Your Thursday News Brief: January 4

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

RED LAKE– Fishing on Upper and Lower Red Lakes will resume, after a public meeting and a tribal council vote held at the Red Lake Casino Wednesday. According to a social media update from the Red Lake Tribal Council, tribal members were able to voice their concerns and give respects to the families of the two missing fishermen: a 17-year-old juvenile male and 29-year-old Deland Beaulieu.  The two missing men were fishing on Lower Red Lake near the cutoff in early November when their boat capsized. Massive search efforts in the following weeks have not been able to find them. The council asks that tribal members fishing on Red Lake be over the age of 18, in hopes that the expanded access leads to the discovery of the two missing men.


BEMIDJI– The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners discussed buffer laws during their meeting Tuesday. The buffer law, which was put into effect on November 1st, requires landowners, specifically agricultural producers, to keep vegetation on the banks of public waters. Brent Rud, the county’s environmental director, says most landowners in Beltrami County are already in compliance, and has held meetings with landowners in Grygla to discuss the ordinance. The public hearing will take place during the next county board meeting on January 16.


BEMIDJI– Bemidji State University president Faith C. Hensrud unveiled a five-year strategic plan during a presentation to faculty, staff and administrators Wednesday. The plan includes five institutional priorities to align BSU’s development with that of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. These priority areas are: build university capacity through distinguishing themes of place; increase engagement with American Indian communities to become a destination university; increase student engagement in campus life; strengthen BSU’s academic identity by infusing its shared fundamental values into all academic programs; and create a university culture in which diversity is embraced.


BEMIDJI– Due to the cold weather in the region and energy market conditions, Beltrami Electric Cooperative is anticipating significant use of the Demand Response program through Friday, January 5th. This may include the use of Dual Heat control during the overnight hours. This will impact members using the off-peak program. Beltrami Electric Cooperative is asking members to ensure that their back up heating system is operational and conserve where possible during this period of peak electrical demand.


BEMIDJI– The Bemidji College Democrats and the Beltrami County DFL will co-host a DFL Governor Candidates Forum on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the Bemidji State University campus. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the Question and Answer portion of the Forum will begin at 6:30 pm. Janelle Wolf, Chair of the Beltrami County DFL, will moderate the Forum. DFL gubernatorial candidates scheduled to attend are:  St. Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman; State Representative Erin Murphy; State Auditor Rebecca Otto; State Representative Paul Thissen; and U.S. Congressman Tim Walz. State Representative Tina Liebling, who is also running for the DFL endorsement for Governor, is unable to attend.

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