NEWS SUMMARY 5/24

Bemidji Schools Statement On Bus Bomb Threat; National Guard Authorized To Aid In Canoeist Search; DNR Emphasizes Safety; Cass County Car Chase

(Bemidji)The Bemidji School District released a statement regarding a bus incident this morning. A student made a statement that there was a bomb on a Bemidji Area Schools Bus. The Bus Driver notified law enforcement and appropriate supervisory staff, and all students were evacuated from the bus. A different bus was dispatched to pick up the students and transport them to their schools. Students from Gene Dillon Elementary, Bemidji Middle School, and Aurora Waasakone were on the bus at the time of the incident. Law enforcement determined that the report of a bomb was false and there was never any danger to students or staff. (BemidjiNow)

>>Walz Authorizes National Guard To Assist In Search For Missing Canoeists

(St. Louis County, MN)    Governor Walz has authorized the Minnesota National Guard to assist in a search for two missing men.  The search for Reis Grams and Jesse Haugen began last Sunday after two canoes went over Curtain Falls in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  The governor signed an executive order yesterday authorizing the use of a National Guard helicopter and four crew members in the search.  Bad weather hampered search efforts earlier in the week, grounding aircraft in the area. (24/7 News Source)

>>Minnesota DNR Issuing Water Safety Reminding

(St. Paul, MN)    As Memorial Day draws closer, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents about water safety.  Minnesotans are expected to flock to lakes and rivers for the long holiday weekend, and DNR officers are reminding everyone to make sure they wear life reservers and practice safe boating.  Meanwhile the DNR enforcement division is unveiling a new statewide marine unit, dedicated to making sure Minnesotans are safe on the state’s waterways.(24/7 News Source)

(Boy River) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has issued a release regarding a car chase in rural Boy River on Wednesday evening. A traffic stop had been initiated around 5PM for traffic violations. The Deputy had identified the adult male suspect as someone known to law enforcement, when the vehicle backed into the law enforcement vehicle before fleeing the scene.  A chase ensued, which ended on a dead end road, where the suspect took off on foot, before being ultimately arrested.  The driver was treated for a medical issue at the scene, then transported via helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital. Formal charges are pending. Assisting were the Leech lake Tribal Police, the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, the Longville Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance and Air Care. (BemidjiNow)

>>Laporte Memorial Day Services

(Laporte)The Laporte Ameican Legion and Auxiliary have announced organized Memorial Day observances on  Monday.

 Services will begin at 9:00 at Evergreen Cemetery, then onto Laporte Catholic Cemetery.  At each site there  will be the Honor Guard, a brief speech, rifle salute, and taps.

    The Main Memorial Day Service will be at 10:00 at Laporte School .    After the program the honor guard continues to Garfield Lake Landing to present a wreath in rememberance of those lost at sea.  The services conclude at Lakeport Cemetery. A prayer will be said at each site. (BemidjiNow)

>>MN BCA Identifies Man Shot By Police Officer In Crookston

(Crookston, MN)    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified a man shot and killed by a police officer in Crookston last week.  Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Scott Dale died on May 16th when he was shot by Officer Nick Fladland.  Investigators say Dale was approached by officers after he was seen walking down a road in Crookston carrying a hatchet.  He reportedly ran toward them and was shot after less lethal force did not subdue him.  Fladland has been placed on leave while the shooting is investigated.(24/7 News Source)

>>Governor Walz Signs New Emergency Medical Services Funding Bill

(Minneapolis, MN) — Governor Tim Walz signed a bill allocating 30 million dollars to rural emergency medical services. These services will happen in Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, with 24 million for short-term aid and six million for a pilot program. The pilot program will be testing roving paramedics to help improve in response times. Despite the funding, EMS providers say it falls short of the 122 million dollars needed to sustain services. The bill also addresses an office for EMS and workforce shortages. An Emergency Medical Service Task Force will propose long term solutions in August.(24/7 News Source)

>>MN Woman Dies While Walking Along Indiana Highway

(Kokomo, IN)    A Minnesota woman has died after being hit by a car on an Indiana highway.  Police in Kokomo, Indiana say 38-year-old Dawn Marie Teague of Little Falls died Wednesday while trying to walk across U.S. Highway 931.  Investigators say Teague had been seen walking along the east side of the highway and talking on her phone before the crash.  The driver of the SUV involved in the crash stopped at the scene and is cooperating with police.(24/7 News Source)

>>Rare Corpse Flower Finally Blooms At Como Zoo Conservatory

(St. Paul, MN) — The rare corpse flower is finally blooming at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. This type of plant only blooms around every seven years. During the bloom, the flower emits a distinct smell of rotting flesh. The stench attracts flies and other pollinators. It is located in the conservatory’s north garden. This plant has gained a large following on social media livestreams. The line to see the flower closes at four p.m. in order to accommodate other events.(24/7 News Source)

>>Nearly Three-Quarters Of MN Now Drought-Free

(St. Paul, MN)    Nearly three-quarters of Minnesota is now drought-free.  The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows just over 72 percent of the state with no trace of drought, up from nearly 61 percent last week.  About eight percent of the state is in moderate drought, with 19 percent classified as abnormally dry.  Ninety-nine percent of the state was in some form of drought as recently as late March.(24/7 News Source)



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