Your Wednesday News Brief: May 9

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

ST. PAUL – A proposal to allow anglers more opportunity to keep walleye caught on Leech Lake in 2019 will be up for consideration by the DNR. Anglers will see yellow signs at public water accesses around Leech Lake on opening day notifying the public of the upcoming proposal. Details about a formal public comment period during the fall and ways to provide comments to the DNR on the proposal will be provided in the future. Current regulations require immediate release of all walleye 20 to 26 inches long with a possession limit of four fish. Any potential change would be effective for the 2019 fishing season and the change may only be temporary based on future assessments of the fishery. For more information on Leech Lake management go to

WALKER – Douglas Melby Jr. appeared in Cass County District Court for sentencing on Monday, May 7, 2018. Melby previously pled guilty to felony drug possession and felony fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, on May 12, 2017 law enforcement attempted to stop a vehicle in response to a call. The vehicle sped away and law enforcement pursued. The driver ultimately lost control and entered the ditch. The driver was identified as Melby. During a search of his person, law enforcement found a large amount of cash. Law enforcement also located two glass containers filled with methamphetamine that weighed approximately 26 grams. At sentencing, the Cass County Attorney cited Melby’s prior conviction history and asked the Court to follow the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines by committing him to prison for 60 months on the drug offense and 22 months on the fleeing offense. The District Court Judge instead departed from the Sentencing Guidelines and granted Melby probation for a period of seven years.


BEMIDJI – Aurora Waasakone Community of Learners has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education to charter a new school. The Approval grants AWCL and partner, the Audubon Center of the North Woods, the ability to serve students in grades K-8 at one primary enrollment site in Bemidji, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

CASS LAKE – The Leech Lake Tribal Police recently executed a search warrant for illegal drugs at a residence in close proximity to the IHS facility in Cass Lake. During the execution of the search warrant suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia and a large sum of cash were located. Three individuals were arrested stemming from the warrant and were booked into the Cass County Jail on new controlled substance charges. Regina Mitchell of Cass Lake, was arrested on a Hennepin County Felony warrant. Adam Vittera of Cass Lake, and Robert Mcrunels of Detroit, MI were arrested for drug possession. The Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force assisted in executing the search warrant.


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