOSQUES, POLITICAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROUPS….  

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES HAVE SEIZED A SEMI-TRAILER FULL OF MARIHUANA…STEINBACH R-C-M-P SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND NEAR STEINBACH….R-C-M-P AND STEINBACH G-I-S, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE INTERDICTION TEAM, PULLED OVER A SEMI-TRAILER HEADED TO EASTERN CANADA…AUTHORITIES SAY A SEARCH OF THE SEMI-TRAILER RESULTED IN POLICE LOCATING APPROXIMATELY 114 POUNDS OF MARIHUANA…TWO MALES WERE LOCATED IN THE VEHICLE AND WERE SUBSEQUENTLY ARRESTED BY POLICE…48 YEAR OLD JOHN MILLEN, OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, AND 51 YEAR OLD JOHN SHANNON, OF ALBERTA, ARE BOTH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION FOR THE PURPOSES OF TRAFFICKING MARIHUANA AND ARE SET TO APPEAR IN COURT IN WINNIPEG THIS WEEK….

A-N-I PHARMACEUTICALS IN BAUDETTE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS ENTERED INTO A FEE-FOR-SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR A GENERIC DRUG PRODUCT WITH STERLING PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES …THE PRODUCT WILL BE DEVELOPED BY STERLING AND TRANSFERRED INTO A-N-I’S FACILITIES FOR COMMERCIAL MANUFACTURE AND MARKETING….ACCORDING TO IMS HEALTH, THE CURRENT ANNUAL MARKET FOR THIS PRODUCT IS 60 MILLION DOLLARS….A-N-I’S PRESIDENT AND CEO, ARTHUR PRZYBYL, SAYS THE COMPANY IS  PLEASED TO HAVE ENTERED INTO THIS INITIAL COLLABORATION WITH STERLING, AND THEY HOPE TO PLACE ADDITIONAL PROJECTS WITH STERLING IN THE FUTURE…

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R  PLANS AERIAL ELK SURVEYS IN THE AREA, USING BOTH AN AIRPLANE AND HELICOPTER…THE SURVEYS ARE PLANNED FOR THE KITTSON COUNTY AND GRYGLA ELK RANGES IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…THE FLIGHTS ARE CONDUCTED ANNUALLY DURING WINTER…PENDING SUITABLE SNOW COVER, THE MINNESOTA D-N-R  PLANS TO FLY WHITE-TAILED DEER POPULATION SURVEYS FROM DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA…

 ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL IS SPONSORING A FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION NIGHT  FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS TUESDAY NIGHT STARTING AT 6PM AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL THEATER…A FINANCIAL AID ADMINISTRATOR FROM  NORTHLAND COLLEGE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO EXPLAIN FINANCIAL AID ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATING TO FINANCING A COLLEGE EDUCATION…. 

THE 2014 SUNSHINE FEST IS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 25 IN GRAND FORKS…SUNSHINE FEST IS THE SUNSHINE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL EVENT THAT HELPS TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITABLE CAUSES….IN ADDITION TO A 5K OUTDOOR FUN RUN AND A 3K INDOOR WALK, THE EVENT INCLUDES A HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR, MUSIC, ACTIVITIES AND PRIZES….ALL PROCEEDS RAISED WILL SUPPORT THE SUNSHINE HOSPITALITY HOME PROJECT…. THE PROPOSED SUNSHINE HOSPITALITY HOME WILL BE A PLACE FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, AFFECTED BY CRITICAL ILLNESSES, DISEASES, AND INJURIES, WHO MUST TRAVEL TO FULFILL THEIR HEALTHCARE NEEDS…. …DONOVAN LARSON, THE SUNSHINE FOUNDATION CEO/PRESIDENT, SAYS ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS NOT NECESSARY BUT THOSE WHO DO REGISTER VIA THE SUNSHINE FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE BY JANUARY 14, WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAWING FOR AN IPAD…THE EVENT IS SET FOR 8:00 A.M.- NOON AT THE RALPH ENGELSTAD ARENA, GRAND FORKS,…FOR MORE INFO GO TO THE WEB AT sunshinememorial.org 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES IS SUING ARCTIC CAT, CLAIMING THAT ARCTIC CAT’S WILDCAT LINE INFRINGES ON POLARIS’S PATENTS ON ITS SIDE-BY-SIDE ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES…ARCTIC CAT DENIES THAT IT HAS INFRINGED ON POLARIS’S PATENTS, AND REQUESTS THE CASE BE DISMISSED…POLARIS FILED THE SUIT IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT….W-D-A-Z TV  REPORTS THE A-T-V.COM WEBSITE,  SUGGESTED THAT IT MAY BE TARGETING THE WILDCAT TRAIL’S 50-INCH WIDTH, WHICH ALLOWS IT EASIER ACCESS TO TRAILS…IN ITS COMPLAINT, POLARIS CLAIMS THAT IT “LED THE INDUSTRY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF ITS RANGER SIDE-BY-SIDE OFF-ROAD VEHICLE…THE RANGER WAS SUCH A SUCCESS THAT MANY OTHER RECREATION VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS ALSO BEGAN OFFERING SIDE-BY-SIDE OFF-ROAD VEHICLES”…IT ADDED THAT IT INTRODUCED THE RANGER RZR IN 2007, MAKING IT “THE INDUSTRY’S ONLY TRAIL CAPABLE SIDE-BY-SIDE”…IN ADDITION TO BARRING ARCTIC CAT FROM ALLEGEDLY INFRINGING ON ITS PATENT, POLARIS IS ASKING THE COURT TO ORDER ARCTIC CAT TO PAY DAMAGES AND ITS LEGAL COSTS…POLARIS IS ASKING THAT “ALL ISSUES BE DETERMINED BY A JURY”…

 SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO  INVESTIGATE A BARN FIRE NEAR STEINBACH THAT HAPPENED LATE LAST WEEK…JUST BEFORE 3PM FRIDAY, STEINBACH R-C-M-P RESPONDED TO THE FIRE SOUTHEAST OF STEINBACH…FFICERS ARRIVED ON SCENE WITH THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT TO DISCOVER THE BUILDING FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES….FIVE THOUSAND BREEDING HENS WERE KILLED IN THE FIRE….NO INJURIES TO HUMANS WERE REPORTED, AND THE FIRE DID NOT SPREAD TO ANY OF THE OTHER BUILDINGS ON THE PROPERTY….THE BARN IS A COMPLETE LOSS…THE OFFICE OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE…AUTHORITIES DID SAY IT DOES NOT APPEAR SUSPICIOUS IN NATURE…

 THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…..THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO HOLD AN ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND SET THE  2014 MILEAGE EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT….THE I-R-S HAS SET THE 2014 MILEAGE EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT RATE AT 56 CENTS PER MILE…..ROSEAU COUNTY HISTORICALLY FOLLOWS THAT RATE FOR MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT….THE BOARD WILL ALSO SET THE 2014 MEAL EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT, WHICH CURRENTLY IS 40 DOLLARS PER DAY FOR A FULL DAY…THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO SET THE 2014 POCKET GOPHER BOUNTY, WHICH WAS 2 DOLLARS 50 CENTS PER GOPHER THIS PAST YEAR, WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1 DOLLAR REIMBURSEMENT FOR GOPHERS TRAPPED IN UNORGANIZED AREAS….AND THE BOARD WILL ALSO SET THE 2014 BEAVER BOUNTY, WHICH WAS SET AT 40 DOLLARS IN MARCH OF 2013….THE BOARD WILL REVIEW AND DISCUSS THE EXISTING COMMITTEE LIST AND UPDATE AS NECESSARY….

MINNESOTA GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON IS CANCELLING ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSES STATEWIDE ON MONDAY AHEAD OF DANGEROUS COLD…DAYTON ISSUED THE ORDER FRIDAY…HE SAYS THE SAFETY OF MINNESOTA’S SCHOOL CHILDREN IS THE STATE’S FIRST PRIORITY. DAYTON SAYS ALL MINNESOTANS SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT THE WEATHER IN THE COMING DAYS…HIGH TEMPERATURES ON MONDAY ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE MINUS TEENS…    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A MINNESOTA GOVERNOR HAS CLOSED SCHOOLS IN RESPONSE TO COLD WEATHER SINCE FEBRUARY 1996, WHEN FORMER GOVERNOR ARNE CARLSON CANCELED SCHOOLS AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGED TO 30 BELOW IN THE TWIN CITIES AND MINUS-60 IN TOWER, MINN…CARLSON ALSO CLOSED SCHOOLS IN JANUARY 1994.

THE NUMBERS ARE IN AFTER AN UNPRECEDENTED MATCHING DONATION APPEARED FOR THE SALVATION ARMY OVER THE WEEKEND…THIS PAST FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, ALL DONATIONS IN ROSEAU COUNTY AND ELSEWHERE IN MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA, WERE  DOUBLED…A GROUP, WHO WISHED TO REMAIN ANONAMOUS,  SAID IT WOULD MATCH DONATIONS DURING THAT TWO DAY PERIOD UP TO 2 MILLION DOLLARS…ROSEAU COUNTY SALVATION ARMY ADMINISTRATOR, DAVE ANDERSON, SAYS THE SALVATION ARMY IN ROSEAU COUNTY, FOR THOSE TWO DAYS, RECEIVED DONATIONS OF 4 THOUSAND 126 DOLLARS AND 73 CENTS….ANDERSON SAYS  THOSE DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED AND WILL BE ABLE TO REMAIN IN ROSEAU COUNTY… 

THE OTTO BREMER FOUNDATION HAS AWARDED  OVER 350 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GRANTS TO TWO ORGANIZATIONS IN KOOCHICHING COUNTY AND TWO IN MARSHALL COUNTY….THE FOUNDATION AWARDED JUST OVER 141 THOUSAND DOLLARS  FOR THE OPERATIONS OF THE KOOCHICHING COUNTY AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROJECT, WHICH SERVES YOUTH  IN GRADES K THRU 12….THE MONEY WILL ASSIST BACKUS COMMUNITY CENTER AND KOOCHICHING COUNTY 4-H,   TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AFTER-SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY….THE KOOCHICHING COUNTY AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROJECT HELPS PROVIDE THE 4-H AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB PROGRAMMING IN INTERNATIONAL FALLS, INDUS, LITTLEFORK AND NORTHOME….THE FOUNDATION ALSO AWARDED 75 THOUSAND  FOR SERVICES TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL  ASSAULT AND GENERAL CRIME IN KOOCHICHING COUNTY….MEANWHILE, THE FOUNDATION AWARDED A GRANT OF NEARLY 61 THOUSAND TO THE MARSHALL COUNTY GROUP HOMES TO SUPPORT BUILDING UPGRADES FOR THE ORGANIZATION, WHICH SERVES CLIENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES IN MARSHALL COUNTY….AND THE WARREN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, IN WARREN,  RECEIVED A GRANT OF 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SUPPORT THE WARREN E-D-A  WITH THE BUILDING OF ASSISTED LIVING APARTMENTS FOR RESIDENTS OF WARREN…IN ALL OF MINNESOTA,  THE OTTO BREMER FOUNDATION AWARDED 77 GRANTS, TOTALING NEARLY 6.5 MILLION DOLLARS….

NORTHLAND COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN THIEF RIVER FALLS IS OFFERING A PROGRAM TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO ANALYZE IMAGES FROM UNMANNED MILITARY AIRCRAFT…THE SCHOOL OFFERS A ONE-YEAR IMAGERY ANALYSIS CERTIFICATE AND A TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE IN GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS…SCHOOL SPOKESMAN, JASON TRAINER, SAYS THEY ARE THE FIRST TWO-YEAR PROGRAM IN THE NATION TO OFFER THEM….THE PROGRAM TEACHES STUDENTS HOW TO USE A VARIETY OF COMPUTER SYSTEMS THAT COULD PREPARE THEM FOR WORK WITH THE MILITARY OR A FUTURE CIVILIAN JOB….THEY LEARN COMPLEX GEOSPATIAL COMPUTER PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE MATH SKILLS….THEY ALSO HONE WRITING SKILLS AND STUDY PRIVACY LAWS….MANY OF THE ANALYSTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY SCRUTINIZING THE IMAGES TRANSMITTED BY DRONES HAVE RECEIVED THEIR TRAINING IN THE MILITARY….

 THE DEPOT PRESERVATION ALLIANCE  OF BAUDETTE, WAS RECENTLY AWARDED A HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF 49 THOUSAND 900 DOLLARS TO CREATE THE HISTORIC TRANSPORTATION AND SETTLEMENT EXHIBIT AT THE BAUDETTE DEPOT….CREATION OF AN EXHIBIT THAT TELLS THE STORY OF TRANSPORTATION AND ITS ROLE IN THE SETTLEMENT OF THE LAKE OF THE WOODS AREA WAS ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION GRANT THAT PROVIDED THE MAJORITY OF THE RESTORATION FUNDING FOR THE BAUDETTE DEPOT… THE BALANCE OF THE RESTORATION FUNDING WAS FROM THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY AND THE MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY THROUGH A SERIES OF GRANT APPLICATIONS AND AWARDS…OFFICIALS SAY PLANNING FOR THE HISTORIC TRANSPORTATION AND SETTLEMENT EXHIBIT HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR THREE YEARS, LED BY EXHIBIT DESIGN TEAM, VENTURE EXHIBITS OF DULUTH…PLANNING SERVICES HAVE BEEN GRANT FUNDED…. THE DEPOT PRESERVATION ALLIANCE BOARD HAS PROVIDED INPUT THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS…. THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THE EXHIBIT COMPLETED BY THE END OF 2014…  

POLARIS INDUSTRIES HAS ANNOUNCED A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH ARIENS COMPANY, A BRILLION, WISCONSIN – BASED MANUFACTURER OF OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT….ARIENS IS A FAMILY-OWNED MANUFACTURER OF SNOW BLOWERS, LAWNMOWERS AND OTHER OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT…BOTH COMPANIES SAY THEY WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS ARRANGEMENT, GROWING THROUGH EXPOSURE TO ADJACENT MARKETS WHILE FOSTERING INNOVATION THROUGH SHARED TECHNOLOGY AND R&D INVESTMENTS….THE PARTNERSHIP INCLUDES SUPPLYING ARIENS WITH A HIGHLY DIFFERENTIATED WORK VEHICLE…. AND WITH BOTH POLARIS AND ARIENS INVESTING IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGY, OFFICIALS SAY THIS PARTNERSHIP ENABLES THE COMPANIES TO LEVERAGE INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY AND R&D INVESTMENTS, MAKING INNOVATION MORE EFFICIENT….ADDITIONALLY, IT PROVIDES BOTH COMPANIES ACCESS TO EXPANDED DEALER CHANNEL OPPORTUNITIES…BEYOND MARKET LEADERSHIP, POLARIS AND ARIENS ALSO SHARE SIMILARITIES IN THEIR BUSINESS CULTURES…BOTH HAVE LONG HISTORIES ROOTED IN THE MIDWEST AND HAVE GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY WITH A DISCIPLINED FOCUS ON LEAN MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND PASSIONATE EMPLOYEES….POLARIS HAS SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTED SIMILAR PARTNERSHIPS IN THE PAST, NOTABLY ITS ONGOING PARTNERSHIP WITH BOBCAT COMPANY AND EICHER MOTORS IN INDIA…. 

THE U.S.D.A.  HAS DECLARED AN AG DISASTER IN 31 NORTH DAKOTA COUNTIES FOR MAJOR CROP LOSSES…. THE AGRICULTURAL DISASTER  INCLUDES THE NORTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTA COUNTIES OF CAVALIER, PEMBINA, WALSH, AND GRAND FORKS….ANOTHER 15 COUNTIES ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPLEMENTAL DISASTER HELP AND OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS…HEAVY SNOWPACK, FLOODING, FROST AND FREEZE DAMAGE KEPT FARMERS FROM PLANTING MORE THAN 4 MILLION ACRES THIS YEAR….. 

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES HAS HONORED TWO  ORGANIZATIONS FROM NORTHERN MINNESOTA FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM CLIENTS…RECIPIENTS OF THE 2013 COMMISSIONER’S CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS INCLUDE THE  CONIFER ESTATES, A 20-UNIT SUPPORTIVE/TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROJECT IN BEMIDJI,  WHICH IS SERVING HOMELESS FAMILIES….AND THE WHITE EARTH BAND OF OJIBWE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES CHILD WELFARE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES LIVING ON AND OFF THE WHITE EARTH RESERVATION IN THE BECKER, CLEARWATER AND MAHNOMEN COUNTIES AREA…THIS PROGRAM HAS INCORPORATED CULTURE FROM FIRST RESPONSE THROUGH PERMANENCY AND HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING FEDERAL OUTCOMES AND IMPROVED SERVICE DELIVERY….

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO O-P-P SAYS IT HAS INTERCEPTED A  COURIER PACKAGE CONTAINING DRUGS THAT THEY SAY WAS SHIPPED TO EMO, ONTARIO….. THE FORT FRANCES COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE THUNDER BAY DRUG ENFORCEMENT UNIT INTERCEPTED A COURIER PACKAGE CONTAINING APPROXIMATELY 8 POUNDS OF MARIHUANA…THE PARCEL WAS SHIPPED FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA AND DESTINED TO AN ADULT MALE FROM EMO, ONTARIO…AS A RESULT OF THE POLICE INVESTIGATION, AN ADULT MALE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING A SCHEDULE II DRUG (CANNABIS MARIHUANA) OVER 3 KILOGRAMS AND POSSESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAFFICKING A SCHEDULE II (CANNABIS MARIHUANA) OVER 3 KILOGRAMS….THE MALE IS CURRENTLY IN CUSTODY AWAITING A COURT APPEARANCE ON JANUARY 13TH…..

FIFTEEN MINNESOTANS, INCLUDING A ROSEAU COUNTY MAN,  HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO THE CITIZEN OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES THAT MONITOR THE MINNESOTA D-N-R’S FISH AND WILDLIFE SPENDING…..NEW APPOINTMENTS AND RE-APPOINTMENTS TO THE WILDLIFE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE INCLUDE GREGORY KRAEMER,  OF ROOSEVELT……D-N-R COMMISSIONER TOM LANDWEHR APPOINTED EACH TO A THREE-YEAR TERM…APPOINTEES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWING THE DNR’S ANNUAL GAME AND FISH FUND REPORT IN DETAIL AND, FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WITH AGENCY LEADERS AND OTHERS, PREPARING REPORTS ON THEIR FINDINGS….

THE LAKE TOWNSHIP BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK TO CONSIDER A PETITION PRESENTED TO THE TOWNSHIP BY THE RED LAKE BAND OF CHIPPEWA…THE PETITION WAS PRESENTED TO LAKE TOWNSHIP BACK ON NOVEMBER 13TH, SEEKING TO ESTABOLISH A NEW ROAD OVER PROPERTY OWNED BY THE HEPPNER FAMILY TRUST…THE HEPPNER PROPERTY ABUTS HIGHWAY 11, AND IS ADJACENT TO PARCELS OWNED BY THE RED LAKE BAND,  UPON WHICH IT’S NEW CASINO IS BEING BUILT…THE BOARD SAYS THE BAND HAS ASKED THE TOWNSHIP TO CONDEMN A 33 FOOT STRIP OF THE HEPPNER PROPERTY….THE LAKE TOWNSHIP BOARD WILL CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEARING THIS COMING WEDNESDAY AT 4PM TO EXAMINE THE ROAD, RECEIVE PUBLIC COMMENT, CONSIDER THE PROPOSED ACTION AND ACT ON THE PETITION…THE EXAMINATION OF THE ROAD WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE PROPOSED SITE, WHICH LIES ON THE SOUTHEAST EDGE OF WARROAD – SOUTH OF FIRST AVENUE SOUTHEAST, BUT NORTH OF KIRKWOOD DRIVE…AFTER THE ON SITE EXAMINATION, THE HEARING WILL RECONVENE AT THE LAKE TOWNSHIP HALL JUST WEST OF WARROAD…

THE CITY OF WINNIPEG WILL HOST AN OUTDOOR N-H-L GAME, EITHER THE HERITAGE CLASSIC OR THE WINTER CLASSIC, IN 2016….A SPOKESMAN FOR TRUE NORTH SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, WHICH OWNS THE WINNIPEG JETS FRANCHISE, CONFIRMED THIS WEEK THAT INVESTORS GROUP FIELD WILL PLAY HOST TO THE WINTER EVENT….NO FIRM DATE HAS BEEN SET YET, NOR HAS AN OPPONENT FOR THE JETS BEEN NAMED…

THE NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION RECENTLY RECEIVED A 10 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM POLARIS INDUSTRIES  TO RESTORE PORTIONS OF THE CHIPPEWA NATIONAL FOREST….SITUATED IN THE UPPER HEADWATERS REGION OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHED, THE CHIPPEWA NATIONAL FOREST ENCOMPASSES MORE THAN HALF A MILLION ACRES OF FOREST AND WETLANDS AND IS HOME TO ONE OF THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATIONS OF NESTING BALD EAGLE PAIRS IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES….IN AUGUST 2012, A STORM WITH SEVERE 85 MILE-PER-HOUR WINDS HIT THE CHIPPEWA NATIONAL FOREST, TOPPLING MATURE RED AND WHITE PINE TREES ON MORE THAN 12,000 ACRES….WITH SUPPORT FROM POLARIS INDUSTRIES, THE FOUNDATION  IS WORKING WITH THE CHIPPEWA NATIONAL FOREST TO RESTORE THE AREAS MOST AFFECTED BY THIS EVENT… THE PROJECT, SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN THE SPRING OF 2014, WILL PLANT MORE THAN 20 THOUSAND  NATIVE CONIFER SEEDLINGS TO REPLACE THOSE FELLED BY THE STORM…

MNDOT HAS ANNOUNCED A FORMER KITTSON COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN NAMED ASSISTANT DISTRICT ENGINEER FOR MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS FOR THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT 2 IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA….J.T. ANDERSON HAD BEEN SERVING IN AN ACTING ROLE SINCE JUNE 2012 AND HAS BEEN WITH MN-DOT FOR OVER 17 YEARS…PRIOR TO THAT HE WORKED WITH THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND HAS EXPERIENCE WORKING WITHIN THE PLANNING, MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION SECTIONS….ANDERSON IS A NATIVE OF  HALLOCK…..WORKING OUT OF THE CROOKSTON HEADQUARTERS OFFICE, ANDERSON WILL OVERSEE THE DISTRICT’S FIELD OPERATIONS, BRIDGE, SIGNS, CROOKSTON PERMITS, AND FLEET FUNCTIONS….DISTRICT 2 COMPRISES OVER 1 THOUSAND 800 MILES OF STATE HIGHWAYS ACROSS 14 COUNTIES AND EMPLOYS APPROXIMATELY 220 PEOPLE TO HANDLE SNOW AND ICE CONTROL, ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION, TRAFFIC, LAND ACQUISITION, BUSINESS OPERATIONS, PLANNING, DESIGN AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION-RELATED DUTIES….

DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE IS ABOUT TO GET MUCH RISKIER FOR  DRIVERS  IN ONTARIO, AS THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE BECOME THE FIRST POLICE SERVICE IN ONTARIO AND ONE OF THE FIRST IN CANADA TO TARGET SUSPENDED DRIVERS WITH THEIR LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION PROGRAM ….THE O-P-P IS ALSO EXPANDING THE  PROGRAM TO INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL 27 PROGRAM EQUIPPED VEHICLES TO ITS EXISTING FLEET OF FOUR WHICH, ACCORDING TO THE OPP, WILL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR SUSPENDED DRIVERS, DRIVERS OF STOLEN VEHICLES AND OTHER VEHICLES WITH PLATES IN POOR STANDING TO DRIVE UNDETECTED ON ONTARIO ROADS AND HIGHWAYS….APPROXIMATELY 250 THOUSAND HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT LICENSE SUSPENSIONS ARE ISSUED ANNUALLY IN ONTARIO…THESE SPECIALLY EQUIPPED VEHICLES NOW HAVE ACCESS TO A DATABASE THAT CONTAINS ALL ONTARIO LICENCE PLATES OF VEHICLES WHOSE REGISTERED OWNERS’ DRIVER’S LICENCES ARE SUSPENDED….

