Woman Killed in Itasca County Accident; Primary Results Certified; State Monitoring Illegal Marijuana Sales

>>Committee Drops SRO Use Of Force Bill

(St. Paul, MN) — A Minnesota State Senate bill that would have allowed school officers to use prone restraints on students when they damage school property, is being dropped by a conference committee. They’re sending the original bill back to lawmakers to consider again. It requires school resource officers to get new training for dealing with kids. (24/7 News Source)

>>One Dead After Crash In Itasca County

(Taconite, MN)    A northern Minnesota woman is dead following a crash in Itasca County.  The Minnesota State Patrol says 87-year-old Elinor Bellefy died Monday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 169 in Taconite.  Investigators say a 16-year-old driving a Jaguar was also injured.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation. (24/7 News Source)

(Bemidji, MN) (March 11, 2024) – Paul Bunyan Communications has announced that Julia Frenzel from Blackduck is the winner of the cooperative’s 2024 Youth Tour Essay Contest. Julia is homeschooled, is in 10th grade, and is the daughter of Chris & Jackie Frenzel. She will attend the 2024 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 3-7, with all expenses paid by Paul Bunyan Communications. The trip features a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecom, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions affect the industry.This is the 27th year that Paul Bunyan Communications has participated in sending a local high school student to the Youth Tour.

>>State Canvassing Board Certifies Results Of March 5th Primary

(St. Paul, MN)    The results of Minnesota’s March 5th presidential primaries have been certified by the state canvassing board.  Secretary of State Steve Simon announced yesterday that nearly 586-thousand ballots were turned in for the primary.  Just under 14-percent of eligible Minnesotans voted in the primary.  President Joe Biden was certified as the winner of the Democratic primary, while former President Donald Trump won the Republican presidential primary.  (24/7 News Source)

(St. Paul) – Minnesota regulators announced Tuesday they will be cracking down on retailers who sell illegal cannabis flower ahead of the launch of the state’s recreational marijuana market. According to the Star Tribune, the Office of Cannabis Management has received complaints about retailers who are selling illegal cannabis flower under the label of less-potent hemp. State health inspectors who have been monitoring the sale of hemp-derived edible products will now start examining raw flower to verify that it’s hemp and not marijuana, which contains higher levels of THC. Although Minnesotans 21 and older can now legally use and grow their own marijuana, it’s illegal to sell such products without a cannabis business license. (Star Trib)

>>Minnesota Increases Fire Danger Level, Activates Smoke Chasers

(St. Paul, MN)    The threat of wildfires has increased across Minnesota, leading state agencies to call in seasonal firefighters six weeks earlier than usual.  The latest fire danger map from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shows most of the state in the “high” fire danger category.  More than 70 wildfires have been reported around the state in the past few weeks.  The DNR has activated its part-time force of seasonal firefighters six weeks earlier than usual to help respond to future wildfires.  The agency is also urging Minnesotans to follow all local fire restrictions to help reduce the ongoing risk.(24/7 News Source)

>>City Leaders, Union Agree To New Contact In Virginia

(Virginia, MN)    A union representing workers in a Minnesota city will end its nearly week-long strike after approving a new contract.  A tentative agreement between the union and the city of Virginia was announced yesterday and quickly approved by the city council.  Union members then voted to approve the contract, ending the strike.  More than 60 city employees will return to work today.(24/7 News Source)

>>Jesse Ventura On Robert F Kennedy’s Short List Of Running Mates

(Undated) — Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is on presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy’s “short list” of vice-presidential picks. Kennedy’s campaign confirmed Ventura was one of his top picks on Tuesday, along with former Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Kennedy is running as an independent candidate in the presidential race.(24/7 News Source)

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