Jul
23

KQ92 News

KQ92 News

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HAVE PASSED A RESOLUTION REGARDING SLOW NO-WAKE RESTRICTIONS ON THE WARROAD RIVER DUE TO THE HIGH WATER LEVEL…THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL HAD REQUESTED THAT ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZE A 30-DAY TEMPORARY EMERGENCY WATER SURFACE-NO WAKE- RESTRICTION ON THE WARROAD RIVER WITHIN 300 FEET FROM SHORE…THE COUNTY BOARD PASSED IT, AND IT WENT INTO EFFECT ON TUESDAY THIS WEEK….

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY OFFICIALS WILL BE IN WARROAD  THURSDAY….THEY WILL BE ASSESSING DAMAGE FROM LAKE OF THE WOODS FLOODING IN JUNE AND JULY…MEANWHILE, THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS REMINDING BUSINESSES THAT, IN ORDER TO PREPARE ACCURATE PRELIMINARY FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS, THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL IMPACTED BUSINESSES….D-E-E-D OFFICIALS ARE REMINDING IMPACTED BUSINESSES TO FILL OUT THEIR ONLINE SURVEY BY THIS FRIDAY, JULY 25TH, WHICH IS THE NEWLY EXTENDED DEADLINE…THE SURVEY IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE, BUT A TOOL BEING USED TO HELP D-E-E-D DETERMINE THE FULL EXTENT OF DAMAGE….. 

A RAINY RIVER BASIN CONDITIONS NOTICE,  THAT THERE HAS BEEN A NAMAKAN LAKE OUTFLOW REDUCTION,  HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE INTERNATIONAL RAINY/LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED BOARD…LAST WEEK THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD DIRECTED THE DAM OPERATORS ON NAMAKAN LAKE TO TARGET THE UPPER RULE CURVE RATHER THAN THE MIDDLE PORTION OF THE RULE CURVE BAND…OFFICIALS SAY THIS STEP WAS TAKEN TO REDUCE INFLOW TO RAINY LAKE IN ORDER TO HELP INCREASE THE RATE OF DECLINE OF RAINY LAKE….HE OUTFLOW FROM THE KETTLE FALLS DAM WAS THEREFORE REDUCED ON SUNDAY…AS OF MONDAY, THE BOARD SAYS THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF NAMAKAN LAKE WAS JUST BELOW THE UPPER RULE CURVE…OFFICIALS SAY CONDITIONS ARE BEING MONITORED CLOSELY IN THE WAKE OF THE PRECIPITATION THAT FELL RECENTLY…THE BOARD SAYS SHOULD THE INFLOW TO NAMAKAN LAKE RISE SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE THE CURRENT OUTFLOW, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO INCREASE OUTFLOW TO MAINTAIN THE LAKE LEVEL NEAR THE UPPER RULE CURVE TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FURTHER DAMAGES DUE TO HIGH WATER ON THE NAMAKAN CHAIN OF LAKES… 

NORTHWEST ONTARIO AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING TWO BREAK AND ENTERS THAT OCCURRED IN SIOUX NARROWS THIS WEEK…THE O-P-P SAYS ON TUESDAY AT 8:00AM, THEY  RECEIVED A REPORT THAT AN UNKNOWN SUSPECT(S) HAD ENTERED THE SIOUX NARROWS PROVINCIAL PARK MAIN OFFICE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10:00PM ON JULY 21 AND 8:00AM ON JULY 22… THE BURGLARS ENTERED THE BUILDING THROUGH A WINDOW AND STOLE CANADIAN CURRENCY…A SHORT TIME AFTER THE INVESTIGATION STARTED,  POLICE RECEIVED A SECOND BREAK AND ENTER REPORT THAT AN UNKNOWN SUSPECT ENTERED AN UNLOCKED GARAGE IN SIOUX NARROWS AND STOLE GASOLINE AND ALCOHOL…BOTH INVESTIGATIONS ARE CONTINUING….

 

MN-DOT SAYS MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 11 IN KITTSON COUNTY WILL EXPERIENCE A DETOUR BEGINNING WEDNESDAY,  AS CREWS WORK TO MAKE EXTENSIVE REPAIRS…HIGHWAY 11 WILL BE REPAVED, SHOULDERS REPAIRED AND WIDENED, AND CULVERTS REPLACED IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS….THE STAGE 2 DETOUR WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY AND EXTEND UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST…TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 11 FROM ROBBIN TO DONALDSON WILL BE DETOURED SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 220 IN ROBBIN FOR 8 MILES, THEN EAST TO STEPHEN ON MARSHALL COUNTY ROAD 5 FOR 10 MILES….MOTORISTS WILL THEN PROCEED NORTH ON HIGHWAY 75 FOR 8 MILES TO DONALDSON…THE STAGE 1 DETOUR ON HIGHWAY 11 BETWEEN DONALDSON AND KARLSTAD WILL BE LIFTED ON WEDNESDAY…

NASHVILLE RECORDING ARTISTS KARI NELSON-ARNOLD AND BILLY ARNOLD WILL BE THE FEATURED GRANDSTAND ACT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE ROSEAU FAIR…KARI NELSON-ARNOLD, A NATIVE OF ROSEAU, HAS TOURED WITH NATIONAL RECORDING ACTS, BIG AND RICH, TRACE ADKINS, STEEL MAGNOLIA, GRETCHEN WILSON AND MORE…SINCE TEAMING UP WITH NOW-HUSBAND, BILLY ARNOLD, THE DUO HAS HAD SUCCESS ON THE NATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC SCENE LAST YEAR, WITH THEIR FIRST SINGLE RELEASE “PLAY ME A FIDDLE SONG”…THE DUO HAS TOURED ALL OVER NORTH AMERICA AND KARI IS EXCITED ABOUT COMING HOME TO DO A SHOW…KARI AND BILLY, WITH THEIR NASHVILLE BAND, TAKE THE GRANDSTAND STAGE AT 7PM WEDNESDAY….TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE FAIR SECRETARY’S OFFICE OR AT THE GRANDSTAND TICKET BOOTH…

A LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY MAN FACES FINES, JAIL TIME AND REVOCATION OF HIS HUNTING PRIVILEGES FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION FOR ILLEGAL BEAR AND DEER ACTIVITIES BY THE MINNESOTA D-N-R….33 YEAR OLD KEITH SLICK, OF BAUDETTE, WAS SENTENCED IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COURT ON NUMEROUS COUNTS INCLUDING FELONY FLEEING IN A MOTOR VEHICLE, GROSS MISDEMEANOR SECOND DEGREE DWI, GROSS MISDEMEANOR TRANSPORTING A BIG GAME ANIMAL, LENDING/BORROWING A BEAR LICENSE, TWO COUNTS OF TAKING/POSSESSING AN OVER-LIMIT OF BEAR AND ONE COUNT OF FAILING TO REGISTER A BEAR…THE D-N-R SAYS SENTENCING INCLUDED 90 DAYS IN JAIL, 30 DAYS ELECTRONIC HOME MONITORING AND 120 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE…FINE AND RESTITUTION FOR THE VIOLATIONS TOTALED JUST OVER 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS…THE COURT REPORTED 11 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FINES AND FEES AND A ONE YEAR JAIL SENTENCE WERE STAYED PENDING SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF PROBATION…SLICK’S HUNTING PRIVILEGES HAVE ALSO BEEN REVOKED FOR THREE YEARS….

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 D-W-I COURT COORDINATOR  MARIA PAHLEN TO GET AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THE PROGRAM…THE BOARD WILL ALSO MEET WITH  MARC BLOOMQUIST, TO RECEIVE A DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PROBATION UPDATE AND KRISTI HARMS, WHO WILL UPDATE THE BOARD ON THE NORTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY PROGRAM….THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO RE-APPOINT BRYAN ERICKSON TO THE SOCIAL SERVICE BOARD FOR A TWO YEAR TERM BEGINNING THIS MONTH…AND THE BOARD WILL HEAR FROM THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT ON A  CALL FOR BIDS FOR A PROJECT INVOLVING COUNTY ROAD 17… 

MN-DOT WILL HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE ON TUESDAY, AT BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH IN LOMAN TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC ON THE HIGHWAY 11 PROJECT IN THAT AREA, EAST OF BAUDETTE….THE MEETING WILL OCCUR AT 5 PM AND MNDOT SAYS  SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS WILL OCCUR ON TUESDAYS AS WELL, AT THE SAME PLACE AND TIME….THE HIGHWAY 11 PROJECT WILL BE FOCUSED ON REPAIRING APPROXIMATELY 11 MILES OF PAVEMENT, AS WELL AS DOING CULVERT REPLACEMENT, SHOULDER WIDENING, AND DITCH GRADING…MOTORISTS WILL ALSO EXPERIENCE A DETOUR BEGINNING THIS COMING SUNDAY AND CONTINUING FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS….THE MEETING WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM MN-DOT AND DAVIDSON CONSTRUCTION, THE PRIME CONTRACTOR ON THE PROJECT… 

 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY FAIR IS UNDERWAY….IT IS OPEN CLASS ENTRY DAY TODAY, WITH LIVESTOCK CHECK-IN THIS EVENING…A FREE GRANDSTAND EVENT TONIGHT FEATURES THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE POPULAR ROSEAU QUARTET, THE OVERTONES, STARTING AT 7PM…ADVANCED RIDE TICKETS REMAIN AVAILABLE THROUGH TUESDAYAT 5 P.M. AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE LISTENING AREA….ADVANCED RIDE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

 

IN ROSEAU: BORDER STATE BANK, CITIZENS STATE BANK, SUPER ONE           FOODS, CENEX C-STORE

 

WARROAD: DOUG’S SUPERMARKET, DAIRY QUEEN, STREIFF SPORTING GOODS, CENEX FARMERS UNION

 

BADGER: KC’S COUNTRY MARKET

 

GREENBUSH: ACE HARDWARE

 

ROOSEVELT: KNUTSON’S GROCERY

 

GRYGLA: GRYGLA GROCERY STORE

 

WANNASKA: LEE’S STORE

 

STRATHCONA: PARADISE

 

SOUTH JUNCTION, MANITOBA: SOUTH JUNCTION CO-OP

 

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AFTER A TRAIN/PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT HAPPENED IN ROSEAU COUNTY THURSDAY NIGHT…NOT MANY DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED…ROSEAU COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY THEY RECEIVED THE REPORT AROUND 11:15PM,  THAT A CANADIAN NATIONAL TRAIN HAD STRUCK A MALE PEDESTRIAN, JUST WEST OF THE CITY OF ROOSEVELT…THE NAME OF THE MAN, A LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY RESIDENT, HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, PENDING NOTIFICATION OF RELATIVES…THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES BY THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, WHO WERE ASSISTED BY THE WARROAD POLICE DEPARTMENT, BORDER PATROL, LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND WARROAD AMBULANCE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT… 

THE ROSEAU A.L.S. 5K WALK/RUN, 10K RUN, 1 MILE FUN RUN IS SATURDAY IN ROSEAU….THE EVENT IS GOING TO BE HELD AT THE ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL….ORGANIZER, JANE EVANS, SAYS THEY HAVE OVER 150 REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS SO FAR, WHICH IS THE MOST EVER…BUT SHE SAYS PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRE- REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE AND PEOPLE OF ALL AGES ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHOW UP SATURDAY MORNING…EVANS TOLD KQ92,  ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE MINNESOTA CHAPTER OF A.L.S…..EVANS SAYS REGISTRATION WILL START TONIGHT WITH RACE PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL WEST ENTRANCE FROM  7:00 – 8:00 P.M….REGISTRATION TOMORROW MORNING BEGINS AT 7:30 A.M. WITH THE STARTING TIME AT 8:30 A.M  ON THE TRACK FOR THE 5K WALK/RUN (3.1 MILES) / 10K RUN (6.2 MILES FOR AGES 13 AND UP)…START TIME IS 9:30 A.M.  FOR THE  1 MILE WALK/RUN JUST FOR FUN….MANY AGE DIVISIONS ARE SET UP AND BABY STROLLERS ARE WELCOME….FOR MORE INFO, CALL 463-4484 OR 469-3053… 

THE RAINY/LAKE OF THE WOODS STATE OF THE BASIN REPORT, SECOND EDITION – 2014 HAS BEEN RELEASED AND THE REPORT WILL BE THE FOCUS OF MEETINGS IN THE AREA NEXT MONTH…THE 228 PAGE REPORT IS A COMPREHENSIVE SYNTHESIS OF WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT THE AQUATIC ECOLOGY IN THE BINATIONAL RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS BASIN…IT PROVIDES DETAILS ON A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS, INCLUDING: DRAINAGE BASIN CHARACTERISTICS, WATER CHEMISTRY, NUTRIENTS AND HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS, BIOTIC COMMUNITIES, AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES, EMERGING THREATS AND AN OVERVIEW OF THE INFORMATION GAPS AND MONITORING NEEDS…AN INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION STUDY TEAM IS SEEKING INPUT ON THE PLAN FOR THE RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS BASIN, SAYING IT’S AN IMPORTANT STEP BEFORE THEY PRESENT THE PLAN TO GOVERNMENT…MEETINGS  IN AUGUST INCLUDE: -MONDAY AUGUST 11TH AT 7PM AT THE WARROAD HIGH SCHOOL MINI THEATER IN WARROAD….-TUESDAY AUGUST 12TH AT 7PM AT THE RAINY RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN INTERNATIONAL FALLS…WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 2:30PM AT THE BEST WESTERN LAKESIDE INN IN KENORA….AND THAT EVENING  AT 6:30PM AT  OJIBWAYS FIRST NATION, JUST OFF HWY 71 BETWEEN SIOUX NARROWS AND NESTOR FALLS…-THURSDAY AUGUST 14TH AT THE RED LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER IN RED LAKE, MINNESOTA…- FRIDAY, AUGUST 15TH AT  3PM AT THE RAINY RIVER RECREATION CENTER IN RAINY RIVER….   

ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK WILL BE HOSTING A SPECIAL EVENT FEATURING BERRIES THIS SATURDAY…PARK OFFICIALS SAY THE PUBLIC CAN HARVEST NATURE’S TASTY BOUNTY IN ZIPPEL BAY’S OWN BERRY PATCH, THEN LEARN HOW TO TURN THEM INTO A TASTY TREAT OVER THE CAMPFIRE….YOU CAN JOIN PARK STAFF ON SATURDAY, FOR A BERRY-PICKING WALK ALONG THE PARK TRAILS AND LEARN TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT BERRY PLANTS GROWING IN THE PARK… AFTER THE WALK, GATHER ‘ROUND THE CAMPFIRE TO BAKE AND ENJOY YOUR OWN DELICIOUS CAMPFIRE PIE.  BERRIES FOUND MAY INCLUDE JUNEBERRY, CHOKECHERRY, RASPBERRY, DEWBERRY, STRAWBERRY, AND/OR BLUEBERRY, DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY…PRE-REGISTRATION IS APPRECIATED, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED…MEET AT THE PARK OFFICE AT 1:00 P.M. AND WEAR APPROPRIATE BERRY PICKING CLOTHING… CONTACT ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK AT 218-783-6252 TO REGISTER, OR WITH ANY QUESTIONS….

THE LAKE OF THE WOOD CONTROL BOARD SAYS THE SLOW DECLINE OF THE WATER LEVELS IN THE BASIN CONTINUE….THE BOARD SAID IN IT’S REPORT TODAY, THE CURRENT LEVEL OF LAKE OF THE WOODS  HAS DROPPED NEARLY AN INCH THIS PAST WEEK…BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE MODEL PROJECTION FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS IS FOR THE AVERAGE LAKE LEVEL TO DECLINE BY 1-2 INCHES  OVER THE NEXT WEEK…MEANWHILE, THE WATER LEVELS OF RAINY LAKE AND THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS-FORT FRANCES DAM HAVE DECLINED BY APPROXIMATELY  5 INCHES OVER THE PAST WEEK…BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE BOARD SAID THE LEVELS OF THE UPPER RAINY RIVER AND OF RAINY LAKE ARE PROJECTED TO DECLINE BY  6-8 INCHES IN THE NEXT WEEK…  

MN-DOT WILL HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 AT CROOKSTON CITY HALL TO EXPLAIN THE CROOKSTON SLIDE PROJECT….THE OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD AT 5 P.M. AT THE CROOKSTON CITY HALL…THE PROJECT FOCUSES ON STABILIZING THE SLOPE BETWEEN THE RED LAKE RIVER AND HIGHWAY 2 IN CROOKSTON FROM GROVELAND AVENUE TO PINE STREET…THE SLOPE HAS BEEN GRADUALLY SLIDING TOWARD THE RED LAKE RIVER….MNDOT SAYS STABILIZATION OF THIS SLOPE IS NEEDED TO PROTECT THE SAFETY AND INTEGRITY OF HIGHWAY 2…MNDOT SAYS THEY ARE USING AN INNOVATIVE DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS ON THE PROJECT, WHICH ALLOWS DESIGN WORK TO BE DONE CONCURRENTLY WITH CONSTRUCTION, WHICH WILL ALLOW THE PROJECT TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE AND SAVE MONEY….THE OPEN HOUSE WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM MNDOT AND NICHOLSON CONSTRUCTION, THE PRIME CONTRACTOR ON THE PROJECT….  

ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK WILL BE HOSTING A SPECIAL EVENT FEATURING BERRIES THIS SATURDAY…PARK OFFICIALS SAY THE PUBLIC CAN HARVEST NATURE’S TASTY BOUNTY IN ZIPPEL BAY’S OWN BERRY PATCH, THEN LEARN HOW TO TURN THEM INTO A TASTY TREAT OVER THE CAMPFIRE….YOU CAN JOIN PARK STAFF ON SATURDAY, FOR A BERRY-PICKING WALK ALONG THE PARK TRAILS AND LEARN TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT BERRY PLANTS GROWING IN THE PARK… AFTER THE WALK, GATHER ‘ROUND THE CAMPFIRE TO BAKE AND ENJOY YOUR OWN DELICIOUS CAMPFIRE PIE.  BERRIES FOUND MAY INCLUDE JUNEBERRY, CHOKECHERRY, RASPBERRY, DEWBERRY, STRAWBERRY, AND/OR BLUEBERRY, DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY…PRE-REGISTRATION IS APPRECIATED, BUT IS NOT REQUIRED…MEET AT THE PARK OFFICE AT 1:00 P.M. AND WEAR APPROPRIATE BERRY PICKING CLOTHING… CONTACT ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK AT 218-783-6252 TO REGISTER, OR WITH ANY QUESTIONS….

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN KOOCHICHING COUNTY WEDNESDAY…THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 1:30PM ALONG HIGHWAY 53, ABOUT 4 MILES SOUTH OF RAY, WHICH IS SOUTH OF INTERNATIONAL FALLS…THE PATROL SAYS 53 YEAR OLD TERENCE TAMTE, OF VIRGINIA, MN, WAS DRIVING A 1999 OLDSMOBILE BRAVADO SOUTHBOUND WHEN HE CROSSED THE NORTHBOUND LANE AND ENTERED THE DITCH AND STRUCK A ROAD EMBANKMENT…TAMTE RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT AND WAS THE LONE OCCUPANT….

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS IS OFFERING DISASTER RELIEF GRANTS TO VETERANS AFFECTED BY RECENT FLOODING AND STORM DAMAGE IN ROSEAU AND MARSHALL COUNTIES…VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND SURVIVING SPOUSES MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A DISASTER RELIEF GRANT OF UP TO 1 THOUSAND DOLLARS  IF THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED OTHER STATE OR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE…DISTRICT 1 “A” STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DAN FABIAN OF ROSEAU, SAYS THE DISASTER RELIEF GRANTS ARE INTENDED FOR REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE REPAIR AND RECOVERY OF PRIMARY RESIDENCES AND PROPERTIES…ALLOWABLE EXPENDITURES INCLUDE: MAJOR APPLIANCES, BUILDING MATERIALS, CLEANING SUPPLIES, RENTAL COSTS FOR CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, SHELTER COSTS IF DISPLACED BY THE FLOOD, COSTS RELATED TO LICENSED CONTRACTORS, AND INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLES…VETERANS OR THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD CONTACT THEIR COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER TO APPLY FOR A GRANT OR TO RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION… IN ROSEAU COUNTY, MARTIN HOWES(HOWS)  CAN BE REACHED AT 463-3308… IN WESTERN MARSHALL COUNTY, BRETT BRANDON CAN BE REACHED AT 218-745-4303, AND IN EASTERN MARSHALL COUNTY, WAYNE KILEN CAN BE REACHED AT 218-745-6007….MDVA MUST RECEIVE ALL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS AND RECEIPTS WITH A POSTMARKED DATE NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30, 2014…..  

THE ROSEAU SCHOOL BOARD MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION THURSDAY AFTERNOON STARTING 5PM AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ROOM….THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS THE POLARIS 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT THE RAMS SPORTS CENTER, AND THE SCHOOL BOARD AND BOND ELECTION….THE BOARD WILL ALSO GET AN UPDATE ON THE SCHOOL’S STRATEGIC PLAN AND GO OVER THE CHANGING FEDERAL STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS AND SNACKS IN VENDING MACHINES…. 

ELIGIBLE MINNESOTA VOTERS HAVE UNTIL THE JULY 22 DEADLINE TO PRE-REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE AUGUST 12 PRIMARY ELECTION….VOTERS CAN REGISTER ONLINE AT mnvotes.org TO SAVE TIME AT THE POLLING PLACE…VOTERS MAY ALSO PRE-REGISTER BY CONTACTING THEIR LOCAL ELECTIONS OFFICE TO REQUEST A VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORM, OR DOWNLOAD AND PRINT AN APPLICATION…PAPER VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY ELECTIONS OFFICES BY 5 P.M. ON JULY 22, WHILE VOTERS MAY REGISTER ONLINE UNTIL 11:59 P.M. ON JULY 22….VOTERS WHO MISS THE JULY 22 PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE CAN STILL REGISTER AT THEIR POLLING PLACE ON PRIMARY ELECTION DAY BY BRINGING ONE OF THE MANY APPROVED PROOF-OF-RESIDENCE OPTIONS..LOCALLY, VOTERS IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY WILL BE NARROWING DOWN THE CANDIDATES FOR THE NEW COUNTY POSITION OF  AUDITOR/TREASURER…THE CANDIDATES ARE LORENE HANSON, STACY NOVAK, DARREN OLSON AND JANET RUDD…..VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHICH TWO CANDIDATES WILL MOVE ON TO THE FALL GENERAL ELECTION…IN BELTRAMI COUNTY, THERE WILL BE A PRIMARY FOR THE COUNTY ATTORNEY POSITION THERE…THE CANDIDATES ARE DARRELL CARTER, ANNIE CLAESSON-HUSEBY AND DAVID HANSON…IN MAHNOMEN COUNTY, A PRIMARY FOR SHERIFF WILL BE HELD…THE CANDIDATES ARE SCOTT BREHM,  DOUGLAS  KRIER  AND  JENNIFER REIMER…..   

THE KITTSON COUNTY FAIR OPENS TODAY IN HILLOCK….ITS OPEN CLASS ENTRY DAY….THE FAIR THIS YEAR WILL FEATURE A GRANDSTAND EVENT LINEUP OF CHARIOT RACES ON THURSDAY NIGHT; THE MAURY FINNEY SHOW FRIDAY NIGHT, THE RODEO SATURDAY NIGHT AND THE DEMO DERBY SUNDAY NIGHT…..

