NEWS SUMMARY 5/21

Search For Two Canoeists Described As Recovery Effort; BSU Career Services Merges; Violent Crime Unit Now Part Of B-C-A

>>Authorities Say Search For Missing Canoeists Now Recovery Effort

(St. Louis County, MN)    The search for two missing canoeists in northern Minnesota is now being called a recovery effort.  The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday afternoon that they do not believe Jesse Haugen and Reis Grams survived after going over Curtain Falls on Iron Lake.  Search efforts will now focus on areas of the falls where the bodies are likely trapped.  Authorities believe search efforts may be limited today due to bad weather in the area. (24/7 News Source)

>>Career Services Merger

(Bemidji)As a way to amplify its offerings to students, alumni, employers and the community, Career Services at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College has been incorporated into the BSU Alumni & Foundation.

According to a press release, Career Services is Bemidji State’s source for guidance and support as individuals transition from student to professional. The office also hosts multiple events annually to help students build career pathways, and it leads a grand-funded internship program in partnership with the George W. Neilson Foundation, which is currently funded through 2027. Further, it offers lifelong services to alumni and creates pipelines for businesses to find and recruit potential employees. (Bemidji Now)

>>Walz Signs Bill To Limit Junk Fees

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota businesses will no longer be allowed to tack on surcharges and fees to a transaction at the end of a sale.  Governor Walz signed a bill yesterday that bans the use of so-called “junk fees.”  The bill allows some exceptions for real estate, automotive and utility transactions but will prevent businesses from advertising a low price on an item and then adding fees that inflate that price.  The law goes into effect on January 1st, 2025.(24/7 News Source)

>>Explosion At Morrison County Campground Sends One To Hospital

(Pierz, MN)    A central Minnesota man is recovering after a weekend explosion at a Morrison County campground.  The county sheriff’s office says the explosion happened inside a camper on Sunday morning in Pierz.  A 57-year-old man suffered severe burns and had to be airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.  Investigators say a gas oven was turned on inside the camper and a cigarette was lying on the floor when they arrived.(24/7 News Source)

>>MN BCA Announces New Violent Crime Reduction Unit

(St. Paul, MN)    The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is starting a new investigative unit to target violent crime in Minnesota.  The agency announced the formation of the Violent Crime Reduction Unit yesterday in St. Paul.  The unit will include 14 agents, 11 task force officers from partner agencies, a firearms detection K9, and several support positions.  BCA leaders say the focus of the unit will be statewide, but that much of its work will be done in the Twin Cities area.(24/7 News Source)

>>Mayo Clinic Names Peregrine Falcon Chicks

(Rochester, MN)    The Mayo Clinic is introducing its latest group of peregrine falcon chicks to the public.  The Mayo Clinic has been tracking falcon activity on top of its building in Rochester since 1987.  A pair of falcons has lived atop the building since 2016 and the clinic has teamed with the Midwest Peregrine Society to band and track any chicks born there.  The three chicks introduced yesterday were named Onyx, Adira and Heritage.  They should grow to full size over the next three weeks and will remain in the Rochester area for at least another month.(24/7 News Source)



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