Your Wednesday News Brief: August 8

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – Five area organizations recently completed a two-year intensive training program called Vital Nonprofits. The mission of Vital Nonprofits is to invest and build the long-term sustainability of the region’s nonprofit organizations through targeted and intensive training, assessment, technical assistance, peer learning and coaching opportunities. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation through workshops and assistance provided this training. The five organizations that were selected to participate in the program were the Boys & Girls Club, Clear Waters Life Center, Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, Care and Share of Crookston, and the Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter.

BEMIDJI MN – Shawn Whiting, Sarah Young and Wenona Kingbird all of Bemidji have filed an Affidavit of Candidacy for Bemidji School Board Member.

BIG FORK MN – On August 7, at 11:47 AM The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call, reporting a boat explosion and fire on Big Turtle Lake in rural Itasca County. 4 occupants were in the boat 2 children and 2 adults. The 2 children were thrown from the boat but were wearing life jackets. The 2 adults jumped from the boat. Bystanders and Arcadia Lodge staff were able to pull the occupant from the water, bringing them safely to shore. 3 occupants were transported by Bigfork Ambulance to Bigfork Hospital and treated for 1st and 2nd degree burns. The boat wreckage was pulled safely to shore and the fire was extinguished resulting in no environmental impact. Names of the occupants are not being released at this time. Itasca County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the reason of the explosion and fire. Operator impairment is not a factor in this case. Assisting at the scene was Bigfork Ambulance, Bigfork Fire Department, Life Link III and Grand Rapids Fire Department.

BEMIDJI MN – Neighbors in Bemidji have formed a rooftop solar bulk purchase group, or “solar co-op,” to save money and make going solar easier. The group will be holding a public information session to educate attendees about solar energy and recruit additional participants on Thursday at 7PM at Beltrami Electric. Residents of Bemidji and its surrounding communities interested in joining the solar co-op can sign up at the co-op web page. The group is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels.

BEMIDJI MN – The recycle drop off site located between the Paul Bunyan Mall and Colony Park Apartments has been moved to the Corner of Middle School Ave NW and 23rd St SW just South of Target. Residents are reminded the Recycle Drop Off Sites within Beltrami County are only for the collection of type 1 and 2 plastic containers, glass containers, metal containers, paper and cardboard. Anything other than these items needs to be placed in your household garbage.

ST. PAUL MN – The Minnesota B-C-A is officially identifying the officers involved in Sunday’s deadly police shooting in St. Paul and the man killed.  Officers Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams have both been on the St. Paul Police Department for five years and are on administrative leave.  The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office says 43-year-old William James Hughes of St. Paul died of multiple gunshot wounds.  The B-C-A’s preliminary investigation indicates the officers entered an enclosed porch and knocked on one of two interior apartment doors.  They say Hughes came through the other door and at one point the officers discharged their firearms, fatally striking Hughes.  B-C-A agents later recovered a gun at the scene.  Authorities are conducting interviews and analyzing evidence as part of the ongoing investigation. Hughes was a member of the White Earth Nation.

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