Robbery Reported At Bemidji Holiday South; Man Dies In Becker County Fire; Catch And Release Only For Walleye On Mille Lacs Till August

(Bemidji) The Bemidji Police Department was summoned to a report of a robbery at the Holiday Station Store on Paul Bunyan Drive South early this morning. Around 3:15AM, a press release states a male had displayed a firearm to an employee and took a display of vaping products, and according to a witness, attempted to break out door windows with a stool, and threatened to shoot the store employee if the door wasn’t opened. Surveillance video indicates the suspect as a Native American male five feet, ten inches to six feet tall, wearing a black face mask, gray jacket, tan cargo style shorts, and black athletic shoes.  Detectives are asking citizens to monitor home surveillance equipment for suspicious activity in the very early morning time frame in the area of Holiday or Nymore neighborhood. Please contact Bemidji Police with any information, find photos of the suspect at the Bemidji Police Facebook page, or report anonymously to CrimestoppersMn. org.

>>Tesla Ruled Out In Hit-And-Run Death In Milles Lacs

(Mille Lacs, MN)    A man who was under investigation for a deadly hit-and-run in Mille Lacs County has been cleared.  Dr. Cathy Donovan was struck and killed while walking her dog back in November, and authorities had been looking at a Tesla as the vehicle that struck her, saying the driver may have had the car on autopilot.  Authorities announced yesterday that they’ve determined that the unidentified Edina man wasn’t involved in the incident.  They’re still looking for the car that fled the scene.

>>Man Killed In Becker County Garage Fire Identified

(Detroit Lakes, MN)    Authorities have released the name of a man killed in a garage fire in Becker County earlier this week.  The Becker County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Kenneth Carrabou died in the Tuesday fire near Detroit Lakes.  Investigators say the man was found inside the already burning garage by a neighbor and family members and pulled him out before first responders arrived.  He died after being airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

>>MN Native American Communities To Receive Electricity Grants

(Washington, DC)    Three Minnesota Native American communities will receive federal grants to help connect more tribal homes to reliable electricity.  Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced the grants to the Red Lake Nation, Bois Forte Band and Prairie Island Indian Community yesterday.  The grants through the Tribal Electrification Program are designed to improve electric infrastructure on tribal lands while also providing connections to clean energy sources.  Money for the grants was provided through the Biden Administration’s Inflation Reduction Act.

>>DEED Opens Applications For $50M In Broadband Grants

(St. Paul, MN)    The state of Minnesota has opened the application period for projects that will expand broadband access.  The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is offering 50-million dollars in grants to help cover the cost of broadband infrastructure.  The state awarded funding to 24 broadband expansion projects through the program earlier this month.  Applications will be accepted through May 10th.

>>DNR Limits Walleye Fishing At Mille Lacs Lake To Catch And Release Only, Bag Limit Of Three At Upper Red

(St. Paul, MN)    Anglers won’t be taking any walleye home from Mille Lacs Lake until at least mid-August.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday walleye fishing is limited to catch and release only.  The agency said walleye couldn’t find enough to eat in the lake during the fall and winter, which led to high catch rates.  If conditions improve, anglers will be allowed to start keeping walleye on August 16th. At Upper Red, where walleye management is a collaboration between the Red Lake Nation and the state of Minnesota, this season’s initial bag limit of three walleyes is meant to keep the state within its annual harvest quota after a record-high walleye harvest this winter.

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