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(Bemidji)  Special events are on the schedule in Bemidji this week for the Bemidji Jaycees Brrrmidji Days.  The Snowflake Medallion Hunt begins today with a $300 cash prize at stake.  If you buy a button, you’ll get great deals at participating businesses Wednesday through through the weekend. Brigid’s Pub will host Open Mic Night starting at 6:30PM Thursday.  Kids events at the Carnegie Library are scheduled for Friday.  The Brrmidji Plunge will take place on Lake Bemidji Saturday at 1, with on-site registration starting at 11am at the Tourist Information Center.  There will be a comedy show starting at 7 at Keg ’n’ Cork. Bingo Sunday afternoon at the Bemidji Eagles Aerie 351. Specific event proceeds benefit The Bemidji Police K9 program, Boy Scouts troop 4082, the Bemidji Special Olympics, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, and the Confidence Learning Center.  Full details and event registration at bemidjijaycees.com.

>>Two Dead After Crash In Clay County

(Barnesville, MN)    Two men are dead after a weekend crash in Clay County.  The Minnesota State Patrol says a 2019 Volkswagen GTI was southbound on Highway Nine early yesterday when it left the road and crashed near mile marker 146.  The driver and the passenger in the vehicle both died in the crash.  Investigators say at least one of the men was not wearing a seat belt.  More information about the crash should be released today.

(Bemidji)  The Bemidji High School Speech Team placed 3rd of 21 teams at the Pequot Lakes Invitational on Saturday.  Bemidji had 7 finalists total, Including Sylvia Heglund, who placed 3rd in Original Oratory, and Brynn Klaers, who was 2nd in Extemp Speaking.  The Jacks speakers will compete at The Duluth Denfeld tournament this weekend.

>>Minnesota Tourist Reported Missing In Florida

(Miami, FL)    An elderly man from Minnesota has been reported missing in Florida.  Seventy-one-year-old Bill Llewellyn was last seen in Miami Beach last Tuesday.  Florida authorities say Llewellyn was recently diagnosed with early-onset dementia and failed to take his medication.  His son said in a Facebook post that Llewellyn has always been stubborn and that he may be confused due to a serious cognitive issue.

(Grand Rapids)  Gus Hendrickson, who coached Grand Rapids to the 1975 Minnesota state high school hockey title, died Thursday. He was 83.

The 1974-75 Grand Rapids team went 23-4 and beat Minneapolis Southwest 6-1 in the title game. Rapids featured 11 future Division I players on that including former Gophers coach Don Lucia and 1980 Miracle on Ice  team member Bill Baker. Hendrickson, skated for Eveleth when it was a prep dynasty under legendary coach Cliff Thompson, played college hockey at Michigan State. He also coached hockey at U-M-D after the 1975 championship season,

Funeral services for Hendricksonwill be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids.

>>Video Shows Fargo Gunman’s Movements Prior To Attack

(Fargo, ND) — Newly-released videos shed new light on the actions of the man who ambushed and shot Fargo police just before the deadly attack last year. The videos were taken from cameras that shooter Mohamed Barakat had set up throughout his apartment. They show him assembling guns, deleting files from his computer, donning a tactical vest, securing his door with a strap, and leaving the apartment with a suitcase and rifle bag. North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said Friday that there didn’t appear to be any motive besides “hate and a desire to cause carnage and mayhem”.

>>Republican Lawmakers Want Statewide Vote On New MN Flag

(St. Paul, MN)    Republican lawmakers plan to introduce a measure that would create a statewide referendum on the new Minnesota flag.  Wabasha County state Senator Steve Drazkowski says he will sponsor the measure when the legislature resumes on February 12th.  Several local governments have passed resolutions condemning the new flag and seal designs that go into use on May 11th.  Some have criticized the cost of replacing current emblems on uniforms and official documents, while others feel the state is erasing history.  Governor Walz responded to the criticism yesterday, telling WCCO-TV that he plans to be “building roads, bridges, and water treatment plants” while Republicans focus on the flag and seal.

>>Amazon To Build New Facility In Duluth

(Duluth, MN)    Amazon is building something in Duluth, though no one is commenting on exactly what it might be.  Company representatives and city officials have confirmed that Amazon has bought more than 18 acres in a Duluth Industrial Park.  Construction is already underway at the site, but the company says plans for the property are still being determined.  City records indicate the facility will create at least five jobs.

>>Arrowhead 135 Set To Kick Off Today In International Falls

(International Falls, MN)    A 135-mile ultra-marathon event is set to kick off today in International Falls.  The Arrowhead 135 is considered one of the toughest races in the world, with less than 60-percent of the competitors usually making it to the end.  Competitors will have 60 hours to complete the course on foot or using bikes or skis.  Organizers say this year’s event will still be tough despite a lack of snow due to the unusually warm weather this winter.



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