THE  RAINY RIVER DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD HAS RE-ELECTED IT’S CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR …THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD SAYS TRUSTEE, MICHAEL LEWIS, WAS ACCLAIMED AS BOARD CHAIR…..AS A TRUSTEE, HE REPRESENTS THE TOWNSHIP OF ATIKOKAN AND SURROUNDING AREAS…TRUSTEE, DIANNE MCCORMACK, WAS ACCLAIMED AS VICE CHAIR…AS A TRUSTEE, SHE REPRESENTS THE TOWN OF RAINY RIVER AND THE TOWNSHIPS OF MORLEY, MORSON, LAKE OF THE WOODS, MCCROSSON AND TOVELL, DAWSON, AND THE UNORGANIZED AREA ADJACENT TO DAWSON…TRUSTEE, RALPH HILL, WAS ACCLAIMED AS THE ONTARIO PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE….THE CURRENT RAINY RIVER DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES WAS ELECTED TO SERVE FROM DECEMBER 1ST, 2010 TO NOVEMBER 30, 2014…THE OFFICE OF CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR ARE ELECTED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES EACH YEAR AT THE DECEMBER BOARD MEETING….

OFFICIALS WITH THE “IDEA”  COMPETITION HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY ARE EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF ITS LATEST COMPETITION TO DECEMBER 31….THEY SAY IT IS GOING TO ALLOW APPLICANTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEWLY DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION FEE, THANKS TO A GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION FROM THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FOUNDATION….THE PURPOSE OF THE COMPETITION IS TO ASSIST THE MOST PROMISING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS IN THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS, PROCESSES AND DELIVERIES BY CONNECTING THEM TO THE BEST RESOURCES AVAILABLE, ALONG WITH ACCESS TO THE CAPITAL IT TAKES TO LAUNCH A SUCCESSFUL VENTURE….SINCE THE COMPETITION BEGAN, OVER FIVE YEARS AGO, THE COMPETITION HAS AWARDED NEARLY 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ENTREPRENEURS, INCLUDING SOME IN ROSEAU COUNTY….INFORMATION ABOUT ENTERING THE COMPETITION CAN BE FOUND ON THE IDEA WEBSITE,

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THE PRELIMINARY 2013 FIREARMS DEER HARVEST NUMBERS ARE OUT….THE MINNESOTA D-N-R SAYS MINNESOTA HUNTERS HARVESTED 164 THOUSAND 550 DEER DURING THE 2013 FIREARMS SEASON….EXCLUDING THE LATE SEASON IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA, HUNTERS HARVESTED 144 THOUSAND DEER, A 6 PERCENT DROP FROM THE 153 THOUSAND HARVESTED IN 2012…PRELIMINARY NUMBERS FOR THE LATE SEASON IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA SHOW HUNTERS HARVESTED 4 THOUSAND 400 DEER, DOWN FROM THE 5 THOUSAND  HARVESTED IN 2012…THE STATEWIDE MUZZLELOADER SEASON REMAINS OPEN THROUGH SUNDAY, DEC. 15…THE ARCHERY SEASON CLOSES ON TUESDAY, DEC. 31….DEER HARVEST NUMBERS ARE CALCULATED USING DATA PROVIDED BY HUNTERS WHEN THEY REGISTER A DEER….A FINAL REPORT, WHICH INCLUDES MORE DETAILED HARVEST INFORMATION, WILL BE RELEASED AT THE END OF JANUARY….

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN TAYLOR BRANCH WILL SPEAK IN THE KIEHLE (KEEL) AUDITORIUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON ON MONDAY, JANUARY 20TH  AT 7 P.M…. THE EVENT IS FREE AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME…TAYLOR BRANCH IS AN AMERICAN AUTHOR AND PUBLIC SPEAKER BEST KNOWN FOR HIS LANDMARK TRILOGY ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA,  AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS…HE HIS RETURNED TO CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY IN HIS LATEST BOOK, THE KING YEARS: HISTORIC MOMENTS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT….. 

MINNESOTA STATE SENATOR TORREY WESTROM,  OF ELBOW LAKE,  LAUNCHED HIS CAMPAIGN FOR CONGRESS THIS WEEK IN MINNESOTA’S 7TH DISTRICT…THE ELBOW LAKE REPUBLICAN SAYS HE WANTS TO CHALLENGE LONG-TIME D-F-L CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON….WESTROM SAYS HIS CAMPAIGN WILL FOCUS ON LESS GOVERNMENT INTRUSION AND A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT….WESTROM SAYS THE SO-CALLED  “OBAMACARE”  IS AN ISSUE THAT SEPARATES HIM FROM THE INCUMBENT,  EVEN THOUGH PETERSON OPPOSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN 2010…WESTROM SAYS HE EXPECTS TO SEE SPENDING SURPASS ONE-MILLION DOLLARS IN ORDER TO WAGE AN EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGN…PETERSON WON 60-PERCENT OF THE VOTE LAST YEAR IN A DISTRICT THAT SUPPORTED REPUBLICAN MITT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT….

MN-DOT  SAYS WINTER LOAD INCREASES WILL BEGIN ON UNRESTRICTED HIGHWAYS IN THE NORTH AND NORTH-CENTRAL FROST ZONES AT 12:01 AM  THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH…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, MN-DOT SAYS  TRUCKS MUST COMPLY WITH CURRENT REGISTRATION WEIGHT LAWS AND NOT EXCEED REGISTERED GROSS WEIGHT TOLERANCES….MNDOT ASKS THAT OPERATORS  CHECK WITH LOCAL AGENCIES PRIOR TO INCREASING ANY WEIGHTS ON THEIR ROUTES. ..THE SIGN ERECTED ON THE ROADWAY GOVERNS THE LOAD LIMIT IN EFFECT. …A WINTER WEIGHT INCREASE PERMIT IS REQUIRED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE 10 PERCENT WEIGHT INCREASE ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS ONLY; A PERMIT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR STATE TRUNK HIGHWAYS…WINTER LOAD INCREASES STARTING AND ENDING DATES ARE BASED ON HOW WEATHER IS AFFECTING ROADWAY STRENGTH. …  

A BONUS OF MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AMONG EMPLOYEES AT CENTRAL BOILER NEAR GREENBUSH…WITH THE BONUS, IT MARKS THE TWENTIETH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF PROFIT SHARING AT CENTRAL BOILER….CENTRAL BOILER, A LEADING MANUFACTURER OF OUTDOOR FURNACES HELD ITS  ANNUAL PROFIT-SHARING MEETING WITH A COMBINED TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY 350 EMPLOYEES AND THEIR GUESTS  IN ATTENDANCE…OWNERS DENNIS AND TERRI BRAZIER ANNOUNCED A BONUS TOTALING MORE THAN 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO 210 EMPLOYEES BASED AT THE COMPANY’S GREENBUSH  FACILITY…EACH EMPLOYEE’S BONUS CHECK WAS BASED ON THE LENGTH OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT WITH THE COMPANY AND COMPANY PROFIT. …CENTRAL BOILER ALSO MATCHED UP TO 15% OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS EMPLOYEES MADE TO THEIR 401K ACCOUNTS FROM THEIR BONUS.. THE MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE PAST YEAR WERE ALSO FEATURED…CENTRAL BOILER RECEIVED MNSHARP CERTIFICATION FROM OSHA… THIS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYERS WHO OPERATE AN EXEMPLARY INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM AND ARE A MODEL WORKSITE OF SAFETY AND HEALTH. …THERE ARE ONLY 36 COMPANIES IN MINNESOTA THAT ARE CURRENTLY CERTIFIED OUT OF THE 150,000 SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYERS… THE DAY ALSO MARKED 4,735 DAYS WITH NO LOST DAYS DUE TO INJURIES FOR CENTRAL BOILER EMPLOYEES. ..THE COMPANY’S PREVIOUS CONTINUOUS SAFETY RECORD WAS 2,100 DAYS….OTHER NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS MENTIONED INCLUDED THE LAUNCH OF THE ALTOZ BRAND IN APRIL AND THE INDUSTRY LAUNCH OF THE ALTOZ ZERO TURN MOWER LINE IN OCTOBER….. CENTRAL BOILER BEGAN OPERATING IN 1984…

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS MAKING 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS FOR ON-FARM IMPROVEMENTS THAT HELP THEM STAY COMPETITIVE…THE 237 LIVESTOCK INVESTMENT GRANT RECIPIENTS TO DATE HAVE INVESTED AN ESTIMATED 75 MILLION IN UPGRADES TO THEIR OPERATIONS SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2008…    QUALIFYING PRODUCERS CAN GET REIMBURSED 10 PERCENT OF THE FIRST 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THEIR INVESTMENT, WITH A MINIMUM INVESTMENT OF 4 THOUSAND….QUALIFYING EXPENDITURES INCLUDE THE PURCHASE, CONSTRUCTION OR IMPROVEMENT OF FACILITIES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LIVESTOCK, AND THE PURCHASE OF FENCING AS WELL AS FEEDING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT…PRODUCERS WHO HAVE SUFFERED LOSSES DUE TO NATURAL DISASTERS MAY ALSO APPLY…THE GRANTS DON’T PAY FOR LIVESTOCK OR LAND PURCHASES OR FOR DEBT REFINANCING…THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FEB. 21ST, 2014….

THE REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL RECENTLY AWARDED 12 THOUSAND 381 DOLLARS THROUGH THE ARTS PROJECT GRANT PROGRAM, DESIGNED FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND SCHOOLS TO CREATE OR PRODUCE AN ARTS PROJECT OR EVENT….THE GRANT RECIPIENTS INCLUDED:  THE CLEARBROOK-GONVICK SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM IN CLEARBROOK, WHICH RECEIVED 1 THOUSAND 667 DOLLARS TO SPONSOR PRAIRIE FIRE THEATER COMPANY IN THE PRODUCTION OF “ALLADIN”…THE NEXT DEADLINE FOR THE ARTS PROJECT GRANT IS MARCH 12TH….

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IS CAUTIONING THE PUBLIC TO CHECK ICE CONDITIONS ON LAKE OF THE WOODS BEFORE  GOING OUT…AUTHORITIES SAY THE GUIDELINES OF ICE TRAVEL ARE :  4 INCHES OF GOOD ICE IS NEEDED FOR WALKING….8 INCHES FOR A-T-VS AND AT LEAST A FOOT FOR MOTOR VEHICLES….AUTHORITIES STRESS TO ALWAYS MAKE  SURE AND CALL AHEAD TO THE NEAREST RESORT WHERE YOU WILL BE GOING…YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT A D-N-R OFFICE OR THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT…. 

AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE WARROAD AMBULANCE SERVICE AND BEING AN E.M.T MEMBER WITH WARROAD RESCUE, WILL BE HELD MONDAY NIGHT…WARROAD RESCUE UNIT MANAGER, JOY BUKOWIEC,  SAYS THEY NEED MORE PEOPLE TO BECOME PART OF THE UNIT…THIS MONDAY NIGHT’S INFORMATIONAL MEETING IS THE FIRST STEP FOR THOSE INTERESTED….BUKOWIEC SAYS THOSE WITH INTEREST ARE WELCOME, ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES…THE MEETING WILL BE HELD FROM 6:30PM TO 8PM AT THE WARROAD PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING…THE WARROAD AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDS TO OVER 400 CALLS PER YEAR, WHICH IS BUSY, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO PAY FULL TIME STAFF ACROSS THE BOARD….SHE SAID THE CURRENT STAFF CONSISTS OF 23 MEMBERS WHO COVER TWO AMBULANCES 24/7  -  365 DAYS PER YEAR….FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 386-1161  EXTENSION  2

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AUTHORITIES SAY ONE PERSON WAS KILLED IN A 3 SEMI ACCIDENT EAST OF KENORA WEDNESDAY NIGHT…THE O-P-P WERE CALLED TO THE COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 17 NEAR PERCY LAKE, EAST OF KENORA ON AT APPROXIMATELY 11:45 PM…. THREE TRACTOR TRAILER UNITS WERE INVOLVED IN THE COLLISION…POLICE SAY  AN EASTBOUND VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH A WESTBOUND VEHICLE AND THE THIRD VEHICLE, ALSO WEST BOUND, ENTERED THE NORTH DITCH…THE MALE DRIVER OF THE EAST BOUND VEHICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE VEHICLE AND TRANSPORTED TO LAKE OF THE WOODS DISTRICT HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE WITH SERIOUS INJURIES…THE PASSENGER OF THE EASTBOUND VEHICLE WAS ALSO TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE WHERE HE SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES…HE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 57 YEAR OLD BENJAMIN BUECKERT, OF GLADSTONE, MANITOBA…A POST MORTEM EXAMINATION HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK AT LAKE OF THE WOODS DISTRICT HOSPITAL…THE OCCUPANTS OF THE OTHER VEHICLES WERE UNINJURED… THE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING…

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF BLANE KLEMEK AS NORTHWEST REGION ASSISTANT WILDLIFE MANAGER…KLEMEK IS NO STRANGER TO THE BEMIDJI AREA….IN 2002, HE BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH THE D-N-R SECTION OF WILDLIFE AS THE NORTHWEST REGION PRIVATE LANDS SPECIALIST STATIONED AT THE D-N-R HEADQUARTERS IN BEMIDJI…. IN 2005, HE BECAME THE ASSISTANT AREA WILDLIFE SUPERVISOR AT THE BEMIDJI AREA WILDLIFE OFFICE….HE LEFT THE AREA IN 2011 FOR DETROIT LAKES TO TAKE THE AREA WILDLIFE SUPERVISOR POSITION BEFORE RETURNING TO BEMIDJI IN HIS NEW POSITION AT D-N-R NORTHWEST REGION HEADQUARTERS….PRIOR TO HIS CAREER WITH THE DNR, HE WORKED AT THE AUDUBON CENTER OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY OWNED BY THE AUDUBON SOCIETY AND LOCATED EAST OF WARREN, AND SERVED ON THE AGASSIZ VALLEY PROJECT TEAM FOR THE MIDDLE RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT… 

THE  ROSEAU COUNTY  2014 PROPOSED LEVY AND BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING  HAS BEEN SET FOR NEXT WEEK…THE HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE  ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE  ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 3  AT 6:00 P.M….THE PURPOSE OF THE PUBLIC HEARING IS TO DISCUSS ROSEAU COUNTY’S PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX LEVY AND PROPOSED BUDGET FOR TAXES PAYABLE IN 2014….COUNTY OFFICIALS NOTE THAT THE VALUATION NOTICES FOR PROPERTY TAX PAYABLE IN 2014 WERE SENT TO TAXPAYERS IN THE SPRING OF 2013….THE PERIOD TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE CHANGES IN VALUATIONS ON PARCELS HAS PASSED….THE HEARING TUESDAY WILL INCLUDE AN  OVERVIEW OF THE 2014 PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX LEVY AND BUDGET….ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL OFFER COMMENTS AND TIME FOR  PUBLIC COMMENT AND QUESTIONS…THE 2014 LEVY AND BUDGET ARE SCHEDULED TO BE APPROVED AT THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD MEETING ON DECEMBER 23…. 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCED THE COMPANY IS DONATING TWO RANGER 800 FULL-SIZE, SIDE-BY-SIDE VEHICLES, EQUIPPED WITH TERRAINARMOR™ NON-PNEUMATIC TIRES, TO HELP WITH THE TORNADO DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT IN WASHINGTON, ILLINOIS….THE UNITS WILL BE DONATED TO TEAM RUBICON, A NON-PROFIT DISASTER RELIEF ORGANIZATION THAT UNITES THE SKILLS OF MILITARY VETERANS WITH FIRST RESPONDERS TO RAPIDLY DEPLOY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS WORLDWIDE….THE COMPANY SAYS THE RANGER 800 FULL-SIZE SIDE-BY-SIDES ARE OUTFITTED WITH THE SPECIAL TIRES TO PREVENT DOWN TIME…THE TIRES ARE BUILT TO NEVER GO FLAT AND ARE VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE WHICH IS HIGHLY BENEFICIAL DUE TO THE TERRAIN OBSTACLES NORMALLY ENCOUNTERED IN CATASTROPHIC SITUATIONS… AS PART OF THEIR DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT, TEAM RUBICON WILL USE THE VEHICLES TO ASSIST WITH DEBRIS REMOVAL, AND TRANSPORTING SUPPLIES AND RESOURCES ACROSS AFFECTED COMMUNITIES….

A FEDERAL JUDGE IS DISMISSING CHARGES AGAINST FIVE PEOPLE ACCUSED OF POACHING WALLEYE AND OTHER FISH FROM THE RED LAKE AND LEECH LAKE RESERVATIONS AND SELLING THEM ON THE BLACK MARKET…U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN TUNHEIM SAYS THAT AN 1837 TREATY WITH THE CHIPPEWA INDIANS PROTECTS THE DEFENDANTS’ RIGHTS TO FISH ON TRIBAL LANDS….TUNHEIM SAYS CONGRESS HASN’T ABOLISHED FISHING RIGHTS OUTLINED IN THE TREATY – SO PROSECUTING THESE DEFENDANTS VIOLATES TREATY RIGHTS…THE DEFENDANTS ARE MEMBERS OF THE LEECH LAKE, WHITE EARTH AND RED LAKE BANDS…THEY WERE AMONG 10 PEOPLE CHARGED IN FEDERAL COURT IN APRIL WITH TRANSPORTING AND SELLING FISH ILLEGALLY….OF THE REMAINING DEFENDANTS, ONE HAS PLEADED GUILTY AND CASES AGAINST FOUR ARE PENDING…DOZENS OF OTHERS WERE CHARGED IN STATE AND TRIBAL COURTS…. 

A NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA MAN IS EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO STEALING AN AIRPLANE IN ROSEAU COUNTY AND TAKING IT FOR SEVERAL RIDES…AND HE IS ALSO FACING THEFT CHARGES IN OTHER AREA COUNTIES…ROSEAU AUTHORITIES SAY 18-YEAR-OLD GEOFFREY BITEMAN, WHO HAS NO PERMANENT ADDRESS, WAS ARRESTED RECENTLY IN THIEF RIVER FALLS AND ADMITTED TO USING THE PLANE WITHOUT PERMISSION…BITEMAN IS ACCUSED OF FLYING A CESSNA 150 FROM, WHICH WAS HANGARED AT THE ROSEAU AIRPORT, TO SEVERAL AREA CITIES IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA AND NORTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTA OVER THE SUMMER…BITEMAN TOLD AUTHORITIES HE DID NOT HAVE A PILOT’S LICENSE BUT WAS “AN AVIATION MECHANICS STUDENT” AT NORTHLAND COLLEGE IN THIEF RIVER FALLS…AUTHORITIES SAY THE PLANE BELONGS TO JOSHUA RASMUSSEN OF ANGLE INLET…RASMUSSEN IS DEPLOYED WITH THE AIR FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN…HE, AND HIS BROTHER ADAM RASMUSSEN, ADVERTISED THE PLANE FOR SALE, AND IN APRIL BITEMAN CONTACTED ADAM RASMUSSEN BY TELEPHONE, POSING AS A BUYER…ACCORDING TO THE INVESTIGATION, RASMUSSEN GAVE HIM PERMISSION TO TAKE A TEST FLIGHT …BITEMAN LATER CALLED BACK TO SAY HE HAD FOUND A DIFFERENT AIRPLANE TO BUY…BUT AUTHORITIES SAY BITEMAN CONTINUED TO FLY THE PLANE …BITEMAN ALSO HAS BEEN CHARGED IN CLEARWATER AND PENNINGTON COUNTIES WITH UNRELATED THEFT COUNTS…BITEMAN IS DUE IN ROSEAU COUNTY DISTRICT COURT THIS WEEK… BITEMAN IS EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO A FELONY CHARGE OF MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT AND A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE OF UNAUTHORIZED USE OF AN AIRCRAFT… THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS THE PLEA AGREEMENT INCLUDES 60 DAYS IN JAIL, 60 DAYS OF HOME MONITORING, A STAYED PRISON SENTENCE OF 13 MONTHS, UP TO FIVE YEARS PROBATION AND JUST OVER 1 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FINES AND FEES, PLUS RESTITUTION…. 

FOR THE NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, STATE AND PROVINCIAL SNOWMOBILE ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA ARE RECEIVING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE POLARIS WINNING RIDERS PROGRAM, WHICH GENERATES SUPPORT FOR THE STATE ASSOCIATION USER GROUPS BASED ON SALES OF NEW POLARIS SNOWMOBILES…FROM NEWFOUNDLAND TO WASHINGTON AND ALASKA TO QUEBEC, SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATIONS ARE RECEIVING “WINNING RIDERS” FUNDS PROPORTIONATE TO THE NUMBER OF NEW POLARIS SNOWMOBILES SOLD WITHIN EACH STATE AND PROVINCE…POLARIS IS MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS TO SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATIONS IN 12 CANADIAN PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AND 25 STATES IN THE UNITED STATES…POLARIS ALSO ANNOUNCED IT IS EXTENDING THE WINNING RIDERS PROGRAM THROUGH THE 2014 SALES SEASON, MEANING CONTRIBUTIONS WILL BE MADE NEXT YEAR BASED ON RETAIL SALES OF NEW POLARIS SNOWMOBILES BETWEEN APRIL 1, 2013, AND MARCH 31, 2014….POLARIS MAKES THE “WINNING RIDERS” CONTRIBUTIONS WITH “NO STRINGS ATTACHED,” ALLOWING EACH STATE OR PROVINCE TO DECIDE HOW TO USE THE FUNDS IT RECEIVES….PROJECTS FUNDED BY WINNING RIDERS DONATIONS IN RECENT YEARS HAVE INCLUDED MEMBERSHIP DRIVES, TRAIL AND GROOMING PROGRAMS, LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS, TOURISM PROMOTION AND MORE….

THE AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK CELEBRATION AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL CONTINUES…A SPECIAL OBSERVANCE HAS BEEN HELD EACH DAY OF THE WEEK…ON THURSDAY, IT’S  “EDUCATOR FOR A DAY” AS COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL BE INVITED TO EXPERIENCE THE DAY AS EDUCATORS AND EXPERIENCE THE CHALLENGES OF TEACHING AND THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS….ON FRIDAY,  ITS “SUBSTITUTE EDUCATORS DAY” WHICH WILL RECOGNIZE SUBSTITUTE EDUCATORS  AND THE VITAL ROLE THEY PLAY IN THE MAINTENANCE AND CONTINUITY OF DAILY EDUCATION….

SOME AREA SCHOOLS RECENTLY RECEIVED SOME GOOD NEWS FROM “MINNCAN”,  WHICH  STANDS FOR THE  MINNESOTA CAMPAIGN FOR ACHIEVEMENT NOW – AN INDEPENDENT EDUCATION REFORM ADVOCACY NONPROFIT GROUP… MINNCAN RANKS SCHOOLS IN KEY AREAS, FOCUSING ON MINNESOTA’S ACHIEVEMENT GAP—THE PERSISTENT AND SIGNIFICANT DISPARITY BETWEEN THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF LOW-INCOME AND CHILDREN OF COLOR AND THEIR WHITE, MIDDLE-CLASS PEERS…ONE AREA SCHOOL TOPPED ONE OF THOSE LISTS FOR 2013….GREENBUSH/MIDDLE RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT  SUPERINTENDENT TOM JEROME SAYS THE DISTRICT THERE HAS BEEN RANKED #1 IN THE STATE IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LIST… GRYGLA SECONDARY SCHOOL WAS RANKED THIRD…THE BADGER SECONDARY SCHOOL WAS RANKED  SIXTH…IN THE AREA OF PERFORMANCE GAINS, THE GRYGLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  WAS RANKED 4TH AND THE MIDDLE RIVER ELEMENTARY WAS RANKED 7TH IN THE STATE…THE KARLSTAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS RANKED 5TH ON THE LOW- INCOME STUDENT PERFORMANCE LIST…MEANWHILE, ON THE HIGH SCHOOL LISTS, LITTLEFORK/BIG FALLS RANKED 1ST ON THE LOW INCOME STUDENT RANKINGS,  BADGER SECONDARY RANKED 5TH AND RED LAKE COUNTY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL RANKED 6TH 

MINNESOAT U.S. SENATORS  AMY KLOBUCHAR  AND AL FRANKEN , AND 7TH DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESSMAN  COLLIN PETERSON  ARE PUSHING  FOR AN INCREASE IN THE AUTHORIZED LEVEL OF FUNDING NEEDED SO THAT THE ROSEAU FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT MAY BE COMPLETED -  SHOULD FUNDING BE PROVIDED BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS….THE CITY OF ROSEAU HAS SECURED FUNDING FOR THE NON-FEDERAL SHARE OF THE PROJECT, BUT WITHOUT AN INCREASE IN THE AUTHORIZATION LEVEL THE PROJECT WILL BE DELAYED INDEFINITELY…IN A LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NEGOTIATING THE FINAL VERSION OF THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS, THE THREE LAWMAKERS  ASKED THAT THE FINAL BILL INCLUDE AN AUTHORIZATION TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF FEDERAL FUNDING NECESSARY TO FINISH THE PROJECT IN ROSEAU…IN 2002, FLOOD WATERS INUNDATED ROSEAU, DESTROYING HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND COUNTY AND CITY BUILDINGS…THE MASSIVE DAMAGE NECESSITATED YEARS OF RECOVERY TO SAFEGUARD THE COMMUNITY FROM FURTHER FLOOD THREATS….WITHOUT THE  FLOOD PROTECTION PROJECT, OFFICIALS SAY THE CITY WILL REMAIN VULNERABLE TO ANOTHER FLOOD EVENT….THE PROJECT IS AROUND 75% COMPLETE….  

