Your Wednesday News Brief: January 10

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

PARK RAPIDS– Two men were charged in Hubbard County last week on two counts of burglary each. Twenty-six-year-old Blaine Peterson of Pequot Lakes and 26-year-old Simon Roybal of Bemidji are accused of breaking and entering into a woman’s apartment in Park Rapids in late December. According to the victim statements to investigators, Peterson was owed money by the victim and he returned to the apartment with Roybal to forcibly collect on the debt. The criminal complaint indicates that the debt was a prescription of Gabopentin, a legend drug. Peterson will make his next court appearance on the 19th, and Roybal will appear in court on the 18th.


POLK COUNTY– Two Fosston residents were injured and an East Grand Forks man was killed following a tractor-truck crash in Polk County Tuesday. Officials report that a plumbing and heating truck, driven by the 31-year-old East Grand Forks man, struck the Ford Tractor Truck on Highway 2 from behind while both vehicles were in motion. The Tractor-Truck occupants, a 55-year-old man and a 64-year-old man, were treated for their injuries at the Riverview Hospital. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, but more information will be released Friday. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Crookston Fire and Crookston Police assisted the state patrol at the scene.


CASS LAKE– The Leech Lake Tribal College has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the American Indian College Fund Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship, or SEEDS, program. The grant is designed to give the tribal college the capacity to prepare students for environmental careers, and to inspire community engagement on environmental issues in the Leech Lake area. The grant will assist faculty earning their advanced degrees, integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge in STEM curricula, and redevelopment within math and forestry curricula. Additionally, the AICF grant will fund LLTC’s summer internship program, supporting students and faculty engaged in place-based environmental research.  


RED LAKE– Autumn May of Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minnesota has been accepted into the prestigious Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute. Along with Red Lake High School teacher, Marcia Roline, May will embark on a year-long course of study that concludes with a journey to Normandy, France to honor a WWII Silent Hero who died during or after the Normandy invasion. Courses, materials and international travel are paid for by the generosity of Mr. Albert H. Small. In June, May and Roline will travel to Washington, D.C., to work on their research and then go on to Normandy to tour the beaches of D-Day and the Normandy American Cemetery, where May will deliver a graveside eulogy for the Silent Hero she spent months researching.


BEMIDJI– The Minnesota Department of Health is urging Minnesotans to test their homes for radon gas. Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil, and enters homes through cracks or openings in walls or foundations. The only way to determine a home’s high radon levels is to test, and radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to a release from the department of health. Beltrami County Health and Human Services has radon tests available for pickup at the Family Health Office.

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