Your Thursday News Brief: June 28

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

CASS LAKE MN – Cass County Attorney Ben Lindstrom reports: Damion John Gullickson Jr. appeared in Cass County District Court last week for a Jury Trial that spanned three days. The complaint filed by the Cass County Attorney’s Office alleged that Gullickson committed the crimes of (1) Aid and Abet First Degree Assault, (2) Aid and Abet Second Degree Assault involving Substantial Bodily Harm, (3) Aid and Abet Second Degree Assault, and (4) Aid and Abet Third Degree Assault. On June 21, 2018, a Cass County Jury found Gullickson guilty on all four counts. The Jury also found the existence of an aggravating factor that permits the Court to depart upward from the presumptive sentence required by the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. The maximum sentence for Aid and Abet First Degree Assault is 20 years. Sentencing is scheduled for August 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

 

ST. PAUL MN – The DNR is seeking artists for new trout and salmon stamps. Artists can submit entries for the contest that decides what artwork will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp. Entries will be accepted from Monday, July 16, to 4PM Friday, July 27. Trout or salmon must be the primary focus of the design, though other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Brown trout designs are not eligible this year. Artists are not allowed to use any photographs as part of their finished entries. Winning artists can issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place Thursday, Aug. 2, at DNR headquarters. For more information visit the DNRS website.

BEMIDJI MN – The Watermark Art Center presents Bagakaande – It is brightly colored in the Miikanan Gallery from July 2 – August 28. This joint show features the work of Sarah McRae and DG House. These artists are both painters who share a love of color and the natural world, each with ties to Minnesota landscapes. There will be an artist reception on July 26 from 5-7 p.m. where attendees can meet McRae and learn more about her work. Further details about the exhibit can be found online at watermarkartcenter.org. Admission is free.

BEMIDJI MN – Last night Bemidji celebrated being named Best MN Town by Minnesota Monthly. The crowd was huge and the weather was perfect. Mayor Rita Albrecht on her thoughts. Minnesota Monthly’s Todd Walker was also here to help celebrate, and said he was impressed with the town. City Council Member Michael Meehlhause says it great to share the Bemidji lifestyle with the rest of the state. Director of Visit Bemidji Susan Goudge says it’ll be hard for the next town to follow in the footsteps of our Paul Bunyan sized party.

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