Child Fire Victims Mourned At Red Lake; Homelessness Down Slightly In MN;  Leech Lake Annual Address Friday Morning

>>Red Lake Schools Holds Memorial After Children Die In House Fire

(Red Lake, MN)    Officials are confirming that a fire last week at a home on the Red Lake reservation killed two children.  Tim Lutz, the superintendent of the Red Lake schools, says a first-grader and a four-year-old died in the Friday house fire.  The fire is still under investigation and no other information has been released.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Study: Homelessness In Minnesota Has Gone Down Slightly Past Five Years

(St. Paul, MN)    Homelessness in Minnesota has gone down slightly in the past five years.  That’s according to a new study from the nonprofit Wilder Research, which found that nearly 11-thousand people were experiencing homelessness on a single night last year.  That’s a seven-percent decline from the record high in 2018.   The study also found that a third of people experiencing homelessness in the state weren’t staying in formal shelters, and nearly half are families with children under the age of 18.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Leech Lake State Of The Band Address Tomorrow

(Walker) Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe Chair Faron Jackson Senior and members of the Tribal Council will deliver the State of the Band Address tomorrow morning at the Northern Lights Casino Events Center in Walker. The event will begin at 9AM with registration, and the official program will be at 10AM, and is expected to conclude by 1PM.

>>Housing Trust Fund Seeks Cabinet Members

(Bemidji)The Beltrami County Housing Trust Fund is dedicated to addressing housing needs within the Beltrami County community, and is currently seeking cabinet members.On behalf of United Way of Bemidji Area, this cabinet will work collaboratively with local stakeholders to allocate funds to organizations and initiatives aimed at increasing housing units and enhancing housing stability. The Housing Trust Fund Cabinet is seeking individuals to fill various positions, including a Commercial or Real-Estate Banker, Construction Project Manager, Rural Representative, Commercial Land Owner or Developer, Beltrami County Commissioner, Beltrami County Staff Person, and a United Way of Bemidji Area Board Member. The cabinet will also include the Director of Health and Human Services and the Director of the United Way. Letters of interest should be emailed to by April 8th.

>>MN DOC Downgrades Otter Tail Jail After Inmate Denied Meals

(Fergus Falls, MN)    The Minnesota Department of Corrections has downgraded the license of the Otter Tail County jail.  A state investigation found staff members at the jail denied meals and water to an inmate in February.  The meals were reportedly withheld after the inmate smeared feces in a cell and refused to clean it up.  The jail’s license has been reduced to Class One status, meaning the facility can only hold inmates for 72 hours.  The county must submit a plan to reduce and move some of the inmates currently being held at the jail. (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Goat Tests Positive For Avian Flu

(Stevens County, MN)    A goat in western Minnesota has tested positive for avian flu.  The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed the case on Wednesday, saying the young goat was on a farm in Stevens County with a poultry flock that had the same virus.  The case was discovered after the owner of the farm told state officials about the deaths of some baby goats and a carcass was taken to the University of Minnesota, where it tested positive for avian flu.  Health officials say this is the first domestic ruminant in the U.S. to test positive for avian flu.  (24/7 News Source)

>>School Bus Driver Cited After Rollover Crash In Scandia

(Scandia, MN)    A Washington County school bus driver has been cited after a rollover crash in Scandia yesterday afternoon.  The county sheriff’s office says the school bus crashed just before 4:30 after hitting a berm.  Investigators say the driver became distracted after leaving a bus stop, causing the bus to roll over.  Six students were on the bus and two were evaluated for injuries after the crash.  The driver was cited for failure to drive with due care.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Ranked Among Best States For Single People

(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota is the ninth-best state in the nation for singles.  A new study by Consumer Affairs says Minnesota has above-average median income and a relatively low cost of living.  The state offers fishing and boating, sports, and culture.  Wisconsin ranks tenth, one notch below Minnesota.  New York is number one in the nation with the highest percentage of unmarried people in the U.S.  (24/7 News Source)

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