NEWS STORIES 1/10/24

>>Vehicle Ban On Upper Red Lake Is Being Lifted

(Beltrami County, MN)    The vehicle ban on Upper Red Lake is being lifted.  The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says because of colder weather and calmer winds, vehicles will be able to start accessing the lake today.  A team has been monitoring the ice conditions, and aerial observations show that the lake has iced over.  According to a press release,the ice is now more seasonable to what we experience in mid-December. Sheriff Jason Riggs says imposing restrictions on Upper Red Lake wasn’t an easy decision, and it has  impacted many people and their livelihoods.  The sheriff added that ice can “never be considered 100-percent safe,” and is advising people to check the thickness of the ice and follow the advice of area experts.

>>Cloquet Police Press Release Names in Deadly Shootings

(Cloquet, MN)    Police in Cloquet addressed Monday night’s fatal shootings yesterday morning, and has now identified the victims.

Cloquet Police Chief Derek Randall said that  22-year-old Shelby Trettel  of Cloquet was a clerk at the Super 8 motel and was shot by the suspect. 35-year-old  Patrick Jeffery Roers of Deer River was shot multiple times and killed in a vehicle in the parking lot of the motel .Police said the suspect was 32-year-old Nicholas Elliot Lenius from Ramsey, who was found outside the hotel property, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.   At this point, police reportedly believe the suspect shot the clerk and exited the hotel, where he then shot the second victim before shooting himself. Police are still trying to determine the connection between the victims and the suspect as well as a motive for the crime. (24/7 News Source) (Star Tribune)

>>New MN Blackout License Plates Selling Well

(St. Paul, MN)    A new specialty license plate is proving popular with Minnesota vehicle owners.  The state Division of Vehicle Services says that nearly four-thousand of the new Minnesota blackout plates have been sold since they debuted last week.   (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Fines Menards For Violating State Labor Laws

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota is fining a major midwestern retail chain over a violation of state labor laws.  The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has told Menards to pay back wages to an employee who had wages deducted from her pay over 100 times because she was nursing her child.  The woman will also be awarded damages after she was suspended from her job in Fridley for asserting her rights under Minnesota law.  Menards was fined 15-thousand dollars by the state, though half the fine will be waived if the company complies with the agreement. (24/7 News Source)

>>BCA Investigating Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting In Polk County

(Rhinehart Township, MN)    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after a deadly officer-involved shooting in Polk County.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened while officers were trying to arrest a man in Rhinehart Township yesterday.  He was taken by ambulance to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. A BCA spokesperson later confirmed the man had died. Multiple agencies were involved in executing a warrant for the man’s arrest, including the sheriff’s office, the East Grand Forks Police Department and the Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force.   (24/7 News Source)

>>Man Rescued From Grain Bin In Douglas County

(Douglas County, MN)    A man is recovering after being pulled from a grain bin in Douglas County yesterday.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the man was working on top of a pile of corn with a vacuum hose when he became stuck up to his chest.  First responders and bystanders worked together to pull the unidentified man out of the corn.  The man was injured but is expected to recover. (24/7 News Source)

>>U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition In MN Big Oil Lawsuit

(Washington, DC)    The U.S. Supreme Court is denying a petition to move a climate change lawsuit filed by the state of Minnesota.  The American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil and Koch Industries sought to have the case moved from the state court system into federal court.   The state sued in 2020, claiming the three groups had engaged in a decades-long campaign to deceive the public about the effects of climate change.  The lawsuit claims each group should pay Minnesota for the impact climate change has had on the state. (24/7 News Source)

>>Girl Arrested After Slashing Student At Carlton County School

(Barnum, MN)    A 14-year-old girl is facing charges after allegedly slashing a student with a box cutter at a Minnesota high school.  The Carlton County Sheriff’s Office says the teen slashed a 16-year-old boy across the chest at Barnum High School yesterday morning.  The boy is expected to fully recover, while the girl was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.   (24/7 News Source)

>>Residents Urged To Take It Easy On De-Icing Salt

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota residents are being reminded to take it easy when applying salt to de-ice driveways and sidewalks.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the salt used for de-icing makes its way into storm drains, lakes, rivers



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