By: News Director Larissa Donovan
BEMIDJI– State precinct caucuses will be held tonight. Caucus finders can be found on the secretary of state’s website here. The precinct caucuses will begin at 7 p.m. at locations set by both DFL and Republican parties. These precinct caucuses are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates and set party platforms. Tonight, voters may fill out a preference ballot for the gubernatorial candidates they wish to have the support of a political party.
BEMIDJI– A vehicle crashed through a Bemidji business Monday evening. According to a release from Chief of Police Mike Mastin, the driver of the vehicle appeared to have suffered a medical emergency which resulted in the crash. The driver was taken to the Sanford Health Hospital for treatment. A female occupant of the building on the 10,000 block of Bemidji Avenue suffered minor injuries and was also transported to the hospital. The Bemidji Police Department was assisted by Bemidji Ambulance and the Bemidji Fire Department.
ST. PAUL– A Red Lake man was recently sentenced to 30 years in a federal prison for the murders of two people. According to documents filed in court and the defendant’s guilty plea, 23-year-old Jared Daniel Jones left a man, 50-year-old Ronald Bowstring, on the Kinney Trail near Redby improperly dressed for the January 2016 night, with reported temperatures as low as 21 below zero. Bowstring’s cause of death was due to hypothermic exposure, but an autopsy discovered trauma to Bowstring’s head and abdomen. Jones will also serve a concurrent sentence for the gang-violence-related death of a minor victim. The minor was reportedly unarmed when he and his friends were ambushed on a trail by Jones and his fellow gang members. When the minor victim tripped and fell, Jones stabbed him to death and then left him there to die. Jones is currently in the custody of the U. S. Marshall.
ST. PAUL– Only about one in four Minnesota households eligible for help with heating bills is getting it. The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP gives the state Commerce Department more than $100-million, distributed through social service providers. Households that bring in less than half the state median income, or $48,000 for a family of four, are eligible. LIHEAP applications can be submitted through the end of May. So far, 100,000 households have applied, though the Commerce department says more than 400,000 are eligible.
ST. PAUL– The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division will hold a series of listening sessions across the northern counties of Minnesota about the Border to Border Touring Route. Two meetings in the area will be held from 6-8 p.m., at the Blackduck School Library on February 27 and at the Clearbrook-Gonvick School Library on February 28. The route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum maintenance and rugged roadways. The end product will be a signed, mapped route for highway-licensed, four-wheel drive vehicles, following routes that are already open for driving.