Radiothon Pint Night At Bemidji Brewing; New Judges For 9th Judicial Court; New Anti—Theft Strategy At Target Stores

(Bemidji)  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the first fundraiser for this year’s Radiothon to End Child Abuse on Paul Bunyan Broadcasting is Radiothon Pint Night at Bemidji Brewing.  The Bemidji Area United Way joins Paul Bunyan Broadcasting for this event at Bemdiji Brewing this afternoon from 4 till 7.  One dollar from each beverage sold will benefit child abuse prevention efforts in our area.

>>Walz Appoints New Judges To Ninth Judicial Court

(Grand Rapids, MN)    Two attorneys will move into new roles as judges on Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial Court.  Governor Walz announced yesterday that he has selected Pennington County Attorney Seamus Duffy and Itasca County Attorney Matti Adam for the positions.  Duffy will replace retiring judge Darlene Spalla in Mahnomen County.  Adam will take the place of retiring judge Shari Schlucter in Beltrami County.  (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota Food Shelves Seeking More State Support

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota’s food shelves are seeing record demand and are asking the state for additional support.  State food shelves were visited at least seven-and-half-million times last year, breaking a record set in 2022.  Food shelf directors were in St. Paul yesterday to support a measure that would give their organizations five-million dollars in annual support as well as a one-time, two-million dollar boost.  The state has previously used federal funds to help local food shelves, but this is the first lawmakers have proposed using direct state funding to support anti-hunger efforts.(24/7 News Source)

>>Target Adds Cameras At Self-Checkout Stations To Offset Theft

(Minneapolis, MN)    Target is planning on using a new tool to prevent theft at self-checkout stations.  The Minneapolis-based retailer will use a new technology called TruScan.  It uses cameras to detect items on scanners and alerts shoppers who leave anything unscanned.  The device helps Target employees to detect shoppers who repeatedly fail to scan their items after being informed.  The technology is being rolled out at all stores this year.(24/7 News Source)

>>Hoax Emergency Calls Known As Swatting Could Become A Felony In Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN)    The action of making a false emergency call to authorities with the intent of sending police to a n elected official’s home could soon become a felony in Minnesota.  Republican House Minority Leader Lisa Demuth is sponsoring the proposed bill.  The legislation would increase the current anti-swatting measure from a gross misdemeanor to a felony. The proposed bill would also find those found guilty of swatting could face up to one year in prison and a five thousand dollar fine.  The legislation was sent to the House floor last week, pending a vote.(24/7 News Source)

>>MPCA Seeking Volunteers For Water Monitoring Program

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is looking for volunteers for its 2024 water monitoring program.  The program was begun in 1973 by the University of Minnesota and was transferred to the MPCA in 1978.  Volunteers will measure water clarity in streams and lakes through September.  Equipment for the measurements will be provided by the MPCA.  More information is available on the agency’s website.(24/7 News Source)

>Sales Of Minnesota’s  New Blackout License Plates To 50 Thousand

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota’s blackout license plates are selling quickly.  As of yesterday, the Department of Vehicle Services has issued more than 50 thousand of the plates featuring block white letters against a black background in the first three months of 2024.  The blackout plates were one of nine new specialty plates the DVS started offering in January.  The second highest selling specialty license plate is a habitat plate with images of the state bird, the Loon.(24/7 News Source)

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