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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji City Council has approved a resolution opposing the sale of strong alcohol in grocery and convenience stores. To show legislative leaders where they stand on the matter, 130 other Minnesota cities have passed similar resolutions. Historically, bills to authorize sales in grocery or convenience stores have been opposed by cities and other municipal government units because of the negative impact that it would have on control and accountability.
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota administrative law judge extended the time the state will receive public comments on a controversial proposal to regulate fall use of some crop fertilizers. Written comments now are due by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, about two weeks later than originally planned. Public hearings will wrap up next week in St. Cloud and Park Rapids.
MINOT, N.D. -- Virtually all of the United States, with the exception of Minnesota, North Dakota, and a portion of South Dakota, is expected to experience warmer than usual temperatures through October. That's the latest prognostication provided by the Climate Prediction Center.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A former auto dealership employee accused in a fraud involving hundreds of thousands of dollars swindled from police agencies across Minnesota was ordered Thursday, July 19, to serve five years of supervised probation and 30 days in jail. Gerald Worner, the former fleet manager at Nelson Auto Center in Fergus Falls, pleaded guilty in May in Otter Tail County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—The semi truck driver who struck and killed a 16-year-old Vining boy a little over a year ago was found guilty Thursday, July 19, in Otter Tail County Court. A jury found Jason Vadner, 36, of Wheaton guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving for a head-on crash that killed Henning/Vining sophomore Jacob Quam April 13, 2017 as the teen was on his way to school.
WILLMAR, Minn. – With the help of a drone and dog, two suspects were found in a cornfield west of Willmar on Wednesday, July 18, after they allegedly fled from a drug task force agent. A 42-year-old Willmar man was arrested. He was accompanied by a 28-year-old Granite Falls woman, authorities said.
A former legislative director for Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., was accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment, according to a MinnPost report published on Thursday, July 19.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Officials in Beltrami County recovered a massive amount of stolen property July 10 after locating a vehicle in Blackduck that had been used in a residential burglary in Koochiching County, according to a press release. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the residence of David A. Pope, 53, of Funkley and found a large amount of stolen property that included lawn equipment, power tools, firearms and other household items that had been reported stolen during burglaries in Beltrami, Koochiching and Itasca counties.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- Red Lake Nation Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki Sr. secured a second term Wednesday, July 18, according to preliminary election results. Seki’s 234-vote victory over opponent and former chairman Floyd “Buck” Jourdain is a reversal of the primary election results. In the May 17 primary, Jourdain defeated Seki with 45.84 percent of the votes to Seki’s 39.99 percent. Jourdain served as chairman from 2004-14 before he was ousted by Seki.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- One of the Thief River Falls City Council members involved in last week’s fight with other civic leaders at City Hall has resigned.