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS THE CURRENT LEVEL OF LAKE OF THE WOODS REMAINS THE SAME…IN IT’S LATEST STATEMENT, THE BOARD SAID, BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE MODEL PROJECTION FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS IS FOR THE AVERAGE LAKE LEVEL TO DECLINE BY 1-2 INCHES BY THE END OF THIS WEEK….THE LAKE REMAINS AT IT’S HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1950….MEANWHILE, THE WATER LEVELS OF RAINY LAKE AND THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS-FORT FRANCES DAM HAVE DECLINED BY APPROXIMATELY 3 INCHES OVER THE PAST 7 DAYS….THE BOARD SAYS THE LEVELS OF THE UPPER RAINY RIVER AND OF RAINY LAKE ARE PROJECTED TO DECLINE BY 7-9 INCHES IN THE NEXT WEEK…  

WHILE MANY AREAS AROUND THE REGION HAVE SEEN THEIR HIGHEST WATER LEVELS SINCE 1950, NORTHERN MINNESOTA HAS SEEN THE FEWEST FOREST FIRES SINCE 1950…WES BELANGER,  THE FIRE TEAM LEADER WITH THE BAUDETTE D-N-R FORESTRY OFFICE, SAYS IT MAKES SENSE,  AS THERE WERE SOME WET YEARS AROUND THAT TIME…IN THE BAUDETTE FORESTRY AREA, BELANGER SAYS ITS BEEN A MELLOW YEAR SO FAR, WITH ONLY HAD SMALLER FIRES TO DEAL WITH…BELANGER SAYS NOW WOULD BE A GREAT TIME FOR AREA RESIDENTS TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR YARDWASTES, RATHER THAN WAITING FOR THE FALL OR NEXT SPRING…AND, HE SAYS,  NO MATTER HOW THE FIRE CONDITIONS ARE, A FIRE PERMIT IS NEEDED….

AUTHORITIES ARE REPORTING ANOTHER MUD BOG ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….MEMBERS OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE AND MARINE AND TRAILS UNIT ARE ADVISING THE PUBLIC TO USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELLING IN THE AREA OF FRENCH PORTAGE NARROWS ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….AT THIS TIME, FRENCH PORTAGE NARROWS MAY BE BLOCKED BY A MUD BOG…. THE BOG IS APPROXIMATELY 80 METRES X 80 METRES IN DIAMETER…THE O-P-P IS REMINDING WITH THE HIGH WATER AND WIND CONDITIONS, BOGS HAVE BEEN BREAKING OFF AND MAY AFFECT BOAT TRAVELS ANYWHERE ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….

THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WANNASKA COMMUNITY CENTER IN WANNASKA IS SET…THE GRAND OPENING AND WANNASKA COMMUNITY REUNION WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, JULY 26TH….THE DAY WILL BEGIN WITH COFFEE, ROLLS & REGISTRATION AT 10:00 A.M…LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AT NOON….THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND PROGRAM IS AT 2:00 P.M….THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL WITH LIVE MUSIC AT 4:00 P.M….MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN PLANNED…. 

THE CITY OF WARROAD WILL BE STARTING A UTILITY AND STREET PROJECT ON RIVERVIEW DRIVE SOUTHEAST BEGINNING LATER THIS WEEK…THE CITY SAYS THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT WASHINGTON STREET SOUTHEAST IS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT 5-7 DAYS BEGINNING NEXT WEEK…DETOUR SIGNS WILL DIRECT TRAFFIC TO THE RAILROAD CROSSING ON THE EAST EDGE OF WARROAD WHERE THE FORMER M & R AUTO BUILDING USED TO BE…THE DETOUR WILL BE IN PLACE UNTIL THE INTERSECTION IS COMPLETED…ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS CAN CALL 386-1873… 

THE  THIRD ANNUAL RED RIVER VALLEY AGRICULTURE WATER ISSUES FORUM IS BEING HELD THIS WEEK IN THE REGION….ONE OF THE THREE MEETINGS IS WEDNESDAY NEAR STRATHCONA….ORGANIZERS SAY DRAINAGE, FLOODING, RETENTION, AND WATER QUALITY ARE HUGE ISSUES FOR NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FARMERS… AS A RESULT,  STATE AND LOCAL AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS ARE GETTING TOGETHER TO HOST THE THREE WATER RETENTION MEETINGS…HESE MEETINGS ARE MEANT TO HELP GET FARMERS ENGAGED IN CONVERSATIONS REGARDING WATER RETENTION IN THEIR LOCAL WATERSHED DISTRICTS AS WELL AS HELP DEVELOP PROJECTS THAT WILL BENEFIT THE RED RIVER BASIN….THESE ORGANIZATIONS NEED INVOLVEMENT OF AREA FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS AS THE 2014 FARM BILL HAS DESIGNATED FUNDING FOR WATER RETENTION AND WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY….THE FIRST MEETING IS SET FOR THE JIM KUKOWSKI FARM NEAR  STRATHCONA, WEDNESDAY, FROM 8:00 AM TO NOON….MEETINGS ARE ALSO SET FOR THURSDAY IN GARY, AND FRIDAY IN ROTHSAY…..ATTENDING THESE MEETINGS WILL BE JOHN FINNEY, PRESIDENT, RED RIVER WATERSHED MANAGEMENT BOARD; DON BALOUN, STATE CONSERVATIONIST;  U.S. 7TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE COLLIN PETERSON, LOCAL WATERSHED DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER EXPERTS….

 

THE 2014 ROSEAU COUNTY “OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZEN VOLUNTEER” AWARD WINNERS HAVE BEEN NAMED…THEY ARE HARRIET HEINEN, OF WARROAD; AND WILLIAM “BILL” WAGNER, OF GREENBUSH….THE TWO WILL BE HONORED AT THE 42ND ANNUAL ROSEAU COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BANQUET, THURSDAY JULY 17TH, AT ROSE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF RURAL ROSEAU…THEY WILL ALSO BE HONORED AT THE CHURCH NIGHT OF THE ROSEAU COUNTY FAIR SUNDAY JULY 20TH….BOTH WINNERS ARE ALSO INVITED TO THE 2014 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR TO BE HONORED ON SENIOR CITIZEN RECOGNITION DAY IN AUGUST…. 

NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AFTER A PROPANE SPILL CAUSED EVACUATIONS ON THE WEST SIDE OF ROSEAU SUNDAY MORNING….ROSEAU POLICE CHIEF WARD ANDERSON SAID THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 7AM AT HIGHWAY 89 AND 3RD STREET SOUTHWEST…..A SEMI HAULING PROPANE WAS HOOKING UP TO A GROUND TANK WHEN THE HOSE BLEW OUT AND THE SAFETY VALVE DID NOT SHUT OFF….AUTHORITIES SAID BETWEEN 3 AND 4 THOUSAND GALLONS OF PROPANE WAS THOUGHT TO BE SPILLED, FORCING THE EVACUATIONS OF AROUND 25 HOMES AROUND THE SCENE…THOSE EVACUATED WERE ALLOWED BACK LATER…AUTHORITIES ALSO WENT TO ABOUT 100 OTHER HOMES IN THE AREA ASKING PEOPLE TO OPEN THEIR WINDOWS, RUN FANS TO GET AIR OUT OF THEIR HOUSE AND TO BE CAUTIOUS OF SPARKS AND FIRES…HIGH WINDS EVENTUALLY HELPED EASE THE PROPANE THREAT….AND AGAIN, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED…  

THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL IS SET TO MEET THIS AFTERNOON AT 5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS…THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE AN EMERGENCY WATER SURFACE USE RESTRICTION, AND DISCUSS A RECOMMENDATION TO REINSTATE A FULL TIME SECRETARY POSITION IN THE UTILITY DEPARTMENT…THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO DISCUSS A NOTIFICATION OF A CHANGE IN THE PRICE OF FUEL AT THE AIRPORT…. 

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA OVER THE WEEKEND….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 5:13AM SATURDAY ALONG HIGHWAY 32 AND POLK COUNTY ROAD 41 NEAR FERTILE….THE PATROL SAID 35 YEAR OLD RYAN BRODEN, OF FERTILE,  WAS DRIVING A 2009   CHEVY IMPALA NORTHBOUND ON 32 WHEN HE DROVE ON TO THE RIGHT SHOULDER, OVER CORRECTED AND CROSSED OVER TO THE LEFT SHOULDER AND ROLLED….THE VEHICLE CAME TO A REST ON ITS WHEELS FACING SOUTHWEST…BRODEN RECEIVED SERIOUS, BUT UNKNOWN INJURIES IN THE ROLLOVER…. 

OVER 90 RACE CARS HAD CHECKED INTO THE PITS FOR THE WISSOTA AMSOIL DIRT TRACK SERIES THIS WEEKEND AT THE GREENBUSH RACE PARK,  ONLY TO HAVE MOTHER NATURE PUT AN END TO RACE ACTION…THE RACING ACTION WILL RESUME THIS SATURDAY FOR THE CHAD OLSON MEMORIAL LIGHTNING SPRINT SPECIAL PLUS 1 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO WIN FOR THE WISSOTA STREETS, ALONG WITH MID SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE DECIDED IN THE WISSOTA MODIFIEDS AND MIDWEST MODIFIEDS, AND PURE STOCKS….RACE OFFICIALS SAY MID SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE WISSOTA STREETS, LIGHTNING SPRINTS, AND 4 CYLINDERS WILL BE DECIDED IN TWO WEEKS…THE BURGER FEED FUNDRAISER FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 2ND…GATES OPEN SATURDAY AT 4:30,  CUTOFF FOR THE DRAW IS AT 6PM, HOTLAPS AT 6:30 WITH THE RACING ACTION GETTING UNDER WAY AT 7PM SHARP…FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE OR GO TO THE WEB AT  greenbushracepark.com. 

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT NEAR CROOKSTON EARLY TODAY(FRIDAY)….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 12:08AM ALONG HIGHWAY 9, ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CROOKSTON…THE PATROL SAYS 17 YEAR OLD MARGARET ANDERSON, OF OWATONNA, MINNESOTA, WAS DRIVING A 2010 FORD FOCUS NORTHBOUND WHEN SHE FAILED TO STOP AT A STOP SIGN AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 102….THE PATROL SAYS SHE CONTINUED TO ACROSS HIGHWAY 102 AND RAN INTO A FIELD JUST NORTH OF THE ROAD…ANDERSON RECEIVED NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES…SHE WAS ALONE IN THE VEHICLE AND NO OTHER VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED….NO INFORMATION WAS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE ON THE EXTENT OF HER INJURIES….THE POLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASSISTED AT THE SCENE…. 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL BOARD WILL BE HOLDING A SPECIAL MEETING THIS MONDAY EVENING STARTING AT 6PM AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL I-T-V ROOM…THE BOARD WILL BE DEALING WITH THE RETIREMENT OF CURRENT SUPERINTENDENT JEFF PEURA (PURE-AH)….THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE AND O-K THE RESIGNATION LETTER AND THE DISCUSS HIS REPLACEMENT AS SUPERINTENDENT AND AS HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL…PEURA SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING IN JUNE, AFTER A DISAGREEMENT AND EXCHANGE  WITH THE BOARD…HIS RESIGNATION IS EFFECTIVE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH…PEURA HAS BEEN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SINCE JULY OF 2012… 

RESURFACING AND SHOULDER WIDENING OF HIGHWAY 11 BETWEEN LOMAN AND PELLAND, EAST OF BAUDETTE, WILL BEGIN THIS COMING MONDAY….MNDOT SAYS MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 11   WILL EXPERIENCE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES WHEN WORK BEGINS ON MONDAY, FOLLOWED BY A 14 CALENDAR DAY DETOUR….CREWS WILL BE REPAIRING APPROXIMATELY 11 MILES OF PAVEMENT ALONG HIGHWAY 11, AS WELL AS DOING CULVERT REPLACEMENT, SHOULDER WIDENING, AND DITCH GRADING….FLAGGERS WILL BE PRESENT ALONG THE ROUTE ALONG WITH PILOT CAR OPERATIONS….MNDOT SAYS MOTORISTS CAN EXPECT UP TO 15 MINUTE DELAYS….THREE CULVERT REPLACEMENTS NEAR LOMAN WILL BE CONSTRUCTED WITH THE USE OF TEMPORARY BYPASSES FOR MOTORISTS…PORTABLE SIGNAL SYSTEMS WILL BE UTILIZED WHEN MOTORISTS TRAVEL WITHIN THE TEMPORARY BYPASSES….MOTORISTS WILL ALSO EXPERIENCE A DETOUR BEGINNING JULY 27 AND CONTINUING FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS….THE DETOUR FROM PELLAND WILL HAVE MOTORISTS FOLLOW HIGHWAY 71 SOUTH TO LITTLEFORK….MOTORISTS WILL THEN FOLLOW COUNTY ROAD 1 WEST TO COUNTY ROAD 10 NORTH…THE PROJECT IS ANTICIPATED TO BE FULLY COMPLETED BY EARLY NOVEMBER…. 

THE WATER LEVEL OF LAKE OF THE WOODS HAS SEEN VERY LITTLE CHANGE THIS WEEK…IN IT’S LATEST REPORT, THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS THE CURRENT LEVEL OF LAKE OF THE WOODS REMAINS AT 1062.2 FT,  WHICH IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL RECORDED SINCE THE FLOOD OF RECORD IN 1950, (WHICH PEAKED AT  1064.0 FT)…THE BOARD SAID, BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE MODEL PROJECTION FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS IS FOR THE AVERAGE LAKE LEVEL TO DECLINE BY LESS THAN 1 INCH BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK…HOWEVER, HIGH SUSTAINED WINDS WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT LOCAL WATER LEVEL RISE, OR FALL, DUE TO WIND SETUP….

MEANWHILE,  THE WATER LEVELS OF RAINY LAKE AND THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS-FORT FRANCES DAM HAVE DECLINED BY APPROXIMATELY  1 INCH OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS…THE BOARD SAID, BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE LEVELS OF THE UPPER RAINY RIVER AND OF RAINY LAKE ARE PROJECTED TO DECLINE BY 3-5 INCHES BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK…

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R SAYS HOMEOWNERS, BUSINESSES AND MUNICIPALITIES IMPACTED BY FLOODING IN KOOCHICHING AND NORTHERN ST. LOUIS COUNTIES WHO WANT TO RESTORE DAMAGED SHORELINES, CULVERTS AND ROCK CRIB DOCKS TO PRE-FLOOD CONDITION, MAY BE ABLE TO QUICKLY ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY REPAIR PERMIT BY APPLYING ONLINE FOR A GENERAL PERMIT AT THE MINNESOTA PERMITTING AND REPORTING SYSTEM ON THE WEB AT  MNDNR.GOV/MPARS    …THE D-N-R SAYS BEFORE BEGINNING REPAIRS, PEOPLE WORKING AT OR BELOW THE HIGH WATER LEVEL ON SHORELINES OR STREAM BEDS NEED TO SUBMIT A BRIEF APPLICATION, ATTAIN APPROVAL TO DO WORK IN PUBLIC WATERS AND PAY A FEE TO OBTAIN A PERMIT…FOR REPAIRS THAT EXTEND ABOVE THE HIGH WATER LEVEL, ALSO CONTACT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNIT TO ADDRESS ANY LOCAL ZONING ORDINANCES….OFFICIALS SAY OBTAINING THE GENERAL PERMIT AUTHORIZATION ONLINE THROUGH THIS MPARS SYSTEM IS A FASTER WAY TO GET THE REQUIRED APPROVAL FOR REPAIRS THAN WITH THE PAPER FORMS…QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PERMITTING PROCESS, TYPES OF REPAIRS THAT CAN BE DONE, OR WHETHER A PROJECT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF A GENERAL PERMIT, IN KOOCHICHING COUNTY, CONTACT ERIKA HERR AT 327-4106…..

THE PEQUANA PLAYHOUSE, A COMMUNITY THEATER GROUP SERVING LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY, AND THE RAINY RIVER, ONTARIO AREA, WILL BE HOLDING A SPECIAL CHILDREN’S THEATRE WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK…..THE ‘PETER PAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE WORKSHOP WILL BEGIN WITH AUDITIONS MONDAY AT  8:00AM AT THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL IN BAUDETTE….PERFORMANCES WILL THEN BE HELD NEXT FRIDAY AT 7PM &  SATURDAY AT 2PM… 

THE GREENBUSH RACE PARK WILL HOLD THE MID SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR ALL CLASSES PLUS THE N-L-R-A LATE MODELS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT…GATES OPEN AT 4:30,  CUTOFF FOR THE DRAW IS AT 6PM, HOT LAPS AT 6:30 RACING AT 7PM SHARP….AFTER THE RACES THERE WILL BE A FREE WILL BURGER FEED IN THE PITS TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY & HARLIE CORNELIUSEN, DAUGHTER OF STREET CAR DRIVER HEATH CORNELIUSEN….EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND…FOR MORE INFO, GO TO THE WEB AT GREENBUSHRACEPARK.COM AND ON FACEBOOK AT OFFICIAL GREENBUSH RACE PARK….

THE BIG BOG FESTIVAL RUNS THRU THIS WEEKEND IN THE KELLIHER AND WASHKISH AREAS, SOUTH OF BAUDETTE….THE THREE-DAY EVENT KICKS OFF TODAY (FRIDAY) WITH A POTLUCK PICNIC AT 5:30 P.M. AT HOMESTEAD PARK IN WASKISH WITH A PRESENTATION, “BOMBING OF THE BIG BOG,” TO FOLLOW AT 7 P.M. AT THE BIG BOG VISITOR CENTER…THE PARADE, WHICH THIS YEAR IS THEMED “OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH THE AGES.”  WILL BE BEGIN AT 1 P.M. SATURDAY WITH A NEW ROUTE IN PLACE DUE TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION, MAKING THE JAUNT ONE BLOCK SHORTER…ORGANIZERS SAY SPECTATORS WILL HAVE TO SET UP ON HIGHWAY 72…OTHER EVENTS THRU THE WEEKEND INCLUDE A FOOD AND FLEA MARKET, CHILDREN’S TRACTOR PULL, THE “TRIKE AND BIKE” RACES, THE FIREMEN’S WATER FIGHT,  THE “FIREMEN BRATS AND DOGS” LUNCH, A WILD RICE PANCAKE BREAKFAST, INVITATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AND POP-CAN FISHING CLINIC, ATV MUD RUN AND MORE…. 

THE 2014 ROSEAU COUNTY “OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZEN VOLUNTEER” AWARD WINNERS HAVE BEEN NAMED…THEY ARE HARRIET HEINEN, OF WARROAD; AND WILLIAM “BILL” WAGNER, OF GREENBUSH….THE TWO WILL BE HONORED AT THE 42ND ANNUAL ROSEAU COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BANQUET, THURSDAY JULY 17TH, AT ROSE LUTHERAN CHURCH OF RURAL ROSEAU…THEY WILL ALSO BE HONORED AT THE CHURCH NIGHT OF THE ROSEAU COUNTY FAIR SUNDAY JULY 20TH….BOTH WINNERS ARE ALSO INVITED TO THE 2014 MINNESOTA STATE FAIR TO BE HONORED ON SENIOR CITIZEN RECOGNITION DAY IN AUGUST….

A ROSEAU COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED FOR THE STABBING OF A ROSEAU COUNTY WOMAN BACK IN JANUARY…51 YEAR OLD KIRK HAMRE, OF ROSEAU, WAS SENTENCED IN ROSEAU COUNTY DISTRICT COURT TO 21 MONTHS IN PRISON, STAYED FOR TEN YEARS…AS A CONDITION OF THAT SENTENCE, HAMRE WAS ORDERED TO SERVE 180 DAYS IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY JAIL, WITH 92 DAYS CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED…ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS, WORK RELEASE, AND SENTENCE-TO-SERVE PRIVILEGES WERE GRANTED…HAMRE WAS ALSO ORDERED TO SERVE SUPERVISED PROBATION FOR TEN YEARS…THERE WERE NUMEROUS CONDITIONS ORDERED, INCLUDING NO CONTACT WITH VICTIM AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY EVALUATION AND TREATMENT AND A DOMESTIC ABUSE EVALUATION…

IN A PLEA AGREEMENT, HAMRE PLED GUILTY TO A CHARGE OF FELONY SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT….A FELONY CHARGE OF FIRST DEGREE  ASSAULT, FELONY CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT AND MISDEMEANOR CHARGE OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT WERE DISMISSED…THE CHARGES CAME FROM AN INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JANUARY 26TH THIS YEAR…POLICE SAID A WOMAN, WHOSE NAME OR CONDITION WAS NEVER RELEASED, REPORTED SHE HAD BEEN STABBED AT A RESIDENCE IN THE RURAL ROSEAU AREA…AUTHORITIES SAID AT THE TIME THAT THE WOMAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL IN ROSEAU, AND LATER TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL IN GRAND FORKS…

 

HIGH WATER DAMAGE HAS FORCED THE CANCELLATION OF A POPULAR EVENT IN THE CITY OF RAINY RIVER THIS WEEKEND…JACK ELLIOTT, EVENT ORGANIZER AND PAST CHAIR, SAYS THE PAST, AND CURRENT,  HIGH WATER LEVELS ON THE RAINY RIVER AND THE RESULTANT DAMAGE TO WATERFRONT FACILITIES HAS CAUSED THE CANCELLATION OF “THE GREAT BEAVER CARDBOARD AND TUCK TAPE BOAT RACES”…THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE 12TH YEAR FOR THIS ANNUAL EVENT,  HELD DURING RAILROAD DAZE IN RAINY RIVER… THE EVENT DRAWS HUNDREDS OF SPECTATORS AND WAS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON….ELLIOT SAYS THEIR FIRST CONCERN, AS ALWAYS, WAS SAFETY AND WATER LEVELS, DEBRIS AND DAMAGE TO THE DOCKS AND OTHER WATERFRONT FACILITIES MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE EVENT TO BE RUN THIS YEAR…HOWEVER, ELLIOT SAYS THEY RECEIVED SOME GOOD NEWS…NORAMPAC,  A DIVISION OF CASCADES, HAS REINSTATED ITS SUPPORT OF THE EVENT AND THEY WILL BE SUPPLYING  CARDBOARD FOR FUTURE YEARS….HE SAID THE EVENT WILL BE BACK AT RAILROAD DAZE IN 2015….ALTHOUGH THE TOWN OF RAINY RIVER DID NOT EXPERIENCE MAJOR RESIDENTIAL FLOODING, ELLIOT SAYS THERE HAS BEEN MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE DECKING AND DOCKS AT HANNAM PARK THAT WILL REQUIRE SOME TIME TO REPAIR… IN ADDITION THERE IS A MASSIVE AMOUNT TO WATERBORNE DEBRIS THAT MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE WATERFRONT…MUCH OF THIS WORK CANNOT BE UNDERTAKEN UNTIL FLOOD WATERS RECEDE FURTHER WHICH COULD TAKE SOME TIME CONSIDERING THE STILL VERY HIGH LEVELS ON RAINY LAKE…ELLIOT SAYS THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER GREAT EVENTS AT THIS YEAR’S RAILROAD DAZE INCLUDING THE RADIO CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT FUNFLY AT THE FIELD 1 MILE NORTH OF RAINY RIVER ON SATURDAY…

 

THE HIGH WATER LEVELS OF LAKE OF THE WOODS, RAINY LAKE, RAINY RIVER AND OTHER BODIES OF WATER IN THE BASIN, CONTINUE TO SEE A VERY SLOW DECLINE…IN IT’S LATEST REPORT, THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS LAKE OF THE WOODS IS EXPECTED TO DECLINE BY ONE INCH THIS WEEK..AND THE WATER LEVELS OF RAINY LAKE AND THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS-FORT FRANCES DAM HAVE DECLINED BY ABOUT ONE INCH OVER THE PAST 7 DAYS, BUT THE RATE OF DECLINE HAS SLOWED WITH RECENT RAINFALL….THE BOARD SAYS,  BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE LEVELS OF THE UPPER RAINY RIVER AND OF RAINY LAKE ARE PROJECTED TO DECLINE BY  4-6 INCHES BY THE END OF THE WEEK…

 

MNDOT SAYS MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 2 BETWEEN ERSKINE AND HIGHWAY 32  WILL EXPERIENCE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES AND CROSSOVERS WHEN WORK BEGINS THERE THIS WEEK…CREWS WILL BE REPAIRING 13 MILES OF CONCRETE PAVEMENT ON THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 2, INCLUDING REPLACING BOX CULVERTS…ADDITIONALLY, CREWS WILL CONSTRUCT CROSSOVERS TO ACCOMMODATE TRAFFIC DURING THE CLOSURE OF THE WESTBOUND LANES….THIS WILL NECESSITATE SHORT-TERM LANE CLOSURES, AS WELL AS A FOUR-DAY DETOUR FOR EASTBOUND HIGHWAY 2 TRAFFIC, WHICH WILL OCCUR IN LATE SEPTEMBER…WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY MID-OCTOBER….