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R  IS RELEASING,  FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT,  THE DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK,  NORTH OF WILLIAMS,  FRANZ JEVNE (FRAN-ZYEV-NEE) STATE PARK, EAST OF BAUDETTE ALONG THE RAINY RIVER,  AND GARDEN ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA 18 MILES NORTH OF ZIPPEL BAY ON LAKE OF THE WOODS…THE PLANS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE D-N-R WEBSITE…THE PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD OPENED THIS WEEK  AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 13TH….WHEN APPROVED, THE MANAGEMENT PLANS WILL GUIDE DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS OF THESE PARKS…THE DNR DEVELOPED THE DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLANS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WHICH HELPED IDENTIFY ISSUES AND REVIEW POTENTIAL MANAGEMENT ACTIONS FOR THE PLANS…THE MANAGEMENT PLANS WILL SET THE DIRECTION FOR THESE THREE PARKS FOR THE NEXT 15 TO 20 YEARS….FOLLOWING THE COMMENT PERIOD, FINAL ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE AND THE PLANS WILL GO TO THE DNR COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE FOR APPROVAL…COMMENTS CAN BE SUBMITTED TO LAURIE YOUNG, D-N-R PARKS AND TRAILS PLANNING SUPERVISOR  BY DECEMBER 13TH…. 

A-N-I PHARMACEUTICALS BAUDETTE HAS REPORTED RESULTS FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30TH….THIRD QUARTER AND YEAR-TO-DATE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
– THIRD QUARTER NET REVENUES OF 7.8 MILLION, REFLECTING AN INCREASE OF 56%
VERSUS 5 MILLION FOR THE SAME PERIOD IN 2012…�
– THIRD QUARTER NET INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF 1 MILLION  �
– A-N-I ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING OF AN ORAL
SOFT GEL PRESCRIPTION PRODUCT WITH SOFGEN PHARMACEUTICALS…�
– YEAR-TO-DATE NET REVENUES OF 19.5 MILLION INCREASED 30% VERSUS 15
MILLION IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2012… 

MINNESOTA’S CORN HARVEST IS NOW AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON….THE U.S.D.A.  SAYS FARMERS WERE ABLE TO HARVEST 25 PERCENT OF THEIR CORN FOR GRAIN IN THE WEEK….THAT PUSHED MINNESOTA’S CORN HARVEST SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF NORMAL…SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT OF CORN FOR GRAIN HAS BEEN HARVESTED, COMPARED WITH THE NORMAL 72 PERCENT…MINNESOTA’S SOYBEAN HARVEST REMAINS AHEAD OF NORMAL AT 96 PERCENT COMPLETE…MINNESOTA’S SUGAR BEET HARVEST JUMPED 15 PERCENTAGE POINTS LAST WEEK TO 99 PERCENT LIFTED…THE SUNFLOWER HARVEST ALSO MOVED ALONG RAPIDLY TO 65 PERCENT COMPLETE, A JUMP OF 28 PERCENTAGE POINTS…FARMERS HAD FIVE DAYS RATED SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK LAST WEEK… 

THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SAYS THE AGASSIZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE GENERATED OVER 202 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC BENEFITS FOR MARSHALL AND PENNINGTON COUNTIES IN 2011…THE AGENCY’S REPORT, BANKING ON NATURE, ALSO SAYS THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE AND FISH REFUGE IS A BOON TO THE REGIONAL ECONOMY THERE…THE SERVICE SAYS THE REFUGE GENERATED OVER 161 MILLION IN ECONOMIC BENEFITS FOR A 19-COUNTY AREA IN MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, IOWA AND ILLINOIS IN 2011…THE BENEFITS FROM VISITOR SPENDING TIED TO RECREATION ON THE REFUGE INCLUDE RETAIL SALES, TAXES AND JOB INCOME…THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI REFUGE RETURNED NEARLY 46 DOLLARS FOR EVERY 1 DOLLAR APPROPRIATED….

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS AWARDED MORE THAN 21.2 MILLION DOLLARS IN STATEWIDE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM GRANTS TO COUNTIES AND CITIES ACROSS MINNESOTA…THE GRANTS WILL BE USED BY COMMUNITIES – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS – TO IMPLEMENT PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS THAT WILL PROMOTE EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, IMPROVE NUTRITION, AND DECREASE TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL USE….INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF RECIPIENTS WERE PLANNING GRANTS FOR KITTSON, MARSHALL, PENNINGTON, RED LAKE, AND ROSEAU COUNTIES TOTALING 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS  FOR MANY COUNTIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FUNDED FOR TWO YEARS…EIGHT-MONTH PLANNING GRANTS WILL ALLOW THEM TO HIRE STAFF AND BEGIN ASSESSING THE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITY IN PREPARATION FOR IMPLEMENTING THEIR PROGRAMS…BELTRAMI, CLEARWATER, HUBBARD,  AND LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTIES RECEIVED 24 MONTH IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS  TOTALING 493 THOUSAND 300 DOLLARS TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK…OFFICIALS SAID THESE COUNTIES  WERE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR CAPACITY FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS DESPITE A LACK OF FUNDS…THE NEW GRANT AWARDS COME AFTER GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON AND THE MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE RESTORED FUNDING FOR THE S-H-I-P INITIATIVE DURING THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION….THE NEW STATE BUDGET SIGNED INTO LAW THIS SPRING INCREASED S-H-I-P FUNDING BY 20 MILLION….

A PENNINGTON COUNTY  JURY  HAS GIVEN A GUILTY VERDICT  IN THE TRIAL OF A CROOKSTON MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A THIEF RIVER FALLS WOMAN…THIEF RIVER FALLS RADIO REPORTS THE JURY FOUND  32 YEAR OLD JEDIDIAH TROXEL GUILTY ON ALL THREE COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT  IN THE STABBING DEATH OF 40 YEAR OLD TANYA KAZMIERCZAK LAST YEAR…TROXEL’S LAWYERS MADE NO OPENING STATEMENT LAST WEEK, THEY DID NOT CALL ANY DEFENSE WITNESSES TO THE STAND, AND TROXEL DID NOT TESTIFY…AFTER A DAY OF RECESS MONDAY, THE TRIAL ENDED TUESDAY MORNING….THE JURY REACHED ITS VERDICT  TUESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER ABOUT THREE HOURS OF DELIBERATION…TROXEL WILL SERVE A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT PAROLE….

 TWO MEN, INCLUDING A FORMER RAINY RIVER ONTARIO MAN, HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR SMUGGLING GUNS TO CANADA….THIRTY-YEAR-OLD SHAWN HARTNELL, OF FORT FRANCES, FORMERLY OF RAINY RIVER, AND 20-YEAR-OLD DYLAN DOWTON, OF JEROME, IDAHO, PLED GUILTY IN JULY TO CONSPIRING TO ILLEGALLY EXPORT U.S. GUNS INTO CANADA….HARTNELL WAS SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS IN PRISON….DOWTON WAS SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS…PROSECUTORS SAY HARTNELL WIRED DOWTON 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUY SIX GUNS IN IDAHO AND MEET HIM IN GRAND FORKS….HARTNELL’S STEPMOTHER, DOROTHY LEININGER, TOLD  THE GRAND FORKS HERALD THAT HARTNELL WAS A VICTIM OF OVERZEALOUS CANADIAN AGENTS WHO PRESSURED HIM FOR MONTHS TO MAKE A GUN DEAL….

A BAUDETTE MAN FACES MORE THAN A DOZEN CHARGES AND HEAVY FINES AND RESTITUTION FOR ILLEGAL BEAR AND DEER ACTIVITIES, ENDING AN INVESTIGATION BY THE MINNESOTA D-N-R….DURING MINNESOTA’S FALL BEAR HUNTING SEASON, STATE CONSERVATION OFFICER ROBERT GORECKI,  OF BAUDETTE,  SAYS HE LOCATED AN ACTIVE BEAR BAIT STATION BELONGING TO ALLEGED BEAR GUIDE,  32 YEAR OLD KEITH SLICK, OF BAUDETTE…THE D-N-R SAYS CONFLICTING STATEMENTS LED TO A SEARCH OF SLICK’S HOME WHERE NUMEROUS BEAR CAPES AND SKULLS, AS WELL AS DEER ANTLER SETS WERE SEIZED… SLICK WAS CHARGED IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COURT WITH TWO COUNTS OF POSSESSING AN OVER LIMIT OF BEAR, THREE INSTANCES OF UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DEER, TWO GROSS MISDEMEANOR CHARGES OF UNLAWFULLY TRANSPORTING A BEAR,  FAILURE TO REGISTER A SECOND BEAR, FAILURE TO TAG A SECOND BEAR, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A CAR-KILLED DEER, UNTAGGED BIG GAME ANIMAL, NO BEAR OUTFITTER/GUIDES LICENSE, UNLAWFUL TRANSFER/LEND OR BORROW OF LICENSE, FAILURE TO REGISTER BEAR BAIT STATIONS, HUNTING WITHIN 100 YARDS OF AN UNREGISTERED BEAR BAIT STATION, AND PLACING BAIT FOR BEAR WITHOUT A LICENSE…AUTHORITIES SAID THERE WERE OTHER VIOLATIONS, BUT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS HAD EXPIRED ON THEM…SLICK FACES NEARLY 4 THOUSAND 500 DOLLARS  IN FINES AND RESTITUTION…A FIREARM AND BOW WERE ALSO SEIZED DURING THE INVESTIGATION… IF CONVICTED SLICK’S HUNTING PRIVILEGES COULD BE REVOKED FOR THREE YEARS…SLICK IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COURT IN DECEMBER…

LOW SUGAR PRICES ARE CUTTING INTO PAYMENTS TO FARMERS AT AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR COMPANY… THE MOORHEAD-BASED COOPERATIVE IS TELLING ITS GROWERS TO EXPECT A “MASSIVE REDUCTION” IN PAYMENTS FOR THIS YEAR’S BEET CROP…IN A COMPANY BLOG, AMERICAN CRYSTAL C-E-O DAVID BERG SAYS GROWERS WILL BE PAID JUST 38 DOLLARS PER TON…LAST YEAR, CRYSTAL’S FARMERS WERE PAID MORE THAN 68 PER TON….BERG SAYS MOST OF CRYSTAL’S GROWERS WILL LOSE MONEY, AND IN MANY CASES, “THEY WILL LOSE A LOT OF MONEY”…THE COMPANY SAYS THE REDUCED PAYMENTS ARE MAINLY DUE TO LOWER SUGAR PRICES, BUT ALSO REFLECT MUCH LOWER SUGAR CONTENT IN THIS YEAR’S CROP….

PROSECUTORS HAVE RESTED THEIR CASE IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF  A CROOKSTON MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A THIEF RIVER FALLS WOMAN LAST SUMMER….MONDAY IS RECESS DAY AND THE DEFENSE IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THEIR CASE TUESDAY…THIEF RIVER FALLS RADIO REPORTS THE TRIAL IS TAKING PLACE AT IN FRONT OF A JURY MADE UP OF 7 MEN AND 7 WOMEN AT THE PENNINGTON COUNTY COURT HOUSE IN THIEF RIVER FALLS….32 YEAR OLD JEDIDIAH TROXEL HAS PLED INNOCENT TO CHARGES OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE AUGUST 2012 STABBING DEATH OF  40 YEAR OLD TANYA KAZMIERCZAK…THE PROSECUTION PRESENTED IT’S OPENING ARGUMENTS, BUT THE DEFENSE DID NOT…THE JURY HAS HEARD FROM SEVERAL OF THE PROSECUTION’S WITNESSES, INCLUDING TANYA’S HUSBAND  JEFF KAZMIERCZAK ,  CHRISTOPHER SIEFERT, A VISITOR TO THE COMMUNITY WHO WAS FISHING WHEN HE FOUND THE BODY NEAR THE SMILIE BRIDGE LANDING  IN RURAL PENNINGTON COUNTY… HAROLD GREEN AND CHAD PAULSON OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, WHO SAW A CAR NEAR THE BRIDGE LANDING IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF AUGUST 25TH – AND OTHERS..THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR UP TO 2 WEEKS… 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCED THE COMPANY WAS AWARDED A CONTRACT BY THE UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND  TO PROVIDE M-RZR LIGHTWEIGHT TACTICAL ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES…THIS CONTRACT AWARD SPANS UP TO FIVE YEARS, AND ALLOWS THE COMMAND  TO MANAGE THEIR ULTRA-LIGHT TACTICAL MOBILITY NEEDS TO MEET MISSION DEMANDS AND EMERGING THREATS….THIS AWARD COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT AWARDED TO POLARIS, IN AUGUST, TO PROVIDE MV850 A-T-V’S TO THE COMMAND….THE MV850 IS A HIGHLY-MOBILE SINGLE OPERATOR A-T-V PLATFORM, DESIGNED FOR THE U.S. MILITARY AND ALLIED FORCES… 

STATE SENATE LAWMAKERS ARE IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA THIS WEEK, AS THEY CONTINUE HEARING COMMUNITIES’ REQUESTS FOR STATE BONDING MONEY FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS….IN THIEF RIVER FALLS, NORTHLAND COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE WANTS SIX MILLION DOLLARS TO REPLACE SHEET-METAL HANGARS WITH ONE BRICK BUILDING FOR ITS AVIATION PROGRAMS….THE PANEL WILL VISIT  THE U-OF-M CROOKSTON CAMPUS….OFFICIALS THERE ARE ASKING FOR 10 MILLION DOLLARS TO UPGRADE THE STUDENT WELLNESS CENTER….U-M-C’S ANDREW SVEC SAYS THE UPGRADE IS NEEDED….SVEC SAYS STATE BONDING MONEY PLUS A FIVE-MILLION-DOLLAR UNIVERSITY MATCH WOULD GO FOR TWO INDOOR COURTS AND AN INDOOR WALKING TRACK…IMPROVED CARDIO- AND WEIGHTLIFTING AREAS…PLUS ROOMS FOR CROOKSTON’S SPORT AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT DEGREE PROGRAM…ALREADY THIS WEEK,  THE BONDING COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY DISTRICT 1 SENATOR LEROY STUMPF, OF PLUMMER,  HEARD PITCHES FOR UPGRADE MONEY FOR A NUMBER OF PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE STATE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IN SAINT CLOUD, THE RIVER’S EDGE CONVENTION CENTER, ALEXANDRIA TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND SEVERAL PROJECTS IN PERHAM….

POLARIS INDUSTRIES HAS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF  KEVIN FARR TO THE COMPANY’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS….FARR IS THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR MATTEL,  THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN THE DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND MARKETING OF TOYS AND FAMILY PRODUCTS…AT MATTEL,  FARR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FINANCES OF A 6.4 BILLION GLOBAL BUSINESS…HE ALSO PLAYS INTEGRAL ROLES IN CORPORATE STRATEGIC PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, AS WELL AS CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS….PRIOR TO HIS TIME AT MATTEL, FARR WORKED FOR 10 YEARS AS A SENIOR MANAGER AT PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS INTERNATIONAL… 

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS MAKING GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR INNOVATIONS IN SUSTAINABLE FARMING….THE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE DEMONSTRATION GRANT PROGRAM HAS 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT IT PLANS TO AWARD NEXT YEAR FOR ON-FARM SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH OR DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS….THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 150 THOUSAND  FROM LAST YEAR…THE GRANT PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND CONSERVATION, WHILE STRIVING TO IMPROVE PROFITABILITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE ON FARMS AND IN RURAL AREAS. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER DAVE FREDERICKSON SAYS THE GRANTS HELP FARMERS TEST OUT THEIR IDEAS FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS AND CROPPING SYSTEMS…. HE SAYS THEY’VE HELPED TURN NEW IDEAS INTO VIABLE PRODUCTION PRACTICES….THE GRANTS ARE FOR UP TO 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS…THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JAN. 29… 

THIS WEEK MARKS THE 17TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A MARSHALL COUNTY WOMAN …. 40-YEAR OLD VERONICA SAFRANSKI, OF  ARGYLE,  HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE ATTENDING A HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY AT MICK’S BAR AND GRILL IN WARREN, IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF OCTOBER 27TH,  1996… “VONI”, AS SHE WAS KNOWN BY,   WAS 5-FOOT-3,  WEIGHED 110 POUNDS AND HAD FOUR CHILDREN…SHE HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THAT NIGHT…MARSHALL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CHIEF DEPUTY, RANDY OLSON, SAYS THE INVESTIGATION REMAINS OPEN, BUT IT’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE SOMETHING NEW IN THE CASE HAS TURNED UP….SAFRANSKI WAS LAST SEEN THAT NIGHT LEAVING WITH KEVIN SKJERVEN, OF  NEWFOLDEN,  WHO HAD A HISTORY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CONVICTIONS…SKJERVEN HAD TWO PRIOR CONVICTIONS FOR SEX CRIMES AND HAD SERVED TIME IN PRISON FOR THOSE CRIMES….AUTHORITIES SAY HE WAS QUESTIONED, BUT NEVER CHARGED IN THE SAFRANSKI’S  DISAPPEARANCE….

CRAIG COLLISON HAS BEEN SELECTED TO SERVE AS DISTRICT ENGINEER FOR THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IN DISTRICT 2, WHICH HAS 17 TRUCK STATIONS AND THREE REGIONAL OFFICES THROUGHOUT 14 COUNTIES IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA….COLLISION HAD BEEN SERVING AS ACTING DISTRICT ENGINEER SINCE MAY 2012….HE HAS BEEN WITH MNDOT FOR THE PAST 29 YEARS, 24 OF WHICH HAVE BEEN SPENT IN DISTRICT 2…

AS THE THIRD LEG OF THE MINNESOTA SENATE BONDING TOUR KICKS OFF,  CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL BE MAKING THEIR WAY INTO THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE STATE…MANY OF THE STOPS WILL BE IN PARTS OF SENATE DISTRICT 1 REPRESENTED BY CHAIRMAN OF THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE  D-F-L  SENATOR LEROY STUMPF, OF PLUMMER…THE TOUR RUNS FROM  TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY.. THE FIRST DAY OF THE TOUR, TUESDAY, COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL HEAR FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AT THE MINNESOTA CORRECTIONS FACILITY IN ST. CLOUD…ON THE SECOND DAY COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL TAKE A PROJECT TOUR IN MOORHEAD OF FLOOD MITIGATION EFFORTS… LATER ON WEDNESDAY, COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL TAKE A PROJECT TOUR OF THE AVIATION MAINTENANCE FACILITY AT NORTHLAND COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN THIEF RIVER FALLS…THE SCHOOL IS REQUESTING 6.3 MILLION TO BUILD AN EXPANSION OF ITS AVIATION MAINTENANCE FACILITIES WHICH WILL INCLUDE A MULTI-USE TRAINING CENTER FOR FUTURE AVIATION MAINTENANCE WORKERS…LATER WEDNESDAY EVENING THE CITY OF THIEF RIVER FALLS WILL PRESENT ITS BONDING REQUEST OF  1.9 MILLION FOR A PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT. .. THE CITY HOPES TO USE THE MONEY TO DESIGN AND BUILD A SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM, AND UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS FOR A REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER…ONE OF THE LAST PROJECT TOURS OF THE TRIP WILL INCLUDE A STOP AT THE HEARTLAND TRAIL EXTENSION… THE HEARTLAND TRAIL IS A 50-MILE RIBBON OF PAVEMENT CONNECTING PARK RAPIDS WITH CASS LAKE…STUMPF SAYS  OTHER STOPS ON THE NORTHWEST BONDING TOUR INCLUDE  THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-CROOKSTON,  CARNEGIE LIBRARY IN BEMIDJI, BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY, THE PARK RAPIDS ARMORY AND MORE.  THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE HAS RECEIVED CLOSE TO 4 BILLION IN REQUESTS, BUT WILL LIKELY ONLY BOND FOR A LITTLE UNDER 1 BILLION….

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES HAVE CHARGED FOUR MEMBERS OF BUFFALO POINT FIRST NATION WITH DISOBEYING A COURT ORDER….THE INCIDENT HAPPENED MIDDAY WEDNESDAY  WHEN SPRAGUE AND STEINBACH R-C-M-P MEMBERS RESPONDED TO COMPLAINT OF DISOBEY COURT ORDER RECEIVED FROM BUFFALO POINT FIRST NATION….AUTHORITIES SAY FOUR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WERE OCCUPYING THE BAND OFFICE AND REFUSING TO LEAVE….THEY SAY THEIR INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE FOUR FEMALES WERE LISTED ON A COURT ORDER TO NOT ATTEND THE BUFFALO POINT FIRST NATION BAND OFFICE….THE FOUR WERE 82 YEAR OLD HELEN COBINESS….54 YEAR OLD ANDREA CAMP…20 YEAR OLD  KARI COBINESS… AND 19 YEAR OLD BRITTANY COBINESS, ALL OF BUFFALO POINT FIRST NATION….EACH HAS  BEEN CHARGED WITH DISOBEY COURT ORDER….THEY WERE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY TO APPEAR IN STEINBACH COURT ON DECEMBER 5TH…. 

MINNESOTANS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SERVE ON COMMITTEES THAT REVIEW HOW THE MINNESOTA D-N-R  SPENDS GAME AND FISH FUND DOLLARS NEED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION BY THIS FRIDAY….THE D-N-R IS SEEKING AT LEAST 12 TO 14 PEOPLE TO SERVE ON THE FISHERIES OVERSIGHT AND WILDLIFE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES….APPOINTEES WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWING THE AGENCY’S ANNUAL GAME AND FISH FUND REPORT IN DETAIL AND, FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WITH AGENCY LEADERS AND OTHERS, WRITE A REPORT ON THE FINDINGS OF THIS REVIEW… APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE ON THE D-N-R’S WEBSITE…

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES SAY,  AFTER AN INVESTIGATION OF EXTORTION, THEY  HAVE ARRESTED AND CHARGED  CHIEF JOHN THUNDER OF THE BUFFALO POINT FIRST NATION…SPRAGUE MANITOBA R-C-M-P SAYS ON JULY 2ND THIS YEAR, THEY RECEIVED A COMPLAINT OVER CONCERNS RELATING TO CORRESPONDENCE DIRECTED AT A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WITH SOME LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT WITH THE BUFFALO POINT COTTAGE OWNERS ASSOCIATION….THE R-C-M-P WINNIPEG MAJOR CRIME UNIT THEN BEGAN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MATTER…AUTHORITIES SAID THE INVESTIGATION SHOWED THE CORRESPONDENCE FROM CHIEF JOHN THUNDER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL MADE AN ATTEMPT TO DERAIL A CIVIL LEGAL PROCEEDING BETWEEN THE BUFFALO POINT FIRST NATION DEVELOPMENT, THE BUFFALO POINT FIRST NATION AND THE BUFFALO POINT COTTAGE OWNER’S ASSOCIATION…INVESTIGATORS SAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WAS NOT ACTING IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY IN RELATION TO THIS SPECIFIC INVESTIGATION….CHIEF JOHN THUNDER WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY AND HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH EXTORTION AND RELEASED ON A PROMISE TO APPEAR IN WINNIPEG COURT ON NOVEMBER 25TH…. 

