Your Friday News Brief: June 29

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – Delays are expected for Bemidji Transfer Station Customers from June 25th through July 27th due to the final phase of Construction at the facility. There is a new lane open for those residents that have only household garbage and recyclables located at the Bemidji Transfer Station, which is accessible off Industrial Park Dr SE.

WALKER MN – One man is dead and another is hurt after a crash on Highway 371 in Walker on Thursday at 5:16PM. According to a Minnesota State Patrol report a Suzuki Grand Vitara driven by Seth Raines, 24, of Bena, was traveling south on Highway 371 when it crossed the centerline and struck a Chevy Silverado driven by Ricklin Schmidtke, 62, of Walker, resulting in a head on collision. Schmidtke was privately transported to Sanford Medical in Bemidji for non-life threatening injuries. Raines died of injuries sustained in the crash. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Walker PD, Leech Lake Tribal Police, and North Ambulance assisted on the scene.

ST. PAUL MN – Governor Mark Dayton is urging everyone to express themselves peacefully after state regulators approved a certificate of need for the controversial Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline.  Dayton says Thursday’s decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is not the final approval of the two-point-six-billion-dollar project.  The governor says it only allows Enbridge to begin to apply for at least 29 required federal, state and local permits.  P-U-C commissioners must also vote on a proposed route for the replacement pipeline.  Environmental groups and Native American activists have warned of major protests.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says replacing Line 3 will generate thousands of new jobs, billions in economic activity and more property tax revenue for each county it passes through.

ST. PAUL MN – The DNR urges caution on swollen lakes and rivers to anglers, boaters and anyone who recreates on or near areas where recent rainfall has raised water levels. Everyone should exercise extreme caution – or stay away altogether until the water recedes, according to the DNR. Lakes and rivers in several counties throughout the state currently have no-wake restrictions due to high water, and conservation officers recommend boaters stay off flooded portions of the Minnesota River and its tributaries. In addition, people should tell someone where they will be and when they plan to return. Updated river level reports for Minnesota are at the DNRs Website. However, people should be aware that conditions could change quickly.

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