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION SAYS  THE NEXUS PROGRAM HAS ENROLLED ITS ONE-MILLIONTH MEMBER…THE PROGRAM ALLOWS PRE-SCREENED, LOW-RISK TRAVELERS TO PROCEED WITH LITTLE OR NO DELAY INTO THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA….OFFICIALS SAY THE INCREASED MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEXUS PROGRAM FURTHER ENCOURAGES CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL, SUPPORTING BOTH AMERICAN AND CANADIAN ECONOMIES….NEXUS WAS LAUNCHED IN 2000 AS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN C-B-P AND THE CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY…. NEXUS MEMBERS ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF GLOBAL ENTRY AT NO ADDITIONAL COST BY USING THE AUTOMATED KIOSKS FOR ENTRY AT PARTICIPATING AIRPORTS…  

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY FAIR IS UNDERWAY IN BAUDETTE…TODAY IS ENTRY DAY AND THE MIDWAY OPENS THIS AFTERNOON AT 4PM….THE 4-H HORSE SHOW STARTS AT 5PM WITH THE PONY AND DRAFT HORSE PULL SET TO START AT 7PM AT THE GRANDSTAND….NEW TO THE FAIR THIS YEAR, THE FAIR BOARD HAS DESIGNATED THURSDAY AS YOUTH DAY AT THE FAIR…FRIDAY IS SENIOR DAY….THE GRANDSTAND EVENTS THE REST OF THE WEEK INCLUDE THE RODEO THURSDAY AT 6:30PM, THE OVAL RACES FRIDAY AT 6PM AND THE DEMOLITION DERBY SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AT 6PM…ALSO NEW TO THE FAIR THIS YEAR IS THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SWAP MEET/FLEA MARKET WHICH WILL BE HELD FRIDAY AND SATURDAY….AND A CAR AND BIKE SHOW ON SATURDAY….LISTEN FOR MORE INFO ON THE FAIR THURSDAY, AS KQ92 BROADCASTS LIVE FROM 11-2… 

THE WARROAD SUMMER THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” OPENS TONIGHT (WED JULY 9) ….THE POPULAR PRODUCTION IS UNDER THE ARTISTIC DIRECTION OF MONIQUE ARNESON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ADRIANNA KORGEL AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR RON ANDERSON…IT MAKES IT’S FIRST RUN TONIGHT THRU SUNDAY…ANOTHER RUN IS SET FOR JULY 16TH THRU THE 20TH…ALL SHOWS ARE AT THE WARROAD HIGH SCHOOL WITH CURTAIN TIMES 7:30PM WEDNESDAY THRU SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MATINEES BEGIN AT 2PM…FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 386-3435…WALK-INS ARE WELCOME….

THE 91ST LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY FAIR OPENS WEDNESDAY AND RUNS THRU SATURDAY IN BAUDETTE…WEDNESDAY WILL BE ENTRY DAY,  AND THE MIDWAY WILL OPEN AT 4PM…THE FIRST DAY OF THE FAIR WILL ALSO FEATURE THE COMMUNITY BAND ON THE FREE STAGE AT 5PM AND NORTHWOODS KARAOKE AT 6PM….AND THE 4-H HORSE SHOW IS AT 5PM AT THE HORSE ARENA  AND THE DRAFT HORSE PULL AT THE GRANDSTAND STARTING AT 7PM….THE GRANDSTAND EVENT THURSDAY NIGHT WILL BE THE RODEO, WITH MEMORIAL RACES FRIDAY NIGHT AND THE DEMOLITION DERBY SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT… 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON HAS ANNOUNCED THE RESIGNATION OF NATASHA REIERSON AS ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR/SENIOR WOMEN’S ADMINISTRATOR TUESDAY….REIERSON, WHO HAS SPENT THE LAST SEVEN YEARS IN THE POST, WILL LEAVE TO TAKE A POSITION AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE THIEF RIVER FALLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION IN THIEF RIVER FALLS,  WHERE SHE LIVES…REIERSON WILL REMAIN IN HER POST AT MINNESOTA CROOKSTON UNTIL AUGUST 5….A SEARCH FOR A NEW ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY….

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A BREAK-IN AND THEFT IN THE SIOUX NARROWS / NESTOR FALLS AREA OVER THE WEEKEND….THE O-P-P SAYS THEY RECEIVED AND RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF BREAK AND ENTER TO THE OLD CURLING CLUB QUONSET IN SIOUX NARROWS….POLICE SAID THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT BETWEEN JULY 3 AND JULY 5TH,  UNKNOWN SUSPECT(S) ENTERED THE BUILDING AND STOLE CIGARETTES, A HONDA GENERATOR AND A TOOL BOX CONTAINING VARIOUS MASTERCRAFT TOOLS FROM A VEHICLE STORED IN THE BUILDING…THE TOTAL VALUE OF STOLEN PROPERTY IS APPROXIMATELY 3 THOUSAND 300 DOLLARS….ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS OR ANY OTHER OFFENSE IS ASKED TO CALL THE O-P-P AT 1-888-310-1122 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY FAIR PARADE, ORGANIZED BY THE ROSEAU WOMEN OF TODAY, IS SET TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 22ND AT 5:30 PM IN ROSEAU…ORGANIZERS SAY TO EXPECT ANOTHER WIDE VARIETY OF REPRESENTATION FROM THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY…THE PARADE IS OPEN TO ALL BUSINESSES, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, EVENT COMMITTEES, ORGANIZATIONS/CLUBS, OR INDIVIDUALS THAT MAY BE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING…..FLOAT LINE UP BEGINS AT 4PM AT HIGHWAY 89 SOUTH AND THIRD STREET, WITH FLOATS BEING LINED UP IN THE ORDER OF ARRIVAL…THERE WILL BE NO PRE-REGISTRATION…THE JUDGING OF THE FLOATS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 5PM WITH THE TOP THREE FLOATS RECEIVING ROSEAU DOUGH….THE PARADE WILL BEGIN AT 5:30 PM….ANY QUESTIONS, CALL  463-1590 OR 463-1567….

FIVE PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN EMO ONTARIO,  EARLY MONDAY…THE RAINY RIVER DETACHMENT OF THE O-P-P SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 1:10AM MONDAY, ON HIGHWAY 11 NEAR KITCHENER STREET IN EMO…POLICE  RESPONDED AND DISCOVERED A VEHICLE HAD STRUCK A HYDRO POLE RESULTING IN LOSS OF POWER WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP OF EMO…THE POWER WAS RESTORED LATER…THE POLICE SAID A 51 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER, TWO ADULT PASSENGERS AND TWO YOUTH PASSENGERS WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL…THE INJURIES WERE NOT LIFE THREATENING…THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING…

THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT SOUTHEAST OF GRYGLA OVER THE WEEKEND….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED SATURDAY EVENING AROUND 6:15PM ALONG HIGHWAY 89  NEAR FLINTLOCK ROAD NORTHWEST IN BELTRAMI COUNTY….THE PATROL SAYS 20 YEAR OLD MEGAN ANDERSON, OF ROSEAU, WAS DRIVING A 2004 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER WESTBOUND ON HIGHWAY 89 WHEN THE VEHICLE RAN OFF THE ROAD INTO THE LEFT DITCH AND STRUCK AN EMBANKMENT…THE VEHICLE CAME TO A STOP IN A WATER FILLED DITCH….ALL THE OCCUPENTS WERE ABLE TO GET OUT  OF THE VEHICLE…ANDERSON AND TWO PASSENGERS, 26 YEAR OLD JONATHAN JOHNSON, OF ROSEAU, AND 11 YEAR OLD CAYA JOHNSON, OF ROSEAU, WERE TREATED FOR NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT….

 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS  WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING BEGINNING AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…THE BOARD’S AGENDA INCLUDES DISCUSSIONS ON THE COUNTY’S UNCLAIMED PROPERTY LIST AND A COUNTY BOARD TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE…THE BOARD WILL ALSO BE ASKED FOR AN APPROVAL FOR THE BOARD CHAIR AND COUNTY AUDITOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES DOCUMENT WITH U-N-D INVOLVING CORONER SERVICES…CONTACT HAS BEEN MADE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA, REGARDING CONTRACTING WITH ROSEAU COUNTY FOR THESE SERVICES….THE BOARD IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO APPOINT ELIZABETH LUND AS NEW ROSEAU COUNTY ASSESSOR WITH AN OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY TUESDAY MORNING….LUND WAS HIRED AS COUNTY ASSESSOR  EFFECTIVE 7/1/2014 TO COMPLETE ALLEN HEIM’S UNEXPIRED FOUR-YEAR TERM ENDING DECEMBER 31ST, 2016….. 

 

A SOUTHEAST MANITOBA MAN HAS DROWNED WHILE SWIMMING ON THE ONTARIO AREA OF LAKE OF THE WOODS….MEMBERS OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE AND MARINE AND TRAILS UNIT RECEIVED A COMPLAINT OF A MISSING SWIMMER ON SATURDAY SHORTLY AFTER 9:00 PM NEAR BIGELOW ISLAND ON LAKE OF THE WOODS….AUTHORITIES SAY THE MAN WAS LAST OBSERVED SWIMMING NEARBY A COTTAGE AND DOVE INTO THE WATER…THE MALE DID NOT RE-SURFACE AND THE POLICE WERE CALLED…ON SUNDAY SHORTLY AFTER 5:00PM, O-P-P UNDERWATER SEARCH AND RESCUE UNIT RECOVERED THE BODY WITHIN THE VICINITY OF WHERE HE WAS LAST OBSERVED…AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE MAN  AS 29 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SILMAN, FROM WINNIPEG MANITOBA….A POST MORTEM IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK….

 

THE INTERNATIONAL RAINY – LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED  BOARD SAYS OVER THE PAST WEEK, THEY HAVE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF INQUIRIES AS TO WHETHER THERE WILL BE ACTION TAKEN TO REDUCE FLOW OUT OF NAMAKAN LAKE TO HELP THE LEVEL OF RAINY LAKE DECLINE FASTER…IN A STATEMENT JUST RELEASED, THE BOARD SAYS THE OPTION OF A FLOW REDUCTION OUT OF NAMAKAN LAKE REQUIRES SERIOUS CONSIDERATION, AS IT WOULD INVOLVE INCREASING RISK TO ONE AREA TO REDUCE IT IN ANOTHER….THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED BOARD, WHICH ADVISES THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION ON EMERGENCY CONDITIONS WITHIN RAINY RIVER WATERSHED, IS REVIEWING POSSIBLE OPTIONS, BUT WOULD LIKE TO ADVISE THE PUBLIC OF THE FACTS CONSIDERED IN SUCH A DECISION…THE SURFACE AREA OF NAMAKAN LAKE IS MUCH SMALLER THAN THAT OF RAINY LAKE…AND THE BOARD SAYS,  AS A RESULT, FOR EVERY INCH THAT WOULD BE SAVED ON RAINY LAKE BY HOLDING BACK WATER IN NAMAKAN LAKE, THE LEVEL OF NAMAKAN LAKE WOULD BE NEARLY 4 INCHES HIGHER….OFFICIALS SAY WHILE NAMAKAN LAKE HAS BEEN DECLINING, WATER IS LEAVING THE LAKE ONLY SLIGHTLY FASTER THAN IT IS FLOWING IN…REDUCING FLOW NOW WOULD POSTPONE THE DECLINE BELOW THE EMERGENCY LEVEL AT A TIME WHEN THE NAMAKAN CHAIN OF LAKES IS STILL AT THE SECOND HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1968…THE BOARD DID SAY IN IT’S STATEMENT THAT,  IF THE LEVEL OF NAMAKAN LAKE DECLINES BELOW THE ALL GATES OPEN EMERGENCY LEVEL,  AS EXPECTED LATER IN JULY, THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE WILL BE REVIEWING WHETHER TO RECOMMEND TO THE COMMISSION TO REDUCE NAMAKAN LAKE OUTFLOW UNTIL RAINY LAKE HAS ALSO DECLINED BELOW ITS EMERGENCY LEVEL…

 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES HAS ANNOUNCED THE COMPANY HAS ENTERED INTO A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION TO BE A RESOURCE TO THE U.S. FARMING COMMUNITY BY ATTENDING FARM BUREAU SHOWS AT A NATIONAL AND STATE LEVEL, OFFERING DEALER SUPPORT AT A LOCAL LEVEL, AND PROVIDING A SPECIAL PURCHASE PROGRAM ON SELECT POLARIS UTILITY VEHICLES…POLARIS DEALERS WILL BE ATTENDING MANY FARM BUREAU SHOWS AND LOCAL EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND POLARIS WILL HAVE A PRESENCE AT THE NATIONAL BUREAU’S ANNUAL CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO, IN JANUARY 2015…

 

THE 27-MILE “WILDLIFE DRIVE” THROUGH THE ROSEAU RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA, LOCATED 20 MILES NORTHWEST OF ROSEAU, WILL BE OPEN TO VEHICULAR TRAVEL JULY 19 – 27 AND WEEKENDS THEREAFTER THROUGH AUGUST 17…OFFICIALS SAY THIS YEAR, THE MIDDLE SECTION OF THE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAVEL DUE TO PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH ONGOING REPAIRS TO A SLUMP IN THE “POOL 2” DIKE…MOTORISTS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE DIKE ROAD FROM GATES ON THE EAST AND WEST ENDS OF THE DRIVE, BUT TRAVEL OVER THE ENTIRE DIKE SYSTEM WILL BE RESTRICTED….THE WILDLIFE DRIVE TRAVERSES WETLAND, WOODLAND, BRUSHLAND AND FARMLAND HABITATS, PROVIDING VISITORS AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR WILDLIFE VIEWING…THE VIEWING ROUTE ALSO CUTS THROUGH THE NORTHERN REACHES OF THE JUNEBERRY 3 WILDFIRE – A COSTLY AND DANGEROUS WILDFIRE THAT BURNED AN AREA IN EXCESS OF 30 THOUSAND ACRES IN OCTOBER 2011….THE WILDLIFE DRIVE CAN BE EASILY ACCESSED AT THE MAIN DIKE ROAD, LOCATED  ONE AND THREE-QUARTER MILES SOUTH OF THE W-M-A HEADQUARTERS ON ROSEAU COUNTY ROAD 3….FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL  218-463-1130….

 

THE WATER LEVEL ON LAKE OF THE WOODS IS EXPECTED TO START FALLING VERY SLOWLY, STARTING TODAY….IN TODAY’S LATEST REPORT FOR THURSDAY, JULY 3RD, THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS, BASED ON THE CURRENT FORECASTS, THEIR MODEL PROJECTION FOR THE AVERAGE LAKE LEVEL TO DECLINE BY 2-3 INCHES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS…BUT THE BOARD CAUTIONED IT IS A VERY SLOW DECLINE AND A RETURN TO HIGH SUSTAINED WINDS WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT LOCAL WATER LEVEL RISE, OR FALL, DUE TO WIND SETUP….WINDY CONDITIONS EARLIER IN THE WEEK THAT CAUSED SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS IN LEVELS FROM NORTH TO SOUTH HAVE ABATED FOR NOW…  THE BOARD ALSO SAID A LEVEL PROJECTION BEYOND 7 DAYS IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS FORECAST, BUT THE INFLOW FORECAST DOES INDICATE THE POTENTIAL FOR RISING INFLOW DUE TO RAINFALL AFTER THE 7-DAY PERIOD….  

WARROAD CITY OFFICIALS SAY FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES WILL CONTINUE AS PLANNED, AND THE CAMPGROUND REMAINS OPEN, DESPITE DECLARATIONS OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY THIS MONTH…ROSEAU COUNTY WAS ONE OF 35 COUNTIES IN THE STATE THAT WERE RECENTLY DECLARED IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY BY GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON, DUE TO POTENTIAL FLOODING…IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, THE CITY OF WARROAD, IN PREVENTIVE EFFORTS TO CURB HIGH WATERS, PLACED SEVERAL BARRIERS AND SANDBAG DIKES ALONG THE SHORES OF LAKE OF THE WOODS AT THE POINT AREA …TO DATE, THE WATER HAS NOT REACHED THE BARRIERS, AND DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITIES REMAIN UNCHANGED…CITY OFFICIALS REMIND RESIDENTS THAT HAVE ANY HIGH WATER ISSUES OR QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, TO CALL THE FLOOD HOTLINE AT 242-0812….

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD HAS ISSUED IT’S LATEST REPORT AND HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE CURRENT LEVEL OF LAKE OF THE WOODS IS AT 1 THOUSAND 62 POINT 1 FEET, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL RECORDED SINCE THE FLOOD OF RECORD IN 1950…THAT YEAR, LAKE OF THE WOODS PEAKED AT  1 THOUSAND 64 FEET…THE BOARD SAYS THE AVERAGE OF THE LAKE LEVEL GAUGE READINGS AROUND LAKE OF THE WOODS HAS TRENDED SLOWLY HIGHER OVER THE PAST 5 DAYS, WITH SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS IN WIND ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY CAUSING FLUCTUATIONS AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH ENDS OF THE LAKE…THE BOARD SAYS, BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE MODEL PROJECTION FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS IS FOR THE LEVEL TO BE NEARLY CONSTANT OVER THE NEXT WEEK,  WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF A SMALL DECLINE OR RISE OVER THIS PERIOD…

MEANWHILE, THE BOARD SAYS RAINY LAKE AND THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS-FORT FRANCES DAM APPEAR TO BE VERY CLOSE TO A PEAK….THE LEVELS OF THE UPPER RAINY RIVER AND OF RAINY LAKE ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN DECLINING AND ARE EXPECTED TO FALL BY BETWEEN 2-3 INCHES  OVER THE NEXT WEEK…. 

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ANNOUNCED  3.5 MILLION DOLLARS  IN PERFORMANCE-IMPROVEMENT FUNDING TO 27 PROJECTS IN 39 MINNESOTA COUNTIES….TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING UNDER THE HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES PERFORMANCE-BASED INCENTIVE PAYMENT PROGRAM, AUTHORIZED BY THE 2013 LEGISLATURE, PROVIDERS MUST PUT STRATEGIES IN PLACE TO IMPROVE IN A MEASURABLE WAY RECIPIENTS’ QUALITY OF LIFE AND/OR SERVICE QUALITY, OR DELIVER GOOD, QUALITY SERVICE MORE EFFICIENTLY…PROJECTS BEING FUNDED INCLUDE:

-ELDERCARE OF MINNESOTA, RECEIVED NEARLY 250 THOUSAND  TO REDESIGN STAFF TRAINING USING PERSON-CENTERED CARE PROCESSES IN ITS ASSISTED LIVING AND HOME CARE PROGRAMS IN MORRISON, NOBLES, BELTRAMI, CLAY, BECKER, CROW WING, STEARNS, MARTIN, WADENA AND FARIBAULT COUNTIES…

-LAKES HOME AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT  RECEIVED NEARLY 150 THOUSAND  TO INCREASE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH INDIVIDUALIZED GOALS AND STAFF TRAINING IN BECKER, MAHNOMEN AND OTTER TAIL COUNTIES….

-LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF MINNESOTA RECEIVED OVER 82 THOUSAND  TO EXPAND SERVICE ACCESS TO RURAL CAREGIVERS IN BECKER, CLAY, OTTER TAIL, CASS, CROW WING, TODD, MAHNOMEN AND WADENA COUNTIES THROUGH I-PAD TECHNOLOGY…

- AND NORTHWOODS INTERFAITH VOLUNTEER CAREGIVERS PROGRAM WAS AWARDED 55 THOUSAND DOLLARS  TO INCREASE CULTURALLY COMPETENT OUTREACH AND IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICES TO AMERICAN INDIANS IN BELTRAMI COUNTY…. 

ROSEAU COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE’S NEXT TEAM CAPTAIN MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON THIS COMING MONDAY, JULY 7TH AT 6:30 AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER…THE ROSEAU RELAY COMMITTEE SAYS EVERY TEAM IS ENCOURAGED TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE PERSON AT THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEETING…YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL PATTY AT 218-686-3082 IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT….THE COMMITTEE ALSO SAYS ANYONE WHO HAS EVER CONSIDERED BECOMING INVOLVED WITH RELAY FOR LIFE IN ROSEAU COUNTY ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND…

IN IT’S LATEST REPORT, THE LAKE OF THE WOODS  CONTROL BOARD SAYS LEVEL GAUGES AROUND LAKE OF THE WOODS HAVE TRENDED VERY SLOWLY HIGHER OVER THE PAST 5 DAYS, WITH SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS DUE TO WIND TEMPORARILY RAISING LOCAL LEVELS AT THE NORTH END OF THE LAKE AND LOWERING LEVELS AT THE SOUTH END…BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, THE  BOARD SAYS IT’S MODEL PROJECTION FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS IS FOR THE LEVEL TO RISE 2-3 INCHES THIS WEEK…THE BOARD HAS SAID THE LAKE WILL THEN LEVEL OFF, BARRING ANY SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL UPSTREAM…. 

MEANWHILE, THE BOARD SAYS THE WATER LEVELS OF RAINY LAKE AND THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS-FORT FRANCES DAM HAVE RISEN A FEW INCHES OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS IN RESPONSE TO LOCAL RAINFALL…WITH THE RAINFALL REMAINING IN THE FORECAST THIS WEEK, THE LEVEL OF THE LAKE IS EXPECTED TO RISE FROM  1-2 INCHES OVER THE NEXT THREE-DAYS…MODEL RESULTS SUGGEST THAT THE LAKE WILL STOP RISING ROUGHLY THURSDAY OR FRIDAY THIS WEEK, AND THEN BEGIN DECLINING VERY SLOWLY IN THE ABSENCE OF MORE SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL…. 

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HAS PROMOTED  A LOCAL CONSERVATION OFFICER…OFFICER ROBERT GORECKI OF BAUDETTE IS THE NEW MILLE LACS AREA ENFORCEMENT SUPERVISOR…THE AREA INCLUDES AITKIN, CROW WING, MILLE LACS, AND PINE COUNTIES IN EAST-CENTRAL MINNESOTA….GORECKI STARTED WITH THE D-N-R IN 2007 AFTER SERVING TWO YEARS WITH THE BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AS A DEPUTY SHERIFF…. HE HAS ALSO SERVED FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS AS A PART-TIME DEPUTY WITH THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT….