ROSEAU COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED DETAILS AFTER ONE PERSON DIED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT SOUTH OF ROSEAU LATE LAST WEEK…THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED THURSDAY NIGHT AROUND 8:30PM NINE MILES SOUTH OF ROSEAU AND A MILE EAST OF HIGHWAY 89….ROSEAU COUNTY DEPUTIES, ALONG WITH THE STATE PATROL AND ROSEAU FIRE AND AMBULANCE, RESPONDED TO THE SCENE OF THE ONE VEHICLE ROLLOVER…38 YEAR OLD MATTHEW KITZMAN, OF ROSEAU COUNTY, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE…THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL….

POLARIS INDUSTRIES  TODAY REPORTED RECORD THIRD QUARTER NET INCOME FOR THE QUARTER ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013… REPORTED NET INCOME FOR THE THIRD QUARTER 2013, INCLUDING BOTH CONTINUING AND DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS WAS 113.1 MILLION DOLLARS…SALES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER  TOTALED A RECORD  1.1 BILLION, WHICH REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 25 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR’S THIRD QUARTER SALES OF  879.9 MILLION…POLARIS SAYS OFF-ROAD VEHICLE SALES INCREASED 23 PERCENT TO 702  MILLION….SNOWMOBILE SALES INCREASED 25 PERCENT TO 143.6 MILLION…SALES FOR THE MOTORCYCLES DIVISION, WHICH INCLUDES BOTH VICTORY AND INDIAN MOTORCYCLE SALES, DECREASED SIX PERCENT TO 49.4 MILLIONCOMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR….SALES IN THE SMALL VEHICLES DIVISION, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF GEM AND GOUPIL ELECTRIC VEHICLES AS WELL AS AIXAM MEGA ACQUIRED IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2013, INCREASED 188 PERCENT TO 31.7 MILLION…PARTS, GARMENTS, AND ACCESSORIES SALES INCREASED 37 PERCENT TO 176 MILLION…THE COMPANY ALSO SAID INTERNATIONAL SALES TOTALED 139.4 MILLION, WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF 38 PERCENT….OPERATING EXPENSES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2013 INCREASED 31 PERCENT TO 165.2 MILLION…INCOME FROM FINANCIAL SERVICES INCREASED 42 PERCENT TO 11.7 MILLION…IN IT’S REPORT RELEASED TODAY,  THE COMPANY ALSO ADDRESSED THE LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS…THE COMPANY PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED IN LATE JULY THIS YEAR,  THAT A JURY RETURNED AN UNFAVORABLE VERDICT AGAINST POLARIS IN A LAWSUIT ARISING FROM A 2008 COLLISION BETWEEN A BOAT AND A 2001 POLARIS VIRAGE PERSONAL WATERCRAFT… AS A RESULT OF THE JURY VERDICT, DURING THE 2013 THIRD QUARTER, POLARIS RECORDED A NON-RECURRING LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS OF  3.8 MILLION…. THE COMPANY CEASED MANUFACTURING MARINE PRODUCTS IN SEPTEMBER 2004 AND SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED THE EXIT OF THE BUSINESS IN 2007…. 

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WILL RAISE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT FROM 55 MPH TO 60 MPH ON THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF HIGHWAY 75, THE MAJORITY OF HIGHWAY 59 AND 14 MILES OF HIGHWAY 7 IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…CREWS WILL BEGIN INSTALLATION OF THE NEW 60 MPH SIGNS THIS WEEK, AND MNDOT SAYS  THE SPEED LIMIT WILL BE EFFECTIVE ONCE THE SIGNS ARE POSTED…THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL WILL ENFORCE THE NEW SPEED LIMIT…MNDOT TRAFFIC ENGINEERS IN THE BEMIDJI, DETROIT LAKES, WILLMAR AND MANKATO DISTRICTS STUDIED THE BEST “CANDIDATE” HIGHWAYS AND FOUND THAT THE APPROXIMATELY730 COMBINED MILES OF HIGHWAY 59,  HIGHWAY 75 AND HIGHWAY 7 MEET THE NECESSARY CRITERIA…

AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION JOINED A COALITION OF MORE THAN 530 GROUPS OPPOSED TO SPLITTING THE NUTRITION PROGRAM FROM THE FARM BILL…THE NUTRITION TITLE WAS ULTIMATELY REATTACHED – BUT FOR THREE-YEARS INSTEAD OF FIVE…MINNESOTA 7TH DISTRICT U-S CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON — THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE — SAYS THE MOVE MAKES NO SENSE….PETERSON SAYS THE U.S. HOUSE WILL INSIST ON ITS POSITIONS ON FOOD STAMPS AND CROP INSURANCE – BUT NOT SUGAR QUOTAS – IN FARM BILL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE…HE SAYS THE HOUSE NARROWLY DEFEATED A DEMOCRATIC MOTION TO BACK THE SENATE POSITIONS OF A FIVE-YEAR FOOD STAMP – OR S-N-A-P REAUTHORIZATION – AND CONTINUING 1938 AND 1949 PERMANENT FARM LAW – BOTH SEEN AS KEY TO DOING FUTURE FARM BILLS…PETERSON SAYS THE G-O-P WANTED THE BILLS SEPARATED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO CUT FOOD STAMP  SPENDING…PETERSON ALSO SAYS THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP MUST BE REASONABLE AND LEAVE THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ALONE TO DO ITS WORK, AND IF THAT COMES TO PASS HE IS CONFIDENT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FINISH A FIVE-YEAR, COMPREHENSIVE FARM BILL THIS YEAR….

POLARIS SNOWMOBILES  IS PARTNERING WITH PINK RIBBON RIDERS THIS SEASON, SUPPORTING THE GROUP IN PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO BREAST CANCER PATIENTS BY DONATING A 2014 POLARIS 800 SWITCHBACK  SNOWCHECK EDITION SNOWMOBILE AS THE GRAND PRIZE IN A FUNDRAISING RAFFLE….PINK RIBBON RIDERS IS SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS AT SNOWMOBILE EVENTS ACROSS THE SNOWBELT ALL WINTER, AND THE WINNING TICKET WILL BE DRAWN FEBRUARY 15TH…THE DIRECTORS OF PINK RIBBON RIDERS DESCRIBE THE GROUP AS A SMALL, GRASS-ROOTS, VOLUNTEER-DRIVEN ORGANIZATION, BUT ITS EFFORTS CAN HAVE POSITIVE, FAR-REACHING EFFECTS ON THE LIVES OF THOSE BATTLING BREAST CANCER…PINK RIBBON RIDERS RAISES FUNDS THROUGH SNOWMOBILE RIDES, COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING EVENTS, GENEROUS DONATIONS, AND SPECIAL PROJECTS SUCH AS THE POLARIS SNOWMOBILE RAFFLE…DETAILS ABOUT THE POLARIS SNOWMOBILE RAFFLE, PINK RIBBON RIDERS AND ITS ONGOING FUNDRAISING ARE AVAILABLE AT pinkribbonriders.com  AND ON THE GROUP’S FACEBOOK PAGE….

MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS CANADA WINS THE I-D-E-X 2013 GOLD INNOVATION AWARD…ARC & CO. DESIGN COLLECTIVE DESIGNED AN IMPRESSIVE TRADE SHOW SPACE FOR MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS CANADA, WINNING THE AWARD IN TORONTO…THE TORONTO-BASED ARC & CO. DESIGN COLLECTIVE IS  A MULTIDISCIPLINARY DESIGN STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN PRODUCT, PACKAGING AND EXHIBITION/ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN…ORGANIZED BY THE INTERIOR DESIGNERS OF CANADA, THE I-D-E-X CANADA INNOVATION AWARDS WERE ESTABLISHED IN 1984 TO HONOR EXCELLENCE IN THE LATEST AND MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT DESIGN AND BOOTH CREATIVITY… THE INNOVATION AWARDS ARE EXCLUSIVELY FOR IIDEX CANADA EXHIBITORS AND ARE JUDGED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DESIGN, MEDIA AND BUSINESS COMMUNITIES…. MARVIN WINDOWS AND DOORS CANADA WILL BE SHOWING THE SPACE AGAIN IN THE UPCOMING INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW 2014 IN TORONTO, CANADA…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HAS FILED FORMAL CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST A ROSEAU COUNTY MAN, FOLLOWING A DRUG BUST THAT HAPPENED  OVER TWO WEEKS AGO….THE OFFICE HAS CHARGED 65 YEAR OLD CHARLES EMERY JANZEN, OF RURAL ROOSEVELT, WITH FIFTH DEGREE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CRIME… THE CHARGE STEMS FROM A SEARCH WARRANT EXECUTED SEPTEMBER 20TH AT JANZEN’S HOME NORTH OF ROOSEVELT, BY THE MINNESOTA  B-C-A, U-S BORDER PATROL, MINNESOTA STATE PATROL, ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, ROSEAU POLICE DEPARTMENT, WARROAD POLICE DEPARTMENT AND LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT…. DURING THE EXECUTION OF THE SEARCH WARRANT,  AUTHORITIES SAID 32 MARIJUANA PLANTS, 4 THOUSAND 200 DOLLARS IN US CURRENCY AND CLOTHING ITEMS WERE SEIZED….  AN ARRAIGNMENT DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR EARLY NOVEMBER IN ROSEAU COUNTY DISTRICT COURT….THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES….      

THE LEADER OF THE WHITE EARTH BAND OF OJIBWE SAYS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COULD HAVE RAMIFICATIONS ON THE NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA TRIBE’S HEALTH SERVICES AND ITS FISHERY… TRIBAL CHAIRWOMAN ERMA VIZENOR SAID WEDNESDAY THAT SLOWDOWNS  IN THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AND THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WILL BE SORELY FELT…SHE SAYS THE TRIBE IS CONCERNED IT WON’T RECEIVE NORMAL REIMBURSEMENT FOR HEALTH SERVICES…. AND SHE SAYS NEXT TUESDAY’S LAKE STOCKING OF STURGEON AND OTHER FINGERLING SPECIES MIGHT HAVE TO BE POSTPONED…THE FISH RESTOCKING INVOLVES A CANADIAN TRIBE’S HATCHERY AND IS USUALLY DONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FEDERAL WILDLIFE REGULATORS… VIZENOR SAYS THERE IS A LIMITED WINDOW TO DO THE TRADITIONAL AUTUMN LAKE STOCKING….VIZENOR SAYS 57 PERCENT OF THE TRIBE’S BUDGET COMES FROM FEDERAL FUNDS….

DOZENS OF MINNESOTA COMMUNITIES WILL MAKE PITCHES OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS FOR STATE BONDING MONEY FOR PROJECTS, AS THE SENATE’S CAPITAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE KICKS OFF ITS 9-WEEK FALL TOUR THIS WEEK…DISTRICT ONE STATE SENATER, LEROY STUMPF, OF PLUMMER, IS THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, AND HE GUESSES GOVERNOR DAYTON’S 2014 BONDING PROPOSAL WILL BE AROUND 700- TO 800-MILLION DOLLARS…THERE WON’T BE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND ALL PROJECTS, AND STUMPF EXPECTS REQUESTS TOTALING AROUND TWO-POINT-EIGHT-BILLION DOLLARS….STUMPF SAYS ON MAJOR STOPS LIKE DULUTH, THEY’LL HAVE PEOPLE FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES COME TO A CENTRAL LOCATION TO PRESENT THEIR PROJECTS…OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS THE BONDING COMMITTEE WILL VISIT ELY, TOWER, GRAND RAPIDS, STAPLES, SAINT CLOUD AND OTHER COMMUNITIES… 

BELTRAMI COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR A SUSPECT WHO STABBED A TEENAGER AT A LARGE PARTY ON PROPERTY OWNED BY A FRATERNITY…THE BELTRAMI COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SAY 18-YEAR-OLD JACE UGRICH, OF BOVEY, WAS STABBED EARLY SUNDAY WHEN HE TRIED TO INTERVENE IN A FIGHT BETWEEN TWO MALES AT THE PARTY….UGRICH WAS TAKEN TO SANFORD BEMIDJI MEDICAL CENTER WHERE HE’S IN STABLE CONDITION IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT…AUTHORITIES SAY UGRICH WAS STABBED IN THE BACK BY AN UNKNOWN SUSPECT…AUTHORITIES SAID DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED SHORTLY BEFORE 1 A.M. SUNDAY TO INTERCEPT A VEHICLE TRANSPORTING UGRICH TO THE HOSPITAL, AND THEY RENDERED AID UNTIL AN AMBULANCE ARRIVED….

 DNA TESTS CONFIRM A WOLF TRAPPED AND KILLED AT A NORTHERN MINNESOTA CAMPGROUND IS THE SAME WOLF THAT ATTACKED A 16-YEAR-OLD THERE…THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS THE WOLF’S DNA MATCHED SAMPLES OBTAINED FROM A COMFORTER USED WHEN HE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT….THE DNR SAYS FINAL NECROPSY RESULTS ON THE WOLF SHOW A NUMBER OF ABNORMAL CONDITIONS THAT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO IT BITING A HUMAN…IT SAYS THE WOLF, ESTIMATED TO BE 1 1/2 YEARS OLD, LIKELY EXPERIENCED A TRAUMATIC INJURY AS A PUP THAT DEVELOPED INTO A SEVERE FACIAL DEFORMITY, DENTAL ABNORMALITIES AND BRAIN DAMAGE… D-N-R WOLF SPECIALIST DAN STARK SAYS IT’S SURPRISING THE WOLF LIVED SO LONG…IT WAS MINNESOTA’S FIRST DOCUMENTED WILD WOLF ATTACK ON A HUMAN RESULTING IN A SIGNIFICANT INJURY….     

MOTORIST ON HIGHWAY 32 NORTH OF THIEF RIVER FALLS WILL ENCOUNTER A DETOUR AND POSSIBLE DELAYS WHEN A RAILROAD CROSSING PROJECT BEGINS MONDAY MORNING….CREWS FROM CANADIAN PACIFIC WILL REPLACE THE CURRENT RAILROAD CROSSING AT HIGHWAY 32 AND MOTORISTS WILL DETOUR ONTO HIGHWAY 59 USING PENNINGTON COUNTY ROAD 31 AND MARSHALL COUNTY ROAD 2….THE DETOUR IS EXPECTED TO BE REMOVED ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 WEATHER PERMITTING…

MEANWHILE, MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR REDBY WILL EXPERIENCE SHOULDER CLOSURES AND BRIEF DELAYS BEGINNING MONDAY,  AS MAINTENANCE CREWS TRIM AND REMOVE TREES AND BRUSH FROM REDBY TO THE EAST RESERVATION LINE…CREWS WILL BE USING AN EXCAVATOR WITH A BRUSH MULCHING ATTACHMENT AND WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP TO THREE WEEKS, WEATHER PERMITTING….

THE 28TH ANNUAL ROSEAU FIREMAN’S BALL IS SET FOR SATURDAY…THE BARBEQUE IS FROM 5-8PM AT THE ROSEAU FIRE HALL…THE EVENT THEN MOVES TO THE ROSEAU AMERICAN LEGION FROM 8:30PM TO MIDNIGHT WITH LIVE MUSIC FROM “EAGLE CREEK”….THIS IS THE ROSEAU VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT’S BIGGEST FUND RAISER OF THE YEAR…. 

AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF  A LARGE BULL ELK THAT WAS SHOT AND LEFT LAST WEEK NORTH OF GRYGLA…ACCORDING TO THE MINNESOTA D-N-R,  THE ELK APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN SHOT SOMETIME MID-WEEK…THE ELK WAS FOUND IN A FIELD, AND IS PART OF THE GRYGLA HERD…THE D-N-R DIDN’T OFFER A HUNTING SEASON IN THE AREA THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE POPULATION IS BELOW MANAGEMENT GOALS…THE ELK WAS KILLED IN VELDT TOWNSHIP, WHICH IS NORTH OF GRYGLA AND EAST OF GATZKE…ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE ELK SHOOTING IS ASKED TO CALL THE TURN IN POACHERS HOTLINE AT (800) 652-9093… 

THE “SADDLE UP FOR ST JUDE” EVENT IS SET FOR SATURDAY IN THE BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST SOUTH OF WARROAD… TRAIL RIDERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ST JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL THROUGH A SADDLE UP FOR ST JUDE TRAIL/WAGON RIDE…ST JUDE IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER CENTERS FOR THE RESEARCH AND TREATMENT OF PEDIATRIC CANCER AND OTHER CATASTROPHIC CHILDHOOD DISEASES….FRIENDS OF ST JUDE ARE PLANNING ITS 14TH ANNUAL SADDLE UP TRAIL/WAGON RIDE SATURDAY AT BEMIS HILL CAMPGROUND…REGISTRATION STARTS AT 8:00AM  WITH THE RIDE STARTING AT 10:00….EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO COME SUPPORT THIS EVENT…ALSO PLANNED ARE WAGON RIDES, KARAOKE, SILENT AUCTION AND A CATERED SUPPER SATURDAY EVENING…FOR MORE INFO, CALL  452-1922 …463-1810… OR 469-1414….

 THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILL AUCTION OFF MORE THAN 200 GUNS ALONG WITH OTHER SEIZED HUNTING AND FISHING EQUIPMENT SATURDAY…THE AUCTION IS AT THE HILLER AUCTION BARN IN ZIMMERMAN…HE ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION UNTIL 5 P.M. FRIDAY AND AT 8 A.M. SATURDAY…THE AUCTION BEGINS AT 10 A.M…THE D-N-R SAYS THE ITEMS FOR SALE INCLUDE: MORE THAN 200 FIREARMS AND 40 BOWS, PLUS TREE STANDS, FISHING RODS AND REELS, TIP-UPS, TRAPS, TRAIL CAMERAS, SPOTLIGHTS, GROUND BLINDS, A HAND ICE AUGER, DEER ANTLERS, AN ATV, A JET SKI, SNOWMOBILES AND A BOAT-MOTOR-TRAILER COMBINATION…BIDDERS MUST PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK ON SITE BEFORE TAKING POSSESSION OF THEIR GUNS….PROCEEDS FROM THE AUCTION WILL HELP FUND FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS…. 

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE ONCE AGAIN EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE 39TH ANNUAL GOOSE FEST IN MIDDLE RIVER THIS WEEKEND…THE THREE DAY FESTIVAL RUNS FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY WITH ACTIVITIES FROM MUSIC TO FOOD TO TOURS TO LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, FLEA MARKETS, BAKE SALES, AND OTHER FUN FOR ALL AGES….THE OPENING CEREMONY IS SET FOR 330PM FRIDAY…ONE OF THE MANY EVENTS DURING THE 3 DAYS IS THE 2013 GOOSE FESTIVAL PARADE WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY AT 12:30 P.M…ANY AND ALL ENTRIES WELCOME AND LINEUP BEGINS AT 10 A.M. BEHIND THE SCHOOL…ALSO SATURDAY INCLUDES THE 11TH ANNUAL GOOSE WALK…A  PET SHOW/CONTEST, THE ANNUAL GOOSE COOKOFF, GOOSE CALLING CONTEST, BINGO , AND MUCH MORE…SUNDAY FEATURES A FULL DAY INCLUDING A BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC OPEN HOUSE,  PANCAKE BREAKFAST, CRAFT AND FLEA MARKET, AGASSIZ NATURE BUS TOUR , NORTH COUNTRY HORSEMAN’S SADDLE CLUB GAME SHOW, 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, AND A TRACTOR PULL…THE PLAY  “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR” BY GARY RAY STAPP, WILL BE HELD EACH DAY AT YE OLDE DEPOT THEATRE…MORE ON THE GOOSE FESTIVAL CAN BE HEARD ON KQ92 FRIDAY MORNING AS WE BROADCAST LIVE FROM MIDDLE RIVER FROM 6-9AM….

AUTHORITIES IN EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA’S STEELE COUNTY COMBED A CORNFIELD TO CAPTURE A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FROM NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY CUT OFF HIS TRACKING BRACELET AND STOLEN A MOTOR HOME….THE STEELE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 22-YEAR-OLD COREY ROPER, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, WAS CAPTURED TUESDAY, AFTER A DAY LONG SEARCH THAT INCLUDED FARM FIELDS NEAR FINLEY AND PORTLAND…A MAN WHO WAS WITH HIM WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY FOUND….AUTHORITIES BELIEVE 21-YEAR-OLD DYLAN KLODE, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, HAS FLED IN A VEHICLE STOLEN FROM A RURAL PORTLAND FARMSTEAD…MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS RECORDS SHOW THAT ROPER IS ON PROBATION ON AN EARLIER CONVICTION FOR HAVING SEX WITH A GIRL UNDER THE AGE OF 14…

NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA YOUTH AGES 10-15 ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A SPECIAL DEER SEASON THAT RUNS FROM THURSDAY, OCT. 17, TO SUNDAY, OCT. 20…THE D-N-R SAYS IN TOTAL, 28 PERMIT AREAS THAT ENCOMPASS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN AND NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…DEER PERMIT AREAS OPEN TO THE HUNT  INCLUDE MOST OF THE NORTHWESTERN CORNER OF MINNESOTA…ZONES ELIGIBLE INCLUDE  AREA  101,105, 111, 114, 201, 203, 208, 209, 256, 257, 260, 263, 264, AND 267…THE D-N-R SAYS YOUTH MUST MEET ALL FIREARMS SAFETY REQUIREMENT, POSSESS A LICENSE AND USE THE APPROPRIATE FIREARM FOR THE PERMIT AREA IN WHICH THEY ARE HUNTING…THEY MAY TAKE A DEER OF EITHER SEX…LICENSES FOR YOUTH AGES 10, 11 AND 12 ARE FREE…LICENSES FOR YOUTH AGES 13-17 COST 5 DOLLARS…ALL YOUTHS MUST PAY A 1 ISSUING FEE WHEN OBTAINING A LICENSE…THE D-N-R ALSO SAYS AN ADULT MENTOR MUST ACCOMPANY THE YOUTH BUT MAY NOT HUNT OR CARRY A FIREARM…PARTICIPATING IN YOUTH DEER SEASON DOES NOT PRECLUDE THE YOUTH FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE REGULAR FIREARMS DEER SEASON BUT ANY DEER HARVESTED DO COUNT AGAINST THE YOUTH’S SEASON BAG LIMIT…. 

THE ROSEAU  E-C-F-E WILL BE HOSTING A MEGA TRUCK EVENT ON THURSDAY FROM 5:30-6:30PM…THE EVENT  WILL BE AT THE ROSEAU ELECTRIC CO-OP PARKING LOT….IT IS FREE AND  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC….THE EVENT OFFERS KIDS AN UP CLOSE LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT  TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT USED IN COMMUNITIES…

CHARGES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FILED IN ROSEAU COUNTY THIS WEEK, AFTER OVER 30 MARIJUANA PLANTS AND A LARGE SUM OF MONEY WERE FOUND AT A RURAL ROSEAU COUNTY HOME OVER THE WEEKEND…THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAID THE DRUG BUST TOOK PLACE FRIDAY AS MEMBERS OF THE MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT THE RESIDENCE AND FOUND 32 MARIJUANA PLANTS AND A LARGE SUM OF U.S. CURRENCY…NO OTHER DETAILS OF THE BUST WERE RELEASED…ASSISTING THE MINNESOTA B.C.A. IN THE BUST WERE THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT,  ROSEAU POLICE AND U.S. BORDER PATROL…MORE INFO IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED WHEN THE CHARGES ARE BROUGHT BY THE ROSEAU COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE… 

THE BAUDETTE CURLING CLUB WILL HAVE AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR THE UPCOMING CURLING SEASON WEDNESDAY …THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BAUDETTE AMERICAN LEGION CLUB ROOM AT  6:00 P.M…..ORGANIZERS SAY ALL ARE WELCOME TO FIND OUT WHAT THE WINTER SPORT IS ALL ABOUT….FOR MORE INFO CALL 634 1236 OR 634 3366 …

TWO PEOPLE DIED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SOUTHEAST MANITOBA SUNDAY MORNING…AROUND  5 AM, THE R-C-M-P MORRIS/EMERSON DETATCHMENT, AS WELL AS AREA FIRE AND E-M-S WERE DISPATCHED TO A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER ON ROAD 2-E IN THE RM OF MORRIS, SOUTHEAST OF ROSENORT, MANITOBA…POLICE SAY TWO INDIVIDUALS WERE FOUND DEAD IN A PICKUP AT THE SCENE…THE DRIVER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A 61-YEAR-OLD MAN…THE FEMALE PASSENGER AS A 53-YEAR-OLD FEMALE….BOTH ARE FROM ROSENORT…THEIR NAMES HAVE NOT RELEASED…THE VEHICLE WAS NORTHBOUND ON THE GRAVEL ROAD WHEN THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND ROLLED…AUTHORITIES SAY THEY WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE IN THE PICKUP….AN RCMP TRAFFIC ANALYST IS ASSISTING WITH THE INVESTIGATION… 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT  9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH MYLES HOGENSON OF THE ROSEAU/LAKE OF THE WOODS SPORTSMAN’S CLUB TO DISCUSS 2014 GRANT-IN-AID FUNDING…THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS A ROSEAU RIVER WATERSHED BOARD APPOINTMENT…THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS AND APPOINT A MANAGER TO THE ROSEAU RIVER WATERSHED BOARD FOR THE TERM BEGINNING OCTOBER 19, 2013 THROUGH OCTOBER 19, 2016…..ALSO ON THE BOARD’S AGENDA IS THE SAFETY COMPLIANCE SERVICES CONTRACT…AND THE BOARD WILL MEET WITH THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO DISCUSS THE OUTSOURCING OF A POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST CASE…THE OFFICE HAS OUTSOURCED THE POTENTIAL CONFLICT CASE REGARDING COMMISSIONER FALK/FALK FARMS AND THE KNIFE RIVER CONTRACT…AND THE ROSEAU COUNTY INSURANCE COMMITTEE MET ON SEPTEMBER 12TH, AND WILL BE PRESENTING A RECOMMENDATION OF EMPLOYEE INSURANCE PLAN OFFERINGS TO THE COUNTY BOARD ON TUESDAY…. 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN REGULAR SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN BAUDETTE…THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED  TO DISCUSS THE CONSIDERATION OF A ZONE CHANGE REQUEST FOR M-L-K RENTALS, AND A REVIEW OF A CON-CON FUND REQUEST…THE BOARD IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO GET A HISTORICAL SOCIETY UPDATE…. 

