News Stories 11/21/2016

A Princeton man who was walking along Highway 200 near Laporte died when he was hit by a vehicle early Sunday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says 45 year old Luke Prescott’s car had gone off the road. Investigators say he got out of his vehicle when he was hit. The other driver was not injured.

A fatal rollover crash in Polk county occurred yesterday. 40 year old Jason Kent Johnston of East Grand Forks was killed when ejected from his vehicle after hitting a deer, according to a release from the Polk County Sheriff.

The U.S Department of Agriculture announced over the weekend that Wayne Farms, a Georgia based farming company, has recalled over 4,000 pounds of packaged fully-cooked chicken. The chicken is reported to be under-cooked. Some of the affected product distributed to a grocery store in Bemidji. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 45411” or “P-45411” inside the USDA mark of inspection. If you believe you have purchased this product, do not eat it, throw it away or return to the store of purchase.

A Polk county man is scheduled to be sentenced December 20th, after a jury found him guilty of molesting two children as long as six years ago. A four day trial ended last week when jurors found 34-year-old Brett Goulet guilty on two counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors say both children were younger than 12 when they complained of being sexually assaulted at night while they were living in Climax in 2010 and ’11.

Lou Tasa, Minnesota Department of Transportation assistant district engineer and state aid engineer, was honored at a statewide “Toward Zero Deaths” conference in Duluth last week. Tasa received an Engineering Star Award for forming collaborative working relationships with counties in the Bemidji area.

Beltrami County offices will be closed one hour early,  at 3:30 on Monday, November 21 in order to hold the annual Employee Celebration.   Offices will again be open at normal business hours starting Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

At 11:00am tomorrow, Lt. Governor Tina Smith will proclaim “Free Park Friday” in the State of Minnesota; highlighting that all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be free the day after Thanksgiving: Friday, November 25.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reports that Minnesota is losing jobs, according to a release. Occupations most affected are mining, logging, manufacturing, and jobs in the service sector. The total amount of jobs lost during the month of October was 12,500, and the state’s unemployment rate is 4%.

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