Your Tuesday News Brief: August 21

By: Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – The Bemidji School Board approved Jason Stanoch as the new Bemidji High School Principal on Monday night. Stanoch, who was the assistant principal, will be taking over for Brian Stefanich who will be moving to a new position as the Alternative Programs Principal and Career Academy Coordinator. Stanoch calls Bemidji home and is excited to start the school year. Teachers can now enter Gene Dillon Elementary after receive a certificate of occupancy. On August 27th the contractor plans to pave the road, weather permitting, the new school is expected to be ready for the school year.

BEMIDJI MN – Minnesotans may think the deadliest time to drive on Minnesota roads is the wintertime, but according to Holly Kostrzewski Northwest Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths Regional Coordinator, the deadliest time to drive is during the beautiful summer days. Tomorrow Holly talks about the importance of not only planning a sober ride but also planning your trip.

PARK RAPIDS MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting in the Community Meeting Room at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids, from 7 to 9:00 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 5, to provide information and ask for public comments on a proposal to decrease possession limits for sunfish and crappies on Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes in Hubbard County.

BACKUS MN – Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on August 18, 2018 at 4:23 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible drowning on Ponto Lake, rural Backus MN. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and found that a female victim, age 37, of Sheboygan Wisconsin, had been swimming near shore and was found in the water not breathing by other parties in the area. The victim was removed from the water and CPR and lifesaving efforts were performed. The victim was transferred to an AirCare helicopter and transported to a St. Cloud hospital, where she died on August 19th. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members and an autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. Assisting at the scene were Backus First Responders, North Memorial Ambulance, North Memorial AirCare and the Minnesota State Patrol.



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