THE WARROAD FOOD PANTRY IS IN NEED OF A NEW HOME…AND SOON… DIRECTOR SCOTT HALVORSON SAYS TIME IS RUNNING OUT AS THEY HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH TO FIND A NEW PLACE…OPEN SINCE THE EARLY 1980S, THE WARROAD FOOD PANTRY IS CURRENTLY SERVING ABOUT 500 INDIVIDUALS A YEAR, AND DONATING  25 TO 30 THOUSAND POUNDS OF  FOOD A YEAR TO FAMILIES AND PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND SITUATIONS FROM SALO TO ROOSEVELT…HALVORSON SAID THE BOARD HAS BEEN PLEASED WITH MONEY AND FOOD DONATIONS, BUT THEY NEED TO FIND A NEW BUILDING VERY SOON…HALVORSON SAYS IF THEY CANNOT FIND A NEW HOME THEY WILL HAVE TO SHUT DOWN UNTIL THEY DO…ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS CAN CALL HIM AT 218-469-1891…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION WILL MEET ON MONDAY AT 2PM AT THE ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WARROAD…ALL RETIRED TEACHERS ARE WELCOME…. 

THE MISS MIDDLE RIVER PAGEANT  WILL BE HELD SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MIDDLE RIVER SCHOOL STARTING AT 7:30PM…. THE 39TH ANNUAL PAGEANT FEATURES THREE YOUNG LADIES COMPETING FOR THE TITLE OF MISS MIDDLE RIVER …THEY ARE AMANDA GRAM, NICOLE LOERZEL AND NADJA MELBY….THE PAGEANT WILL FEATURE COMPETITION IN PERSONAL INTERVIEW, LIFESTYLE AND FITNESS, TALENT AND EVENING GOWN…

SOME REPAIR AT A DIKE AT THE ROSEAU RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA WILL LIMIT ACCESS FOR HUNTERS THIS FALL….DUE TO A SLUMP IN THE POOL 2 DIKE AT ROSEAU RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, THE MINNESOTA D-N-R  IS LOWERING WATER LEVELS IN THE POOL TO CONDUCT REPAIRS…RANDY PRACHAR, WILDLIFE SUPERVISOR FOR THE ROSEAU RIVER W-M-A SAYS THE SPOT WAS FOUND EARLIER THIS MONTH….PRACHAR SAYS POOL 2 WILL REMAIN OPEN TO PUBLIC HUNTING; HOWEVER, WATER LEVELS ARE PRESENTLY 2 FEET BELOW NORMAL AND WILL REMAIN AT THIS LEVEL TO FACILITATE REPAIRS OF THE DIKE…HE SAYS BOATERS WILL BE ABLE TO GET DOWN THE BORROW DITCH ADJACENT TO THE DIKE, BUT THE DIFFICULTY WILL BE NAVIGATING THE LOWER WATER LEVELS IN THE BAYS OF THE POOL…PRACHAR SAYS HUNTERS SHOULD CALL THE ROSEAU RIVER W-M-A OFFICE AT 218-463-1130 FOR UPDATED INFORMATION….YOU CAN HERE MORE WITH RANDY PRACHAR ON THIS WEEK’S LAKE COUNTRY OUTDOORS SHOW ON KQ92….

 

THE ROSEAU AREA CHILD CARE ASSOICATION IS OFFERING FIRST AID/CPR AND SIDS & SHAKEN BABY TRAININGS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER FROM 8:30A.M. – 3P.M. ..ALL PEOPLE AGE 18 AND OLDER CAN ATTEND… COST OF THESE TRAININGS IS 60 DOLLARS PER PERSON… FOR MORE INFO, OR TO REGISTER, CALL 689-1256 ….

 

A KITTSON COUNTY MAN IS ONE OF 15 PEOPLE APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE STATE HUMAN SERVICES PERFORMANCE COUNCIL…THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND COUNTY PARTNERS HAVE APPOINTED 15 PEOPLE TO A COUNCIL CHARGED WITH ENSURING MINNESOTA COUNTIES MAKE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN PROGRAMS SERVING HUMAN SERVICES CLIENTS….THE HUMAN SERVICES PERFORMANCE COUNCIL WAS AUTHORIZED BY THE MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE IN 2013, AND WILL ADVISE ON IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATION OF THE COUNTY PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM….BEGINNING NEXT YEAR, THIS NEW WAY OF MEASURING PERFORMANCE WILL GIVE COUNTIES MORE FLEXIBILITY IN ADMINISTERING HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS AS LONG AS POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR MINNESOTANS ARE ACHIEVED….THE TWO MEMBERS FROM NORTHERN MINNESOTA ARE  DR. JOE BOUVETTE,  COUNTY COMMISSIONER IN KITTSON COUNTY….AND  BEN BEMENT, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN SERVICES, WITH THE WHITE EARTH TRIBAL COUNCIL….THE FIRST MEETING OF THE COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY…

A MINNESOTA D-N-R CONSERVATION OFFICER HAS ACCEPTED A NEW POSITION WITHIN THE ENFORCEMENT DIVISION IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA… CAPT. STACEY SHARP IS THE NEW NORTHWEST REGION ENFORCEMENT MANAGER BASED IN BEMIDJI…SHARP WAS A NEBRASKA STATE TROOPER FROM 1983-2005…HE JOINED THE DNR IN 2006, SERVING IN THE BEMIDJI AND THIEF RIVER FALLS FIELD STATIONS BEFORE BEING NAMED BEMIDJI AREA ENFORCEMENT SUPERVISOR IN 2012…HE REPLACES CAPT. JIM DUNN WHO IS NOW ENFORCEMENT’S GRANTS MANAGER…THE NORTHWEST REGION INCLUDES 37 CONSERVATION OFFICERS WITHIN FOUR ENFORCEMENT DISTRICTS COVERING 23 COUNTIES IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA… 

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY MUSEUM WILL HOST A HERITAGE DAY IN CONJUNCTION WITH BAUDETTE’S FALL FEST  THIS SATURDAY…THE DAY WILL FEATURE DEMONSTRATIONS AND HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM…. THE MUSEUM WILL OPEN AT 10 A.M. AND HOURS WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 5:00 P.M. FOR THE HERITAGE DAY ACTIVITIES….ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE ON SATURDAY…. 

AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE PUBLIC IN HELPING SOLVE AN ARSON CASE NEAR EAST GRAND FORKS…ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT APPROXIMATELY 7:45 A.M. THE EAST GRAND FORKS FIRE DEPARTMENT ALONG WITH THE POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE TO AN ABANDONED RADIO BUILDING AT  445TH ST. SW IN RURAL EAST GRAND FORKS….THE FIRE WAS DECLARED AN ARSON BY THE FIRE MARSHALL…AUTHORITIES SAY THERE ARE NO SUSPECTS AT THIS TIME…ANYBODY WITH INFORMATION ON THIS ARSON IS TO CONTACT THE POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 218-281-0431 OR THE ARSON HOTLINE AT 1-800-723-2020….A REWARD OF UP TO 2 THOUSAND 500 DOLLARS IS AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FIRE… 

NORTHWEST ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE SAY A WOMAN THAT WAS MISSING FOR A TIME EARLIER THIS WEEK HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS O.K….. POLICE LOCATED 27 YEAR OLD JO-ANN KEEWATIN,  OF GRASSY NARROWS,  WHO WAS LAST SEEN SUNDAY,  IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF KENORA  ON TUESDAY ….NO OTHER DETAILS WERE GIVEN… 

THE NHL PRESEASON IS UNDERWAY….A COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS SPLIT SQUAD BEAT THE MINNESOTA WILD 3-1 IN A PRESEASON GAME TUESDAY NIGHT…NINO NIEDERREITER SCORED FOR MINNESOTA….NEW WILD DEFENSEMAN KEITH BALLARD, OF BAUDETTE,  SAYS IT WAS NICE PLAYING IN HIS HOME-STATE IN HIS FIRST PRESEASON GAME, BUT HE ISN’T GOING TO DWELL ON IT….BALLARD SAYS THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO BUILD CHEMISTRY IN THE DEFENSIVE END OF THE RINK, INCLUDING LEARNING HOW THE GOALIES LIKE TO PLAY….

 DOZENS OF LAYOFFS ARE STILL EXPECTED AT THE BOISE PLANT IN INTERNATIONAL FALLS, DESPITE NEWS THE COMPANY IS BEING ACQUIRED BY PACKAGING CORP. OF AMERICA….INTERNATIONAL FALLS PLANT SPOKESWOMAN LORI LYMAN SAYS THE ACQUISITION DOESN’T CHANGE THE LOSS OF 265 LOCAL BOISE JOBS…INTERNATIONAL FALLS MAYOR BOB ANDERSON SAYS THE NEW OWNER WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY EVEN AFTER THE LAYOFFS…PACKAGING CORP. OF AMERICA ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT IT’S BUYING BOISE FOR NEARLY 1.3 BILLION, ACQUIRING ADDITIONAL CONTAINERBOARD NEEDED TO SUPPORT ITS GROWTH…BOTH COMPANIES’ BOARDS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE ACQUISITION, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CLOSE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER….

RED LAKE GAMING ENTERPRISES HAS PRESENTED A CHECK TO THE RED LAKE NATION YOUTH FOUNDATION FOR JUST OVER 35 THOUSAND DOLLARS…THE MONEY WAS RAISED BY SEVEN CLANS CASINO’S GOLF FUND RAISERS THIS SUMMER IN WARROAD AND RED LAKE…

AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN SOUTHEAST MANITOBA…THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY, SHORTLY AFTER 5 PM….MORRIS R-C-M-P AND AREA E-M-S RESPONDED TO A REPORT THAT A 32-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE ON CARON STREET IN ST. JEAN BAPTISTE….AUTHORITIES ARRIVED ON SCENE, AND THE VICTIM WAS IDENTIFIED AS A 32-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT OF THE R-M OF RHINELAND…HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO MORRIS GENERAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD A SHORT WHILE LATER…POLICE SAY THE EARLY INVESTIGATION INDICATES THAT THE MAN DIED WHILE LOADING A FORKLIFT ONTO A FLAT BED AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE…FOUL PLAY IS NOT SUSPECTED…THE NAME OF THE DECEASED HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED… R-C-M-P CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY INVESTIGATORS….

TWO U.S. CITIZENS WERE INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR EMO, ONTARIO OVER THE WEEKEND…ON SATURDAY AT APPROXIMATELY 1:15 PM, OFFICERS OF THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE WERE CALLED TO A SINGLE MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION ON OFF LAKE ROAD AT JUDSON STREET IN THE TOWNSHIP OF EMO….AS A RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION POLICE SAY IT WAS FOUND THAT A WHITE DODGE DURANGO WAS TRAVELLING SOUTHBOUND AND LEFT THE ROADWAY… THE VEHICLE ENTERED THE EAST DITCH OF THE ROADWAY AND ROLLED ONTO ITS SIDE….O-P-P, RAINY RIVER DISTRICT EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND THE EMO FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE RESPONDED…A COUPLE FROM LOVINGTON, ILLINOIS WERE REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE AND TAKEN TO THE LAVERENDRYE HOSPITAL, TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AND LATER RELEASED…POLICE SAY BOTH WERE WEARING THEIR SEATBELTS, AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION….

THE NEW MINNESOTA SCHOOL SEASON IS UNDERWAY,  AND, AS WITH MOST SCHOOLS IN THE STATE, THE ROSEAU SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT ENROLLMENT IS DOWN SLIGHTLY…BUT ROSEAU SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT, LARRY GUGGISBERG, TOLD KQ92 NEWS,  THAT TREND MAY BE BOTTOMING OUT…AS FAR AS STAFF AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL, GUGGISBERG SAYS LAST YEAR THE DISTRICT SAW A BIG TURNOVER  AS RETIREMENTS WERE ABOVE NORMAL…BUT, HE SAYS, THIS YEAR THERE ARE SOME NEW FACES – BUT NOT NEAR AS MANY…THIS YEAR THE ROSEAU SCHOOL HAS 81 TEACHERS AND A TOTAL OF 180 STAFF MEMBERS ON THE PAYROLL …

THE 4TH ANNUAL WARROAD “WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS” EVENT WAS HELD SATURDAY, AND ORGANIZERS SAY THE EARLY NUMBERS SHOW ANOTHER RECORD DAY…JILL WULFF, CO-CHAIR OF THE EVENT, SAYS THE AMOUNT RAISED SO-FAR HAS REACHED OVER 44 THOUSAND 400 DOLLARS….THAT IS MONEY RAISED FROM  TEAM FUNDRAISERS, MERCHANDISE SALES, A SILENT AUCTION AND OTHER EVENTS…A TOTAL OF 20 TEAMS PARTICIPATED THIS YEAR WITH OVER 427 REGISTERED WALKERS AT THE EVENT, HELD AT THE WARROAD LIVING CENTER….THE ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION EVENT RAISES FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST THE SIXTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH  IN THE U.S……

MOTORISTS AT THE HIGHWAY 32 AND GREENWOOD STREET INTERSECTION IN THIEFRIVERFALLS WILL ENCOUNTER A NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, THAT FEATURES A FLASHING YELLOW ARROW FOR LEFT TURNS…THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A FLASHING YELLOW SIGNAL HAS BEEN USED ON A STATE HIGHWAY IN MNDOT’S DISTRICT TWO, WHICH SERVES 14 COUNTIES IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…THE SIGNAL WAS INSTALLED AS PART OF THE INTERSECTION RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT AT HIGHWAY 32 (MAIN AVENUE) AND GREENWOOD STREET WHICH WAS LED BY THE CITY OF THIEF RIVER FALLS…WHEN ILLUMINATED, THE FLASHING YELLOW ARROW ALLOWS WAITING MOTORISTS TO TURN LEFT AFTER YIELDING TO ONCOMING TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS…THE NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL WILL STILL USE THE TRADITIONAL RED, YELLOW AND GREEN ARROWS…FLASHING YELLOW ARROW SIGNALS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO HELP DRIVERS MAKE FEWER MISTAKES AND THEY MINIMIZE UNNECESSARY WAITING FOR MOTORISTS BY ALLOWING MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE A LEFT TURN…AFTER EXTENSIVE TESTING, THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION AUTHORIZED USE OF FLASHING YELLOW ARROWS NATIONWIDE IN 2009…

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING A GRASSY NARROWS WOMAN LAST SEEN IN KENORA ON SUNDAY… 27 YEAR OLD  JO-ANN KEEWATIN WAS LAST SEEN AT 7:30 AM BY POLICE AT LAKE OF THE WOODS DISTRICT HOSPITAL…SHE IS DESCRIBED AS FIRST NATIONS 5’1, 145 LBS WITH SHOULDER LENGTH BLACK HAIR AND BROWN EYES…HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BLUE JEANS, A BLACK SWEATSHIRT AND BLACK SHOES…ANYONE WHO HAS SEEN KEEWATIN OR KNOWS OF HER WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL THE O-P-P OR TREATY THREE POLICE AT 1-888-310-1122…     

POLARIS INDUSTRIES HAS ANNOUNCED THE COMPANY WAS AWARDED A CONTRACT TO PROVIDE  ULTRA-LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLES TO THE GERMAN ARMY…RICH HADDAD, GENERAL MANAGER OF POLARIS DEFENSE, SAYS THE HIGHLY-MOBILE MV-850 PLATFORM, WHICH WAS BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE U.S. MILITARY AND ALLIED FORCES, ALLOWS FOR THE TRANSPORT OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AND GEAR THROUGH EXTREME OFF-ROAD TERRAIN…

THERE WILL BE A BLOOD DRIVE IN GREENBUSH MONDAY…THE UNITED BLOOD SERVICES DRIVE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE UNITED FREE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN GREENBUSH FROM 11AM TO 6PM….FOR AN APPOINTMENT CALL 218-782-2706 OR GO TO THE WEB AT bloodhero.com, SPONSOR CODE: GREENBUSH…

 THE 4TH ANNUAL WARROAD “WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S” EVENT IS SATURDAY MORNING AT THE WARROAD SENIOR  LIVING CENTER…THE EVENT BEGINS WITH REGISTRATION AT 9:30AM…THE EVENT RAISES FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR THE DISEASE….THE WARROAD WALK IS ONE OF ONLY 11 IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, AND LAST YEAR, THE WARROAD WALK WAS RANKED 4TH IN THE NATION IN RURAL WALKS….HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE TURNED OUT FOR THE EVENT EACH YEAR IN TEAMS FROM THROUGHOUT THE AREA, OR AS INDIVIDUALS…ITS THE SIXTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S. AND EVERY 68 SECONDS SOMEONE IS DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMERS…WARROAD WALK CO-CHAIR, JILL WULFF, IS HOPING FOR ANOTHER GOOD TURNOUT AND SAYS EVEN IF YOU AREN’T  ON A TEAM, YOU ARE INVITED TO BE A PART OF THE EVENT…ONCE AGAIN THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE WARROAD SENIOR LIVING CENTER WITH REGISTRATION BEGINNING SATURDAY MORNING  AT 9:30AM , AND THE OPENING CEREMONY IS SET FOR 11AM…THE 2 MILE WALK WILL FOLLOW WITH  LUNCH AFTER,  PROVIDED TO ALL REGISTERED WALKERS… MERCHANDISE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND THERE WILL BE A KIDS ZONE THIS YEAR WITH FACE PAINTING AND TATTOOS… A SILENT AUCTION WILL BE HELD AS WELL…

 

DEER HUNTERS TAKE TO THE MINNESOTA WOODS THIS WEEKEND FOR THE OPENING OF THE STATE’S ARCHERY DEER SEASON….THE ARCHERY SEASON OPENS SATURDAY MORNING, GIVING DEER HUNTERS THEIR FIRST CHANCE OF BAGGING A TROPHY BUCK OR JUST PUTTING SOME VENISON ON THE DINNER TABLE….IT RUNS THROUGH DEC. 31…MINNESOTA’S MAIN FIREARMS DEER SEASON OPENS NOV. 9….

 THERE WILL BE A LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE WRAP UP CELEBRATION MEETING THIS COMING MONDAY IN BAUDETTE…THE MEETING IS SET FOR 5 P.M. AT THE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH…FUNDRAISING TOTALS AND TEAM AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN OUT AT THIS MEETING…ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS, TEAM CAPTAINS AND TEAM MEMBERS ARE WELCOME….

NO INJURIES OR DAMAGE ARE REPORTED AFTER A TORNADO WAS SPOTTED IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY YESTERDAY AFTERNOON…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS A TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED THE TORNADO TWO MILES NORTHWEST OF WILLIAMS JUST BEFORE 3:30 P.M. …LAKE OF THE WOODS AUTHORITIES SAID  NO DAMAGE OR INJURIES ARE REPORTED FROM THE TORNADO…THE STORM DROPPED HAIL ESTIMATED AT UP TO 1.5 INCHES IN PARTS OF THE COUNTY….THE WEATHER SERVICE RECEIVED A REPORT FROM THE PUBLIC OF HAIL COVERING THE GROUND ABOUT AN INCH DEEP FOUR MILES SOUTH OF GRACETON… 

VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK, EAST OF INTERNATIONAL FALLS,  IS GOING TO START TAKING RESERVATIONS AND CHARGING FEES FOR CAMPSITES….CAMPSITES AND HOUSEBOAT SITES AT THE PARK HAD BEEN FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, AND THE ONLY ACCESS IS BY BOAT…PARK OFFICIALS HOPE THE CERTAINTY OF A RESERVATION SYSTEM WILL BRING IN NEW USERS AND REVENUE…VOYAGEURS WILL START PHASING IN THE RESERVATION SYSTEM NEXT YEAR FOR 49 CAMPSITES, INCLUDING 32 ON THE PARK’S FOUR MAIN LAKES, AND PLANS TO EVENTUALLY EXPAND THE SYSTEM TO THE OTHER 240 SITES IN THE PARK…UNTIL THEN, THOSE SITES WILL REMAIN FIRST-COME, FIRST SERVED, AND FREE…VISITORS CAN RESERVE SITES SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE, STARTING IN FEBRUARY…. 

THE 32ND  ANNUAL ROSEAU PIONEER FARM AND VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL IS THIS SUNDAY…ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST, WORSHIP IN THE CHURCH AT 10.30,  LUNCH AND AN AFTERNOON FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES, MUSIC, AND A HISTORY LESSON…. THERE WILL BE TRAIN RIDES AND OTHER GAMES FOR THE KIDS AND A PARADE AS WELL AS THE DEDICATION OF THE STORDAHL BUILDING AT 1….THE ROSEAU PIONEER FARM AND VILLAGE IS LOCATED JUST WEST OF ROSEAU… FOR MORE DETAILS, GO TO THE WEB AT roseaupioneerfarm.com

 THE ROSEAU PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION WILL BE HOLDING THEIR FIRST MEETING THIS COMING MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH….THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SCHOOL COMMONS STARTING AT 7PM…ORGANIZERS SAY THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ROSEAU P-T-O….

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R WILL HOLD A PUBLIC REVIEW IN BAUDETTE THURSDAY  ON THE FINAL MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK, GARDEN ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA AND FRANZ JEVNE STATE PARK….THE EVENT IS SET FOR 5 TO 7 P.M., AT THE BAUDETTE DEPOT IN BAUDETTE….THE D-N-R BEGAN SOLICITING INPUT ON MANAGEMENT OF THE THREE PARK UNITS IN FEBRUARY….MANAGEMENT PLANS SET THE DIRECTION FOR STATE PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS FOR THE NEXT 15 TO 20 YEARS… DNR PARKS AND TRAILS STAFF WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLANS, WHICH INCLUDE MAPS, ASSESSMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES….FOLLOWING THE MEETING, THE PLANS WILL BE OPEN FOR REVIEW FOR 30 DAYS; AFTER REVIEW, FINAL ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE AND THE PLANS WILL GO TO D-N-R COMMISSIONER LANDWEHR FOR APPROVAL….  

