Your Monday News Brief: August 20

By: Shawn Campbell

WASHINGTON DC – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday that it has charged the owners of a house in Beltrami County and their real-estate agent, with discrimination for refusing to rent the house to a family because of race, national origin and their minor children. The Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing because of the applicants’ race, national origin and family status. HUD’s charge alleges that Lakes and More Reality, doing business as Bemidji Property Management, refused to rent a 7,000 square foot, six-bedroom, house to a family of four adults and seven children because of their race (Native American) and national origin (Hispanic), and because the family has minor children.  The charge further alleges that the owner and real-estate agent discouraged the family from renting the home by offering them less favorable rental terms, including increasing the rent by $1,000. A United States Administrative Law Judge will hear HUD’s charge unless any party elects for the case to be heard in federal court.

CHISHOLM MN – A Hibbing man is the victim in a deadly collision between a motorcycle and a deer in St. Louis County.  The Minnesota State Patrol says 20-year-old Devin Eskali was riding south on Highway 169 around 11:30 Saturday night when his cycle struck the deer.  Troopers say Eskali was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.  The accident report shows he was not wearing a helmet.

BEMDIJI MN – There will be extra DWI patrols all around Minnesota this week. Holly Kostrzewski with Northwest Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths Regional Coordinator tells us the importance of planning a head if you’re out drinking. We’ll hear more from Holly tomorrow about the deadliest times to drive on Minnesota roads.

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