(Turtle River Township)  A detached garage is a total loss after a Friday evening fire in Turtle River Township. The Bemidji Fire Department was summoned to the scene on Friday evening at 5:40PM.  Twenty one firefighters with nine pieces of equipment battled the fire for 3 hours.  No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation but appears accidental.  Bemidji Fire Department was assisted by the Blackduck Fire Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Bemidji Ambulance Service, Beltrami Electric Cooperative, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal.( 24/7 NEWS SOURCE)

>>Michigan Man Dies After Crash In Itasca County

(Itasca County, MN)    A Michigan man has died after a weekend crash in Itasca County.  An SUV was traveling north on Highway 46 on Saturday morning when it left the road and became airborne.  The vehicle hit several trees, killing a 37-year-old man who was a passenger in the vehicle.  The woman who was driving the vehicle was seriously injured and hospitalized.  No other vehicles were involved and the cause of the crash is under investigation. (24/7 NEWS SOURCE)

>>MN PCA To Host Daily Livestreams As Part Of Winter Salt Awareness Week

(St. Paul, MN)    The state’s Pollution Control Agency wants to educate Minnesotans about the damage salt can do to freshwater ecosystems.  The agency is hosting a livestream every day this week as part of Winter Salt Awareness Week.  Each 30-minute session will start at 12:30 and will also be posted to YouTube for later viewing.  More information about the series is available on the Pollution Control Agency’s website.(24/7 NEWS SOURCE)

(Fosston)Baby deliveries will no longer be scheduled at Essentia Health’s hospital in Fosston, under a plan that will further erode rural labor and delivery services. The Star Tribune reports the hospital had hoped to reopen its obstetrical unit after a shortage of trained staff forced it in June 2022 to divert deliveries an hour’s drive south to Essentia’s hospital in Detroit Lakes. Now that change will be permanent. Essential said recruiting had become challenging at a time when births are declining in the region but pregnancies are more likely to involve risks and complications. Pre- and post-delivery care will continue in Fosston. Births declined at the Fosston hospital from 89 in 2017 to 60 in 2021. Essentia leaders will discuss plans to permanently stop scheduling baby deliveries in Fosston at a Jan. 30 state public hearing. (STAR TRIBUNE)

>>Minnesota First-Generation Homebuyers Assistance Fund Ready To Launch

(St. Paul, MN)    A program helping first-generation Minnesota homebuyers make down payments goes into effect this spring. The fund gives up to 10 percent of the house’s purchase price as a down payment. Given as a zero-interest loan, capped at 32 thousand dollars, it’s forgiven over five years as long as the buyer stays in the home as a primary residence. The first-generation buyer must be at or below the Median Income.(24/7 NEWS SOURCE)

>>Wayzata Authorities Are Concerned About Drivers Ignoring Stopped School Buses

(Wayzata, MN)    Authorities in Wayzata say they have a problem with drivers not stopping for stopped school buses.  Police say 30 motorists have been cited for disobeying state law since the school year started.  Drivers are required to stop at least 20 feet away from a school bus and remain idling until the stop-signal arm retracts.  Five of the motorists were charged with a gross misdemeanor in recent months because children were outside the bus at the time.(24/7 NEWS SOURCE)

(Madison, WI)    Lawmakers in Wisconsin want to revive an agreement to make it easier for people to pay income taxes when they have jobs in Minnesota.  The two states used to allow workers to file one tax return when they lived in one state but worked in the other.  Minnesota ended the agreement in 2010 because Wisconsin was missing deadlines to pay the owed income tax revenue.  Wisconsin lawmakers are pushing for a study to determine the benefits of reviving that agreement, saying it would save time and money for taxpayers.  Minnesota has resisted attempts to revive the agreement and started giving tax credits to residents who work in Wisconsin in 2017.(24/7 NEWS SOURCE)

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