RAINY RIVER DISTRICT AUTHORITIES SAY AN ONTARIO MAN’S DEATH AT THE EMO SPEEDWAY LAST WEEKEND, WAS DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES…A POST MORTEM WAS CONDUCTED THIS WEEK AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS DISTRICT HOSPITAL AND RAINY RIVER POLICE CAN CONFIRM THAT THE DEATH OF 67 YEAR OLD WILLIAM REIMER, OF VERMILLION BAY ONTARIO,  WAS DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES…OFFICERS OF THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT OF THE O-P-P WERE CALLED TO THE EMO SPEEDWAY TO ASSIST RAINY RIVER DISTRICT E-M-S AFTER A DRIVER OPERATING A STOCK CAR HAD LEFT THE TRAVELLED PORTION OF THE RACE TRACK DURING A RACE AND WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE INSIDE HIS VEHICLE…E-M-S REMOVED THE DRIVER FROM HIS RACE CAR AND BEGAN RESUSCITATION EFFORTS WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS….REIMER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE… 

THE 2013 ROSEAU COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS COLLECTION DAYS CONTINUE THIS WEEK…THURSDAY, COLLECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN ROSEAU AT THE ROSEAU COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT FROM 1-4PM…FRIDAY, COLLECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN BADGER AT THE COUNTY SHOP FROM 10AM TO NOON…THEN IN GREENBUSH AT THE SHEEP PALACE FROM 2-4PM…MOST TYPES OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED…SOME ITEMS WILL HAVE A NOMINAL CHARGE…FOR MORE INFO, CALL THE ROSEAU COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE AT 463-3750…. 

LAKE WOOD HEALTH CENTER WILL HOST THEIR ANNUAL COMMUNITY DINNER THURSDAY…THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO SHARE A FREE MEAL FROM 5 TO 7PM IN THE LAKEWOOD CARE CENTER’S BACKYARD GARDEN…LIVE MUSIC AND TOURS OF THE NEWLY REMODELED MAMMOGRAPHY SUITE WILL BE FEATURED…TRANSPORTATION IS AVAILABLE TO AND FROM THE EVENT BY CALLING FAR NORTH TRANSIT AT 1-800-930-8108…..

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN AN A-T-V ACCIDENT EAST OF WARROAD WEDNESDAY EVENING…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND  5:00PM ALONG KIRKWOOD DRIVE, OR THE OLD HIGHWAY 11, AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROSEAU COUNTY ROAD 34 NEAR SWIFT….26 YEAR OLD GWENIVERE  RADEMACHER, OF ROSEAU, WAS DRIVING A 2010 POLARIS SPORTSMAN WESTBOUND ON KIRKWOOD DRIVE WHEN SHE LOST CONTROL AND THE A-T-V OVERTURNED AND ROLLED…RADEMACHER, WHO WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET, RECEIVED SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES…SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE ROSEAU HOSPITAL AND ON TO ALTRU HOSPITAL IN GRAND FORKS….THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASSISTED THE STATE PATROL AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT…  

THE BAUDETTE DEPOT IS PRESENTING THE FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK SHOW AND SALE THRU SATURDAY…THE EVENT IS FEATURING  THE AWARD WINNING  BITZ OF WOOD TONITE (FRI. SEPT. 6) FROM 5-8PM AND SATURDAY FROM 10AM-4PM….BIZER AND KEITH BITZER HAVE  30 PLUS YEARS EXPERIENCE BETWEEN THEM IN SCANDINAVIAN STYLE WOOD CARVINGS… THE BAUDETTE DEPOT IS LOCATED ON NORTH MAIN AVENUE IN BAUDETTE… 

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R IS INVITING THE PUBLIC TO REVIEW THE FINAL MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK, GARDEN ISLAND STATE RECREATION AREA AND FRANZ JEVNE STATE PARK, AT A SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE NEXT WEEK….THE EVENT IS SET FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH FROM 5 TO 7 P.M., AT THE BAUDETTE DEPOT IN BAUDETTE….THE D-N-R BEGAN SOLICITING INPUT ON MANAGEMENT OF THE THREE PARK UNITS IN FEBRUARY….MANAGEMENT PLANS SET THE DIRECTION FOR STATE PARKS AND RECREATION AREAS FOR THE NEXT 15 TO 20 YEARS…THEY INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MANAGING NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES AND PROVIDING RECREATIONAL AND INTERPRETATIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARK VISITORS….D-N-R STAFF WILL PROVIDE COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLANS, WHICH INCLUDE MAPS, ASSESSMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES….FOLLOWING THE MEETING, THE PLANS WILL BE OPEN FOR REVIEW FOR 30 DAYS; AFTER REVIEW, FINAL ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE MADE AND THE PLANS WILL GO TO D-N-R COMMISSIONER LANDWEHR FOR APPROVAL…..  

THE SPREAD OF SPINY WATER FLEAS TO ANOTHER MINNESOTA LAKE HIGHLIGHTS HOW AN INVASIVE SPECIES CAN SPREAD….SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THE FOREIGN SPECIES CROSSED THE OCEAN IN THE BALLAST WATER OF SALTWATER SHIPS…THEY’VE BEEN CONFIRMED IN LAKE SUPERIOR SINCE 1987, AND NOW THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES CONFIRMS THEY’VE REACHED SHAGAWA LAKE NEAR ELY…  SPINY WATER FLEAS FIRST WERE REPORTED IN THE RAINY RIVER WATERSHED IN THE SUMMER OF 2006, AND WERE FOUND IN RAINY LAKE, RAINY RIVER AND LAKE OF THE WOODS…D-N-R AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES SPECIALIST RICH REZANKA SAYS MORE THAN 50 MINNESOTA LAKES AND RIVERS ARE NOW INFESTED WITH SPINY WATER FLEAS…SPINY WATER FLEAS DISRUPT THE FOOD CHAIN BECAUSE THEY COMPETE WITH SMALL FISH FOR PLANKTON…WHEN POPULATIONS ARE HIGH, ANGLERS CAN EXPERIENCE FRUSTRATION WITH MASSES OF SPINY WATER FLEAS CLOGGING FISHING LINES AND OTHER WATER EQUIPMENT….

VISITOR ACCESS TO THE ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK HARBOR ON LAKE OF THE WOODS WILL BE CLOSED TO BOTH LANDING AND LAUNCHING BOATS BEGINNING MONDAY AND THROUGH NOV. 22….A TWO-PHASE HARBOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS SET TO BEGIN… ONCE COMPLETED,  OFFICIALS SAY THERE WILL BE A DEEPER, EXTENDED HARBOR WITH ADDITIONAL DOCKS AND A STURDY NEW SEA WALL….PHASE I OF THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE DREDGING THE HARBOR, REPLACING THE SEA WALL AND ADDING MORE DOCKS…OFFICIALS SAID DURING CONSTRUCTION, ACCESS FROM LAND AND WATER WILL BE PROHIBITED AND THE PARKING LOT, BOAT RAMP AND HARBOR WILL BE CLOSED TO BOATS LANDING OR DOCKING… PLANNING FOR PHASE II OF THE PROJECT WILL BEGIN THIS WINTER AND WILL INCLUDE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PARKING LOT AND FISH-CLEANING BUILDING, PROVISION OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY AND AN AREA FOR AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL…. 

THE 21ST ANNUAL “KIDS OUTDOORS” IS SET FOR SATURDAY AT STREIFF SPORTING GOODS AND THE WARROAD LOST RIVER SPORTSMANS COMPLEX…THE ANNUAL EVENT SEES HUNDREDS OF KIDS AGES 8 AND UP FROM AROUND THE AREA LEARNING THE BENEFITS OF THE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE….CONWAY MARVIN, OF STREIFF SPORTING GOODS, SAYS THEY HAVE HELD THIS EVENT ALL THESE YEARS TO CONNECT KIDS AND THE OUTDOORS…KIDS OUTDOORS FEATURES KIDS 8 AND UP AT THE STREIFF SPORTING GOODS STORE AND THE ADVANCED SESSIONS, FOR 10 AND UP WHO HAVE PASSED A FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE, ARE HELD AT THE WARROAD LOST RIVER SPORTSMANS COMPLEX…MARVIN SAYS THEY ARE STILL IN NEED OF ADULT VOLUNTEERS…FOR MORE INFO, CALL 386-2590….

ORGANIZERS ARE GETTING READY FOR THE GIANT CHARITY AUCTION IN RAINY RIVER ON SATURDAY …THE EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER TO HELP SUPPORT THE RAINY RIVER LOCUM RENTAL HOUSE PROJECT….THE EVENT IS SET TO START AT 10 AM….THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE RAINY RIVER TOWN GARAGE, WHICH IS LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF ATWOOD AVENUE AND 6TH STREET…MANY ITEMS HAVE BEEN DONATED FOR THE EVENT ,INCLUDING KITCHENWARE, TO APPLIANCES, TO FURNITURE, TVS, MICROWAVES, STEREOS, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, TOYS, BOOKS, SPORTING GOODS, TOOLS, ANTIQUES, COLLECTABLES, CHRISTMAS DÉCOR AND MORE….ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE RAINY RIVER LOCUM HOUSE PROJECT….

THE IDENTITIES HAVE BEEN RELEASED AND PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY RESULTS INDICATE TWO MEN FOUND DEAD IN A BOAT ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF LAKE OF THE WOODS DIED OF ACCIDENTAL CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING…. LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY A THIRD MAN REMAINED HOSPITALIZED…. LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED ABOUT 11:30 P.M. SUNDAY TO AN AREA NEAR BIRCH BEACH, NORTH OF WILLIAMS ON LAKE OF THE WOODS… WHEN AUTHORITIES ARRIVED, THEY FOUND THE BODIES OF 44-YEAR-OLD LONNIE RAY NORBERG AND 35-YEAR-OLD JEFFREY EDWARD WHEELER, BOTH OF CHAMPLIN, MINNESOTA…A THIRD MAN, 43-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER ANDREW KLICK OF CRYSTAL, WAS TAKEN TO ALTRU HOSPITAL IN GRAND FORKS….THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES WITH  THE MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION  ASSISTING ….

 MINNESOTA CROPS CONTINUE TO FEEL STRESS FROM WARMER-THAN-NORMAL TEMPERATURES…THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAID THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE LAST WEEK WAS 76.7 DEGREES, NEARLY 12 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL….AN AVERAGE OF  0.66 INCH OF RAIN FELL STATEWIDE…THAT’S 0.15 INCH BELOW NORMAL…NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN REGIONS OF MINNESOTA RECEIVED HIGHER RAINFALL AMOUNTS….DESPITE THE RAINFALL, STATEWIDE TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS CONTINUE TO DROP…TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS NOW RATED 66 PERCENT VERY SHORT TO SHORT COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR WHILE SUBSOIL MOISTURE IS 61 PERCENT VERY SHORT TO SHORT…. SOYBEAN DEVELOPMENT REMAINS BEHIND THE NORMAL PACE….NINETY-FOUR PERCENT OF SOYBEANS WERE SETTING PODS, NINE DAYS BEHIND NORMAL….ONLY 8 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE TURNING YELLOW, WELL BEHIND LAST YEAR’S 52 PERCENT AND THE AVERAGE OF 23 PERCENT… 

SAME-SEX COUPLES HAVE OBTAINED NEARLY 1 OF EVERY 3 MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED IN MINNESOTA SINCE THEY GOT THE LEGAL RIGHT TO WED…THAT’S THE FINDING OF A STATEWIDE SURVEY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OF THE EARLIEST IMPACT OF THE NEW GAY MARRIAGE LAW… THE A-P GOT INFORMATION FROM 83 OF 87 COUNTIES…THREE OF EVERY FOUR LICENSES FOR GAY COUPLES WERE ISSUED IN THE STATE’S TWO MOST POPULOUS COUNTIES, HENNEPIN AND RAMSEY… BETWEEN 10 AND 100 IN POLK COUNTY…BETWEEN ONE IN NINE IN BELTRAMI,  PENNINGTON,  CLEARWATER, AND  KOOCHICHING…NO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN ROSEAU,  LAKE OF THE WOODS, KITTSON, RED LAKE, MARSHALL,  OR MAHNOMEN COUNTIES…IN TOTAL,  29 COUNTIES THAT RESPONDED, NO GAY COUPLES SOUGHT LICENSES…THE STATE BECAME THE 12TH TO ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BEGINNING AUG. 1… 

THE 2013 ROSEAU COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAYS BEGIN THURSDAY IN WARROAD….RESIDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THEIR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TO THE WARROAD CITY SHOP FROM 1-4PM THURSDAY FOR COLLECTION…FOR MOST TYPES OF MATERIALS, THERE IS NO CHARGE…BUT SOME ITEMS, INCLUDING FLUORESCENT LIGHTS,  THERE IS A NOMINAL CHARGE…FOR ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CALL THE ROSEAU COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICE AT 463-3750 OR 463-4248…OR THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE HOTLINE AT 1-800-637-2090…COLLECTION DAYS WILL BE HELD IN ROSEAU THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12 AT THE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT FROM 1-4PM…THEN FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH IN BADGER AT THE COUNTY SHOP FROM 10AM TO NOON…AND THAT AFTERNOON IN GREENBUSH AT THE SHEEP PALACE FROM 2-4PM…

AUTHORITIES FROM LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY AND THE MINNESOTA B-C-A ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A BOAT,  WITH 2 DEAD AND ANOTHER INJURED, CAME ASHORE ON LAKE OF THE WOODS MONDAY MORNING….IN A NEWS RELEASE ISSUED TODAY, THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY GOT THE REPORT AROUND 11:33 PM SUNDAY NIGHT OF A BOAT  THAT FLOATED TO SHORE IN THE BIRCH BEACH AREA ON LAKE OF THE WOODS NORTH OF WILLIAMS…AUTHORITIES SAY, UPON ARRIVAL, THEY DISCOVERED TWO MEN, AGES 44 AND 35,  DEAD…. ANOTHER VICTIM, A 43 YEAR OLD MALE, WAS TRANSPORTED BY THE LAKE OF THE WOODS AMBULANCE TO LAKEWOOD HEALTH CENTER IN BAUDETTE….THE CAUSE AND MANNER OF DEATH WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE RAMSEY COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE….THE MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION IS ASSISTING WITH THE INVESTIGATION…NO OTHER DETAILS AND NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME, BUT AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE VICTIMS ARE NOT FROM THE LOCAL AREA… 

HIGHWAY 89, SOUTH OF WANNASKA, HAS REOPENED TO TRAFFIC AFTER BEING CLOSED FOR MOST OF THE SEASON…MNDOT SAYS REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED ON THE BRIDGE OVER THE SOUTH FORK ROSEAU RIVER….THE COST OF THE PROJECT WAS AROUND 787 THOUSAND DOLLARS…

A ROSEAU COUNTY RESIDENT HAS WON THE “ OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZENS AWARD” FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA FOR 2013…THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE  AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR THIS WEEK… 97 YEAR OLD KELLY CHRISTIANSEN FALK, OF ROSEAU, HAS WON THE AWARD THAT RECOGNIZES MINNESOTA’S OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZEN…ITS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST TIME A ROSEAU COUNTY RESIDENT HAS WON THE HONOR….KELLY WAS CHOSEN OUT OF A POOL OF NOMINEES FROM EACH COUNTY IN THE STATE…WINNERS ARE CHOSEN FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE SINCE REACHING THE AGE OF 65…KELLY WAS ON THE KQ92 MORNING DRIVE FRIDAY AND SAYS WHEN SHE HEARD HER NAME SHE WAS SURPRISED AND MOVED…FALK WAS A LONGTIME ROSEAU SCHOOL TEACHER…FOLLOWING HER RETIREMENT IN 1982, SHE WAS INVOLVED IN THE FOUNDING OF ROSEAU FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY AND ROSEAU AREA ARTS ASSOCIATION…FALK HAS BEEN A LEADER IN MANY OTHER AREA ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL… …THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR, THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR FOUNDATION, AND THE FEDERATION OF COUNTY FAIRS…


DEER HUNTERS WHO USE A FIREARM OR MUZZLELOADER IN A LOTTERY AREA AND WANT TO HARVEST AN ANTLERLESS DEER MUST APPLY FOR AN EITHER-SEX PERMIT BY THIS COMING THURSDAY, SEPT. 5…THAT IS THE DEADLINE ESTABLISHED BY THE MINNESOTA D-N-R…DEADLINES FOR FIREARM AND MUZZLELOADER SPECIAL HUNTS ALSO ARE SEPT. 5….OFFICIALS SAY HUNTERS CAN APPLY FOR LOTTERY DEER AREAS USING BOTH THEIR FIREARM AND MUZZLELOADER LICENSES…ALTHOUGH A HUNTER CAN BE SELECTED FOR BOTH LICENSES, SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS STILL CAN ONLY TAKE ONE DEER…FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG WHILE, SOME AREA ZONES WILL SEEING A LOTTERY….THE DNR SAYS 2013 LOTTERY DEER AREAS IN OUR REGION INCLUDE: 101, 103, 105, 108, 110, 111, 260, 261,  263,  267, AND 268….IN LOTTERY DEER AREAS, FIREARMS AND MUZZLELOADER HUNTERS MAY ONLY HARVEST A BUCK UNLESS THEY APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE AN EITHER-SEX PERMIT, WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO HARVEST AN ANTLERLESS DEER….ALL LOTTERY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE PERMITS VIA U.S. MAIL…HUNTERS MAY APPLY FOR AN EITHER-SEX PERMIT THROUGH ANY DNR LICENSE AGENT, ONLINE OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 888-665-4236….

U-CARE WILL  OFFER INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS IN THE AREA  ON  ITS MEDICARE PLAN OPTIONS AND “MEDICARE 101”… THE INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS ABOUT ITS UCARE FOR SENIORS HEALTH PLAN OPTIONS…  CARE FOR SENIORS HAS MORE THAN 95 THOUSAND MEMBERS ACROSS MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN…UCARE FOR SENIORS HEALTH PLAN INFORMATION MEETINGS IN THIS AREA WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 AT  11 A.M., AT THE HALLOCK SENIOR CENTER,  IN  HALLOCK ….AND THEN AT   2 P.M., AT THE ROSEAU SENIOR CENTER, IN ROSEAU ….

MOTORISTS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE ABLE TO TRAVEL ON HIGHWAY 1 EAST OF REDBY WHEN THE DETOUR IS REMOVED THIS AFTERNOON….THE ROAD WAS CLOSED ON JUNE 3 SO CREWS COULD REPLACE THE BRIDGE OVER THE BLACKDUCK RIVER LOCATED 10 MILES EAST OF REDBY….CONSTRUCTION ON THE MUD RIVER BRIDGE, A HALF-MILE EAST OF REDBY, IS STILL UNDERWAY…MNDOT SAYS MOTORISTS WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE MINOR DELAYS UNTIL CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW BRIDGE IS COMPLETED IN MID-OCTOBER, WEATHER PERMITTING…THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE WILL THEN BE CONTROLLED WITH LANE CLOSURES AND FLAGGERS AS TRAFFIC IS TRANSITIONED TO THE NEW BRIDGE…MOTORISTS MAY ENCOUNTER MINIMAL DELAYS NEAR THE BLACKDUCK RIVER AS CONSTRUCTION CREWS WRAP UP THAT PROJECT WITH FINAL DETAILS…

NORTHEASTERN NORTH DAKOTA AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM OF A TRACTOR FIRE THIS WEEK, AS 79 YEAR OLD  CHARLES  SLOMINSKI, OF ARDOCH (ARE-DOCK)….AUTHORITIES RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF TRACTOR FIRE 1 MILE EAST OF INTERSTATE 29 AND THREE-QUARTERS MILE SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 15 ON MONDAY EVENING….THE BODY OF SLOMINSKI WAS FOUND INSIDE THE VEHICLE AFTER FIREFIGHTERS PUT THE FIRE OUT…THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION….. 

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R SAYS THE WOLF SUSPECTED OF ATTACKING A TEENAGER DURING A CAMPING TRIP IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA HAS TESTED NEGATIVE FOR RABIES….THE WOLF THAT WAS TESTED WAS TRAPPED AND KILLED MONDAY AT WEST WINNIE CAMPGROUND ON LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH….SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD NOAH GRAHAM, OF SOLWAY, WAS CAMPING WITH FIVE FRIENDS LAST WEEKEND WHEN HE WAS BITTEN IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD, A WOUND WHICH TOOK 17 STAPLES TO CLOSE….THE D-N-R IS WAITING FOR DNA TEST RESULTS TO CONFIRM WHETHER A WOLF TRAPPED AND KILLED IS THE ANIMAL THAT ATTACKED GRAHAM…OFFICIALS THINK IT’S THE FIRST DOCUMENTED SERIOUS-INJURY WOLF ATTACK ON A HUMAN IN MINNESOTA….MEANWHILE, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE HAS REOPENED THE CAMPGROUND, WHICH HAD BEEN CLOSED SINCE SATURDAY…

 

 

VISITOR ACCESS TO THE ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK HARBOR ON LAKE OF THE WOODS WILL BE CLOSED TO BOTH LANDING AND LAUNCHING BOATS SEPT. 9 THROUGH NOV. 22 AS A TWO-PHASE HARBOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BEGINS….DOUG EASTHOUSE, ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK MANAGER, SAYS ONCE COMPLETED,  VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO FIND A DEEPER, EXTENDED HARBOR WITH ADDITIONAL DOCKS AND A STURDY NEW SEA WALL….PHASE I OF THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE DREDGING THE HARBOR, REPLACING THE SEA WALL AND ADDING MORE DOCKS…OFFICIALS SAID DURING CONSTRUCTION, ACCESS FROM LAND AND WATER WILL BE PROHIBITED AND THE PARKING LOT, BOAT RAMP AND HARBOR WILL BE CLOSED TO BOATS LANDING OR DOCKING…THE BEACH AND CAMPGROUNDS WILL REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT CONSTRUCTION….HUNTING IN THE PARK WILL OCCUR AS PLANNED…THE ROAD LEADING TO THE HARBOR AND WATER ACCESS WILL BE CLOSED TO VISITORS PAST ANGLERS CAMPGROUND….ALL OTHER ROAD CORRIDORS WILL REMAIN OPEN…PLANNING FOR PHASE II OF THE PROJECT WILL BEGIN THIS WINTER AND WILL INCLUDE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PARKING LOT AND FISH-CLEANING BUILDING, PROVISION OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY AND AN AREA FOR AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL….FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT THROUGH THE U. S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND THE DNR WATER RECREATION ACCOUNT….

THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A PUBLIC NOTIFICATION THAT A LEVEL THREE PREDATORY OFFENDER IS LIVING NEAR SALOL….27  YEAR OLD MARC GORMAN BEITO HAD BEEN LIVING IN THE THIEF RIVER FALLS AREA….BEITO  IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT MINNESOTA LAW REQUIRES THAT HE REGISTER AS A PREDATORY OFFENDER AND THE PUBLIC BE NOTIFIED ON CHANGE OF ADDRESS….

NORTHWEST ONTARIO AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT AFTER TWO MEN WERE ASSAULTED IN GRASSY  NARROWS  THIS WEEK…. ON MONDAY,  AT APPROXIMATELY 7:30PM, MEMBERS OF THE TREATY THREE POLICE SERVICE  WERE DISPATCHED TO A RESIDENCE IN GRASSY NARROWS FIRST NATION TERRITORY REGARDING A REPORT OF AN ASSAULT… WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED THEY LOCATED TWO INJURED MALES WHO WERE TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL IN KENORA AS A RESULT OF REQUIRING MEDICAL ATTENTION… ONE MALE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED AND THE OTHER MALE HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THUNDER BAY FOR FURTHER MEDICAL CARE…AS A RESULT OF THIS ONGOING INVESTIGATION, POLICE HAVE ARRESTED AND CHARGED 32 YEAR OLD EVERETTE BROWN  WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT…. HE WAS REMANDED INTO CUSTODY UNTIL FRIDAY… TREATY THREE POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE, NORTHWEST REGION CRIME UNIT UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DETECTIVE INSPECTOR DAN DAVIDSON OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCH…POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT TO CALL THE OPP AT 1-888-310-1122 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477…

THE WARROAD SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON….THE OPEN HOUSE INCLUDES ORIENTATION SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS…THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ORIENTATION STARTS AT 3PM AND 5PM  IN THE ELEMENTARY CAFETERIA…HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION WILL BE HELD AT 4PM AND 530PM IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MINI THEATER…IN ADDITION SCHOOL TOURS WILL BE GIVEN AND TACOS WILL BE SERVED FROM 4-6PM, IN ADDITION TO POPCORN…. 

