Your Friday News Brief: September 1

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

FEATURED PHOTO: Hope you didn’t miss your chance to actually see some of your favorite radio hosts during Bemidji State University’s Community Appreciation Day with the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting crew serving up some Subway sandwiches! Bucky here was kind enough to pose for me.

TENSTRIKE– A three-vehicle crash in Tenstrike injured one Thursday. According to the report from the Minnesota State Patrol, all three vehicles were southbound on Highway 71 near 3rd Avenue in Tenstrike when one vehicle, a Chevy Trailblazer driven by 40-year-0ld Bobbie Jo Cluff of Tenstrike, stopped to make a left turn. A Ford Taurus, driven by 82-year-old Alton Hall of International Falls, stopped behind the Trailblazer, but the Nissan Rogue, driven by 22-year-old Maranda Pula of Kelliher, struck the Taurus which then pushed the Trailblazer. The only person injured was the passenger of the Taurus, 76-year-old Annette Hall, who was treated at Sanford Bemidji for her non-life-threatening injuries. All involved were wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

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Commissioner Tim Sumner. Photo courtesy of Beltrami County.

ST. PAUL– A candidate for the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s race has received an endorsement from a Beltrami County Commissioner. Chair of the County Board Tim Sumner has reportedly endorsed candidate Erin Murphy, a former Majority leader for the Minnesota House of Representatives and a DFL candidate for governor. Murphy has the endorsement of 27 current and former elected leaders.


BEMIDJI– The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss the replacement process for County Attorney Annie Claesson-Huseby. Claesson-Huseby was recently appointed to fill the new judgeship in Beltrami County, so the County Board will appoint an interim County Attorney to finish her term, which ends in 2018. During the meetings of the County Board Tuesday, the board is slated to discuss forming a committee to appoint an interim Attorney in accordance with state statute.


WARREN–The Polk County Attorney’s Office has ruled that a shooting by a U-S Border Patrol agent near the town of Warren was justified.  A report on the March 20th shooting was released Wednesday stating that an unidentified Border Patrol agent acted correctly when shooting 73-year-old Clarence Duane Huderle. Huderle fired a weapon at a mail carrier who arrived at his home just south of Warren on March 20th. According to the report, Huderle also fired at the Border Patrol agent when he arrived at the scene. Huderle’s wife said that her husband had suffered from dementia and paranoia.


BEMIDJI– Division street will be temporarily closed tomorrow between Adams Avenue and the Becida Road. According to the release from Karvakko, the scheduled detour will take traffic from Division Street through Adams Avenue, Big North Road, Grant Valley Road and Schroeder Road. The roadwork is scheduled to last one day and will reopen to two-way traffic after Saturday.


BEMIDJI– Beltrami County 4-Hers registered over 3,000 projects for the 2017 Beltrami County Fair, which was held August 9th through the 13th.  Forty-four  4-H members took their projects to the Minnesota State Fair for Encampment August 27th through the 29th. Categories of some of the local 4-H projects taken to the State Fair include Animal Science, recycled clothing, plant and soil science, quilting and needle arts.

ST. PAUL– A report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows Minnesota’s obesity rate is rising, but continues its trend of being lower than the obesity rate of neighboring states. Minnesota’s adult rate of obesity for 2016 was 27.8 percent, lower than the national average rate of 29.8 percent. The report also showed that Minnesotans who rarely worried about having enough money for food and housing had significantly lower obesity rates. Based on 2015 data, Minnesotans who rarely worried or stressed about having enough money for housing and nutritious meals had an obesity rate of about 25 percent compared to a 33 percent obesity rate for Minnesotans who were stressed about money for food and housing.

ST. PAUL– The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges drivers to use extra caution during Labor Day weekend. Although most road construction is shut down over the Labor Day holiday, there are still highway work zones in place. Motorists are also asked to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists as many children return to school around the state.


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