Your Thursday News Brief: April 5

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

FEATURED IMAGE: L to R front: Club members Christian, Rory, Elly, Gabriel and Weiss. Back: Shelby Weckwerth, Club unit director, Allie Shimkus, Minnesota State Youth of the Year, and Mayor Rita Albrecht.

WALKER– The Cass County Sheriff’s office recently published their annual report for last year. Sheriff Tom Burch wrote that there were increases in demand for services in nearly every division, which includes increased arrests, jail bookings and jail inmate counts. Patrol, investigation, the jail and sentence to serve program consist of the largest portions of the sheriff’s budget, with $4.5 million devoted to patrol and investigation and over $3 million for jail and S2S. The most calls for service were from the city of Cass Lake, with over 2100 calls in 2017. Of the 895 case files submitted to the Cass County Attorney, there were 285 convictions, 42 dismissals, and 76 cases declined.

UNDATED (LEECH LAKE & WHITE EARTH)– Two tribal primary elections were held in the region Tuesday. For the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe primary, incumbent secretary-treasurer Archie LaRose will move on to the general election in June with over 47-percent of the vote, as will Donald Finn Sr. with over 30-percent of the vote. For Leech Lake’s District 1 representative seat, Robbie Howe and Rose Robinson will move on with 41 and 21 percent of the vote, respectively. Leech Lake’s District 2 candidates will automatically move on to the general election. The White Earth reservation’s primary results are not yet certified, but Tara Mason and Leonard Roy will move on to the general election for secretary-treasurer, Steven Clark and Ray Auginash for District I representative, and Kathy Goodwin and Joan LaVoy for District II. General elections for both tribes will be held June 12.

BEMIDJI– Mayor of Bemidji Rita Albrecht signed a proclamation Monday, declaring next week as Boys & Girls Club Week in Bemidji. Albrecht signed the proclamation at the April 2 city council meeting, which was attended by a representation of Club staff and members. The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area will host a weeklong series of events to showcase its programs and the critical role the Club plays in providing after-school and summertime programming to help youth achieve academic success, adopt healthy lifestyles and develop good character and citizenship.

ST. PAUL– Two area schools will benefit from some of $225,000 in Safe Routes to School grants awarded in the region by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Mahnomen Public School District and the City of Fosston will see some funding from the program. Safe Routes to School is an international program to increase physical activity, improve health and reduce traffic congestion around schools by making it safer and easier to walk or bike to school.

BEMIDJI– Bemidji State University President Faith C. Hensrud announced yesterday that Josh Christianson will be BSU’s next executive director of university advancement. Christianson comes to BSU from the University of North Dakota, where he is director of development and alumni relations at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Christianson has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Dakota.

Christianson. Submitted photo.



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