A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY SUSTAINED NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES WHEN HE WAS APPARENTLY BITTEN BY A WOLF AT A CAMPGROUND ON LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING….THE D-N-R SAYS BEFORE THIS INCIDENT, A SERIOUS INJURY OR FATAL ATTACK ON A HUMAN BY A WOLF HAD NEVER BEEN DOCUMENTED IN MINNESOTA…. THE D-N-R TOM PROVOST SAYS THE ANIMAL MIGHT HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING TO FEED ITSELF…THE BOY, 16-YEAR-OLD  NOAH GRAHAM, OF SOLWAY, SUSTAINED MULTIPLE PUNCTURE WOUNDS AND A CUT ON HIS HEAD ABOUT 11 CENTIMETERS LONG WHICH REQUIRED MULTIPLE STAPLES TO CLOSE…EARLY MONDAY MORNING, A WOLF MATCHING THE DESCRIPTION OF THE ANIMAL IN THE ATTACK WAS TRAPPED AND KILLED AT THE CAMPGROUND….OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF THE RABIES TESTS…  

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MISSING FEMALE YOUTH FROM STEINBACH….AUTHORITIES SAID ON FRIDAY,  STEINBACH R-C-M-P RECEIVED A REPORT OF A RUNAWAY YOUTH FROM A HOME IN THE CITY OF STEINBACH…POLICE LEARNED THAT THE YOUTH MAY BE TRAVELING BY BUS TO CALGARY, ALBERTA TO BE WITH HER BIRTH MOTHER….POLICE ARE NOW ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING 14 YEAR OLD JESSICA KLASSEN….JESSICA IS DESCRIBED AS CAUCASIAN,  5’4″ TALL, SLENDER BUILD, SHOULDER LENGTH BLACK HAIR, BLUE EYES AND A PIERCED LIP….ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE STEINBACH R-C-M-P DETACHMENT AT (204) 326-4452 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477….  

MINNESOTA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY THE WORLD’S OLDEST KNOWN WILD BLACK BEAR HAS DIED OF OLD AGE AT 39 AND A HALF…BEAR “NUMBER 56”  WAS FIRST CAPTURED AND RADIO-COLLARED IN 1981 WHEN RONALD REAGAN WAS EARLY IN HIS FIRST TERM…THE BEAR WAS 7 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME AND WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THREE CUBS…D-N-R RESEARCHER KAREN BOYCE RECENTLY FOUND THE BEAR’S DECOMPOSED BODY IN A SECLUDED, WOODED AREA IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA…SHE SAYS ALL INDICATIONS ARE THAT IT DIED A QUIET DEATH FROM NATURAL CAUSES…SHE CALLS IT “A FITTING DEATH FOR A FINE OLD BEAR”…RESEARCHERS SUSPECT BEAR NO. 56′S LONGEVITY PROBABLY IS BEST ATTRIBUTED TO A COMBINATION OF LIVING IN A REMOTE AREA WITH FEW HUMANS OR MAJOR ROADS, WARINESS OF PEOPLE AND LUCK….

THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION THIS AFTERNOON STARTING AT 5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS…THE COUNCIL’S AGENDA INCLUDES DISCUSSIONS ON THE LATEST NORTHSTAR UPDATE AND AN A-T-T ANTENNA LEASE ON THE CITY’S WATERTOWER… 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET TUESDAY MORNING BEGINNING AT 9AM AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN BAUDETTE…THE BOARD’S AGENDA INCLUDES THE CONSIDERATION FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR PASKVAN MEDIA….AND THE BOARD WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING AT 1PM TO ESTABOLISH CARTWAY… 

WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES AND DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN PARTS OF THE STATE, FIRE OFFICIALS ARE WARNING ABOUT THE RISK OF WILDFIRES AND URGING PEOPLE TO BE CAREFUL IN DRY AREAS….TOM FASTELAND IS A COORDINATOR WITH THE MINNESOTA INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER IN GRAND RAPIDS…HE SAYS PART OF THE STATE IS STILL COVERED WITH GREEN VEGETATION, WHICH REDUCES THE RISK OF FIRE, BUT THE LANDSCAPE CAN CHANGE QUICKLY IN A HEAT WAVE….HE SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD BE CAREFUL IN RECREATIONAL PARTS OF THE STATE….HE SAYS AREAS AROUND BEMIDJI, DETROIT LAKES AND CASS LAKE ARE DRY, AND IN PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL MINNESOTA THE FIRE-DANGER RATING IS “HIGH” OR “VERY HIGH”…THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HAS BEEN RAMPING UP ITS STAFFING LEVELS AND WATCHING FOR INCREASED CHANCES OF WILDFIRES…. 

THERE WILL BE AN ORIENTATION PROGRAM FOR ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL 7TH GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS TUESDAY…THE PROGRAM BEGINS  AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE ROSEAU SCHOOL THEATRE….

AT SOME POINT IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE RAINY RIVER AND THE RED RIVER WILL BE TARGETED, BUT THE MISSISSIPPI IS THE FIRST OF MINNESOTA’S FIVE LARGEST RIVERS FOR A WATER QUALITY MONITORING EFFORT BY THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY….THE M-P-C-A SAYS MONITORING CREWS ARE ABOUT HALF WAY THROUGH A 10-YEAR EFFORT TO ASSESS THE CONDITION OF SMALLER RIVERS, STREAMS AND LAKES THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA’S 81 WATERSHEDS…THE STATE’S LARGEST RIVERS — THE MISSISSIPPI, MINNESOTA, RAINY, RED AND ST. CROIX — WILL BE SAMPLED OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS…DURING THE 2013-14 MONITORING SEASONS, THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WILL BE MONITORED FROM ITS HEADWATERS IN ITASCA STATE PARK DOWN TO ST. ANTHONY FALLS IN MINNEAPOLIS…THIS MONITORING IS DESIGNED TO MEASURE AND EVALUATE THE CONDITION OF RIVERS AND STREAMS BY SAMPLING FISH, AQUATIC INVERTEBRATES, HABITAT, FISH TISSUE, AND WATER CHEMISTRY….THE AGENCY SAYS THE SAMPLING RESULTS WILL BE COMPARED TO THE APPROPRIATE M-P-C-A STANDARDS… IF SAMPLES DO NOT MEET THOSE STANDARDS, THE SAMPLING LOCATION COULD BE CONSIDERED IMPAIRED…. 

THE 2013  “WARROAD WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS” EVENT IS SET FOR SEPTEMBER 14TH THIS YEAR…LAST YEAR, THE ANNUAL EVENT -IN ONLY IT’S 3RD YEAR-  WAS RANKED FOURTH IN THE ENTIRE NATION FOR RURAL WALKS BASED ON DONATIONS AND PARTICIPATION….JILL WULFF, CO-CHAIR OF THE WARROAD WALK, SAYS THAT IS A TREMENDOUS HONOR, BUT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR MORE PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE AREA TO HELP FIGHT A RAPIDLY GROWING KILLER…THE WALK EVENT THIS YEAR WILL ONCE AGAIN BE HELD AT THE WARROAD AREA LIVING CENTER, WITH A TWO MILE WALK AND FREE LUNCH AND OTHER ACTIVITIES…WULFF SAYS THE EVENT BEGINS WITH REGISTRATION AND WILL CONCLUDE WITH A FREE LUNCH AFTER THE WALK…WULFF SAYS EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE, WHETHER YOU WALK, RIDE, RUN OR ARE IN A WHEEL CHAIR…AND ANYTIME IS OK TO REGISTER…TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFO, GO TO THE WEB AT alz.org AND FIND THE WARROAD WALK…OR FOR MORE INFO, OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A SPONSOR OR DONATE ITEMS OR FUNDS,  CALL JILL AT 1-218- 425-7401, OR WALK CO-CHAIR PAULA PETERSON AT 463-2833… 

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA IS RECEIVING 500  THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WORK ON ENERGY RESEARCH…THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY GRANT WILL GO TOWARD A PROJECT TO DEVELOP COMPONENTS FOR AN ADVANCED GAS TURBINE THAT WILL CAPTURE AND USE NATURAL GAS…U-N-D OFFICIALS SAY RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO PRODUCE CLEAN ENERGY WHILE REDUCING FLARING…THE GRAND FORKS SCHOOL IS ONE OF 10 UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY SELECTED FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH….

AUTHORITIES IN THE RAINY RIVER ONTARIO AREA ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING A MISSING YOUTH…ON THURSDAY AT 11:25 AM.  OFFICERS OF THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT OF THE O-P-P  RECEIVED A REPORT OF A MISSING FEMALE YOUTH, 16 YEAR OLD CREE JACK-ROULETTE,  OF RAINY RIVER, WHO APPARENTLY LEFT HER RESIDENCE FOR DIRECTIONS UNKNOWN…SHE IS DESCRIBED AS A FIRST NATION FEMALE, 4’8″ TALL, 150 LBS, MEDIUM BUILD, FAIR COMPLEXION, SHOULDER LENGTH BROWN HAIR WITH BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS ON HER BANGS, AND BROWN EYES…. SHE HAS A LIP PIERCING AS WELL…SHE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BLACK LEGGINGS WITH A BLACK/GREY LONG SLEEVE SHIRT WITH STRIPES….IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF MS. JACK-ROULETTE, THEY ARE ASKLED TO CONTACT THE O-P-P AT 1-888-310-1122…. 

THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL  HAS ANNOUNCED  THE OPENING OF A SPECIAL EXHIBIT HONORING AND SHOWCASING THE WORK OF A FORMER ROSEAU WOMAN…THE MAGGI ADAMS  EXHIBIT IS AT THE  GALLERY IN THE RIVER WALK ARTISTS GALLERY AND GIFT SHOP IN EAST GRAND FORKS…MAGGI ADAMS’ FOURTEEN ORIGINAL PIECES OF ART ARE ON LOAN FROM THE ROSEAU AREA LIBRARY…THE WORK ON DISPLAY IS A SERIES OF PAINTINGS THAT ARE FOUND WITHIN THE CHILDREN’S BOOK “IGGAM’S DREAMS”… “IGGAM’S DREAM” WAS CREATED BY ROSEAU FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY AFTER MAGGIE PASSED AWAY IN 2002 AS A WAY OF BRINGING TOGETHER HER LIFE’S WORK…MAGGI ADAMS, LIVED FROM 1967 – 2002 IN ROSEAU AND WROTE COUNTLESS FEATURE STORIES…HER HUSBAND WILLIAM ADAMS, WAS EDITOR-PUBLISHER OF THE ROSEAU TIMES REGION UNTIL THEIR RETIREMENT AT THE END OF 1983… “IGGAM’S DREAMS” WAS PUBLISHED IN 2003… MAGGI ADAM’S ORIGINAL ARTWORK, ON LOAN FROM THE ROSEAU AREA LIBRARY, MAY BE VIEWED IN THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ART COUNCIL GALLERY NOW THRU  SEPTEMBER 22ND….THE EXHIBIT WILL BE FEATURED DURING THE ART AND WINE WALK ON SEPTEMBER 21ST…. THE ART COUNCIL GALLERY AND RIVER WALK ARTISTS ARE LOCATED IN THE RIVER WALK MALL,  ON DEMERS AVENUE, IN EAST GRAND FORKS….

A SECOND PERSON HAS DROWNED THIS WEEK ON LAKE OF THE WOODS IN ONTARIO…NORTHWEST ONTARIO O-P-P SAYS ON WEDNESDAY, APPROXIMATELY  4:13 PM, MEMBERS OF THE KENORA DETACHMENT AND TREATY THREE POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A VEHICLE IN THE WATER SOMEWHERE BETWEEN KENORA AND KEEWATIN…AUTHORITIES SAY IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS EASTBOUND ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE WHEN IT CROSSED THE WESTBOUND LANE AND ENTERED THE LAKE OF THE WOODS EAST OF THE CAMERON BAY BRIDGE….O-P-P AND TREATY THREE OFFICERS ON THE SCENE WERE ABLE TO REMOVE THE DRIVER WHO WAS THE LONE OCCUPANT FROM THE SUBMERGED VEHICLE AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF FIRE AND AMBULANCE PERSONNEL GET HIM TO THE WAITING AMBULANCE…CITIZENS AT THE SCENE ALSO PROVIDED ASSISTANCE… THE DRIVER WHO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 48 YEAR OLD ROBERT CHISEL,  OF KENORA,  WAS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT THE TIME AND WAS LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS DISTRICT HOSPITAL…A POST MORTEM EXAMINATION IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS DISTRICT HOSPITAL IN KENORA…THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER 52 YEAR OLD GARY DUECK, OF STEINBACH MANITOBA, DROWNED AFTER HE FELL OFF HIS PADDLE BOARD NEAR PINE PORTAGE BAY ON LAKE OF THE WOODS… 

MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 59 IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE THE SIGNED DETOUR AS WORK CONTINUES OVER THE CLEARWATER RIVER BRIDGE NEAR PLUMMER…MNDOT SAYS MOTORISTS MAY EXPERIENCE DELAYS AS CLOSURES OCCUR ON NON-DETOUR ROADS IN THE AREA…. THE DETOUR FOLLOWS HIGHWAY 92, HIGHWAY 32 AND PENNINGTON COUNTY ROAD 3….THE PROJECT WILL LAST UNTIL MID-SEPTEMBER, WEATHER PERMITTING…THE PROJECT IS PROJECTED TO COST 1.1 MILLION…..

MEANWHILE, MNDOT SAYS  CULVERT CLEANING AND REPAIR  WILL TAKE PLACE ON HIGHWAYS ACROSS NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA…THIS INCLUDES HIGHWAYS IN BELTRAMI, CASS, CLEARWATER, HUBBARD, ITASCA, KITTSON, MARSHALL, NORMAN, PENNINGTON, AND POLK COUNTIES…MNDOT SAYS MOTORISTS MAY ENCOUNTER SHOULDER CLOSURES AND BRIEF DELAYS AS CREWS CONDUCT CULVERT MAINTENANCE AT NUMEROUS LOCATIONS ALONG STATE HIGHWAYS….CREWS WILL TEMPORARILY BE OPERATING HEAVY EQUIPMENT ALONG THE HIGHWAY SHOULDER, AND RIGHT OF WAY, TO CLEAR THE CULVERT AND INSTALL A NEW LINER…WEATHER PERMITTING, WORK WILL TYPICALLY LAST ONLY A DAY OR TWO AT EACH LOCATION….THE OVERALL PROJECT WILL LAST THROUGH DECEMBER…. 

ORGANIZERS ARE PUTTING THE LAST TOUCHES ON A MAJOR GREENBUSH POOL FUNDRAISER PARTY THAT IS SET FOR FRIDAY ON MAIN STREET IN GREENBUSH…THE FUNDRAISING FUN NIGHT BEGINS WITH THE SERVING OF A MEAL AT 5PM: BURGER BAR OR SMOKED TURKEY SANDWICH WITH SALADS, DESERT AND BEVERAGE…KIDS ACTIVITIES START AT 5PM, WHICH INCLUDES GAMES AND INFLATABLES…OTHER EVENTS INCLUDE A LIVE AUCTION AT 7PM, FOLLOWED BY  MUSIC, CONCESSIONS, BEER GARDEN, AND PHOTO BOOTH ALSO AVAILABLE…ORGANIZERS SAY THIS YEAR’S GOAL IS TO RAISE 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS… 

THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS THE WILDFIRE DANGER HAS BEEN RISING ACROSS MINNESOTA…PRECIPITATION OVER THE LAST 30 DAYS HAS BEEN HALF THE NORMAL LEVEL OVER MOST OF THE STATE, SO FIRE MANAGERS ARE URGING PEOPLE TO USE CAUTION IN DRY AREAS…WHILE MINNESOTA HAS HAD RELATIVELY FEW WILDFIRES THIS SUMMER, A PREDICTED DRY SPELL FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO COULD CHANGE THAT QUICKLY…THE FIRE DANGER IS RATED HIGH ACROSS THE CENTRAL PART OF MINNESOTA FROM PINE COUNTY IN THE EAST TO THE NORTH DAKOTA BORDER, AND FROM MARSHALL COUNTY TO LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY IN WESTERN MINNESOTA…..D-N-R FORESTRY AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST FIRE POTENTIAL ARE BEMIDJI, PARK RAPIDS, BACKUS, LITTLE FALLS, SANDSTONE, AND LANDS NORTH OF CAMBRIDGE AND SOUTH OF CLOQUET…. 

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AUTHORITIES HAVE FOUND THE BODY OF A SOUTHEASTERN MANITOBA MAN  WHO WENT MISSING MONDAY AFTERNOON ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….THE O-P-P DEPLOYED THEIR UNDERWATER SEARCH AND RECOVERY UNIT TO FIND THE MAN , 52 YEAR OLD GARY DUECK, OF STEINBACH, MANITOBA…DUECK WENT MISSING AROUND 5PM MONDAY AFTER HE FELL OFF HIS PADDLE BOARD NEAR PINE PORTAGE BAY ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….DUECK’S  BODY WAS RECOVERED TUESDAY AT NOON….NO FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE MAN’S DEATH WERE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE…A POST MORTEM EXAMINATION IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS DISTRICT HOSPITAL IN KENORA…. 

A PENNINGTON COUNTY MAN  IS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO EXTORT 500 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM A FORMER NEIGHBOR BY LEAVING A LETTER IN HIS MAILBOX THREATENING TO KILL HIM AND HIS FAMILY IF HE DID NOT COMPLY….PENNINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICIALS SAY TWO PAGES OF A HANDWRITTEN, MISSPELLED  LETTER SAID THREE SHARPSHOOTERS WERE WATCHING THE FORMER NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE AND THAT THE RESIDENCE WAS BUGGED AND THE PHONE WAS TAPPED… IT INSTRUCTED THE MAN TO DELIVER THE MONEY IN THREE INSTALLMENTS TO A CERTAIN MILE MARKER ON A PARTICULAR HIGHWAY…FIFTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD GERALD SUNSDAHL IS CHARGED WITH MAKING TERRORISTIC THREATS AND ATTEMPTED COERCION….THE PENNINGTON COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS SUNSDAHL ALSO MISUSED HIS POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HIS PARENTS’ ASSETS….IN ALL, THE OFFICE SAYS IT’S PREPARING SIX ADDITIONAL FELONY CHARGES AGAINST SUNSDAHL… SUNSDAHL REMAINS IN THE PENNINGTON COUNTY JAIL IN THIEF RIVER FALLS UNDER A BOND OF 10 THOUSAND CASH OR 100 THOUSAND SURETY….

AREA RESIDENTS HAVE THRU THIS FRIDAY TO DONATE FOR THE ANNUAL BORDER STATE BANK “OPERATION SCHOOL SUPPLIES” CAMPAIGN….BORDER STATE BANK’S,  ALLISON HARDER,  SAYS THE DRIVE HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE MORE AREA SCHOOLS….SHE TOLD KQ92 NEWS THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR OF THE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FUNDRAISER…HARDER SAYS LAST YEAR WAS SUCCESSFUL IN THE ROSEAU COMMUNITY…DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THRU THIS FRIDAY AT ANY BORDER STATE BANKS IN THE AREA :   ROSEAU, BAUDETTE, BADGER, MIDDLE RIVER AND THIEF RIVER FALLS…ITEMS YOU CAN DONATE INCLUDE USUAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPLIES SUCH AS PENCILS, PENS, ERASERS, SHARPENERS, RULERS, NOTEBOOKS, FOLDERS, CRAYONS AND MORE…FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT ANY OF THE BORDER STATE BANKS… 

A NORTHERN MINNESOTA CITY HAS LANDED AN INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE FRANCHISE….THE LEAGUE HAS GRANTED BEMIDJI AN EXPANSION FRANCHISE THAT WILL BEGIN PLAY IN FEBRUARY….THE CO-OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE CEDAR RAPIDS TITANS, CHRIS KOKALIS, WILL BE PRESIDENT AND CO-OWNER OF THE YET-TO-BE-NAMED BEMIDJI FRANCHISE….THE TEAM WILL PLAY IN BEMIDJI’S SANFORD CENTER, A 4,700-SEAT ARENA…IT WILL BE THE FIRST FORAY INTO PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FOR THE CITY…. THE IFL SEASON RUNS FROM FEBRUARY TO JUNE….EACH TEAM PLAYS A 14-GAME SCHEDULE WITH HALF OF THE GAMES AT HOME….  

THE MINNESOTA SOYBEAN RESEARCH AND PROMOTION COUNCIL HAS LAUNCHED A NEW WEBSITE TO SHOWCASE CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH….THE COUNCIL SAYS mnsoybeanresearch.com FEATURES THE LATEST IN CHECKOFF-FUNDED RESEARCH TO PROVIDE MINNESOTA FARMERS WITH NEW, MORE EFFICIENT AND PROFITABLE WAYS TO IMPROVE SOYBEAN YIELDS, QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE….     THE INTERACTIVE NATURE OF THE WEBSITE ALLOWS FARMERS TO DIRECTLY CONNECT WITH UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA RESEARCHERS TO GET ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON EVERYTHING FROM PEST AND WEED CONTROL TO BASIC SOYBEAN AGRONOMY….THE MINNESOTA SOYBEAN RESEARCH AND PROMOTION COUNCIL OVERSEES THE INVESTMENT OF SOYBEAN CHECKOFF DOLLARS ON BEHALF OF AROUND 25 THOUSAND  FARMERS IN MINNESOTA, UNDER FEDERAL RULES THAT REQUIRE ALL PRODUCERS TO PAY A FEE ON THE SOYBEANS THEY SELL….THIS MONEY IS USED TO PROMOTE, EDUCATE AND DEVELOP MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOYBEANS….

TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR WARROAD OVER THE WEEKEND…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ALONG HIGHWAY 11, ABOUT A MILE EAST OF WARROAD FRIDAY NIGHT JUST AFTER 9PM….THE PATROL SAYS 83 YEAR OLD FRANCIS MATLACHOWSKI  WAS WESTBOUND IN A VEHICLE THAT RAN OUT OF GAS…IT WAS DARK AND THE PAROL SAID MATLACHOWSKI DID NOT HAVE LIGHTS ON OR HAZARD LIGHTS ON WHILE WAITING…HE WAS PULLED OVER TO THE SHOULDER BUT PART OF HIS VEHICLE WAS STILL ON THE ROADWAY DUE TO LITTLE, OR NO, SHOULDER AREA…THE PATROL SAYS 33 YEAR OLD ERIC LINDQUIST, OF WARROAD, WAS IN HIS VEHICLE, ALSO WESTBOUND,  AND DID NOT SEE THE MATLACHOWSKI VEHICLE AND COLLIDED INTO THE REAR OF IT….MATLACHOWSKI RECEIVED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AND LINDQUIST RECEIVED ONLY MINOR INJURIES…BOTH VEHICLES WERE TOTALED IN THE ACCIDENT…

POLARIS INDUSTRIES HAS ANNOUNCED THE HIRE OF TIM LARSON TO THE NEWLY CREATED POSITION OF VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL CUSTOMER EXCELLENCE….HE WILL BEGIN WORK WITH THE COMPANY IN THIS ROLE IMMEDIATELY….POLARIS SAYS LARSON BRINGS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DEVELOPING CUSTOMER-CENTRIC INDUSTRY LEADERS IN CONSUMER PRODUCT, MANUFACTURING, TECHNOLOGY AND MULTI-CHANNEL BUSINESSES…FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS LARSON SERVED AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT JOSTENS…POLARIS SAYS IT HAS A STRONG EXISTING FOUNDATION, ONE FROM WHICH THE COMPANY INTENDS TO GROW THROUGH COLLABORATION BETWEEN LARSON, POLARIS DEALERS AND LEADERS FROM ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION, INCLUDING NORTH AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL SALES, SERVICE, BUSINESS UNITS, DIGITAL CHANNELS….

