Your Monday News Brief: June 11

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

CASS LAKE MN – According to Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch on June 7, 2018 at 11:56 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a serious assault victim that was brought to the Cass Lake Indian Health Services Hospital. The victim, an adult male, age 25, of Cass Lake, MN was pronounced deceased a short time later. The Sheriff’s Office and Leech Lake Tribal Police immediately began the investigation and search warrants were executed at two residences in Pike Bay Township. An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. The incident remains under investigation with the assistance of the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

CROOKSTON MN – U-S Customs and Border Protection is reporting the death of an operations manager in a crash involving a semi near Crookston.  The Minnesota State Patrol says an S-U-V driven by 51-year-old Christopher Bacon of Grand Forks, North Dakota rear-ended a semi on Highway 2 on Thursday afternoon.  Troopers say Bacon died at the scene and the truck driver wasn’t hurt.  C-B-P confirms that Intelligence Collections Operations Manager Bacon was on duty at the time of the collision.  Officials say Bacon was a 22-year veteran of U-S Customs and Border Protection and began his career as a border patrol agent in 1995.

LEGIONVILLE MN – Volunteers are celebrating a victory after finally removing a troublesome bog in North Long Lake.  Crews waged a weeks-long battle with the bog, with hundreds of man-hours spent with chainsaws and boats to dismember it.  The final piece was removed yesterday after an effort that included almost 30 volunteers, nearly 25 small boats and pontoons, and a bobcat to remove what volunteers dubbed “The Beast.”  The bog was reported to be 255-thousand square feet in diameter and was estimated to weigh four thousand tons.

WASHINGTON DC – U-S Senator Tina Smith is proposing a measure that would force completion of a land-swap required for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.  Environmental groups are criticizing the move.  The Minnesota Democrat plans to offer the amendment to a major defense policy bill.  The legislation would circumvent four lawsuits pending in federal court that are aimed at blocking the land exchange.  The U-S Forest Service approved the land exchange in January 2017.  Opponents of both PolyMet and Twin Metals near Ely say they pose high environmental risks to pristine waters.  Supporters of both projects say the mines can operate without harming the environment while providing hundreds of badly needed jobs.

 

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