Your Thursday News Brief: February 8

BEMIDJI– The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will slow down the redetermination process for Judicial Ditch 35. Property owners along the ditch urged the County to clean out the ditch in 2016, but redetermination was needed to see which property owners benefit from the functioning ditch. Redetermination, however, has a hefty price tag of $50,000. Rather than burdening the property owners on the ditch with those costs, the board has decided to hold another public meeting in the future to determine property owners’ views on the redetermination process.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA– Two U.S. Winter Olympians have ties to north-central Minnesota. According to a release from Senator Amy Klobuchar, 21 members of Team USA are from Minnesota, and the state has the third-highest number of hometown athletes. Ice Hockey player Gigi Marvin was born in Bemidji and lives in Warroad. Marvin played hockey for the University of Minnesota. Olympic curler Joe Polo was born in Cass Lake and calls Duluth his hometown. The Winter Olympics are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji State University choirs will tour the Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia for a series of performances as part of tours arranged by Music Celebrations International. Many of the choir’s 38 members, along with Dr. Dwight Jilek, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, will depart May 10 for an eight-day tour that will include performances in Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia, as part of the American Celebration of Music concert series.

BEMIDJI– Bemidji Community Food Shelf recently received a $500 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs). The grant will help with lighting upgrades throughout the large facility. BCFS wants to replace its existing florescent lighting with LEDs and add motion sensors in the bathrooms and warehouse. Lighting in coolers and freezers will also be upgraded.

ST. PAUL– Quitting smoking continues to be one of the most popular new year’s resolutions. According to the Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey, more than half of adult Minnesotans who smoke every day have attempted to quit for at least one day. Mike Sheldon of Clear-Way Minnesota says commitment and support are important to achieving that goal. has additional and free quitting tips and resources.

GRAND RAPIDS– The Grand Rapids Police Department is seeking assistance in locating a 30-year-old Grand Rapids woman. Tawhna Jolee Pringle was reportedly seen January 6 in Floodwood and January 11 in the Babbitt area. She was last known to be driving a silver 1999 Ford F150 Extended cab truck with Minnesota plate 698-XHU. Pringle is described as a 5’2″, 135 pound woman with black hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on Pringle’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Grand Rapids Police or call 9-1-1.


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