MINNESOTA FARMERS GOT PLENTY OF TIME IN THEIR FIELDS LAST WEEK, THANKS TO A STRING OF SUNNY DAYS…BUT THE LACK OF MOISTURE IS DRYING OUT TOPSOIL…THE U.S.D.A.SAID THAT AN AVERAGE OF ONLY A TENTH OF AN INCH OF RAIN FELL STATEWIDE FOR THE WEEK….SOME AREAS REPORTED NO RAIN AT ALL….BUT NORTH-CENTRAL MINNESOTA RECEIVED AN AVERAGE OF JUST OVER A HALF INCH OF RAIN….TOPSOIL MOISTURE FELL TO 52 PERCENT ADEQUATE TO SURPLUS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR…SUBSOIL MOISTURE WAS RATED 61 PERCENT ADEQUATE TO SURPLUS…STATE CLIMATOLOGIST MARK SEELEY SAYS MINNESOTA IS SUFFERING FROM “ABNORMAL DRYNESS,” BUT OFFICIALS ARE NOT PUTTING ANY COUNTIES BACK ON DROUGHT STATUS YET…FARMERS HAD 6.7 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELD WORK – THE MOST OF ANY WEEK THIS SEASON…. 

NORTHWEST ONTARIO AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING MAN IN THE NORTHERN AREAS OF LAKE OF THE WOODS…THE O-P-P SAYS ON MONDAY,  APPROXIMATELY 5PM, MEMBERS OF THE KENORA DETACHMENT OF THE O-P-P RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF PINE PORTAGE BAY ON LAKE OF THE WOODS REGARDING A MISSING MALE….THE 52 YEAR OLD MALE HAD BEEN PADDLE BOARDING ON THE LAKE WHEN HE FELL OFF THE BOARD AND DID NOT SURFACE…THE O-P-P MARINE UNIT AND UNDERWATER SEARCH AND RECOVERY UNIT ARE CONTINUING THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING MAN…THE IDENTITY OF THE MAN IS NOT BEING RELEASED AT THIS TIME PENDING THE RESULTS OF THE SEARCH….

THE NORTH AMERICAN STURGEON CHAMPIONSHIPS WERE HELD OVER THE WEEKEND IN BIRCHDALE ON THE RAINY RIVER…ORGANIZERS SAY THE TOURNAMENT DREW NEARLY300 ANGLERS…THE WINNING FISH WAS 59 1/2” LONG CAUGHT BY RAY ENGEL OF LONGVILLE, MINNESOTA (ALSO OWNS RECREATIONAL PLACE IN BIRCHDALE AREA) ….HIS WINNING STURGEON WAS WORTH $2085…THERE WAS A TIE FOR SECOND – A 58” FISH BY JOE THEIS OF BAUDETTE AND CYNDI HIEBERT OF INTERNATIONAL FALLS ….BOTH RECEIVED  GIFT CERTIFICATES TO NELSON’S FINE STORE IN BIRCHDALE…THE EVENT WAS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE BIRCHDALE COMMUNITY BUILDING….

 THE FRIENDS OF HAYES LAKE STATE PARK WILL HOLD A MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY, AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE HAYES LAKE STATE PARK HEADQUARTERS…. THE AGENDA INCLUDES DISCUSSION OF THE UPCOMING HAYES DAYS WHICH IS AUGUST 31… ALL ARE WELCOME… 

 LAKE OF THE WOODS AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASE SOME DETAILS INVOLVING A DRUG BUST RECENTLY IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY…. THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION AND U.S. BORDER PATROL, EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT THE SIMMONDS RESIDENCE LOCATED IN THE BIRCH BEACH AREA….POLICE SAID APPROXIMATELY 1.5 LBS OF MARIJUANA, 2 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, AND 2 THOUSAND 400 DOLLARS IN CASH WAS SEIZED….NO OTHER DETAILS WERE RELEASED…   

A GROUP OF MINNESOTANS WHO REMEMBER FALLEN SOLDIERS WITH VISITS TO THEIR FAMILIES,  IS COMING TO WARROAD THIS SATURDAY….”TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS” BEGAN IN MINNESOTA IN 2004…EACH FALL, THE GROUP MAKES A SPECIAL RIDE TO HONOR FALLEN HEROES… “TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS”  MEMBER, RANI WALDOCH SAYS THE GROUP WILL MAKE THEIR WAY FROM THE TWIN CITIES TO WARROAD SATURDAY WITH STOPS ALONG THE WAY INCLUDING GRAND RAPIDS AND KELLIHER…. WALDOCH IS SENDING OUT AN INVITATION TO EVERYONE THAT CAN JOIN THEM…THE GROUP IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN THE WARROAD AROUND  2:30PM SATURDAY AFTERNOON….FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T RIDE, THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO LINE THE ROADWAY ON THE EAST PART OF WARROAD TO GREET THE RIDERS AS THEY ARRIVE IN TOWN….THEY, ALONG WITH THE PUBLIC, ARE SCHEDULED TO VISIT WITH THE STEVE AND DONNA LADUKE FAMILY, IN TRIBUTE TO THEIR DAUGHTER, FELICIA, FROM 4-5PM AT THE LADUKE HOME IN THE WARROAD ESTATES…THE RIDERS WILL THEN MEET WITH THE PUBLIC AT THE ANNUAL WARROAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PICNIC THAT STARTS AT 5PM  AT THE POINT AREA IN WARROAD…THE PUBLIC  IS ALSO INVITED TO A SEND-OFF BREAKFAST FOR THE GROUP SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY MORNING AT THE WARROAD EAGLES CLUB BEGINNING AT 8AM AND GOING TIL NOON… 

THE 2013 NORTH AMERICAN STURGEON CHAMPIONSHIP IS SET FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON ON THE RAINY RIVER IN BIRCHDALE….THE EVENT IS BASED OUT OF NELSON PARK  AND  IS FROM 3PM TO 7PM…THE TOURNAMENT IS OPEN TO ALL AGES AND ANGLERS CAN FISH FROM SHORE OR A BOAT FOR CASH PRIZES…MIKE HANSON, WITH THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE, SAYS THE TOURNAMENT ALSO INCLUDES MANY YOUTH PRIZES AND DOOR PRIZES…THE ANNUAL EVENT IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE BIRCHDALE COMMUNITY BUILDING….FOR MORE INFO, CALL 218-634-1340 OR 218-634-2583… 

THE RAINY RIVER VALLEY AGRICULTURAL FALL FAIR RUNS THRU SATURDAY AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN EMO, ONTARIO…. 


Friday, August 16, 2013

1 – 3 pm ~ Beef & Dairy Cattle Show (Between Grandstand & 4H Barn)

2 – 8 pm ~ Dabber BINGO (Main Grounds Bingo Booth)

6 – 10 pm ~ Borderland Racing Association Stock Car Races (Grandstand)

8:30 pm ~ Passport Prize Drawings (Grandstand)


Saturday, August 17, 2013

8 am – 8 pm ~ Livestock Exhibits Open to the Public (Barns & Main Grounds)

8 am – 9:30 pm ~ Equipment Displays Open to the Public (Main Grounds)

8 am – 2 pm ~ 4H Beef & Dairy Cattle Shows (Between the Grandstand & 4H Barn)

8 am – 6 pm ~ Miniature, Draft & Light Horse Shows (Horse Arena)

9 am – 5 pm ~ Farm Progress Building Open (Arena – Downstairs)

10 am – 8 pm ~ Exhibition Hall Open (Exhibition Hall)

10:30 am ~ Best Dressed, Groomed & Mannered Team Judging (Horse Arena)

10:30 am ~ Parade Lineup (In Front of Emo Hospital)

11 am ~ Parade Judging (In Front of Emo Hospital)

Noon – Midnight ~ Select Shows Midway Open (Main Grounds)

Noon – Close ~ Beer Garden Open (Arena – Upstairs)

Noon – 1 pm ~ Parade (Starts at Hospital, Ends in Front of Grandstand)

2 – 8 pm ~ Dabber BINGO (Main Grounds Bingo Booth)

4 – 5:30 pm ~ 4H Steer Auction (Between the Grandstand & 4H Barn)

4:30 pm ~ Farm Progress Building Door Prize Drawings (Arena – Downstairs)

6 pm ~ Truck Raffle Drawing for 2013 GMC Sierra Crew Cab SL Nevada Edition (Grandstand)

6 – 10 pm ~ Borderland Racing Association Stock Car Races (Grandstand)

8:30 pm ~ Passport Prize Drawings (Grandstand) 

THE  2013 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAYS FOR ROSEAU COUNTY HAVE BEEN SET…THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE: 

THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 5TH  – WARROAD – CITY SHOP – 1 pm to 4 pm

 THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 12TH  – ROSEAU – COUNTY HIGHWAY

                   DEPARTMENT — 1 pm to 4 pm 

FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 13TH – BADGER – COUNTY SHOP – 10 am to Noon

                                                          GREENBUSH – SHEEP PALACE – 2 pm to 4 pm

 OFFICIALS SAY MOST TYPES OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED INCLUDING — PAINTS, PAINT RELATED PRODUCTS, CLEANERS, POISONS, FLAMMABLES, CHEMICALS, ETC.  (FREE OF CHARGE)

 FLUORESCENT LIGHTING OF ALL TYPES WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED.  (NOMINAL CHARGE)

 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL:  1-800-637-2090 (NW Minnesota Household Hazardous Waste Hotline), 218-463-3750 (Roseau County Environmental Office), or 218-463-4248 (Roseau County Coordinator’s Office).

 RACING ACTION RESUMES AT THE GREENBUSH RACE PARK ON SATURDAY NIGHT  FOR THE ELLIOT BAKER MEMORIAL CUP… PIT GATES OPEN AT 4:30 WITH HOT LAPS AT 6:30 AND RACING STARTING AT 7PM SHARP. ..

FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF A 2013 ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE SAY SHE HAS WENT MISSING WHILE ON VACATION IN ALABAMA THIS WEEK….18 YEAR OLD SAMANTHA BERNHARDT, FORMERLY OF ROSEAU AND LANCASTER, DISAPPEARED ON MONDAY AT 5:45PM  FROM THE HANGOUT RESTAURANT, IN GULF SHORES, ALABAMA….ACCORDING TO A POSTER THAT IS APPEARING ON FACEBOOK,  AND HAS BEEN POSTED IN THE SOUTHERN ALABAMA AREA, SAMANTHA WAS VACATIONING WITH HER FAMILY WHEN SHE WENT MISSING….INVESTIGATORS WITH THE GULF SHORES POLICE DEPARTMENT TOLD KQ92 NEWS THAT, AT THIS TIME, THEY BELIEVE THAT SAMANTHA’S DISAPPEARANCE IS NOT AN ABDUCTION AND IT IS POSSIBLY A RUNAWAY–CASE…INVESTIGATOR JASON WOODRUFF SAYS THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF FOUL PLAY AT THIS POINT AND THAT THEY ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH SAMANTHA’S FAMILY…ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE GULF SHORES POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 1-251-968-2431… 

GROUPS OPPOSED TO MINNESOTA’S WOLF HUNT HAVE STARTED A PETITION DRIVE TO STOP THE HUNTING SEASON SET FOR NOVEMBER…HOWLING FOR WOLVES IS LEADING THE EFFORT TO COLLECT MORE THAN 50 THOUSAND SIGNATURES TO PRESENT TO GOV. MARK DAYTON….HOWLING FOR WOLVES PRESIDENT MAUREEN HACKETT SAYS THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES’ OWN WOLF POPULATION SURVEY SHOWING A NEARLY 25 PERCENT DECLINE IN THE POPULATION IN FIVE YEARS IS REASON ENOUGH TO SUSPEND HUNTING…ADVOCATES CONTEND THE LOSS OF BREEDING WOLVES DURING THE HUNTING SEASON COULD AFFECT THE OVERALL POPULATION…D-N-R RESEARCHERS HAVE SAID MINNESOTA’S WOLF POPULATION CAN SUSTAIN A HUNT…OTHER GROUPS IN THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES, THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND SIERRA CLUB NORTH STAR CHAPTER….

THE RAILROAD CROSSING ON WASHINGTON STREET IN WARROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR MUCH OF THE DAY ON THURSDAY…CREWS WILL BE PERFORMING ROUTINE MAINTENANCE FROM APPROXIMATELY 7:30AM TO 6PM…. 

WARROAD SUMMER THEATRE’S FINAL RUN OF ITS FINAL SUMMER PRODUCTION OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND TIM RICE’S MUSICAL, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.  IS THIS WEEK….CURTAIN TIMES ARE 7:30 PM TODAY THRU SATURDAY AND A 2:00 PM MATINEE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON WILL MARK THE FINAL SHOW….FOR RESERVATIONS CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 218-386-3435…THE WARROAD SUMMER THEATER IS NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AT THE DOOR….THE ANNUAL END OF THE YEAR AWARDS BANQUET WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY AUGUST 19TH AT SPRINGSTEEL RESORT ….SOCIAL HOUR BEGINS AT 6:00 PM, DINNER AT 7:00 PM WITH AWARDS TO FOLLOW….THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC….

 

ANI PHARMACEUTICALS, IN BAUDETTE,  REPORTS NET REVENUES OF 6.2 MILLION FOR THE SECOND QUARTER 2013…\ A-N-I  ALSO RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS SIGNED A BINDING LETTER OF INTENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ORAL SOFT GEL PRESCRIPTION PRODUCT WITH SOFGEN(SOFF-JEN)  PHARMACEUTICALS  OF FLORIDA…. THE PRODUCT IS FOR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH…SOFGEN IS A ESTABLISHED IN FLORIDA AS A SPECIALIZED DEVELOPER AND MANUFACTURER OF NICHE PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS WITH HIGH BARRIERS TO ENTRY….SOFGEN IS PART OF THE PROCAPS GROUP, WHICH HAS A MANUFACTURING NETWORK WITH FACILITIES THROUGHOUT NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA….THE RAINY RIVER VALLEY AGRICULTURAL FALL FAIR RUNS THRU SATURDAY  AT THE FAIRGROUNDS IN EMO, ONTARIO….THE EVENT IS OVER 100 YEARS OLD AND FEATURES EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES….THURSDAY’S EVENTS INCLUDE  LIVESTOCK ENTERING THE GROUNDS , THE MIDWAY OPENING ON MAIN GROUNDS AT NOON….AT 6 PM WILL BE THE QUEEN TALENT SHOW & CROWNING FOLLOWED BY THE  MINI QUEEN & KING CONTEST ,  GO CART RACING AND MORE…..

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R  IS SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS TO SERVE ON THE NEW “BELTRAMI ISLAND LAND UTILIZATION PROJECT” CITIZEN INPUT PANEL….D-N-R COMMISSIONER TOM LANDWEHR  WILL SELECT AND APPOINT MEMBERS TO A TWO-YEAR TERM….OFFICIALS SAY THE PANEL WILL MEET TWICE PER YEAR TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE D-N-R AND CITIZENS ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BELTRAMI ISLAND LAND UTILIZATION PROJECT COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN, ADOPTED MARCH 29TH THIS YEAR…. LORI DOWLING-HANSON, D-N-R NORTHWEST REGION DIRECTOR, SAYS THE PLAN ESTABLISHES A STRATEGIC VISION FOR 86 THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT LEASED TO, AND MANAGED BY, THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WITHIN THE DESIGNATED AREA….SHE SAID THE MANAGEMENT PLAN EMPHASIZES ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT EXISTING USES FOR WILDLIFE, TIMBER AND RECREATION…THE BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST AREA IS THE LARGEST OF MINNESOTA’S 58 STATE FORESTS ENCOMPASSING MORE THAN 700 THOUSAND ACRES, LYING PARTLY IN BELTRAMI, LAKE OF THE WOODS AND ROSEAU COUNTIES….IVE RIVERS HAVE HEADWATERS WITHIN THE AREA…THE STATE FOREST SUPPORTS A VARIETY OF OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING CAMPING, CANOEING, HIKING, HUNTING AND FISHING, AND INCLUDES TRAILS FOR MOTORIZED AND NON-MOTORIZED USE…LAND OWNERSHIP IS DIVERSE, WITH THE RED LAKE BAND OF OJIBWE AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS HOLDING PARCELS WITHIN THE AREA….NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3, AND SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO MOLLY MACGREGOR, THE NORTHWEST REGION PLANNER, AT molly.macgregor@state.mn.us OR 218-308-2660….NOMINATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED, RANKED AND SUBMITTED TO COMMISSIONER LANDWEHR ON SEPT. 6…LANDWEHR WILL APPOINT 15 MEMBERS ….THE PANEL’S FIRST MEETING WILL BE OCT. 8 AT NORRIS CAMP, SOUTH OF ROOSEVELT….FOR MORE INFO, GO TO THE D-N-R’S WEBSITE…  

THE BEMIDJI POLICE CHIEF SAYS NO CHARGES WILL BE ISSUED AFTER SOMEONE POSTED A FACEBOOK AD FOR MARIJUANA….SOMEONE HAD OFFERED, “WEED FOR SALE!!!” LAST WEEK ON A PAGE CALLED “BEMIDJI AREA ONLINE SALE”…THE PAGE ALLOWS PEOPLE TO ADVERTISE ITEMS SUCH AS CARS, TOOLS, BABY CLOTHES AND ELECTRONICS….THERE WAS ALSO A PHOTO OF A DOZEN GLASS JARS CONTAINING WHAT LOOKS LIKE MARIJUANA….BUT CHIEF MIKE MASTIN SAID OFFICERS LOCATED THE ACCOUNT HOLDER FROM WHICH THE AD WAS POSTED…THE CHIEF SAYS THE MAN’S FRIENDS HACKED INTO HIS ACCOUNT AND POSTED IT WITHOUT HIM KNOWING….HE SAYS THE FRIENDS TOOK THE PHOTO OFF A 2009 NEWS STORY….HE SAYS THERE WAS NOTHING CRIMINAL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AND THEY WOULDN’T PURSUE IT FURTHER….. 

MINNESOTA FARMERS ARE EXPECTED TO HARVEST THEIR SECOND-LARGEST CORN CROP IN STATE HISTORY…ACCORDING TO THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, MINNESOTA’S CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN 2012, PARTLY BECAUSE FIELDS IN SOME PARTS OF THE STATE WERE HURT BY TOO MUCH SPRING RAIN, FOLLOWED, BY A STREAK OF COOL TEMPERATURES….BUT MANY PARTS OF THE STATE HAVE POTENTIAL BUMPER CROPS DEVELOPING, ESPECIALLY ON ACRES THAT WERE PLANTED BY MEMORIAL DAY….JEFF COULTER, A CORN AGRONOMIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, SAYS THE RECENT MILD WEATHER HAS BEEN GREAT FOR CORN….BUT HE SAYS AN EARLY FREEZE COULD CHANGE THAT….CORN DEVELOPMENT IS ABOUT NINE DAYS BEHIND NORMAL, SO A LOT OF THE STATE’S CORN WILL BE MATURING IN LATE SEPTEMBER…. 

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT THAT LEFT TWO PEOPLE INJURED THIS MORNING(TUES)…..AUTHORITIES SAY THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED  JUST BEFORE 8 AM….. ST. PIERRE JOLYS R-C-M-P, FIRE AND E-M-S WERE DISPATCHED TO THE ACCIDENT AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 75 AND 210….THE TWO DRIVERS OF THE VEHICLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES….AUTHORITIES SAY THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION AT THE SCENE INDICATED THAT THE DRIVER OF AN OLDER HONDA ACCORD, IDENTIFIED AS A WINNIPEG RESIDENT (MALE), WAS GOING EAST ON HIGHWAY 210, FAILED TO STOP AT THE STOP SIGN, AND PROCEEDED TO CROSS HIGHWAY 75 WHEN HE WAS HIT BY A NORTHBOUND CAR DRIVEN BY AN ADULT WOMAN…POLICE SAY  MINOR TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS RESULTED FROM THE COLLISION….NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN LAID AS OF YET….THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE….THE BOARD’S AGENDA INCLUDES DISCUSSIONS ON THE  ADVERTISEMENT FOR A WARROAD RIVER WATERSHED BOARD APPOINTMENT…THE TERM OF WARROAD RIVER WATERSHED BOARD MEMBER RICHARD BATTLES WILL EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 19TH…. THE SEAT IS FOR A THREE YEAR TERM ENDING SEPTEMBER 19, 2016…THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE SAME FOR A ROSEAU RIVER WATERSHED BOARD APPOINTMENT…THE TERM OF BOARD MEMBER TONY WENSLOFF WILL EXPIRE ON OCTOBER 19TH…THAT TERM IS ALSO THREE YEARS….THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE HIRING OF VICKI BATTEN TO FILL THE VACANT O-S-S POSITION AT SOCIAL SERVICES…SHE IS TO BEGIN HER EMPLOYMENT ON AUGUST 19TH….OTHER TOPICS INCLUDED ON TUESDAY’S AGENDA INCLUDE DISICUSSIONS ON THE CONTRACT FOR THE COUNTY ROAD 137 PROJECT, BRIDGE PROGRAM RESOLUTION, COUNTY ROAD 112 CULVERTS, AND THE HIRING OF  REGULAR PART-TIME SHERIFF DEPUTY HIRES…. 

THE 18TH ANNUAL ROSEAU COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE WAS HELD OVER THE WEEKEND IN ROSEAU…PATTY CHAMPAGN E (sham-PAIN) SAYS 27 TEAMS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY PARTICIPATED IN THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S FIGHT AGAINST CANCER….THE EVENT WAS ONCE AGAIN HELD AT THE ROSEAU CITY PARK…CHAMPAGNE SAID 78 CANCER SURVIVORS WERE IN ATTENDANCE…OVER 27 HUNDRED LUMINARIES WERE SOLD THIS YEAR…THE UNOFFICIAL MONEY RAISED IN 2013 IS AT 73 THOUSAND DOLLARS… 

BEMIDJI POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER SOMEONE POSTED A FACEBOOK AD FOR MARIJUANA…AUTHORITIES SAY SOMEONE OFFERED, “WEED FOR SALE!!!” ON A PAGE CALLED “BEMIDJI AREA ONLINE SALE”….THE PAGE ALLOWS PEOPLE TO ADVERTISE ITEMS SUCH AS CARS, TOOLS, BABY CLOTHES AND ELECTRONICS…THE CONTROVERSIAL POST SHOWS A PHOTO OF A DOZEN GLASS JARS CONTAINING WHAT LOOKS LIKE MARIJUANA….THE POSTER SAID HE’D BE IN A TARGET PARKING LOT IN A BLACK AND SILVER FORD TAURUS FOR ANYONE WHO WANTED TO BUY…TWO BELTRAMI COUNTY DEPUTIES WENT TO THE PARKING LOT BUT DIDN’T FIND THE CAR…AUTHORITIES SAID THE FACEBOOK PAGE WAS SET UP BY SHAWN WILLIAMS….HE SAYS PAGE MEMBERS WERE ANGRY THAT HE ALLOWED THE POST, BUT POLICE WANTED IT LEFT UP SO THEY COULD TRACK THE POSTER….

KINDERGARTEN PARENT ORIENTATION AT ROSEAU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14 AT 2PM AND AGAIN AT 5PM…PARENTS AND STAFF WILL MEET AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL LIBRARY…THE MEETING WILL TAKE NO MORE THAN ONE HOUR…KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS NEED NOT ATTEND…TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE CURRICULUM, TRANSPORTATION, LUNCH PROGRAM, HEALTH SUPPLIES, ETC…

THE 17TH ANNUAL ROSEAU COUNTY “RELAY FOR LIFE” STARTS TODAY AND RUNS THRU THE NIGHT AT THE ROSEAU CITY PARK….THE EVENT IS AN AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FUNDRAISER THAT WILL FEATURE 27 TEAMS FROM AROUND ROSEAU COUNTY SET UP AT THE ROSEAU CITY PARK WITH FOOD, FUN EVENTS AND ITEMS FOR SALE WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER…PATTY CHAMPAGNE, A ROSEAU COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE COMMITTEE MEMBER, SAYS THE NIGHT HAS MANY AMAZING MOMENTS THAT WILL TOUCH YOU…AND WHILE THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER IS A NON-STOP SERIOUS BATTLE, THE NIGHT IS ALSO A CELEBRATION…CHAMPAGNE STRESSES THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON A TEAM TO ATTEND AND THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME AT THE EVENT AS POSSIBLE…EACH OF THE NEARLY 30 TEAMS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY WILL BE FEATURING FOOD, FUN AND MORE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT…THE DINNER STARTS AT 4:30PM…WITH THE OPENING CEREMONIES AT 7PM…THE SERVICE OF HOPE AND HEALING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 8PM…SPONSORED TEAM HOURS BEGIN AT 10PM…BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED AT 4AM AND CLOSING CEREMONY TO FOLLOW AT 5PM…

 

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