A MINNESOTA STATE RESOLUTION HONORS A NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FIRE DEPARTMENT….OVER TWO YEARS AGO, THE PLUMMER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT DEALT WITH A DEADLY AND DISASTROUS COLLISION WITH PRECISION AND QUICK THINKING….THE FIREFIGHTER’S ACTIONS ARE BEING HONORED BY A SENATE RESOLUTION AUTHORED BY DISTRICT ONE STATE SENATOR  LEROY STUMPF … THE RESOLUTION HONORS THE PLUMMER VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR PROMPT AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSE TO A CHEMICAL SPILL EMERGENCY FOLLOWING THE COLLISION OF A SEMI-TRAILER WITH A CANADIAN PACIFIC TRAIN ON MARCH 31, 2012…STUMPF SAYS  THE PLUMMER VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS HANDLED THE SITUATION QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY;  EVACUATING AREA RESIDENTS, REQUESTING SAND TO BUILD A DAM AROUND THE SPILLED CHEMICALS AND CALLING IN ASSISTANCE FROM A REGIONAL HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TEAM…. 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS THE WATER LEVEL GAUGES AROUND LAKE OF THE WOODS HAVE TRENDED VERY SLOWLY HIGHER OVER THE PAST 5 DAYS, WITH SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS DUE TO WINDS OVER THE WEEKEND…IN IT’S LATEST REPORT, THE BOARD, BASED ON THE CURRENT PRECIPITATION FORECAST, SAYS THE HYDROLOGIC MODEL PROJECTION FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS IS FOR THE LAKE LEVEL TO RISE 2-4 INCHES OVER THE 7 DAY PERIOD THAT BEGAN SUNDAY MORNING…THE BOARD SAYS MODEL RESULTS SUGGEST THAT AT THE END OF THIS 7 DAY PERIOD, WHICH WILL BE SATURDAY,  INFLOW AND OUTFLOW WILL BE CLOSE TO IN BALANCE, MEANING THAT THE LAKE LEVEL WILL NOT BE INCREASING OR DECREASING….PROJECTIONS BEYOND 7 DAYS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS FORECAST….THE BOARD SAYS GREATER RAINFALL THAN FORECAST WILL RESULT IN HIGHER LEVELS, AND HIGH SUSTAINED WINDS CAN RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT LOCAL WATER LEVEL RISE, OR FALL, DUE TO WIND SETUP… 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS THE WATER LEVELS OF RAINY LAKE AND THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS/FORT FRANCES DAM HAVE RISEN A FEW INCHES OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS IN RESPONSE TO LOCAL RAINFALL…THE BOARD SAYS WITH THE RAINFALL REMAINING IN THE FORECAST, THE LEVEL OF THE LAKE IS EXPECTED TO RISE FROM  2-3 INCHES OVER THE SEVEN DAY PERIOD….THE BOARD SAYS MODEL RESULTS SUGGEST OUTFLOW FROM THE LAKE WILL EXCEED INFLOW BEGINNING THIS SATURDAY, MEANING THAT THE LEVEL WOULD BEGIN DECLINING AT THAT TIME…HOWEVER, THE BOARD SAYS,  IF THE FORECAST IS INACCURATE, AND HEAVIER RAINFALL OCCURS, THERE IS LITTLE ROOM IN THE WATERSHED REMAINING TO STORE WATER AND THE LEVEL WILL BEGIN CLIMB HIGHER BEFORE STARTING TO RECEDE… 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL WILL BE SEARCHING FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT SOON…CURRENT SUPERINTENDENT, JEFF PEURA, SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION AT THE LAST LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IN BAUDETTE…THE RESIGNATION IS EFFECTIVE JULY 31ST THIS YEAR…PEURA HAS BEEN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SINCE  JULY OF 2012….THE BOARD WILL ADDRESS THE RESIGNATION AT IT’S NEXT BOARD MEETING JULY 28TH…. 

THE WARROAD HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WILL HOST ITS 62ND ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION AND BANQUET THIS THURSDAY IN THE WARROAD HIGH SCHOOL GYM….ALL ALUMNI, FACULTY -PAST AND PRESENT-, STAFF, AND FRIENDS OF THE WARROAD SCHOOL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND….SOCIAL HOUR BEGINS AT 6:00 P.M. WITH DINNER AT 7:00 P.M….FOLLOWING DINNER, THERE WILL BE A SHORT ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION AND A PROGRAM …TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING WARROAD BUSINESSES: SECURITY STATE BANK, MARVIN HOME CENTER, AND THRIFTY WHITE DRUG…TICKETS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE REGISTRATION TABLE THE NIGHT OF THE REUNION….

7WITH MOST OF THE PRECAUTIONARY PROJECTS IN PLACE, THE CITY OF WARROAD AWAITS WHAT MOTHER NATURE WILL BRING…WARROAD POLICE CHIEF AND EMERGENCY MANAGER, WADE STEINBRING TOLD KQ92 THAT THEY ARE PREPARED, BUT NOW WATCHING AND WAITING….THE LATEST REPORT ISSUED BY THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS INFLOW TO LAKE OF THE WOODS HAS BEEN IN A STEADY DECLINE…IF THE FORECAST HOLDS, THE LAKE LEVEL COULD BE NEAR A PEAK WITHIN THE 7-DAY FORECAST WINDOW….HOWEVER, THE BOARD SAYS THE POTENTIAL FOR GREATER RAINFALL STILL EXISTS…IF THE MORE FAVORABLE FORECAST IS ACCURATE, THE PROJECTION IS FOR LAKE OF THE WOODS TO RISE 2-4 IN OVER THE 7 DAY PERIOD, BUT GREATER RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN HIGHER LEVELS….THE BOARD STRESSED THAT HIGH WINDS MAY CAUSE TEMPORARY BUT SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS IN THE LOCAL WATER LEVEL DUE TO WIND SETUP, PARTICULARLY ON MONDAY…. 

FURTHER UPSTREAM, THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS HOURLY DATA FROM GAUGES ON RAINY LAKE AND IN THE UPPER RAINY RIVER ABOVE THE DAM,  INDICATE THAT THE LAKE AND UPPER RAINY RIVER ARE VERY CLOSE TO A PLATEAU…WITH THE RAINFALL REMAINING IN THE FORECAST, THE LEVEL OF  RAINY LAKE IS EXPECTED TO RISE FROM 1-2 INCHES OVER THE SEVEN DAY PERIOD…HOWEVER, THE BOARD SAYS,  IF THE FORECAST IS INACCURATE, AND HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURS, THERE IS LITTLE ROOM IN THE WATERSHED REMAINING TO STORE WATER AND THE LEVEL WILL BEGIN CLIMBING ONCE MORE…THE FORECAST DOES HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR VERY HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS ON SATURDAY, WITH STRONG SUSTAINED WINDS ON MONDAY…. 

THE MINNESOTA D-N-R WILL CONDUCT A PUBLIC LAND AUCTION AT 10:30 A.M., AUGUST 1ST, AT THE KITTSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE,  IN HALLOCK…THERE ARE 10 LAND PARCELS OFFERED FOR SALE…THE ORAL AUCTION WILL BE IN THE UPSTAIRS CONFERENCE ROOM..BIDDER REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9:30 A.M….MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAND SALE, TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND ADDITIONAL PARCELS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE OVER-THE-COUNTER, AVAILABLE ON THE WEB AT :     mndnr.gov/landsale

THE WARROAD SUMMER THEATER’S PRODUCTION OF THE “STRING” CONTINUES THRU THE WEEKEND…THE ROMANTIC COMEDY BY JESSICA LIND IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JENEE PROVANCE AND RUNS THRU SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE WARROAD HIGH SCHOOL MINI THEATER…CURTAIN  TIMES ARE 7:30 PM TONIGHT AND SATURDAY …… 2:00 PM ON SUNDAY…FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 218-386-3435…

WARROAD CITY OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO MONITER THE LEVEL OF LAKE OF THE WOODS AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES CONTINUE TO BE WORKED ON….WARROAD CITY POLICE CHIEF AND CITY ERMERGENCY MANAGER, WADE STEINBRING, UPDATED KQ92 TODAY, SAYING THE DIKE PROJECT AT THE POINT AREA, WHICH CONSISTS OF BARRICADES AND SANDBAGS  HAS BEEN FINISHED….HE SAYS TAYLOR ROAD NEAR THE LAKE WILL REMAIN CLOSED….THE FOUR LARGE PUMPS CONTINUE TO PUMP OUT WATER FROM THE CITY SIDE BACK TO THE LAKE AT THE TAYLOR ROAD BRIDGE….STEINBRING SAYS THE HUGE HOSES THAT CROSS THE ROAD ARE GOING TO PREVENT IT FROM RE-OPENING FOR AWHILE…MEANWHILE, THE CITY HAS SUSPENDED THE NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH SANDBAGGING…STEINBRING ALSO REMINDED BOATERS THAT A  “NO WAKE ZONE” RULE WILL BE  ENFORCED…STEINBRING REMINDED RESIDENTS THAT ANYONE IN NEED OF SANDBAGS. INFORMATION OR ANY ASSISTANCE RELATED TO THE HIGH WATER, CAN CALL THE FLOOD HOTLINE AT 242-0812… 

 

RESIDENTS IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY CONTINUE TO WATCH THE RAINY RIVER AS IT CONTINUES TO SLOWLY DROP IN LEVELS…ROGER ERICKSON, WHO IS THE DISTRICT 2 “A” STATE REP FROM BAUDETTE, SAYS A REAL PROBLEM IN THE COUNTY IS THE HIGH WATER DAMAGE  ON SHORELINES AS EROSION IS IN HIGH GEAR… 

 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS THE RATE OF FLOW INTO LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTINUES TO DECLINE…INFLOW TO LAKE OF THE WOODS IS NOW 33% GREATER THAN THE OUTFLOW FROM THE FULLY OPENED DAMS IN KENORA…HOWEVER, AS WITH RAINY LAKE, THE FORECAST RAINFALL OVER THE NEXT 7 DAYS IS EXPECTED TO HAVE INFLOW RISING AGAIN… LAKE OF THE WOODS WATER LEVEL IS EXPECTED TO RISE 3-6 INCHES OVER THE NEXT 7 DAYS…HIGH WINDS MAY CAUSE TEMPORARY BUT SIGNIFICANT SHIFTS IN THE LOCAL WATER LEVEL DUE TO WIND SETUP…IF RAINFALL OVER THE 7- DAY PERIOD IS FAR LESS THAN FORECAST, THE LAKE LEVEL COULD REACH A PEAK IN THE FIRST DAYS OF JULY….BEYOND THE 7-DAY FORECAST, DRIER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST…. 

 

Tues jun 24….. 

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND FORKS HAS ISSUED A

 

 * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…

 

  SOUTHWESTERN ROSEAU COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA…

 

  SOUTHERN KITTSON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA…

 

  EASTERN MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA… 

 

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT TUESDAY 

 

* WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES A WIDESPREAD AREA OF 2 TO 3 INCHES AND UP TO 4 INCHES IN ISOLATED SPOTS HAS FALLEN FROM NEAR KENNEDY  TO KARLSTAD TO MIDDLE RIVER TO NEAR LAKE AGASSIZ… 

 

* MIDDLE RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTED 3.6 INCHES THROUGH 6 AM WITH  STANDING WATER IN TOWN AND ADDITIONAL WATER FLOWING OVER SOME  RURAL ROADS….

* UP TO AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES IS POSSIBLE WITH THESE SLOW  MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON… 

 

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO  OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…

 

  KARLSTAD…DONALDSON…ENGLUND…HALMA…HOLT…KENNEDY AND LAKE  BRONSON… 

 

THE FOLLOWING STREAMS ARE INCLUDED IN THE WARNING…MUD RIVER…THIEF RIVER…SOUTH BRANCH TWO RIVERS…TAMARAC RIVER AND MIDDLE RIVER…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…TURN AROUND DONT DROWN. AVOID DRIVING ON FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. 

 

WORK CONTINUES ON DIKES AND BARRIERS AT THE POINT AREA OF WARROAD….CITY POLICE CHIEF WADE STEINBRING TOLD KQ92 THIS MORNING  THE LAKE AT WARROAD IS UP AGAIN TODAY, DUE IN LARGE PART TO A STRONG NORTHEAST WIND…HE SAYS THE WIND IS THE WILD CARD IN THE EFFORT, WITH AN EASTERLY WIND BRINGING MORE WATER TO THE AREA…AN EAST WIND IS FORECAST FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS…STEINBRING SAYS TAYLOR ROAD IN WARROAD IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN CLOSED TODAY BUT EXPECTED TO REOPEN WEDNESDAY…THE TAYLOR BRIDGE PROJECT  IS MEANT TO BLOCK OFF INFLOW FROM LAKE OF THE WOODS TO THE CHANNELS AROUND THE WARROAD CITY CAMPGROUND…MEANWHILE,  THE SANDBAGGING EFFORT IS IN FULL SWING,  WITH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TIL FURTHER NOTICE….THE BASE OF THE SANDBAGGING EFFORT IS AT THE WARROAD CITY SHOP FROM 10-4 EACH DAY…STEINBRING SAYS SOME SANDBAGS WILL GO TO THE POINT PROJECT AND THE REST  WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE THAT NEED THEM…STEIBRING SAYS A NEW FLOOD HOTLINE HAS BEEN SET-UP FOR THOSE WITH NEEDS OR QUESTIONS OR ANYTHING FLOOD RELATED….THAT NUMBER IS 242-0812…..SANDBAGGING EFFORTS BEGAN THIS MORNING AT SPRINGSTEEL RESORT AND THE WARROAD ESTATES NORTH OF WARROAD…THE LAKE IS EXPECTED TO RISE 3-5 INCHES IN THE NEXT WEEK…  

IN IT’S LATEST REPORT ISSUED TODAY, THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD SAYS INFLOW TO RAINY LAKE DECLINED SLIGHTLY MONDAY….AND THE RAINY LAKE WATER LEVEL IS FORECAST TO STABILIZE OVER THE NEXT FIVE DAYS – ABOUT 3-5 INCHES ABOVE THE CURRENT LEVEL…THE BOARD SAID CURRENT FORECASTS HAVE SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL EARLY NEXT WEEK, AND IF THE FORECAST RAINFALL OCCURS, INFLOW WILL RISE QUICKLY FOR A DAY OR TWO BEFORE RECEDING AGAIN, BRINGING THE LAKE LEVEL UP BY AN ADDITIONAL 2-4 INCHES…THE BOARD ALSO REPORTS TODAY, THE RATE OF FLOW INTO LAKE OF THE WOODS IS DECLINING SHARPLY AS THE RAINY RIVER CONTINUES TO RECEDE, THOUGH MORE GRADUALLY THAN OVER THE LAST WEEK…INFLOW TO LAKE OF THE WOODS IS NOW LESS THAN 50 % GREATER THAN THE OUTFLOW FROM THE FULLY OPENED DAMS IN KENORA …. LAKE OF THE WOODS WATER LEVEL IS EXPECTED TO RISE 3-5 INCHES  OVER THE NEXT 7 DAYS…OFFICIALS SAY  INFLOW IS EXPECTED TO FOLLOW A GENERAL DECLINE OVER THIS PERIOD, BUT MAY INCREASE FOR A DAY OR TWO WITH RAINFALL… HOWEVER, THE BOARD SAYS,  IF DRIER CONDITIONS PREDOMINATE, IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE LAKE LEVEL COULD REACH A PEAK IN 5-7 DAYS… 

 

MINNESOTA GOV. MARK DAYTON IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A STOP IN WARROAD WEDNESDAY TO MEET WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS AND VIEW HIGH WATER AREAS…DAYTON SAYS HE’S UNSURE WHETHER HE’LL NEED TO CALL A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO APPROVE STATE AID TO FLOOD DAMAGED COMMUNITIES….DAYTON AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MET BRIEFLY MONDAY TO EXTEND AN EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR 35 COUNTIES FOR ANOTHER 30 DAYS….THOSE COUNTIES INCLUDE ROSEAU, LAKE OF THE WOODS, KOOCHICHING AND BELTRAMI…DAYTON PLANS TO VISIT HARD-HIT AREAS AROUND THE TWIN CITIES TUESDAY…HE EXPECTS TO TRAVEL TO WARROAD WEDNESDAY…. 

 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COMMISSIONER  HAS ORDERED A 30-DAY TEMPORARY EMERGENCY WATER SURFACE SLOW WAKE RESTRICTION DUE TO THE WATER REACHING A LEVEL WHERE DAMAGE TO PROPERTY CAN BE EXPECTED ALONG COUNTY WATER WAYS…THE SLOW NO-WAKE RESTRICTION IS IN PLACE WITHIN 150 FEET OF THE SHORELINE ON ALL BODIES OF WATER IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY…THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HAS DESIGNATED LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT TO ENFORCE THIS RESTRICTION…THE RESTRICTION WILL BE IN PLACE TIL FURTHER NOTICE…  

 

WIDESPREAD RAIN IN THE PAST WEEK HAS DELAYED MINNESOTA FARMERS WHO ARE TRYING TO FINISH PLANTING…ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE RAIN HAS LEFT SOIL SATURATED AND STRESSED CROPS…WET FIELDS ALSO ARE HAMPERING CROP SPRAYING AND THE FIRST CUTTING OF HAY…THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT SAYS ONLY 1.1 DAYS WERE SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK ACROSS MINNESOTA…SOIL MOISTURE TOOK A BIG JUMP FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK…TOPSOIL MOISTURES ARE NOW RATED 58 PERCENT SURPLUS WHILE SUBSOIL MOISTURES ARE 53 PERCENT SURPLUS…SOYBEAN PLANTING IS 95 PERCENT COMPLETE, COMPARED WITH A FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE OF 98 PERCENT…NINETY-SIX PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP HAS EMERGED, SLIGHTLY BEHIND THE AVERAGE 98 PERCENT…    

 

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 3:51PM  ON LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY ROAD 8  NEAR  54TH AVE NORTHWEST…THE PATROL SAYS BOTH VEHICLES WERE EASTBOUND WHEN THE CRASH OCCURRED….52 YEAR OLD MILO  RAVNDALEN, OF ROOSEVELT, WAS DRIVING A 2014 CASE I-H FARM SPRAYER AND 46 YEAR OLD RUSSEL HAWKS, OF ROOSEVELT, WAS DRIVING A 1988 YAMAHA ROAD STAR MOTORCYCLE…HAWKS WAS STARTING TO PASS THE SPRAYER IN THE WESTBOUND LANE, WHEN RAVNDALEN STARTED TO MAKE A LEFT TURN INTO A FIELD….THE MOTORCYCLE WENT DOWN AND SKIDDED ALONG THE ROAD AND COLLIDED WITH THE SPRAYER’S TIRE….HAWKS, AND A PASSENGER ON HIS MOTORCYCLE, 36 YEAR OLD KARLYN HAWKS, OF ROOSEVELT, WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL….KARLYN HAWKS DIED FROM HER INJURIES….RUSSEL HAWKS HAD NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES….RAVNDALEN HAD NO APPARENT INJURIES….. 

WARROAD CITY POLICE CHIEF WADE STEINBRING SAYS THE CITY IS CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP IN A SANDBAGGING EFFORT THAT IS KICKING IN AS THE WATERS OF LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTINUE TO RISE TO A LEVEL NOT SEEN IN THE PAST DECADE….STEINBRING SAYS VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP FILL SANDBAGS STARTING TUESDAY FROM 10AM – 4PM AT THE WARROAD CITY SHOP, LOCATED BEHIND CENEX ON THE EAST EDGE OF WARROAD….STEINBRING SAYS VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED EACH DAY THIS WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…STEINBRING SAYS THE FIRST TWO DIKING PROJECTS  ARE UNDERWAY NEAR THE POINT IN WARROAD… STEINBRING SAYS THE LAKE IS EXPECTED TO RISE MORE THIS WEEK AND THE CITY IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE STATE AS THEY PREPARE….HE ALSO  CAUTIONED THE PUBLIC THAT THE EFFORT COULD TAKE AWHILE…MEANWHILE, AREA ANGLERS ARE WONDERING ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE BOAT DOCKS AT THE POINT IN WARROAD….STEINBRING SAYS THEY REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW…STEINBRING SAYS FOR MORE INFO OR CONCERNS CALL THE WARROAD POLICE DEPARTMENT 386-2053 TODAY (MON)…STARTING TUESDAY, THERE WILL BE A DEDICATED NUMBER FOR FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS…. 

MON JUNE 23RD …WARROAD CITY FLOOD NOTES…………

–THE CITY OF WARROAD IS ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH SANDBAGS STARTING TUESDAY FROM 10AM – 4PM AT THE WARROAD CITY SHOP, LOCATED BEHIND CENEX ON THE EAST SIDE OF WARROAD…VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NEEDED EACH DAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…VOLUNTEERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE ATTIRE (NO SHORTS OR FLIP-FLOPS ETC)…AND TO PLEASE BRING GLOVES WITH YOU….

–THE CITY OF WARROAD IS BLOCKING OFF TAYLOR ROAD, WHICH RUNS FROM THE POINT/POOL AREA TO MAIN AVENUE NEAR THE LAKE…THE ROAD WILL BE BLOCKED OFF BEGINNING TODAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…

—THE CITY BOAT ACCESS AT THE POINT REMAINS OPEN AT THE TIME…ANGLERS ARE REMINDED THAT BOAT TRAFFIC WILL BE DETOURED TO TAYLOR ROAD THEN BY THE POOL TO THE LANDINGS…AND THE BOAT LANDING IS PARTIALLY UNDER WATER, BUT IS OPEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE….

—-ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE CITY’S FLOOD PREPARATIONS ARE ASKED TO CALL THE WARROAD CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 386-2053 

HIGHWAY 11 HAS BEEN RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN BAUDETTE AND INTERNATIONAL FALLS…THE ROAD WAS RE-OPENED SUNDAY AFTERNOON, BUT OFFICIALS CAUTIONED THERE ARE SANDBAG DIKES THAT REMAIN NEAR THE SHOULDER OF THE HIGHWAY….HIGHWAY 11 BETWEEN BAUDETTE AND I-FALLS HAD BEEN CLOSED NEAR LOMAN, BETWEEN KOOCHICHING COUNTY ROAD 1 AND COUNTY ROAD 82, SINCE JUNE 14TH DUE TO FLOODING ON THE RAINY RIVER…. 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…AT 9:15 A PUBLIC HEARING ON A SEWAGE AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT ORDINANCE….AT 9:45AM A  CONTINUATION OF THE JUNE 17TH  BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION MEETING WILL BE HELD…THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO NAME AN A-M-C BROADBAND SUBCOMMITTEE, AND DISCUSS A NORTHSTAR A-T-V CLUB G-I-A REIMBURSEMENT….

GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON ACTIVATED THE MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD TO ASSIST WITH THE FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS…ABOUT 100 MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS AREA   LATE TODAY OR EARLY FRIDAY TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RISING WATERS OF THE RAINY LAKE AND RAINY RIVER.…THE LAKE OF THE WOODS CONTROL BOARD NOW SAYS RAINY LAKE IS PREDICTED TO RISE NEARLY 16 INCHES ABOVE CURRENT LEVEL,  OVER THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS, AND THAT’S WITHOUT THE ADDITIONAL RAIN FORECAST FOR THE AREA….KOOCHICHING COUNTY SHERIFF BRIAN JESPERSEN URGES PROPERTY OWNERS TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PREPARE FOR MORE RISING WATER LEVELS… THE AMOUNT OF WATER MOVING THROUGH LOCAL RIVERS DROPPED A BIT WEDNESDAY AFTER HAVING PEAKED ON TUESDAY…THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE OF MORE RAIN FROM TODAYTHROUGH THE WEEKEND…THE RAINY RIVER AT MANITOU RAPIDS, DOWNSTREAM FROM INTERNATIONAL FALLS NEAR BIRCHDALE, PEAKED AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 22.01 FEET ON TUESDAY BUT THEN DROPPED A BIT TO 21.67 FEET ON WEDNESDAY — STILL HIGHER THAN ANY PREVIOUS FLOOD… 

HIGHWAY 11 REMAINS COMPLETELY UNDER WATER AT LOMAN, WHICH IS ABOUT 45 MILES EAST OF BAUDETTE…A REMINDER TO PEOPLE THAT ARE PLANNING TO DRIVE FROM BAUDETTE  TO INTERNATIONAL FALLS, THEY NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE DETOUR SET UP…MOTORISTS WILL NEED TO TURN OFF AT HIGHWAY 72 JUST EAST OF BAUDETTE AND GO SOUTH TO KELLIHER, OVER TO NORTHOME AND NORTH ON 71 TO PELLAND JUNCTION….THIS DETOUR ADDS ABOUT 60 MILES TO THE TRIP….OR, MOTORISTS CAN  TRAVEL THROUGH CANADA FROM RAINY RIVER TO FORT FRANCES….RECENT REPORTS TO KQ92 HAVE SOME MOTORISTS  ARE DRIVING PAST HIGHWAY 72 AND BEING TURNED AROUND WHEN THEY GET ALL THE WAY TO LOMAN,…THE REST OF HIGHWAY 11 IS FINE AT THIS TIME,  BUT MOTORISTS CAN NOT DRIVE ALL THE WAY THROUGH… 

OFFICIALS SAY FRANZ JEVNE STATE PARK IN BIRCHDALE IS CLOSED TEMPORARILY DUE TO FLOODING ALONG THE RAINY RIVER….THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAID THE CLOSURE IS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY  BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL IN AN EMERGENCY SESSION THIS AFTERNOON STARTING AT 1PM….THE MEETING IS TO DEAL WITH FLOODING ISSUES…THE BOARD  WILL BE MEETING IN THE COURT ROOM AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER IN BAUDETTE…

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WOULD LIKE ALL RESIDENTS TO DOCUMENT ANY DAMAGE FROM THE FLOOD WATERS…THIS MAY BE DONE BY TAKING A VIDEO OR BY PHOTOGRAPHING THE DAMAGE ALONG WITH DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS…YOU MAY SUBMIT THIS INFORMATION BY E-MAILING CHRISTINA HUSBANDS AT NINA_H@CO.LAKE-OF-THE-WOODS.MN.US OR DELIVERING THE INFORMATION IN PERSON TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOCATED AT 206 8TH AVE SE STE 300, BEHIND THE COURTHOUSE…REMEMBER TO STAY SAFE AROUND FLOOD WATERS…DO NOT WALK THROUGH FLOWING WATER…AS LITTLE AS 6 INCHES OF MOVING WATER CAN SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET…DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODED AREAS…IF FLOODWATERS RISE AROUND YOUR VEHICLE, ABANDON THE CAR AND MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IF YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY…DO NOT TOUCH DOWNED POWER LINES…

HIGHWAY 11 FROM BAUDETTE TO NEAR INTERNATIONAL FALLS REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE….MNDOT SAYS THE ROAD IS CLOSED FROM BETWEEN KOOCHICHING COUNTY ROAD 82 AND U-S 71 – (16 MILES WEST OF THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS AREA)…..THE ROAD WAS CLOSED OVER THE WEEKEND DUE TO FLOODING IN THE LOMAN AREA…SEVERAL FEET OF WATER REMAINS OVER THE HIGHWAY AT LOMAN, EAST OF BIRCHDALE….A LENGTHY DETOUR HAS BEEN SET UP…EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM BAUDETTE IS BEING REROUTED ON HIGHWAY 72 TO BELTRAMI COUNTY WHILE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM INTERNATIONAL FALLS WILL BE DETOURED 8 MILES FROM PELLAND JUNCTION SOUTH….. 

