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Sen. Smith to introduce COVID-19 legislation

Minnesota’s junior senator in the nation’s capitol is introducing legislation today aimed to create a national testing strategy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tina Smith, during an interview today with Bemidji Now, said the bipartisan legislation will also appropriate funding to states for items such as hiring contact tracing personnel, enter interstate compacts to procure COVID-19…

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Zebra mussels confirmed in Bowstring Lake

DNR officials have confirmed zebra mussels in Bowstring Lake, which is mostly on the Leech Lake Reservation within Itasca County. According to a release, two adult zebra mussels were found, attached to old, submerged tires in separate locations outside reservation waters on the northeast side of the lake. Invasive species specialists determined that at least…

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Ivanka Trump’s visit to Minnesota met with criticism

Ivanka Trump was in Bloomington yesterday, at the ribbon cutting ceremony of one of the seven new offices dedicated to solving cold cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women. There are at least 36 such cases in Minnesota, and 1,400 across the country. The visit drew some criticism because some that have been highly involved…

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Motorcyclist killed near Park Rapids

A Park Rapids man was killed early Tuesday morning after striking a deer. According to the state patrol, the 42-year-old motorcyclist was eastbound on Highway 34 in Henrietta Township around 1:15 this morning when he struck the deer. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim as Jason William Robert. According to the completed report, Robert…

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Hackensack brewery grand opening Saturday

Rendezvous Brewing in Hackensack will holds its Grand Opening this Saturday. According to a release, the brewery opened June 27th for takeout only, and the taproom has been open since July 3rd for socially distanced seating. “We started out with soft openings to allow for us to build up our supply and selection of beers,”…

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Three injured in crash near Walker

Three were injured in a crash near Walker yesterday afternoon. According to the state patrol, 53-year-old David Knowles of Laporte was northbound on Highway 371 when he stopped to take a left turn onto Ruffled Grouse Rd. in Shingobee Township. Eighteen-year-old Layne Hassel of Blackduck was also northbound on the highway, and was passing another…

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Ponsford man facing federal assault charges

A Ponsford man is facing federal charges of robbery and assault on the White Earth Indian Reservation. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 22-year-old Wesley Warren made his first appearance yesterday before the Magistrate Judge in Bemidji. According to the allegations, on June 3, Warren robbed and assaulted a victim with a…

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