Your Wednesday News Brief: June 6

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

KELLIHER MN – The County Board met in Kelliher on Tuesday. Kelliher city officials gave the County Board a tour of the recently completed water and sewer, and water tower project. The projects were a collaborative effort by 9 different agencies. The Board also authorized the purchase of land in the Grygla area for building a solid waste transfer site. The Forest Department provided the board with a new forest management plan. The Board authorized a 30-day comment period, which will end July 9th. After which the Board will hear the comments. The plan is revised ever 10 years, “It’s a plan that respects the significant timber industry in our area and assures that we regenerate our forests,” according to Kay Mack. “It governs the way we manage forests, tree harvest goals and provides for a mix of maturity and species of timber,” she said.

ST. PAUL MN – On Monday, Karin Housley filed the necessary paperwork with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office to run in the special election for United States Senate. The filing comes on the heels of Housley’s overwhelming endorsement at the Republican Party of Minnesota’s state convention last weekend in Duluth. Housley currently serves in the Minnesota State Senate. Minnesota’s primary election is August 14 and the general election is November 6.

ST. PAUL MN – Governor Mark Dayton is supporting D-F-L-endorsed candidate Erin Murphy for Minnesota governor.  Representative Murphy says she’s really honored to earn Dayton’s endorsement.  She said they did tremendous work together to put Minnesota back together after Governor Pawlenty was in office. Congressman Tim Walz and Representative Peggy Flanagan, plus Attorney General Lori Swanson and Congressman Rick Nolan are now challenging Murphy and Representative Erin May Quade in the D-F-L primary.  Swanson and Nolan announced their campaign for the D-F-L gubernatorial nomination Monday at the state Capitol. Representative Murphy will stop in Bemidji on part of her statewide tour. You can join her, Mayor Rita Albrecht, and Commissioner Tim Sumner for a community conversation at Brigid’s Pub from 8PM until 9PM tonight.

BEMIDJI MN – The Wolfe Center, a winter shelter for homeless people in Bemidji is seeking funding. During Mondays City Council meeting, Reed Olson, chair of the Nameless Coalition for the Homeless, asked the city for help. Olson told the council the Wolfe Center is going broke and is in a very tough position. “I’ve been telling people that you may not notice our existence, but you’ll notice our absence,” Olson said. He asked the Council for $5000, saying it would go a long way. The city didn’t take any action on Monday. The City Council approved a contract agreement with 292 Design Group of Minneapolis to conduct a feasibility study on ice needs in the Bemidji area. The focus of the study will be to evaluate the needs for a second ice sheet at the Sanford Center and the future of the Neilson Reise Arena. The Study is expected to take 15 weeks.




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