THE LAKE OF THE WOODS/RAINY RIVER WATERSHED BOARD SAYS RAINY RIVER WATER LEVELS ARE THE HIGHEST OBSERVED IN 85 YEARS, COMPOUNDING THE HIGH INFLOWS TO THE BASIN BOTH UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE RAINY LAKE OUTLET….IN IT’S STATEMENT THIS MORNING, THE HIGH WATER LEVELS ON THE RAINY RIVER AND LITTLE FORK RIVER HAVE BACKED UP TO THE DAM AND ARE IMPACTING THE FORT FRANCES AND BOISE POWERHOUSES…ALL EIGHT GENERATORS AT THE FORT FRANCES POWERHOUSE WERE TAKEN OFFLINE THIS (MONDAY) MORNING AS THEIR COOLING PUMPS WERE UNDER WATER…THIS RESULTS IN A 6% REDUCTION OF OUTFLOW FROM RAINY LAKE….MEANWHILE, THE BOISE POWERHOUSE HAS 18-20 INCHES OF WATER ON THEIR POWERHOUSE FLOOR AND MAY SHUT DOWN THEIR GENERATORS AS WELL…THE BOARD SAYS IF BOISE’S GENERATORS GO OFFLINE, FLOWS WILL BE FURTHER REDUCED BY 18%…

THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE IS REGULARLY MONITORING CONDITIONS IN THE WATERSHED AND WILL POST UPDATES AS CONDITIONS WARRANT…THE COMMITTEE IS KEEPING THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION INFORMED OF THE SITUATION…THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE MET SATURDAY NIGHT TO DISCUSS OPTIONS FOR OUTFLOWS FROM NAMAKAN LAKE AND RAINY LAKE DAMS…THE COMMITTEE DETERMINED THAT CLOSING SUFFICIENT GATES TO REDUCE THE FLOWS ON RAINY RIVER AND THUS STORING WATER ON RAINY LAKE TO ALLEVIATE FLOODING DOWNSTREAM AT THE TOWN OF RAINY RIVER WOULD INCREASE FLOODING UPSTREAM WITHOUT NECESSARILY IMPROVING CONDITIONS ON THE RAINY RIVER…THEREFORE, DAMS AT NAMAKAN LAKE AND RAINY LAKE REMAIN FULLY OPEN AND PASSING MAXIMUM FLOWS….INFLOWS TO NAMAKAN LAKE AND RAINY LAKE ARE GREATER THAN OUTFLOW CAPACITY THEREFORE THE LAKE ELEVATIONS ARE STILL RISING…  

MORE SANDBAGGING IS PLANNED IN THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS AREA TO PROTECT HOMES FROM RISING WATERS ON RAINY LAKE AND THE RAINY RIVER….KOOCHICHING COUNTY SHERIFF’S DISPATCHER RICH RUD SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE WATER HAS RISEN TO WITHIN 4 INCHES OF THE TOPS OF THE SANDBAG DIKES AND IS EXPECTED TO RISE ANOTHER FOOT…THE FLOODING HAS LEFT MANY RESIDENTS’ DOCKS UNDER WATER, AS WELL AS DOCKS AT VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK…RUD SAYS NO DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN DONE YET….HEAVY RAINS OVER THE WEEKEND AGGRAVATED LAKE AND RIVER LEVELS THAT WERE ALREADY SWOLLEN WITH SPRING SNOWMELT…RESIDENTS HAD FILLED 50 THOUSAND SANDBAGS AS OF SUNDAY….A SANDBAGGING MACHINE FROM ROSEAU COUNTY IS HELPING OUT THE EFFORT IN KOOCHICHING COUNTY… 

THE TOWN OF RAINY RIVER DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS WATER LEVELS CONTINUE TO RISE ON THE RAINY RIVER….THE TOWN OF RAINY RIVER HAS JOINED FORT FRANCES AND COUCHICHING FIRST NATION IN DECLARING STATES OF EMERGENCY BECAUSE OF HIGH WATERS…RAINY RIVER CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER VELDON VOGAN SAID THE CITY WAS FORTUNATE BECAUSE THE QUICK RISE WAS SPREAD OVER THREE DAYS….BUT THE RIVER CONTINUES TO RISE…VOGAN SAYS ONE HOME HAS BEEN SURROUNDED BY WATER AND SANDBAGGERS HAVE SECURED OVER TEN OTHER HOMES OVER THE WEEKEND…OVER 120 PEOPLE WERE OUT SUNDAY IN THE SANDBAGGING EFFORT…SHE SAID NO EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN NECESSARY, BUT MANY PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH WATER IN THEIR BASEMENTS…  

SANDBAGGING EFFORTS ALSO WERE UNDERWAY AT HOMES IN PELLAND, ALONG THE RAINY RIVER BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL FALLS AND LOMAN….THE RIVER STAGE AT MANITOU RAPIDS, JUST DOWNSTREAM FROM LOMAN, STOOD AT 21.43 FEET AND RISING ON SUNDAY EVENING, UP MORE THAN 6 FEET IN THE PAST FOUR DAYS….THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 21.04 FEET, SET DURING THE HISTORIC FLOOD OF 1950…. 

TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A CAR-MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN WARROAD OVER THE WEEKEND….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 2:35 P.M. FRIDAY AFTERNOON  ON HIGHWAY 11 IN WARROAD….THE PATROL SAYS 22 YEAR OLD ANDREA LARSON, OF BROOKS, WAS DRIVING EAST ON HIGHWAY 11 WHEN SHE STOPPED TO TURN NORTH ON GLADYS STREET NORTHEAST….WHILE TURNING, LARSON PULLED IN FRONT OF A MOTORCYCLE TRAVELING IN THE OPPOSITE LANE OF HIGHWAY 11….THE MOTORCYCLE WAS DRIVEN BY 37 YEAR OLD NATHAN WENNERSTRAND,  OF ROSEAU….BOTH DRIVERS SUFFERED NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AND WERE TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL…. 

THE  ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION  IS SET TO MEET TUESDAY EVENING AT 6:00 P.M.AT THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE….THE ROSEAU COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE SAYS TAXPAYER APPEARANCES ARE LIMITED TO PERSONS WHO FIRST APPEALED EITHER IN PERSON, THROUGH A LETTER, OR THROUGH AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE TO THE CITY OR TOWN BOARD OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION; OR TO PERSONS WHOSE PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN AN UNORGANIZED TOWNSHIP; OR TO PERSONS WHOSE LOCAL JURISDICTION HAS TRANSFERRED ITS POWERS OF APPEAL AND EQUALIZATION TO THE COUNTY…TAXPAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO CALL THE COUNTY AUDITOR IN ADVANCE TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA…

FUNDING FOR THE ROSEAU FLOOD PROTECTION PROJECT HAS INCREASED TO 43.8 MILLION DOLLARS AFTER THE WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW….ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS, THIS WILL ALLOW IT TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT BY FALL 2015….ONE OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE FINAL BILL TO SUPPORT MINNESOTA’S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE: INCLUDED FUNDING FOR THE ROSEAU FLOOD DIVERSION PROJECT ….WHILE ROSEAU’S PROJECT WAS INCLUDED IN THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WORK PLAN IN MARCH, THE PROVISIONS IN THE NEW BILL WILL HELP KEEP THE PROJECT ON TRACK IF THERE ARE CONSTRUCTION DELAYS DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES….THE PROJECT INCLUDES 8.75 MILES OF EARTHEN LEVEES, 4.5 MILES OF DIVERSION CHANNEL, AN INLET STRUCTURE AND AN OUTLET STRUCTURE…THE INLET AND 1 MILE OF DIVERSION REMAIN TO BE CONSTRUCTED… 

LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER OFFICIALS SAY THERE WILL BE A SCHEDULED BRIEF INTERRUPTION OF COMMUNICATION TO THE LIFECARE GREENBUSH MANOR IN GREENBUSH THURSDAY MORNING… DEB HAUGEN, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS WITH LIFECARE, SAYS ALL COMMUNICATION TO,  AND FROM,  LIFECARE GREENBUSH MANOR WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR 2 TO 5 MINUTES AT APPROXIMATELY  8 A.M….IF YOU TRY TO CONTACT GREENBUSH MANOR ON THURSDAY MORNING AND YOUR CALL DOES NOT CONNECT, WAIT A FEW MINUTES AND TRY AGAIN….LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER APOLOGIZES AHEAD OF TIME FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAINTENANCE MAY CAUSE….

MINNESOTA 7TH DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON SAYS THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION HAS GRANTED A ONE-YEAR EXEMPTION TO DRIVERS TRANSPORTING LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY FROM THE 30-MINUTE BREAK REQUIREMENT DURING THE FIRST EIGHT HOURS OF A SHIFT….THIS REQUIREMENT IS PART OF THE CURRENT HOURS-OF-SERVICE RULES FOR TRUCK DRIVERS…PETERSON HAD RECENTLY ASKED D-O-T SECRETARY FOXX TO CONSIDER SUCH AN EXEMPTION FOR ANIMAL WELFARE…PETERSON SAYS HE WROTE TO D-O-T AND F-M-C-S-A AS A RESULT OF HEARING FROM SEVERAL LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCERS WHO WERE CONCERNED THAT IF THEY WERE REQUIRED TO TAKE 30-MINUTE REST BREAKS, THE ANIMALS THEY WERE TRANSPORTING MIGHT SUFFER IN THE HEAT….IN 2013, THE ADMINISTRATION GRANTED LIVESTOCK HAULERS A 90-DAY WAIVER DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS WITH NO ADVERSE EFFECTS TO SAFETY…AS AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS, THE F-M-C-S-A  CONSIDERS AND COLLECTS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ALL APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPTIONS FROM FEDERAL REGULATIONS, INCLUDING HOURS-OF-SERVICE FOR TRUCK DRIVERS….

 

MOTORISTS IN THE AREA WILL EXPERIENCE SEVERAL DETOURS STARTING THIS COMING MONDAY….MNDOT SAYS MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 11 IN KITTSON COUNTY WILL EXPERIENCE A DETOUR AS CREWS WORK TO MAKE EXTENSIVE REPAIRS TO THE HIGHWAY…TRAFFIC FROM DONALDSON WILL BE DETOURED SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 75, THEN EAST ON MARSHALL COUNTY ROAD 5 TO STRANDQUIST….MOTORISTS WILL THEN FOLLOW HIGHWAY 59 BACK TO KARLSTAD…THIS DETOUR SHOULD END IN MID-JULY….CREWS WILL REPAVE HIGHWAY 11 SHOULDERS, AND REPLACE CULVERTS IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS….

MEANWHILE, MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 175 EAST OF HALLOCK WILL EXPERIENCE A DETOUR AS CREWS WORK TO REPLACE TWO BRIDGES OVER THE MIDDLE BRANCH OF TWO RIVERS….WORKERS WILL ALSO BE GRADING AND SURFACING IN THE AREA….THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC…THE DETOUR FROM HALLOCK FOLLOWS HIGHWAY 75 SOUTH TO COUNTY ROAD 22 EAST, THEN PROCEEDS NORTH ON COUNTY ROAD 5….THE DETOUR WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST….

MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 59 IN KITTSON COUNTY NORTH OF LANCASTER WILL EXPERIENCE A DETOUR AS CREWS WORK TO CONSTRUCT A NEW REPLACEMENT FOR THE CURRENT TWO RIVERS BRIDGE…WORKERS ALSO WILL BE DOING GRADING AND SURFACING WORK IN THE AREA…HIGHWAY 59 FROM THE SOUTH WILL BE DETOURED NORTHWEST ALONG COUNTY ROAD 6, NORTH ON COUNTY ROAD 1, AND THEN EAST ON COUNTY ROAD 8…THIS DETOUR SHOULD CONCLUDE BY THE END OF AUGUST….

AND MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 92 IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA WILL EXPERIENCE A DETOUR BEGINNING JUNE 16 AS CREWS BUILD A NEW ROAD SURFACE, REPLACE CULVERTS AND CONSTRUCT A NEW BRIDGE OVER THE POPLAR RIVER….THE DETOUR FROM BROOKS WILL FOLLOW HIGHWAY 59 NORTH TO COUNTY ROAD 1 WEST TO HIGHWAY 32 SOUTH…THE DETOUR IS ANTICIPATED TO END BY LATE AUGUST

THE GREATER MINNESOTA REGIONAL PARKS AND TRAILS COMMISSION INVITES LOCAL PARKS AND TRAILS ENTHUSIASTS TO A MEETING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DISTRICT PLANNING COMMITTEE AND A DISTRICT MASTER PLAN FOR REGIONAL PARKS AND TRAILS IN GREATER MINNESOTA…THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 5:30-8:00PM AT THE BEMIDJI CITY HALL…IN 2013 THE MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE CREATED THE 13 MEMBER GREATER MINNESOTA REGIONAL PARKS AND TRAILS COMMISSION “TO UNDERTAKE SYSTEM PLANNING AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE FOR GRANTS FUNDED BY THE PARKS AND TRAILS LEGACY FUND TO COUNTIES AND CITIES OUTSIDE OF THE SEVEN-COUNTY METROPOLITAN AREA FOR PARKS AND TRAILS OF REGIONAL OR STATE-WIDE SIGNIFICANCE”…THE LEGISLATION ALSO PROVIDED FOR THE FORMATION OF SIX DISTRICTS IN GREATER MINNESOTA….DISTRICT 2 INCLUDES JUST OVER 305 THOUSAND RESIDENTS AND ENCOMPASSES THE CITIES AND TOWNS OF 15 COUNTIES, INCLUDING ROSEAU,  KITTSON, LAKE OF THE WOODS, BELTRAMI, MAHNOMEN, MARSHALL, PENNINGTON, POLK, AND RED LAKE…THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEETING NEXT WEEK  IS TO ORGANIZE A DISTRICT 2 PLANNING COMMITTEE…THE COMMISSION IS SEEKING 5 TO 11 PEOPLE IN EACH DISTRICT TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE….

 

THE WARROAD SEVEN CLANS CASINO IS HOLDING A SPECIAL JOB FAIR THIS WEEK IN WARROAD…..A NEW CASINO FACILITY IS BEING BUILT DIRECTLY ACROSS THE WARROAD RIVER FROM THE EXISTING SITE…THE NEW FACILITY PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THIS FALL….EVIE HALVORSON, WITH WARROAD SEVENS CLAN CASINO, IS ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO STOP BY THE JOB FAIR THIS THURSDAY AT THE GARDENS ARENA,  AND SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING AT ADDING A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF JOBS AND NEEDING 136 PEOPLE…HALVORSON SAYS THE THREE PHASE PROJECT WILL FEATURE MANY ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND PHASE ONE IS RIGHT ON SCHEDULE FOR THIS FALL’S COMPLETION….THE CASINO JOB FAIR IS SET FOR THIS THURSDAY FROM 10AM TO 6PM AT GARDENS ARENA IN WARROAD….

THE ANNUAL LIST OF POTENTIAL TIMBER HARVEST SITES ON STATE-ADMINISTERED FOREST LAND, PREPARED BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW….D-N-R FIELD STAFF WILL EXAMINE NEARLY 2 THOUSAND 400 FOREST STANDS ON 52 THOUSAND ACRES FOR POTENTIAL TIMBER SALES IN THE UPCOMING STATE FISCAL YEAR…THE LIST OF SITES IS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015, WHICH BEGINS JULY 1 AND ENDS JUNE 30, 2015… COMMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED DURING A 30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD THAT ENDS JULY 2….THE PUBLIC HAS TWO OPTIONS FOR REVIEWING THE LIST….FOREST STAND LOCATIONS, PROPOSED MANAGEMENT, AND DESCRIPTIONS ARE ON THE DNR WEBSITE…COMMENTS ABOUT A POTENTIAL TIMBER HARVEST SITE CAN BE SUBMITTED TO THE D-N-R USING THIS WEBSITE….

 THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL MEETS IN SESSION THIS AFTERNOON AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS….THE COUNCIL IS SET TO MEET WITH KRISTI HARMS, THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA LIBRARY DIRECTOR, ON LIBRARY FUNDING….THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO HEAR FROM THE AIRPORT COMMISSION, AND IT’S RECOMMENDATION TO ACCEPT A BID FOR THE AIRPORT RUNWAY PROJECT…. 

 

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 DISCUSS THE VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE OPERATIONS AND MAKE THE A-M-C BROADBAND SUB-COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT….THE BOARD IS ALSO SET TO  ESTABLISH AN H-S-E-M INTERVIEW COMMITTEE …..ALSO TUESDAY, THE BOARD WILL REVIEW THE FEDERAL FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT BIDS….  

 

THE INTERNATIONAL  RAINY – LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED  BOARD RIVER BOARD  SAYS THE RECENT RAINFALL THAT HAS BROUGHT VERY HIGH INFLOW CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE BASIN, PARTICULARLY TO THE SOUTHERN TRIBUTARIES OF THE RAINY RIVER, AND THE VERMILLION RIVER….AS A RESULT, RAINY LAKE ALSO HAS RISEN AND THE FORT FRANCES-INTERNATIONAL FALLS THE DAM ON THE RAINY RIVER HAS FLOW PASSING THROUGH ALL GATES…THE BOARD SAYS BOTH RAINY LAKE AND NAMAKAN LAKE WILL CONTINUE TO RISE IN THE NEAR TERM, AND THEIR ULTIMATE PEAK LEVELS WILL DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL RECEIVED OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS…DAMS AT BOTH NAMAKAN LAKE AND RAINY LAKE ARE OPERATED TO MAINTAIN THE LAKE LEVELS WITHIN AN OPERATING BAND, CALLED THE RULE CURVE, SPECIFIED BY THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION….THE LEVEL OF NAMAKAN LAKE IS ABOVE THE UPPER RULE CURVE…THE DAMS AT THE OUTLET TO NAMAKAN LAKE HAVE BEEN FULLY OPENED SINCE MAY 16TH….THE BOARD SAID FURTHER UPSTREAM, PARTICULARLY HEAVY RAINFALL NEAR THE VERMILLION RIVER HAS LED TO THE LEVEL AT CRANE LAKE RISING BY OVER 16 INCHES SINCE MAY 30TH…SO, INFLOW TO THE NAMAKAN CHAIN OF LAKES IS APPROXIMATELY 20 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE OUTFLOW CAPACITY OF THE DAM….THE BOARD SUGGESTS THAT WATERFRONT PROPERTY OWNERS AND USERS OF THE SYSTEM KEEP THEMSELVES UPDATED ON BASIN CONDITIONS….UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THE INTERNATIONAL RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED BOARD’S PAGE ON THE I-J-C WEBSITE, ijc.org OR CALL 800-661- 5922 EX. 3…

 

 

 

ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSIONER, JACK SWANSON, WAS ONE OF A SELECT GROUP OF 23 LEADERS IN COUNTY GOVERNMENT FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 11TH ANNUAL COUNTY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE LAST WEEK….THE INSTITUTE IS A PROGRAM DEVELOPED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES AND CAMBRIDGE LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATES….THE INSTITUTE, HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C., PRESSED COUNTY OFFICIALS TO CONSIDER INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES FACING THEIR COUNTIES AND CONSTITUENTS…SWANSON SAID THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP COUNTY LEADERS FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR APPROACHES TOWARD SOLVING SOME OF THE MOST COMPLEX CHALLENGES THEY FACE… 

 

THE NOMINATION PERIOD FOR LOCAL FARM SERVICE AGENCY COUNTY COMMITTEES BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 15…TO BE ELIGIBLE TO SERVE ON AN F-S-A COUNTY COMMITTEE, A PERSON MUST PARTICIPATE OR COOPERATE IN A PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY F-S-A, BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN A COUNTY COMMITTEE ELECTION AND RESIDE IN THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE AREA WHERE THE PERSON IS NOMINATED…FARMERS AND RANCHERS MAY NOMINATE THEMSELVES OR OTHERS….ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING MINORITIES AND WOMEN ALSO MAY NOMINATE CANDIDATES….TO BECOME A CANDIDATE, AN ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL MUST SIGN THE NOMINATION FORM…THE FORM AND OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT F.S.A COUNTY COMMITTEE ELECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT fsa.usda.gov NOMINATION FORMS FOR THE 2014 ELECTION MUST BE POSTMARKED OR RECEIVED IN THE LOCAL USDA SERVICE CENTER BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON AUG. 1ST…ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE THIS FALL…. 

THE 2014 FARM BILL INCLUDES FUNDING FOR A WATER RETENTION PROGRAM THAT COULD SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE FLOODING IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY…..MINNESOTA 7TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON SAYS IT WILL USE FARM LAND TO STORE EXCESS WATER, BUT FARMERS AND RANCHERS WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO USE THEIR LAND…PETERSON SAYS THINGS WILL BE DONE DIFFERENTLY UNDER THE WORKING LANDS PROVISION…PETERSON SAYS THE WORKING LANDS PROVISION CALLS FOR A LOT OF SMALL PROJECTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RED RIVER…HE TOLD FARMERS IN MOORHEAD THE FIRST PROJECT COULD BEGIN THIS FALL… 

LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, TIM ERICKSON, SAYS SEASONAL ROAD RESTRICTIONS IN THAT COUNTY WILL END SOON…SEASON ROAD RESTRICTIONS  FOR ALL LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY ROADS WILL BE LIFTED THIS COMING MONDAY, JUNE 9….

ROSEAU CITY OFFICIALS ARE  CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBLE IMPACT ON ELECTRIC RATES, AND JOBS AFTER THE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS ANNOUNCED THE UNITED STATES’ FIRST PROPOSED RULES TO CUT CARBON-DIOXIDE EMISSIONS FROM EXISTING POWER PLANTS….THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS PROPOSED THAT EXISTING PLANTS REDUCE CARBON DIOXIDE BY AN AVERAGE OF 30 PERCENT – COMPARED TO 2005 LEVELS – BY 2030…THE ROSEAU ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT AND NORTHERN MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY SAY THEY ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROPOSED RULE… DARRYL TVEITBAKK, NORTHERN MUNICIPAL GENERAL MANAGER, SAYS IT IS  OBVIOUSLY AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR NORTHERN AND OTHER ELECTRIC UTILITIES IN THIS COUNTRY…HE SAID THEY ARE REVIEWING THE E-P-A’S 600-PLUS-PAGE PROPOSED RULE…HE SAID THEY BELIEVE COAL SHOULD REMAIN A KEY PART OF THE ENERGY MIX IN THE UNITED STATES….THE E-P-A WILL ACCEPT COMMENT ON THE PROPOSAL FOR 120 DAYS AFTER IT IS PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER….PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD IN DENVER, ATLANTA, WASHINGTON, D.C., AND PITTSBURGH THE WEEK OF JULY 28…THOUGH THE DOCUMENT WILL TAKE TIME TO REVIEW, SEVERAL LEADERS IN THE COAL AND ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES ARE CONCERNED WITH WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED SO FAR…. NORTHERN HAS INVESTED MILLIONS AT THE COYOTE STATION TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT….TOTAL INVESTMENT IN THE CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY AT THE EIGHT-COAL-BASED POWER PLANTS IN NORTH DAKOTA, IS MORE THAN 2 BILLION DOLLARS….

HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER,  MINNESOTA 7TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON ISSUED STATEMENT SAYING “IT’S GOOD NEWS”  AFTER THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED SIGN UP DATES FOR THE CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM AND THE TRANSITION INCENTIVES PROGRAM…CONTINUOUS SIGN UP FOR C-R-P AND SIGN UP FOR T-I-P BEGINS JUNE 9…PRODUCERS WITH EXISTING C-R-P CONTRACTS EXPIRING IN SEPTEMBER HAVE THE OPTION OF A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION….PETERSON SAYS THE ONE-YEAR EXTENSION WILL ALLOW PRODUCERS AT THE END OF THEIR CONTRACT A CHANCE TO GET IN THE GENERAL SIGNUP NEXT YEAR IF THEY WANT TO…HE ALSO SAID, WITH AN AGING FARM POPULATION, THE TIP PROGRAM WILL HELP TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING, SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED AND VETERAN FARMERS LOOKING TO GET STARTED IN AGRICULTURE…C-R-P PROVIDES INCENTIVES TO PRODUCERS WHO UTILIZE CONSERVATION METHODS ON ENVIRONMENTALLY-SENSITIVE LANDS….TIP PROVIDES TWO ADDITIONAL YEARS OF PAYMENTS FOR RETIRED FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHO TRANSITION EXPIRING CRP ACRES TO SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED, MILITARY VETERAN OR BEGINNING PRODUCERS WHO RETURN THE LAND TO SUSTAINABLE GRAZING OR CROP PRODUCTION….BOTH PROGRAMS WERE REAUTHORIZED BY THE 2014 FARM BILL….

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA HAS SCHEDULED A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR ITS NEW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES….THE EVENT IS SLATED FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 12….THE 122 MILLION DOLLAR  SCHOOL WILL BE BUILT ON AN 8.25-ACRE PLOT OF LAND AT NORTH COLUMBIA ROAD AND GATEWAY DRIVE IN GRAND FORKS…THE STATE LEGISLATURE LAST YEAR APPROVED MONEY FOR THE PROJECT….U-N-D OFFICIALS HOPE TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION BY JULY 2016…

 

THE MINNESOTA TWINS OFFER FREE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL CLINICS TO YOUTH IN WARROAD/ROSEAU ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7, AT 9:00AM AND 10:30AM AT TONY STUKEL FIELD OR IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER AT WARROAD ELEMENTARY….THE PLAY BALL! MINNESOTA YOUTH CLINICS PROGRAM PROVIDES BOYS AND GIRLS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE THEIR BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SKILLS, WHILE ALSO HEARING POSITIVE MESSAGES ABOUT STAYING IN SCHOOL AND AWAY FROM DRUGS AND ALCOHOL… CLINICS ARE OPEN TO BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 6 TO 16 AND ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO 90-MINUTE SESSIONS; THE FIRST SESSION IS FOR 6 TO 9-YEAR-OLDS AND THE SECOND FOR 10 TO 16-YEAR-OLDS…CLINICS FOCUS ON HITTING, FIELDING AND THROWING….CHILDREN AGES 6 TO 9 YEARS SHOULD REPORT SATURDAY AT 9:00AM; CHILDREN AGES 10 TO 16 SHOULD ARRIVE AT 10:30AM…. PLAY BALL! MINNESOTA YOUTH CLINICS ARE FUNDED AND ADMINISTERED BY THE TWINS COMMUNITY FUND….

 

IT’S TAKE A KID FISHING WEEKEND IN MINNESOTA THIS  WEEKEND….ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, DURING THIS THREE-DAY PERIOD, MINNESOTANS AGE 16 OR OLDER DO NOT NEED A FISHING LICENSE WHILE TAKING A CHILD AGE 15 OR YOUNGER FISHING….FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE DNR’S FISH MINNESOTA PAGE AT mndnr.gov/fishmn 

MOTORISTS IN SOME AREAS OF NORTHWEST MINNESOTA WILL BE EXPERIENCING SOME DETOURS BEGINNING THIS WEEK…HIGHWAY 2/71 NEAR BEMIDJI WILL SEE A DETOUR FROM FRIDAY, JUNE 6 THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 9 AS CREWS REMOVE THE BRIDGE DECK OF THE 15TH STREET BRIDGE OVER THE BEMIDJI BYPASS…MNDOT SAYS LATER THIS SUMMER, THERE WILL BE A NEED TO SHIFT TRAFFIC ON THE HIGHWAY 2 BYPASS AT THE BRIDGE SITE IN ORDER TO CONSTRUCT THE NEW BRIDGE DECK….MEANWHILE, MOTORISTS ON HIGHWAY 200 FROM ADA TO HIGHWAY 75 WILL ENCOUNTER A DETOUR BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, AS CREWS REPLACE CULVERTS, REPAIR AND RESURFACE HIGHWAY 200, AND REPLACE THE BRIDGE OVER THE MARSH RIVER ON 240TH STREET….THE 7.48 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN AUGUST, WEATHER PERMITTING….

THE FILING PERIOD FOR FEDERAL, STATE AND COUNTY OFFICES IS FAST APPROACHING….THE FILING PERIOD OPENED ON MAY 20TH AND  ENDS AT 5:00 P.M. TUESDAY, JUNE 3…IN ROSEAU COUNTY, ALL COUNTY OFFICE INCUMBENTS HAVE FILED…INCUMBENT ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF STEVEN GUST,  TREASURER DIANE GREGERSON; AUDITOR  MARTY MONSRUD; ATTORNEY KAREN FOSS AND RECORDER PAM GRANT, ALL FILED TO RUN…AT THIS TIME, THERE ARE NO CHALLENGERS…MEANWHILE, THERE WILL BE A RACE FOR ONE ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSION SEAT…DISTRICT 5 – THE WEST END OF THE COUNTY – INCUMBENT MARK FOLDESI HAS ONE CHALLENGER THUS FAR….LARRY EMERY FILED THIS WEEK…ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 INCUMBENT GLENDA PHILLIPE HAS FILED WITH NO CHALLENGERS AT THIS TIME….AND COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3, ROGER FALK, IS THE LONE CANDIDATE TO FILE SO FAR…

IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY, INCUMBENT SHERIFF GARY FISH IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE TO FILE AT THIS TIME….INCUMBENT SUSAN NEY (NYE) THE ONLY PERSON TO FILE FOR COUNTY RECORDER AND CURRENT APPOINTED COUNTY ATTORNEY, JAMES AUSTAD, IS THE ONLY PERSON TO FILE….THERE HAVE BEEN 3 PEOPLE THAT HAVE FILED FOR THE LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY AUDITOR/TREASURER POSITION CURRENTLY HELD BY MARK HALL…STACY NOVAK, LORRAINE HANSON AND JANET RUDD HAVE FILED…..HALL HAS NOT FILED…AND IN LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTY COMMISSION, 2 SEATS ARE UP THIS FALL…DISTRICT 3 INCUMBENT KEN MOORMAN HAS FILED, WITH NO CHALLENGERS AT THIS TIME….BUT IN COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1, INCUMBENT JAMES “BUCK” NORDLOFF AND FORMER COMMISSIONER TODD BECKEL,  EACH FILED FOR THE SEAT…THE STATE GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH…. 

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAS AWARDED FIVE COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTHWEST MINNESOTA A SMALL CITIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRANT…THE FUNDING IS AWARDED TO ELIGIBLE COMMUNITIES TO HELP PAY FOR REHABILITATING LOW-TO-MODERATE INCOME HOUSING AND COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES AND IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE….DISTRICT 1 STATE SENATOR LEROY STUMPF, OF PLUMMER, SAYS THE CITIES IN THE AREA THAT ARE RECEIVING D-E-E-D GRANTS INCLUDE:BADGER WILL RECEIVE 223 THOUSAND 104 DOLLARS TO BE DEDICATED TO THE REHABILITATION OF 2 RENTAL DUPLEXES IN BADGER AND THE CREAMERY APARTMENT IN GREENBUSH…- CLIMAX RECEIVED 320 THOUSAND TO BE DEDICATED TO SANITARY SEWER TREATMENT IMPROVEMENTS…- CROOKSTON  WILL GET 350 THOUSAND DEDICATED TO THE REHABILITATION OF A 98-UNIT MULTI-FAMILY RENTAL HOUSING COMPLEX…-OKLEE WILL RECEIVE 379 THOUSAND 500 DEDICATED TO REHABILITATING 14 OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSES…-and OSLO WILL GET 399 THOUSAND 280 DOLLARS DEDICATED TO REHABILITATING 8 OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSES, 3 RENTAL DUPLEXES AND 4 DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS…STATEWIDE, A TOTAL OF 17.5 MILLION IN GRANTS WERE AWARDED TO 35 SMALL COMMUNITIES ACROSS GREATER MINNESOTA…. THE GRANTS WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO CITIES AND TOWNSHIPS WITH POPULATIONS FEWER THAN 50 THOUSAND AND COUNTIES WITH POPULATIONS FEWER THAN 200 THOUSAND….

MOTORISTS IN WESTERN MARSHALL COUNTY WILL EXPERIENCE DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES THROUGH THURSDAY AS CREWS CONDUCT ROUTINE BRIDGE INSPECTIONS ALONG THE RED RIVER….MN-DOT SAYS WORKERS WILL BE INSPECTING THE OSLO BRIDGE ON HIGHWAY 1 AND THE HIGHWAY 317 BRIDGE….WORKERS WILL BE PRESENT FROM 8 A.M. TO 6 P.M….FLAGGERS WILL BE PRESENT, WITH SHORT-TERM DELAYS EXPECTED.. OVER-WIDTH VEHICLES WILL EXPERIENCE LONGER DELAYS…MN-DOT SAYS CREWS INSPECT BRIDGES EVERY TWO YEARS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE IN GOOD CONDITION…THEY WILL USE SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT TO LOOK FOR CRACKS, DAMAGE AND OTHER ISSUES…

THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR AND THE MINNESOTA FARM BUREAU RECOGNIZE 215 MINNESOTA FARMS AS 2014 CENTURY FARMS….QUALIFYING FARMS HAVE BEEN IN CONTINUOUS FAMILY OWNERSHIP FOR AT LEAST 100 YEARS AND ARE 50 ACRES OR MORE…2014 CENTURY FARM FAMILIES, IN OUR AREA, INCLUDE, IN ROSEAU COUNTY : THE  HEDLUND HOMESTEAD  IN ROSEAU COUNTY, PURCHASED IN 1904;….MICHAEL & MARY (LARSON) LUNDBOHM, PURCHASED IN 1902;….AND THE MILLER SPRUCE HILL FARM  SINCE 1914….FROM KITTSON COUNTY: THE BRONSON/BILLINGS FARM NEAR LAKE BRONSON SINCE 1906; … AND THE DYKUIS FAMILY FARM NEAR HILLOCK,  SINCE 1914….AND IN MARSHALL COUNTY:…THE WAYNE FARMS NEAR GOODRIDGE SINCE 1912;….THE  KUJAVA FARM NEAR STRANDQUIST SINCE 1914;….AND THE TIMOTHY R. GUNDERSON FARM NEAR STRANDQUIST SINCE 1913…CENTURY FARM FAMILIES RECEIVE A COMMEMORATIVE SIGN, AS WELL AS A CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE STATE FAIR AND MINNESOTA FARM BUREAU PRESIDENTS AND GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON….SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN 1976, ALMOST 10 THOUSAND  MINNESOTA FARMS HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AS CENTURY FARMS….

ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN KITTSON COUNTY MONDAY….THE STATE PATROL SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 10:51AM ALONG HIGHWAY 11 AT THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAY 220 WEST OF DONALDSON…THE PATROL SAYS 67 YEAR OLD WILLIAM BUSHAW, OF GRAND FORKS, WAS DRIVING A 1982 HONDA MOTORCYCLE WESTBOUND WHEN HE LOST CONTROL AND RAN OF THE ROAD…BUSHAW SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT…THE STATE PATROL WAS ASSISTED BY THE KITTSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT THE SCENE…. 

INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE AFTER AN UNDERGROUND NATURAL GAS LINE RUPTURED AND CAUGHT FIRE MONDAY NEAR WARREN….MARSHALL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER JOSH JOHNSTON SAYS FLAMES WERE SHOOTING 100 FEET INTO THE AIR AND  YOU COULD SEE AND HEAR THEM FROM A LONG DISTANCE AWAY…MOST OF THOSE EVACUATED  ARE BACK IN THEIR HOMES …DENISE NICHOLLS AND HER FAMILY WERE FORCED TO LEAVE….SHE SAYS AT FIRST SHE THOUGHT IT WAS A THUNDERSTORM BECAUSE THEY COULD HEAR A CONSTANT RUMBLING…IT WAS DESCRIBED BY NEIGHBORS AS LOOKING LIKE A FOGGY SUNRISE….VIKING GAS TRANSMISSION COMPANY, WHICH OWNS THE PIPELINE, IS INVESTIGATING….OFFICIALS SAY NATURAL GAS SERVICE IN WARREN AND ARGYLE COULD STAY SHUT OFF FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS…. 

MINNESOTA HOSPITALS ARE GETTING BETTER AT  AT DELIVERING BIRTH DATA….THAT’S THE WORD FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH….THE DEPARTMENT HAS HONORED 57 HOSPITALS WITH THE EXCELLENCE IN BIRTH REGISTRATION AWARD….THE DEPARTMENST SAYS IT STARTED ITS AWARDS PROGRAM IN 2007 TO ENCOURAGE HOSPITALS TO IMPROVE THE TIMELINESS AND QUALITY OF THEIR BIRTH DATA THEY SUBMIT TO THE STATE….DURING THAT FIRST YEAR, ONLY 26 PERCENT OF HOSPITALS PERFORMED WELL ENOUGH TO RECEIVE AN AWARD….SINCE THEN, THERE HAS BEEN A STEADY INCREASE EACH YEAR IN THE NUMBER OF AWARD WINNERS…FOR 2013, 57 HOSPITALS, OR 55 PERCENT OF MINNESOTA’S 104 BIRTHING CENTERS THAT DELIVERED A BABY IN 2013, RECEIVED THE EXCELLENCE IN BIRTH REGISTRATION AWARDS…AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE LIFE CARE MEDICAL CENTER IN ROSEAU, AND  RAINY LAKE MEDICAL CENTER IN INTERNATIONAL FALLS…. 

 THE CITY OF BADGER CONTINUES TO WORK ON A WATER MAIN BREAK THAT OCCURRED SUNDAY EVENING…BADGER MAYOR JIM RINDE  SAYS CREWS ARE NOW ON SITE AND REPAIRS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MADE THIS MORNING AND REGULAR WATER SERVICE FOR BADGER RESIDENTS SHOULD BE BACK TO NORMAL BY MID-DAY TODAY….IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY IS  ASKING THAT YOU DO NOT DRINK THE WATER….IF YOU MUST PLEASE BOIL WATER FOR 10-15 MINUTES….FOR QUESTIONS CALL 218-689-0527….. 

 

THE WARROAD CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET IN SESSION TUESDAY AFTERNOON STARTING AT 5:15PM AT THE WARROAD CITY OFFICE/COUNCIL CHAMBERS….THE COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO GET AN UPDATE ON EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING, AND A REQUEST FOR AUTHORIZATION TO ACCEPT AN A-F-F GRANT FOR THE WARROAD FIRE DEPARTMENT….THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO DISCUSS A RENEWAL OF THE P-S-F CLEANING CONTRACT…. 

 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET IN SESSION ON TUESDAY MORNING AT 9 A.M. IN THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE…THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS OF THE NORTHWEST PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL….THE BOARD’S AGENDA ALSO INCLUDES DISCUSSIONS INVOLVING : THE ROSEAU COUNTY TRAILBLAZERS  AND AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BOARD RESOLUTION….A BOARD RESOLUTION IS NEEDED TO ESTABLISH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BOARD TO ACCEPT AND REJECT RETURNED ABSENTEE BALLOTS…THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO GO  OVER THE ROSEAU COUNTY HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR ADVERTISEMENT FOR HIRE, A  CLAY PURCHASE CONTRACT, AND SEAL COAT BIDS WITH THE COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT…. 

 

A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SAYS HE WANTS TO SEE STATE GOVERNMENT FOCUS MORE ON THE RURAL COMMUNITIES OF MINNESOTA….FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE DEAN SIMPSON OF PERHAM IS THE RUNNING MATE OF GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFUL KURT ZELLERS…..SIMPSON WAS THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK MILLS FOR 25 YEARS BEFORE SERVING THREE TERMS IN THE MINNESOTA HOUSE….HIS FAMILY OPERATES GROCERY STORES IN OTTER TAIL COUNTY….

 

TWO MISSING NORTHWEST ONTARIO YOUTH HAVE BEEN LOCATED AND ARE SAFE ….THE  RAINY RIVER DISTRICT O-P-P SAYS 15 YEAR OLD MARIAH WILSON,  WAS LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND IN COUCHICHING FIRST NATION…WILSON HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST SUNDAY MORNING …IN A SEPARATE CASE, AUTHORITIES SAY 17 YEAR OLD FELICIA MORRISON, OF FORT FRANCES, WAS LOCATED IN KENORA THURSDAY, AND IS OK….MORRISON WAS REPORTED MISSING MAY 6…. 

ROSEAU AREA  RESIDENT RICHARD MAGNUSSON HAS BEEN AWARDED THE SIEHL PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURE BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA…MAGNUSSON IS A ROSEAU NATIVE WHO RECEIVED HIS AWARD FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE IN MINNESOTA…THE SIEHL PRIZE IS AWARDED TO THOSE NOMINEES WHO HAVE PROVIDED PROFESSIONAL, HUMANITARIAN AND ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN AGRICULTURE…STATE DISTRICT 1 “A” REP, DAN FABIAN, OF ROSEAU, SAYS AS PART OF ITS OFFICIAL RECOGNITION, THE UNIVERSITY NOTED THAT “MAGNUSSON AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN THE SUCCESS OF THE MINNESOTA GRASS-SEED INDUSTRY, BOTH AS A PREMIER PRODUCER OF GRASS AND BY DONATING 40 ACRES OF LAND TO ESTABLISH THE MAGNUSSON RESEARCH FARM NEAR ROSEAU…THE NORTHERN MINNESOTA TURF GRASS AND LEGUME SEED PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING INDUSTRY CURRENTLY CONTRIBUTES MORE THAN 100 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO THE REGION’S ECONOMY…..

THE REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL RECENTLY AWARDED OVER 13 THOUSAND 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 LAKE OF THE WOODS ART GUILD, IN BAUDETTE, WHICH WAS AWARDED 1 THOUSAND 215 DOLLARS TO HOST AN ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH INSTRUCTOR, LOCAL MINNESOTA ARTIST, DON HOUSEMAN….AND THE PEQUANA PLAYHOUSE, IN BAUDETTE RECEIVED JUST OVER 1 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HOLD A DAY OF THEATER WORKSHOPS INCLUDING DANCE, COSTUMING, TECH, AND DIALOGUE….

THE TAX BILL RECENTLY PASSED BY THIS YEAR’S MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE AND SIGNED BY GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON, PROVIDES AN EXTRA 10 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO FIGHT THE SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES…LOCAL INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAMS VARY WIDELY ACROSS MINNESOTA…SOME COUNTIES FUND AGGRESSIVE PROGRAMS WITH HELP FROM LAKE ASSOCIATION FEES AND TAXES FROM LAKE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS, WHILE OTHERS HAVE NOTHING…OFFICIALS SAY THAT SCATTERSHOT APPROACH HAS BEEN A WEAK LINK IN THE FIGHT TO STOP THE LAKE-TO-LAKE SPREAD OF ZEBRA MUSSELS, EURASIAN WATERMILFOIL AND OTHER DAMAGING SPECIES….THE NEW MONEY WILL GO TO COUNTIES BASED ON THE NUMBER OF BOAT LANDINGS AND WATERCRAFT PARKING SPACES, TARGETING COUNTIES WITH THE MOST HEAVILY USED LAKES…. 

THE NEWEST MINNESOTA STATE RECORD FISH HAS BEEN HOOKED IN ROOT RIVERCHAD WENTZEL OF THE TWIN CITIES, HAS LANDED A RECORD 4-POUND GOLDEN REDHORSE FROM A BANK OF THE ROOT RIVER IN FILLMORE COUNTY…THE MINNESOTA D-N-R HAS CONFIRMED WENTZEL WAS FISHING USING 6-POUND TEST LINE….HE PITCHED HIS WORM PRESENTATION, LEAVING THE BAIT ON THE RIVER BOTTOM UNTIL HE HOOKED INTO THE RECORD BREAKER, WHICH BESTED THE PREVIOUS RECORD BY ONE OUNCE…THE GOLDEN REDHORSE IS THE LATEST IN A STRING OF RECORD-BREAKING FISH CAUGHT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS….SIX MINNESOTA STATE FISHING RECORDS HAVE FALLEN SINCE DECEMBER 2011, INCLUDING A STATE RECORD CAUGHT ON LAKE OF THE WOODS… AARON GUTHRIE OF BEMIDJI CAUGHT A BURBOT WEIGHING IN AT 19 POUNDS, 8 OUNCES ON FEB. 24, 2012, ON LAKE OF THE WOODS, BEATING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 19 POUNDS, 3 OUNCES…GUTHRIE WAS USING A FATHEAD MINNOW ON A TIP-UP…THE OTHER SPECIES WITH NEW STATE RECORDS INCLUDE: BOWFIN, RIVER CARPSUCKER, SHOVELNOSE STURGEON, AND WARMOUTH…

ROSEAU COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED SOME INFORMATION INVOLVING THE DEATH OF A MAN IN A HOME FIRE THIS WEEK NEAR WARROAD….THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, ALONG WITH THE WARROAD POLICE DEPARTMENT, WARROAD FIRE AND WARROAD AMBULANCE RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE AROUND 12:16AM YESTERDAY  AT A TRAILER HOUSE FIRE IN LAKEWOOD TRAILER COURT WEST OF WARROAD…AUTHORITIES SAY PERSONNEL ON THE SCENE RECOVERED A PERSON, DEAD, IN THE TRAILER HOUSE…THE BODY HAS BEEN SENT TO THE RAMSEY COUNTY CORONER FOR AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH AND POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION…NO OTHER DETAILS WERE GIVEN…THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE ROSEAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL… 

 

SEVENTH DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESSMAN COLLIN PETERSON HAS WRITTEN TO U-S-D-A RISK MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATOR BRANDON WILLIS TO REQUEST A DELAY IN MAY 25 AND MAY 31 PLANTING DATES FOR CORN, GRAIN AND SILAGE AS THEY APPLY TO CERTAIN MINNESOTA COUNTIES…IN THE LETTER, PETERSON SAYS THAT WHILE FARMERS IN MINNESOTA HAVE PLANTED APPROXIMATELY 53 PERCENT OF ITS CORN ACREAGE, THAT FIGURE IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF PLANTINGS IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE STATE…PETERSON SAYS IN THE LETTER THAT IN MANY PARTS OF THE DISTRICT, WET WEATHER HAS PREVENTED FARMERS FROM EVEN GETTING FIELDS READY FOR PLANTING, MUCH LESS ACTUAL PLANTING….PETERSON WROTE  GROWERS WOULD RATHER PRODUCE A CORN CROP THAN COLLECT A PREVENTED PLANTING CLAIM…MOVING THE DATES BACK WOULD GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY WHILE LOWERING INDEMNITIES PAID OUT DUE TO PREVENTED PLANTING…

 

THE WATER LEVELS COMMITTEE OF THE INTERNATIONAL RAINY-LAKE OF THE WOODS WATERSHED BOARD HAS ISSUED AN UPDATED REPORT  CONCERNING CURRENT WATER LEVEL AND FLOW CONDITIONS IN THE RAINY RIVER WATERSHED….THE COMMITTEE SAYS  THE LATE SPRING MELT IS WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE RAINY SYSTEM AND THESE FLOWS, IN COMBINATION WITH RECENT RAINFALL AMOUNTS, HAVE LED TO STEEP RISES IN TRIBUTARY FLOW RATES TO THESE LAKES…THE REPORT SAYS MANY OF THESE TRIBUTARIES HAVE WATER LEVELS AND FLOWS GREATER THAN THAT SEEN ON AVERAGE ONCE EVERY TEN YEARS – HISTORICALLY…AT THE RAINY LAKE DAM AT FORT FRANCES, TWO ADDITIONAL SPILL GATES WERE OPENED THIS WEEK, MAKING 10 OF THE 15 OPENED SINCE APRIL 30TH…RAINY LAKE OUTFLOW INCREASED AS A RESULT OF THIS CHANGE SO THE LEVEL OF THE RAINY RIVER BELOW THE DAM HAS RISEN BY APPROXIMATELY 11 FEET SINCE EARLY APRIL AS A RESULT…THE LEVEL OF RAINY RIVER AT MANITOU RAPIDS, EAST OF BIRCHDALE,  HAS RISEN BY 11.5 FT   SINCE EARLY APRIL, DUE TO THE RAINY LAKE OUTFLOW INCREASES PLUS SIGNIFICANT LOCAL INFLOW, INCLUDING FROM THE FORK RIVERS…THE COMMITTEE SAYS FURTHER OUTFLOW INCREASES FROM RAINY LAKE ARE TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK, POTENTIALLY RAISING THE OUTFLOW TO RAINY RIVER… EACH ADDITIONAL OUTFLOW INCREASE WILL CONTRIBUTE TO RISING RAINY RIVER LEVELS DOWNSTREAM UNTIL THERE IS A DECLINE IN THE LOCAL INFLOW, WHICH IS CURRENTLY VERY HIGH…  

THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE  IS ASKING THE PUBLIC FOR HELP IN LOCATING A MISSING FORT FRANCES YOUTH….POLICE SAY 15 YEAR OLD MARIAH WILSON, WAS LAST SEEN ON ARMIT AVENUE, FORT FRANCES ON THE MORNING OF MAY 18TH…. SHE IS DESCRIBED AS A FIRST NATION FEMALE, 5’1” TALL, 101 LBS, THIN BUILD, BROWN EYES, BROWN HAIR, LONG DARK BROWN HAIR WEARING A GREY SWEATER, GREEN SHOES, BLACK PANTS AND CARRYING AN IPOD…IF ANYONE KNOWS THE WHEREABOUTS OF MARIAH WILSON, THEY ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE OPP AT 1-888-310-1122…

THE HIGHWAY PATROL HAS IDENTIFIED TWO WOMEN WHO DIED IN A WEEKEND CRASH IN EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA…AUTHORITIES SAY 23-YEAR-OLD MERCEDES ROWLEY, OF SHARON, NORTH DAKOTA, AND 21-YEAR-OLD TEJA BEYER, OF RED LAKE FALLS, MINNESOTA, WERE PASSENGERS IN A CAR THAT WENT OFF A TRAILL COUNTY ROAD SATURDAY NIGHT NORTHEAST OF HILLSBORO AND ROLLED…     THE WOMEN WERE THROWN FROM THE CAR AND PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE…THE DRIVER, 51-YEAR-OLD JAMES YAHNKE, OF NIELSVILLE, MINNESOTA, SOUTH OF CROOKSTON, WAS FLOWN TO A FARGO HOSPITAL WITH UNSPECIFIED INJURIES…HE WAS CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE….

