Your Monday News Brief: February 12

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

GRAND FORKS, N.D.– Current superintendent of the Bemidji School District has been named one of three finalists for a superintendent search in Grand Forks. Dr. Hess’ interview will be held on February 13. Hess announced his retirement from Bemidji Area Schools last summer, and a search for a new Bemidji superintendent is currently underway. The new superintendent’s contract will ideally begin in May, according to a release from the Bemidji School District.


PINE POINT– A 21-year-old Ponsford man was killed following a hit and run crash in Becker County. According to a release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the scene of the hit-and-run involving a pedestrian on Pow Wow Highway, approximately a half mile east of Pine Point. Joshua Charles Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, despite lifesaving efforts by responders. The vehicle involved in the crash was found at a residence in Pine Point and three were arrested. One man, 47-year-old Bruce Allen Basswood of Ponsford, remains in custody. The other two, Randall Basswood, age 48 of Mahnomen and Desiree Freadrich, age 35 of Portland, North Dakota, have been released pending further investigation.


CASS LAKE– The Leech Lake Tribal College Law Enforcement program is hosting a career fair from 11-2 today in the LeeAnn Dick classroom in Oak Hall on the LLTC campus. Twenty recruiters will be present from various agencies, including the state Department of Corrections, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and Metro Transit. This career fair is open to all.


BEMIDJI– The City of Bemidji will use their public access television station to air an educational video on navigating roundabouts. The Beltrami County Highway Department requested the City help educate the public on roundabouts. One new roundabout was installed last summer on Division Street, and three more are expected to be constructed this summer. The roundabout video will air between 5 and 6 p.m. daily.


DULUTH– Democrats are starting to come out of the woodwork after Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan announced he’s not running for re-election. State Representative Jason Metsa of Duluth says he’s considering a run for Congress, but it’s not a decision he takes lightly. The state Republican Party is affirming its support for candidate Pete Stauber, who’s a Saint Louis County commissioner and a retired Duluth police officer. Ray “Skip” Sandman is seeking the Independence Party endorsement. Republicans’ candidate for 8th District U-S House in 2016, Stewart Mills, said last fall he would not run against Nolan a third time and blasted the National Republican Congressional Committee for not adequately supporting his campaign. Mills wasn’t immediately reachable to comment on the latest developments in the race. Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District includes the cities of Duluth, Hibbing and Virginia, and the district ends on the east side of Lake Bemidji.


GRAND RAPIDS– Authorities continue trying to locate a Grand Rapids woman after finding her 1999 silver Ford F-150 extended cab southeast of Babbitt on Friday. Thirty-year-old Tawhna Pringle was last seen January 6th in Floodwood and has had no contact with family or friends since then. Investigators say that’s very out of character for Pringle. She’s 5-2, 135 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information should contact Grand Rapids police.


BURNSVILLE– Valentine’s Day is a banner day for many, particularly couples, hopeful romantics, florists and gift shop owners. Flowers and balloon arrangements are always high on the list of potential gifts, and Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) says to compare track records and prices of various floral shops, order early and pay with a credit card, so if the arrangement is not delivered, customers have the option to dispute the charges.

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