Your Thursday News Brief: June 7

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI TOWNSHIP – A Solway man was injured in a crash on HWY 2 when his Ford F-150 rolled over. Shane Overton, 45, of Solway was headed westbound on HWY 2 when the pick-up went into the median crossed over to the eastbound lane, then corrected back to the westbound lane, where it again entered the median and rolled over. Overton was treated at Sanford Heath Center for his non-life threatening injuries. Overton was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor.

 

Efforts to increase the number of hunters and anglers in Minnesota will gain new focus with advice from a 15-member council that the DNR is establishing to zero in on hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation. Citizens can nominate themselves through Friday, June 22, to serve on the 10 open seats of the council, for two-year terms, with meetings scheduled every three months. The council will work with and advise the DNR on R3 efforts, programs and potential partnerships that will benefit the recruitment of new hunters and anglers, the retention of current outdoor enthusiasts, and the reactivation of individuals who have not been active recently in hunting or fishing. This council will build on previous work from an R3 summit convened by the DNR in 2016 with a variety of interested groups. Out of the summit came a recommendation for creating a council made up of Minnesota residents to help shape R3 efforts across the state. The DNR has invited groups to nominate members to help lead the council, including the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Women Hunting and Fishing in all Seasons, Trout Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. Applications and more information on R3 in Minnesota can be found at the DNR’s Website.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office “Community Outreach Day” will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2018 at the Fairview Township Building, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The community is invited to come and visit with Sheriff Tom Burch and members of the Sheriff’s Office staff. The event will be held in conjunction with an informative event hosted by Fairview Township to get the latest information and updates on the Fairview extension of the Gull Lake Trail being planned to connect the trail in East Gull Lake with the one being constructed in Lake Shore. The Cass County Election Administrator will be present to share about the newest technology in elections and other election information.

MINNEAPOLIS MN – The closing of Minnesota’s suicide prevention hotline is imminent because of a budget shortfall. Mental health officials are expressing concern over the shutdown because the number of people being diagnosed with mental health issues is increasing. The private nonprofit Canvas Health has served the state with a 24-hour “Crisis Connection” hotline but has faced funding problems. A nearly one-million-dollar grant was included in the state budget bill, but the money was lost when Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the bill over priority disagreements with lawmakers. On June 30th, the hotline is scheduled to end, and an out-of-state suicide prevention program will handle the calls.

ST. PAUL MN – A record number of women are running for the Minnesota House.  Filings for offices closed yesterday afternoon, and at least 100 female candidates have officially signed up to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives.  About 90 women ran for the House in 2016.  More than half the D-F-L candidates this year are women at 68.  Republicans have 32 female candidates.

 

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