A STATEWIDE CATCH-AND-RELEASE SEASON FOR STURGEON IS AMONG SEVERAL RULE CHANGES PROPOSED BY THE MINNESOTA D-N-R….NEW RULES WOULD ALSO AFFECT THOSE WHO FISH FOR TROUT AND BASS, AMONG OTHER SPECIES…. LINDA ERICKSON-EASTWOOD, DNR FISHERIES PROGRAM MANAGER, SAYS THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME THAT SEASONS FOR MAJOR ANGLING SPECIES HAVE BEEN CHANGED…SHE SAID THEY MADE THE CHANGES BASED ON SOUND DATA ANALYSIS…THE D-N-R IS ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED RULES….THE PROPOSED CHANGES INCLUDE:  —NEW STATEWIDE CATCH-AND-RELEASE SEASONS FOR BASS AND STURGEON…-CLOSE THE TAKING OF FLATHEAD CATFISH DURING THE WINTER…AND OPEN TROUT LAKES IN BECKER, BELTRAMI, CASS, CROW WING AND HUBBARD COUNTIES TO WINTER TROUT FISHING…THE DNR SAYS IT INTENDS TO ADOPT THE RULE CHANGES WITHOUT A PUBLIC HEARING UNLESS 25 SIGNATURES REQUESTING A HEARING ARE RECEIVED….MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND ON THE MINNESOTA D-N-R WEBSITE….

BURNING RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED  IN ALL – OR PARTS – OF 18 CENTRAL MINNESOTA COUNTIES DUE TO DECREASED FIRE DANGER BECAUSE OF WET CONDITIONS AND GREEN UP MOVING NORTHWARD….D-N-R OFFICIALS SAY ALTHOUGH THE STATE BURNING RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED IN THESE COUNTIES, LOCAL AREAS, COUNTIES OR MUNICIPALITIES MAY HAVE SPECIFIC REGULATIONS OR RESTRICTIONS THAT AFFECT BURNING OPERATIONS…BURNING RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN COUNTIES INCLUDING BELTRAMI, KITTSON, KOOCHICHING, LAKE OF THE WOODS, MAHNOMEN, MARSHALL, PENNINGTON, POLK AND ROSEAU….RESTRICTIONS WILL REMAIN UNTIL SUFFICIENT GREEN UP OCCURS….BURNING PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH STATE AND FEDERAL FORESTRY OFFICES, FROM LOCAL FIRE WARDENS, OR ONLINE ….

THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE THIS TUESDAY EVENING HOSTED BY THE ROSEAU COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE…THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 6:30PM AT THE ROSEAU AMERICAN LEGION…THE NEW ROSEAU COUNTY VETERAN’S OFFICER,  MARTIN HOWES, WILL BE AVAILABLE …VETERAN BENEFITS INFORMATION WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE….

MINNESOTA LAWMAKERS HAVE CLOSED THE BOOK ON THE 88H LEGISLATIVE SESSION…DISTRICT 1 “A” REPUBLICAN STATE REP, DAN FABIAN,  OF ROSEAU, SAYS THE LAST WEEK WAS A LONG ONE, WITH A COUPLE OF MARATHON FLOOR SESSIONS… FABIAN SAYS REPUBLICANS OPPOSED A 10% INCREASE IN SPENDING;… 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL TAXES…A FLAWED MNSURE SYSTEM; AND A BONDING BILL THAT WAS TOO BIG….IN ADDITION, HE SAID REPUBLICANS FOUGHT AGAINST RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE,  EXPANDED AND MORE INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT; AND A NEW 90 MILLION DOLLARS BUILDING TO HOUSE SENATORS…. 

THE BECKER COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS  ROSEAU COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROGER FALK HAS BEEN INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY FOR MISCONDUCT OF A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, WHICH IS A GROSS MISDEMEANOR….THE INDICTMENT ALLEGES THAT FALK, BACK ON APRIL 9TH,  WHILE SERVING AS A PUBLIC OFFICER, AND ACTING IN THE CAPACITY OF SUCH OFFICER, WAS DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY INTERESTED IN A CONTRACT TO WHICH ROSEAU COUNTY WAS A PARTY…..FALK APPEARED IN ROSEAU COUNTY COURT TODAY (FRIDAY) AND WAS RELEASED ON HIS PROMISE TO APPEAR AT ALL FUTURE COURT HEARINGS…HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE WILL BE AN OMNIBUS/PRE-TRIAL HEARING WITH THE DATE TO BE DETERMINED….NO OTHER DETAILS WERE RELEASED…

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THIS WEEK, TOLD SEVEN OF THE 11 RURAL DISTRICTS WITH FOUR-DAY WEEKS TO RETURN TO NORMAL SCHEDULES….THE STATE SAYSSTUDENTS AREN’T MAKING ADEQUATE ACADEMIC PROGRESS BECAUSE OF THE SHORTER WEEKS…THE WARROAD DISTRICT WENT TO THE FOUR DAY WEEK IN THE FALL OF 2009 AS A WAY TO SAVE MONEY…WARROAD AND OTHER SCHOOLS THAT WENT TO THE FOUR-DAY WEEK MODEL, SAVED BETWEEN 75 AND 225 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR AS A RESULT…WARROAD SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT, CRAIG OFTEDAHL, TOLD KQ92 THE WARROAD SCHOOL HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED FOR THE FOUR-DAY WEEK FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR…OFTEDAHL SAYS HE THINKS THE MOVE BY THE STATE IS MORE POLITICAL THAN ACADEMIC, SO IT IS NOT CLEAR WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE DISTRICT DOWN THE ROAD….BUT AS OF NOW, HE SAYS, IT LOOKS LIKE A DIFFICULT ROAD AHEAD FOR KEEPING IT….THE STATE TOLD FIVE DISTRICTS TO RETURN TO FIVE-DAY WEEKS BY THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR…THEY ARE BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA, LAKE SUPERIOR, OGILVIE, MAYNARD-CLARA CITY-RAYMOND AND PELICAN RAPIDS….THREE DISTRICTS WILL REVERT THIS FALL: CLEARBROOK-GONVICK, ONAMIA AND NORTH BRANCH…THREE OTHERS WITH FOUR-DAY WEEKS THAT WILL COME UP FOR RENEWAL IN 2015 OR 2016 ARE BLACKDUCK, WARROAD AND ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY…. 

THE WARROAD HERITAGE CENTER WILL HOST A SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE THIS WEEKEND…THE EVENT IS CALLED “COLLECTIONS MAKE CONNECTIONS” AND WILL BE HELD FROM 1-4PM SUNDAY AT THE CENTER, WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE WARROAD PUBLIC LIBRARY BUILDING….MANY INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS WILL BE FEATURED, ALONG WITH DOOR PRIZES AND REFRESHMENTS….THE EVENT IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH NATIONAL MUSEUM DAY…THE WARROAD HERITAGE CENTER IS OPERATED BY THE WARROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY….

HUNTERS HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, JUNE 13, TO APPLY FOR ONE OF NINE ELK LICENSES OFFERED THIS YEAR BY THE MINNESOTA D-N-R….HUNTERS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR A LICENSE CAN FIND MAPS OF THE TWO HUNTING ZONES AND OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION ON THE DNR WEBSITE…ELK LICENSES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN KITTSON COUNTY’S CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ZONES, WHILE THE GRYGLA AREA WILL BE CLOSED TO ENABLE THAT AREA’S ELK POPULATION TO REBUILD TO GOAL LEVELS….THE D-N-R  SAYS IT HAS INITIATED A PUBLIC PROCESS TO REVISIT THE ELK MANAGEMENT PLAN WITH THE INTENT TO IMPLEMENT ANY REVISIONS BY 2016…OFFICIALS SAY, AS A RESULT OF LOWER ELK NUMBERS, FEWER LICENSES WILL BE OFFERED AND THIS YEAR’S HUNT WILL BE RESTRICTED TO TWO EARLY SEASONS….THE FIRST SEASON – SEASON A – WHICH WILL BE HELD IN BOTH ZONES, RUNS FROM SATURDAY, SEPT. 13 TO SUNDAY, SEPT. 21….FOUR BULLS-ONLY LICENSES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ZONE 20 AND TWO BULLS-ONLY LICENSES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ZONE 30 DURING SEASON A….THE SECOND SEASON -SEASON B- WILL BE HELD ONLY IN ZONE 20 AND WILL RUN FROM SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 TO SUNDAY, OCT. 5…..THREE BULLS-ONLY LICENSES WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING SEASON B….THE D-N-R SAID AERIAL SURVEYS CONDUCTED THIS WINTER IN THE GRYGLA AREA IDENTIFIED 20 ELK, WHICH IS BELOW THE PRE-CALVING GOAL RANGE OF 30 TO 38 ANIMALS…THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT THE HERD HAS BEEN BELOW GOAL…
THE AERIAL SURVEY CONDUCTED IN THE KITTSON COUNTY CENTRAL ZONE ALSO INDICATED A POPULATION DECLINE, WITH 37 ELK OBSERVED THIS YEAR….WHILE THE HERD HAS DECLINED IN SIZE, IT IS STILL ABOVE THE ESTABLISHED POPULATION GOAL OF 20 TO 30 ANIMALS….  
                                                                        

THE REGULAR MONTHLY ROSEAU SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IS THURSDAY EVENING IN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ROOM AT 6:00  P.MTHE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO ADDRESS THE STUDENT HANDBOOK CHANGES FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR….THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO RECOMMEND A CANDIDATE FOR A 1ST GRADE ELEMENTARY TEACHER POSITION….

MINNESOTA GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON HAS SIGNED INTO LAW THE  WOMEN’S ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT AIMED AT IMPROVING WAGES AND ENDING WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION….THE BILL INCLUDES A PACKAGE OF NEW MEASURES TO CLOSE THE GENDER PAY GAP, STRENGTHEN WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS AND FLEXIBILITY FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS AND EXPAND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN HIGH-WAGE, HIGH-DEMAND PROFESSIONS…..DISTRICT 2 “A” STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROGER ERICKSON, OF BAUDETTE,  SAYS IT IS A WELL-ROUNDED BILL THAT HE SUPPORTED…AUTHORS OF THE BILL SAID IT ALSO WILL ADDRESS ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, STALKING, AND SEXUAL ASSAULT…AND ENHANCE RETIREMENT SECURITY BY CONSIDERING A STATE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN FOR THOSE WITHOUT AN EMPLOYER-PROVIDED OPTION … 

A WARROAD LEGEND MADE AN APPEARANCE AT THE MINNESOTA STATE CAPITAL THIS WEEK….HOCKEY GREAT HENRY BOUCHA RECEIVED A WARM WELCOME WHEN HE STOPPED BY THE MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…HE WAS INTRODUCED BY DISTRICT 1 “A” STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAN FABIAN, OF ROSEAU….BOUCHA HAS BEEN CROSSING THE STATE AND REGION PROMOTING HIS BOOK “HENRY BOUCHA OJIBWA: A NATIVE AMERICAN OLYMPIAN’…. 

THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT DETACHMENT OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE IS SEEKING THE HELP OF THE PUBLIC IN LOCATING A MISSING FEMALE YOUTH…17 YEAR OLD FELICIA MORRISON, OF FORT FRANCES, WAS REPORTED MISSING ON MAY 6TH…. SHE WAS LAST SEEN IN THE AREA OF PORTAGE AVENUE NEAR SCOTT STREET IN FORT FRANCES….SHE IS DESCRIBED AS FIRST NATION FEMALE, 5’7″ TALL, SLENDER BUILD, 142 LBS, BLACK STRAIGHT SHOULDER LENGTH HAIR…ANYONE WITH INFO ON  THE WHEREABOUTS OF MORRISON,  IS  ASKED TO CONTACT THE OPP AT 1-888-310-1122…. 

THE REGION 2 ARTS COUNCIL IS CURRENTLY SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS FROM LAKE OF THE WOODS TO FILL A TWO-YEAR TERM VACANCY BEGINNING JULY1ST THIS YEAR…APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MAY 30TH….THE COUNCIL SAYS ANYONE WHO FEELS  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… ANY QUESTIONS CALL 1-800-275-5447… 

 THE ROSEAU/SPRUCE TOWNSHIP JOINT AIRPORT ZONING BOARD IS SET TO MEET THIS THURSDAY  MORNING  AT 10 AM AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER COUNCIL CHAMBERS…THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO GET AN UPDATE ON THE NEW AIRPORT ZONING PROCESS TIMELINE AND THE BOARD IS EXPECTED TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION SETTING  THE 1ST PUBLIC HEARING DATE FOR THE AIRPORT ZONING ORDINANCE…THE BOARD IS ALSO EXPECTED TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION SUBMITTING AIRPORT ZONING ORDINANCE TO MNDOT AERONAUTICS FOR THE COMMISSIONER’S ORDER OF APPROVAL…  

THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS A NEW SUPERINTENDENT…THE I-FALLS JOURNAL REPORTS,  AFTER A 4-2 VOTE BY BOARD MEMBERS, KEVIN GROVER WILL REPLACE NORDY NELSON, WHOSE CONTRACT EXPIRES JUNE 30…GROVER IS THE CURRENT DEAN OF STUDENTS AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT INTERNATIONAL FALLS HIGH SCHOOL…. 

THE WET, COLD WEATHER IS PREVENTING MINNESOTA FARMERS FROM GETTING MUCH PLANTING DONE….IN ITS WEEKLY CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION REPORT FOR MINNESOTA, THE U.S.D.A. SAYS ONLY 8 PERCENT OF THE STATE’S CORN CROP HAS BEEN PLANTED, WHICH IS UP 4 PERCENTAGE POINTS FROM LAST WEEK’S REPORT BUT IS STILL TWO WEEKS BEHIND NORMAL…THE REPORT SAYS SOUTHWESTERN MINNESOTA CONTINUES TO BE THE ONLY PART OF THE STATE WHERE FARMERS ARE MAKING PROGRESS…RAIN IS BENEFITING SOIL MOISTURE LEVELS…SUBSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES ARE RATED 90 PERCENT ADEQUATE TO SURPLUS AND ONLY 10 PERCENT SHORT…TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS RATED 99 PERCENT ADEQUATE TO SURPLUS AND ONLY 1 PERCENT SHORT… 

THE CLASS OF 2014 WILL BE HONORED DURING COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON THIS SATURDAY….NEARLY 250 STUDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE CEREMONY, WHICH BEGINS AT 2:00 P.M. IN LYSAKER (LEE-SOCCER) GYMNASIUM….SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY GRADUATES WILL REPRESENT 13 COUNTRIES AND 29 STATES AND INCLUDE MORE THAN 35 ONLINE GRADUATES WHO ARE SETTING FOOT ON THE CAMPUS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME….THE CEREMONY ALSO RECOGNIZES THE 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLASS OF 1994, WHO WERE THE FIRST TO EARN BACCALAUREATE DEGREES ON THE CROOKSTON CAMPUS… THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND AND NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED… A SPECIAL RECEPTION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GRADUATES WILL BE HELD FOLLOWING COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES…THE 2014 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES MARK THE 106TH GRADUATING CLASS TO BE RECOGNIZED ON THE CROOKSTON CAMPUS…

THE BAUDETTE MINNESOTA D-N-R WILDLIFE OFFICE HAS A UNIQUE VIEWING OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR A LIMITED TIME…BAUDETTE AREA WILDLIFE MANAGER,  SCOTT  LAUDENSLAGER, SAYS THE SPRINGTIME DANCE OF SHARP-TAILED GROUSE IS OCCURRING NOW THROUGH MID-MAY….THE SHARPTAIL OBSERVATION BLIND IS LOCATED 15 MILES SOUTH OF BAUDETTE…HE SAID ANYONE CAN SIGN UP AND THE BLIND WILL HOLD UP TO THREE PEOPLE…LAUDENSLAGER SAYS THE KEY IS GETTING THERE VERY EARLY…CALL THE BAUDETTE D-N-R WILDLIFE OFFICE AT (218) 634-1705 EXT. 222 TO RESERVE A MORNING…

 

AN ENGLISH TEACHER WHO TEACHES CLASSES IN MINNEAPOLIS AND CRYSTAL HAS BEEN NAMED MINNESOTA’S TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR 2014….THOMAS RADEMACHER HAS TAUGHT AT THE FINE ARTS INTERDISCIPLINARY RESOURCE SCHOOL SINCE 2006…THE K-12 SCHOOL HAS CAMPUSES IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS AND IN CRYSTAL…HE WAS RECOGNIZED BY EDUCATION MINNESOTA, THE STATEWIDE EDUCATORS’ UNION… TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD, NOMINEES MUST SPEND AT LEAST HALF THEIR TIME WORKING DIRECTLY WITH STUDENTS…THEY MUST ALSO HAVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE….

 

THE TEAM OF KATIE BERG, of DEERWOOD AND KATIE PIEPER, OF WILLIAMS,  CAPTURED THE TITLE AT THE ZIPPEL BAY RESORT “ICE OUT TROPHY PIKE TOURNAMENT” SUNDAY…WITH THE WIN, THE TWO BECAME THE FIRST TEAM TO WIN “BACK-TO-BACK” TITLES IN THE TOURNAMENT’S 18 YEAR HISTORY…THE TWO “KATIES” FINISHED THE TWO DAY-TWO PERSON TOURNAMENT WITH A TOTAL WEIGHT OF 38.03 POUNDS OF NORTHERN, INCLUDING THE BIGGEST FISH OF THE WEEKEND….A 16.7 POUND, 42.5 INCH FISH…..THE WIN BROUGHT THE DUO 950 DOLLARS PLUS OTHER PRIZES…SECOND PLACE WENT TO THE TEAM OF LARRY FERRIE AND ROSS PERIN OF THE FARGO/MOORHEAD AREA….THE TWO FINISHED AT 34.13 POUNDS….THE TEAM OF MIKE VACURA AND AARON DORRON FINISHED THIRD AT 32.10 POUNDS…38 TOTAL TEAMS PARTICIPATED WITH A TOTAL OF 615.06 POUNDS OF FISH WEIGHED IN OVER THE TWO DAYS…

 

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AUTHORITIES RECEIVED AND RESPONDED TO TWO REPORTS OF BREAK AND ENTER TO SEASONAL RESIDENCES IN THE SIOUX NARROWS /NESTOR FALLS AREA….POLICE WERE ADVISED THAT BETWEEN APRIL 20 AND MAY 2, UNKNOWN SUSPECT(S) FORCED ENTRY INTO A COTTAGE ON REGINA BAY, LAKE OF THE WOODS AND STOLE ALCOHOL AND SPORTING GOODS…IN THE SECOND INCIDENT, SOMETIME BETWEEN CHRISTMAS 2013, AND MAY 3 2014, UNKNOWN SUSPECT(S) ENTERED A COTTAGE IN THE NESTOR FALLS AREA BY FORCING IN THE FRONT DOOR…POLICE SAY,  ALTHOUGH ALL OF THE CUPBOARDS AND DRAWERS WERE RUMMAGED THROUGH, NOTHING APPEARED TO BE MISSING….ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS OR ANY OTHER OFFENCE IS ASKED TO CALL THE OPP AT 1-888-310-1122 OR CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)….

FIVE MINNESOTA SOYBEAN FARMERS HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO THREE YEAR TERMS ON THE MINNESOTA SOYBEAN RESEARCH & PROMOTION COUNCIL….DREW PARSLEY OF WARROAD WAS REELECTED TO REPRESENT DISTRICTS 1, 2 AND 3….PATRICK O’LEARY OF BENSON WAS ELECTED DIRECTOR FOR DISTRICT 4….PATRICK SULLIVAN OF FRANKLIN WAS REELECTED TO REPRESENT DISTRICTS 5 AND 6…CRAIG BANGASSER OF GARVIN WAS REELECTED DISTRICT 7 DIRECTOR….ROCHELLE KRUSEMARK OF TRIMONT WAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT DISTRICT 8….

A MISSING FEMALE YOUTH FROM SOUTHEAST MANITOBA HAS BEEN LOCATEDR-C-M-P SAY THAT 16-YEAR-OLD TONI ROSE LINKLATER WAS LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND OVER THE WEEKEND IN MANITOBA….NO OTHER DETAILS WERE GIVEN…ONLY THAT SHE WAS O.K…THE YOUTH HAD BEEN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS….

THE ZIPPEL BAY RESORT ANNUAL “ICE OUT TROPHY PIKE TOURNAMENT” IS ON FOR THIS WEEKEND….THE TWO-DAY EVENT DRAWS TWO-PERSON TEAMS FROM AROUND THE REGION AND STATE, AS ANGLERS TRY FOR NORTHERN PIKE IN THE ZIPPEL BAY AREA OF LAKE OF THE WOODS….TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR NICK PAINOVITCH SAYS THE TOURNAMENT IS USUALLY HELD THE LAST WEEKEND IN APRIL, BUT LATE-ICE OUT ON THE BAY FORCED THE MOVEMENT TO THIS WEEKEND…BUT NOW, THEY ARE READY TO GO…TEAMS CAN REGISTER RIGHT UP UNTIL 8AM SATURDAY MORNING AT THE RESORT, LOCATED NORTH OF WILLIAMS…FOR MORE INFO, CALL 783-6235…


IN MID-APRIL, IN COOPERATION WITH THE ONTARIO MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE RAINY RIVER FIRST NATION,  LAKE OF THE WOODS/RAINY RIVER AREA MINNESOTA D-N-R  FISHERIES BIOLOGISTS BEGAN SETTING NETS TO CAPTURE AND TAG LAKE STURGEON….THE STUDY AREA CONSISTS OF ALL 82 RIVER MILES OF THE RAINY RIVER BELOW THE INTERNATIONAL FALLS DAM, FOURMILE BAY, AND A LARGE PORTION OF BIG TRAVERSE BAY AND THE INSIDE CHANNEL LOCATED ON THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF LAKE OF THE WOODS…OFFICIALS SAY THE TAGGING EFFORT INCLUDES HELP FROM ANGLERS THAT ARE TARGETING LAKE STURGEON WITHIN THE STUDY AREA….TAGGING WILL END MID-MAY….IN MID-JUNE THROUGH JULY, LAKE STURGEON WILL BE RECAPTURED IN GILL NETS PLACED AT RANDOMLY DETERMINED SITES WITHIN THE STUDY AREA….OFFICIALS SAY DURING THE RECOVERY PHASE, A RATIO OF TAGGED TO UNTAGGED LAKE STURGEON WILL BE OBTAINED…THIS RATIO IS THEN USED TO ESTIMATE THE NUMBER OF LAKE STURGEON WITHIN THE STUDY AREA….LAKE STURGEON FISHING REGULATIONS FOR 2014 ON THE MINNESOTA SIDE OF LAKE OF THE WOODS AND THE RAINY RIVER ALLOW ANGLERS TO PURCHASE A LAKE STURGEON HARVEST TAG THAT ALLOWS THEM TO HARVEST ONE LAKE STURGEON BETWEEN 45 AND 50 INCHES OR ONE MORE THAN 75 INCHES, PER CALENDAR YEAR….THE SPRING HARVEST SEASON ON THE RAINY RIVER RUNS TO MAY 7….FROM MAY 8 TO MAY 15, ANGLERS CAN FISH FOR LAKE STURGEON, BUT MUST RELEASE ALL FISH THEY CATCH…THE FISHING SEASON FOR LAKE STURGEON IS CLOSED MAY 16 TO JUNE 30….THERE IS A SECOND HARVEST SEASON THAT RUNS JULY 1 TO SEPT. 30….ANGLERS CAN CATCH AND RELEASE LAKE STURGEON ANY TIME, EXCEPT MAY 16 TO JUNE 30 WHEN THE SEASON IS CLOSED TO PROTECT SPAWNING FISH…

 

A ROSEAU COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM CAPTAIN MEETING IS SET FOR THIS COMING MONDAY EVENING AT 6:30PM…THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER AND WILL FOCUS ON FUND RAISING….

 

THE ANNUAL “DIABETES HEALTH FAIR AND THE 11TH ANNUAL MAY WALK/RUN” IS SATURDAY IN ROSEAU…THE EVENT IS SET FOR THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER….THE MORNING INCLUDES A ROSEAU LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST FROM 8AM TO 10AM….THERE WILL BE A DIABETES HEALTH FAIR FROM 8-11AM; A DIABETIC FOOT CLINIC FROM 8-11AM AND THE WALK/RUN STARTS AT 10AM SHARP….THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER AND DONATIONS HELP SUPPORT THE LIFECARE HEALTH CARE FUND, THE ROSEAU AREA DIABETES CENTER AND THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION…

 

POLARIS INDUSTRIES HAS DONATED  POLARIS POWER GENERATORS TO THE SALVATION ARMY FOR TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS IN THE SOUTH….THE COMPANY DONATED SEVERAL PALLETS OF POLARIS POWER DIGITAL INVERTER GENERATORS,  PERFECT FOR RECHARGING COMMUNICATION DEVICES,  AND SHIPPED THEM TO SALVATION ARMY DISASTER RELIEF CENTRAL IN OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA ….NORMALLY USED AS A POWER SOURCE FOR CAMPING, HUNTING, TAILGATING OR ANYTHING OUTDOORS, POLARIS POWER GENERATORS ALSO CAN BE VALUABLE IN DISASTER SITUATIONS AS AN EMERGENCY BACK-UP POWER SOURCE…THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME POLARIS HAS STEPPED IN AT TIMES OF DISASTER… MOST RECENTLY, THE  COMPANY GAVE 10 MILITARY-GRADE ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES TO SALVATION ARMY RELIEF EFFORTS AFTER THE 2013 OKLAHOMA TORNADOES…. IN ADDITION, 10 VEHICLES WERE DONATED TO HURRICANE SANDY IN 2012 BRINGING THE TOTAL WORTH OF THE DONATIONS TO NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS….

PATIENTS IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA NEEDING CRITICAL MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT SERVICES WILL HAVE MORE ACCESS TO CARE,  NOW THAT A BILL AUTHORED BY DISTRICT 1 “A”  REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DAN FABIAN,  OF ROSEAU, IS SET TO BECOME LAW….FABIAN’S BILL ALLOWS SANFORD MEDICAL CENTER IN THIEF RIVER FALLS, THE REGION’S ONLY INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY, TO EXPAND ITS MANDATED BED MAXIMUM FROM 10 TO 16 BEDS…FABIAN SAID LEGISLATORS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, SANFORD AND THE MANY HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND COUNTY ATTORNEYS IN THIS REGION BACKED THE BILL…FABIAN SAID PRELIMINARY REPORTS FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ARE POSITIVE, SAYING THIS INCREASE IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC…INCREASED ACCESS WILL HELP FOSTER FASTER RECOVERY TIMES, PROMOTE BETTER TRANSITIONAL CARE COORDINATION, AND REDUCE PRESSURE ON OTHER IN-PATIENT RESOURCES THROUGHOUT THE STATE….FABIAN’S BILL PASSED THROUGH MULTIPLE COMMITTEES IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE…IT IS CURRENTLY CONTAINED IN AN OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL AND WILL GO INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING SIGNATURE FROM GOV.  MARK DAYTON….

 

ONE PERSON WAS HURT IN A ONE VEHICLE ROLLOVER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA….THE STATE PATROL SAID THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 5:01PM ALONG HIGHWAY 59, SOUTH OF WAUBUN IN MAHNOMEN COUNTY….THE PATROL SAID 29 YEAR OLD JESSICA LEMER,  OF FERGUS FALLS, WAS DRIVING A 2002   FORD EXPLORER SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 59.  WHEN AN UNKNOWN VEHICLE WAS NORTHBOUND IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANE…THAT CAUSED LEMER TO SWERVE TO AVOID A CRASH….SHE THEN LOST CONTROL AND ROLLED INTO THE DITCH…THE PATROL SAID LEMER WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS, BUT UNKNOWN INJURIES….

 

A FORMER MANAGER AT ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK IS SET TO GIVE A SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE IN BAUDETTE SATURDAY….THE SPECIAL PERFORMANCE IS BY SUE OLIN PLAYING HER SPRING HARP…SHE WILL BE IN CONCERT THIS SATURDAY AT 1 P.M., AT THE HISTORIC BAUDETTE DEPOT IN BAUDETTE….SUE GREW UP IN DULUTH AND CURRENTLY LIVES IN BEMIDJI…SHE SERVED AS ZIPPEL BAY STATE PARK MANAGER FOR TWO YEARS BEFORE MOVING TO BEMIDJI….OLIN PERFORMED MANY CONCERTS WHILE LIVING IN THE BAUDETTE AREA….

THE 2014 WARROAD HIGH SCHOOL PROM IS THIS SATURDAY  IN THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM… THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “ENCHANTED WOODLAND”…. THE GRAND MARCH WILL BEGIN AT 8:15 PM….THE STUDENTS WILL ENTER THE MAIN DOORS BEGINNING AT 5:00 PM FOR THEIR FORMAL PICTURES….PARENTS AND THE PUBLIC ARE ASKED TO ENTER THROUGH THE BAND DOORS, OPENING AT 7:15 PM… EVERYONE IS REQUESTED TO BE IN THEIR SEATS BY 8:15 PM SO THE PROGRAM MAY BEGIN…. ADMISSION FOR ALL SEATS IS 4 DOLLARS AND WILL BE USED TO PAY FOR PROM EXPENSES…. 

THE I-D-E-A COMPETITION HAS NAMED IT’S THREE 2014 WINNERS… THE 2014 WINNERS ARE:
•BRIAN & COREEN BERDAHL, OF RED LAKE FALLS, FOR REEL-DEAL – A LINE SPOOLING DEVICE THAT QUICKLY AND EASILY TRANSFERS FISHING LINE FROM A STANDARD SIZE LINE SPOOL TO A FISHING ROD….�
•CINDY KRANKKALA, OF THIEF RIVER FALLS, FOR ADDY-OLLY, – AN INNOVATIVE PLAY YARD MATTRESS COVER THAT MEETS THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF CHILD SAFETY….
•ROBERT CLOOSE, OF BAGLEY, FOR C-R DATA SOLUTIONS – A SOFTWARE PRODUCT THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE INSTALLATION AND TESTING OF FIBER OPTIC SPLICES….

EACH WINNER RECEIVES 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH TO ADVANCE THEIR BUSINESS IDEA, PLUS ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE….
THE I-D-E-A HALL OF FAME HAS OFFICIALLY ADDED DON RICKE, FOUNDER OF TEAM INDUSTRIES TO ITS DISTINGUISHED LIST OF PAST INDUCTEES….

 

SOUTHEAST MANITOBA R-C-M-P, AND THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE ARE REQUESTING THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING 16-YEAR-OLD TONI ROSE LINKLATER,  WHO WENT MISSING ON APRIL 14TH  FROM THE ST. PIERRE-JOLYS, MANITOBA AREA…THE R-C-M-P HAS INFORMATION THAT LINKLATER MAY BE IN THE DRYDEN, ONTARIO AREA AND HEADING EAST…LINKLATER WAS LAST SEEN ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 14TH …AT THAT TIME, AUTHORITIES SAY IT WAS THOUGHT SHE WAS HITCHHIKING TO WINNIPEG…SHE WAS WEARING A BLACK JACKET AND BLACK TIGHTS…TONI LINKLATER IS DESCRIBED AS 5’10, 143 LBS, AVERAGE BUILD, LONG BROWN HAIR, PIERCINGS ON HER RIGHT EYEBROW AND LOWER LIP…LINKLATER IS CONSIDERED AT-RISK AND POLICE AND FAMILY ARE CONCERNED FOR HER WELL-BEING…AUTHORITIES ASK THAT ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE WHEREABOUTS OF TONI LINKLATER TO CONTACT ST. PIERRE-JOLYS RCMP AT 204-433-7433 OR CALL CRIME STOPPERS ANONYMOUSLY AT 1-800-222-8477….

THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS NOW RECEIVED ALL OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS TO COMPLETE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROSEAU FLOOD PROJECT….LAST MONTH THE CORPS ANNOUNCED THEIR PLANS TO FINISH THE PROJECT IN 2014, A LONG-AWAITED ACTION THAT WILL HELP PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE DEVASTATING FLOOD THAT DESTROYED HOMES, BUSINESSES, AND PUBLIC STRUCTURES ACROSS THE CITY IN 2002….THE CORPS OPENED THE PROJECT FOR PROPOSALS THIS WEEK AND OFFERED INTERESTED CONTRACTORS TO VIEW THE CONTRACT SOLICITATION AT THE FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES WEBSITE: fbo.gov … ROSEAU MAYOR JEFF PELOWSKI SAYS EVERYTHING IS NOW IN PLACE FOR THE CORPS TO BEGIN THE NEARLY 15 MILLION DOLLAR FINAL PHASE OF THE PROJECT….THE CORPS AND THE CITY OF ROSEAU BEGAN CONSTRUCTING THE PROJECT IN 2009 AND HAVE COLLECTIVELY INVESTED MORE THAN 29 MILLION TO REDUCE THE FLOOD RISK WITHIN THE COMMUNITY…MAYOR PELOWSKI SAID  THE KEY HAS BEEN THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE INVOLVED NEVER GAVE UP ON THE PROJECT…THE FINAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER AND IS SCHEDULED TO BE FINISHED BY NEXT FALL…WHEN COMPLETED, THE PROJECT WILL CONSIST OF THE 4.5 MILE DIVERSION CHANNEL, MORE THAN 45 ACRES OF RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES TO INCLUDE A SCENIC OVERLOOK, TWO INTERPRETIVE SITES, BIRDING SITES, 9 MILES OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLE TRAILS, 7 MILES OF MULTI-USE TRAILS AND MORE THAN 4 MILES OF CANOE TRAILS…

 

 

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN THEIR INVESTIGATION OF A REPORT OF A SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN EMO, ONTARIO…THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT OF THE O-P-P SAYS THEY RECEIVED A REPORT ON  APRIL 15TH  AT 3:20PM THAT A MALE DRIVING A MEDIUM SIZED PICKUP TRUCK PULLED UP TO A YOUNG GIRL WALKING ON ROY STREET IN EMO…AUTHORITIES SAY  THE INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THAT THE DRIVER BEGAN ASKING THE YOUTH SOME QUESTIONS AND AT ONE POINT APPEARED TO BE UNCLASPING HIS SEAT BELT…WHEN A MARKED O-P-P CRUISER APPROACHED THE AREA, THE VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY LEFT….POLICE SAY THE GIRL THEN WENT HOME AND ADVISED HER PARENTS OF THE EVENT, AND POLICE WERE CONTACTED…THE VEHICLE IS DESCRIBED AS A MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK, SILVER OR GRAY WITH A RED OR  MAROON TOPPER… THE DRIVER IS DESCRIBED AS A FIRST NATIONS MALE IN HIS LATE 40′S -50′S WITH WRINKLED SKIN AND BLACK MEDIUM LENGTH, MESSY HAIR AND ONE EYE THAT SQUINTED….THE MALE WAS WEARING A MAROON T-SHIRT WITH “AMERICAN EAGLE” ON THE BACK AND A CHAIN BRACELET WITH A SKULL AND HEART TATTOO ON HIS LEFT ARM…POLICE ARE CONTINUING THEIR INVESTIGATION… ANYONE WITH INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE O-P-P AT 1-888-310-1122 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-800-222-8477… 

ONCE AGAIN, POLARIS IS LOOKING AT RECORD NUMBERS….POLARIS INDUSTRIES REPORTED RECORD FIRST QUARTER NET INCOME OF 80.9 MILLION FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31…BY COMPARISON, 2013 FIRST QUARTER NET INCOME WAS 75.5 MILLION…THE COMPANY SAYS NET SALES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER 2014 TOTALED 888.3 MILLION, WHICH REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 19 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR….POLARIS SAYS OFF-ROAD VEHICLE SALES INCREASED 11 PERCENT  TO 602.8 MILLION…SNOWMOBILE SALES TOTALED 15.6 MILLION, COMPARED TO 14.7 MILLION FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2013…MOTORCYCLE DIVISION SALES INCREASED 52 PERCENT  TO 78.9 MILLION…THE COMPANY SAYS THAT IS DUE TO THE SHIPMENTS OF THE NEW MODEL YEAR 2014 INDIAN MOTORCYCLES…TH SMALL VEHICLES DIVISION, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF AIXAM, G-E-M AND GOUPIL, INCREASED 248 PERCENT TO 38.5 MILLION…PARTS, GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES  SALES INCREASED 20 PERCENT  TO 152.6 MILLION….THE COMPANY SAYS INTERNATIONAL SALES TO CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA TOTALED 165.1 MILLION,  UP 44 PERCENT …

 

THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY CONCLUDED 60 ENFORCEMENT CASES IN 41 COUNTIES THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014…PENALTIES FROM ALL 60 CASES TOTALED JUST UNDER 345 THOUSAND DOLLARS…NORTHERN MINNESOTA CASES INCLUDE:

BEMIDJI BITUMINOUS FINED 4 THOUSAND 190 DOLLARS

FOR STORMWATER VIOLATIONS…

GREEN FOREST IN  LITTLE FORK,  FINED 3 THOUSAND  900 FOR STORMWATER VIOLATIONS…

MELVIN BORGEN, OF BAUDETTE,  PENALIZED JUST OVER 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS  FOR SUBSURFACE SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS VIOLATIONS….

AND PHILLIP NELSON,  OF D-B-A MINNESOTA RECYCLE-IT, IN BEMIDJI, FINED 15 HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE VIOLATIONS…IN ADDITION TO THE RECENTLY COMPLETED CASES, THE M-P-C-A ALSO HAS 119 ONGOING ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATIONS, EIGHT OF WHICH WERE OPENED AS NEW CASES DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014…

 

THE ROSEAU COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL MEETING  IS SET FOR NEXT WEEK…THE MEETING WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, MAY 1, 6:30PM AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER…ORGANIZERS SAY, IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MEETING,  DON MILLER, RETIRED ROSEAU HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS AND ELECTRONICS TEACHER, WILL PRESENT  HIS WORK REPLICATING THE MARS ROBOTIC ROVER, SOJOURNER…

AN ONLINE BULLYING REPORTING TOOL WAS RECENTLY LAUNCHED BY THE RAINY RIVER DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD…. CASEY SLACK, SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION, SAID THEY ARE  HOPING THIS ONLINE TOOL WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO REACH OUT AND LET AN ADULT IN AUTHORITY KNOW WHEN THERE’S A PROBLEM…HE SAID THERE IS ALSO AN OPTION TO REPORT AN INCIDENT ANONYMOUSLY, WHICH SERVES TO PROVIDE AN ENHANCED FEELING OF SAFETY FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE TOO NERVOUS OR AFRAID OF IDENTIFYING THEMSELVES…BULLYING MAY BE PHYSICAL, VERBAL, SOCIAL OR ONLINE…THE BOARD SAID STUDENTS, WHETHER THEY ARE VICTIMS OR WITNESSES, ARE ENCOURAGED TO GIVE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE IN THEIR REPORT, BUT THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GIVE THEIR NAME…THE BOARD SAID, WHILE THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE REPORTING PERSON WOULD ASSIST WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF AN  INCIDENT,  AN ANONYMOUS REPORT IS BETTER THAN AN INCIDENT GOING UNDETECTED…PARENTS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO REPORT AN INCIDENT THAT THEY HAVE WITNESSED THEMSELVES OR THAT THEY HAVE BECOME AWARE OF THROUGH THEIR CHILD…THE ONLINE BULLYING REPORTING TOOL IS ACCESSED BY CLICKING THE ICON LOCATED ON APPROPRIATE SCHOOL’S WEBSITE….ALL INFORMATION THAT IS SUBMITTED IN THE ONLINE REPORTING FORM WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE PRINCIPAL AND VICE-PRINCIPAL(S) AND ACTION WILL BE TAKEN…. THE BOARD SAID MESSAGES WILL BE READ DURING REGULAR SCHOOL DAY HOURS…IF A STUDENT IS AT IMMEDIATE RISK OF HARM,  THEY ARE TO STILL CALL THE POLICE AT 9-1-1…AND FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL, DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS OR ON THE WEEKENDS, THE BOARD REMINDS STUDENTS THEY CAN CONTACT THE KIDS HELP LINE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-668-6868….THE ONLINE BULLYING REPORTING TOOL IS AVAILABLE ON EACH SCHOOL’S WEBSITE, AND ON THE SCHOOL BOARD’S WEBSITE AT rrdsb.com 

THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA FOUNDATION RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AWARDS OF FREE PAINT FOR COMMUNITY FIX-UP AND RESTORATION PROJECTS…THROUGH A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH THE VALSPAR CORPORATION AND THE “MINNESOTA BEAUTIFUL” PROGRAM, PAINT AND OTHER COATING MATERIALS NECESSARY FOR REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES WILL BE GIVEN TO LOCAL TOWNS AND ORGANIZATIONS…AWARDS OF OF  FREE PAINT AND OTHER SUPPLIES WERE AWARDED FOR PROJECTS INCLUDING: THE MARSHALL COUNTY GROUP HOMES; THE MCINTOSH HERITAGE AND ARTS CENTER, HISTORIC MCINTOSH PUBLIC SCHOOL AUDITORIUM REHABILITATION; THE THIEF RIVER FALLS EAGLES EVENT HALL; AND THE BELTRAMI HUMANE SOCIETY….

THE MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED A BILL, THIS WEEK,  AUTHORED  BY  DISTRICT 2 “A”  D-F-L  REPRESENTATIVE ROGER ERICKSON , OF BAUDETTE,  TO STUDY POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO PROPANE ISSUES IN MINNESOTA…. ERICKSON SAYS THE BILL IS “FINE” WITH SOME CO-OPS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS CAN FIND POSITIVES IN THE BILL, WHICH WAS INCLUDED IN A LARGER ENERGY POLICY BILL…ERICKSON SAID BECAUSE CERTAIN SOURCES OF PROPANE WEREN’T AVAILABLE, PRICES FOR THE REMAINING PROPANE SKYROCKETED, WITH  HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MINNESOTANS PAYING  DOUBLE AND TRIPLE THEIR NORMAL PRICES FOR HEATING…. 

A COYOTE GOT INTO WEST ACRES MALL IN FARGO TUESDAY AFTERNOON…IT WAS FOUND BY AN EMPLOYEE IN A BACK SERVICE HALLWAY AFTER IT WANDERED IN THROUGH AN OPEN DOOR…IT DID NOT GET INTO THE MALL’S PUBLIC AREAS…AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER FOUND THE YOUNG COYOTE CURLED UP IN A CORNER AND REMOVED IT FROM THE MALL…WEST ACRES MANAGER CHRIS HEATON  SAYS HE’S DEALT WITH BUNNIES AND BIRDS BEFORE, BUT NEVER A COYOTE…. 

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK  IN MINNESOTA… FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, THE STATE HAS CONDUCTED SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS…A STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL IS PART OF THAT EVENT…AN AFTERNOON TORNADO DRILL WILL TAKE PLACE THURSDAY AT 1:45 P.M….OFFICIALS SAY THE DRILL TRADITIONALLY OCCURS ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THAT TIME, WHEN JURISDICTIONS ACROSS MINNESOTA SOUND THEIR OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS…MANY SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES AND OTHER FACILITIES CONDUCT A TORNADO DRILL AT THIS TIME TO PRACTICE THEIR TORNADO SHELTERING PLANS…AN EVENING TORNADO DRILL  IS SET FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AT 6:55 P.M….OFFICIALS SAY THE REASON FOR A 6:55 P.M. DRILL IS THAT SEVERE WEATHER INCLUDING TORNADOES OCCURS MOST OFTEN BETWEEN 3 AND 8 P.M….THE STATEWIDE 1:45 P.M. DRILL GIVES INSTITUTIONS, FIRST-SHIFT AND DAY WORKERS A TIME TO PRACTICE, BUT IT DOES NOT ALLOW SECOND-SHIFT WORKERS THE SAME OPPORTUNITY…THE 6:55 P.M. TORNADO DRILL ALSO ALLOWS FAMILIES TO PRACTICE THEIR SHELTERING PLANS….

THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL RE-OPENED SOME STRETCHES OF STATE ROADS IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA….HIGHWAY 220 FROM MARSHALL COUNTY ROAD 4 TO MARSHALL COUNTY ROAD 5 AND HIGHWAY 317 FROM HIGHWAY 220 TO THE NORTH DAKOTA BORDER RE-OPENED YESTERDAY…OFFICIALS REMIND DRIVERS THAT FLOODING CONTINUES TO AFFECT THE AREA AND CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE RAPIDLY…SO BE CAUTIOUS IN THOSE AREAS….

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…

 

 

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