NEWS SUMMARY 6/4

Friday Bemidji Fire Info Released; SCAM Alert; Second Missing Canoeist Body Recovered

>>Bemidji Fire Depratment Releases Friday Fire Details

(Bemidji) The Bemidji Fire Department has released details on the Irvine Avenue structure fire Friday night. Firefighters were called just after 8PM on Friday to a two-story residence and found fire in the walls and ceilings throughout the house.  31 firefighters spent 4 hours extinguishing the blaze, and two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene and released. There was major damage to the home and its contents, and the cause of the fire is being investigated but appears to be accidental.

>>Area Law Enforcement Address SCAM

(Bemidji)  Area law enforcement agencies are addressing a scam being perpetrated on the community in which citizens are being called by someone using the name of  a Beltrami County Deputy and soliciting bail money on a missed court date.  Various area departments  have addressed this as a scam, and state clearly that they will not call to request money. If you receive such a call, you should report it immediately to your local law enforcement agency.

>>Second Missing Canoeist Recovered

(St. Louis County, MN) — The body of a 40-year-old man who went missing while canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area has been recovered. The search and rescue mission was launched after two canoes went over Curtain Falls last month, causing two men to go missing. The man’s wife described 40-year-old Reis Grams as a good man who loved his family and the outdoors. The body of 41-year-old Jesse Haugen was recovered last Friday. The sheriff’s office says both men were experienced paddlers.

>>HAZMAT Training in Cass Lake This Week

(Walker)  The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is informing citizens that there will be a meeting this week on Wednesday and Thursday at the Cedar Lakes Casino facility that brings together response agencies including the Leech lake Band of Ojibwa, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Cass Lake Fire, Burlington Northern and Sante Fe Railroad, among others to help prepare a response to a transportation incident or HAZMAT emergency.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation will deploy signage, and the public is asked to reduce speeds and take extra care when traveling around the training activities.

>>New Law Allowing Lane Splitting For Motorcycles Signed By Governor

(Minneapolis, MN) — Governor Walz is legalizing lane filtering and lane splitting for motorcyclists starting July 1st of  2025. This will make Minnesota the sixth state to do so. The new law aims to prevent accidents in stop-and-go traffic. The bipartisan effort also includes penalties for drivers blocking motorcyclists and a speed limit of 25 miles-per-hour for motorcyclists in traffic. The Department of Public Safety plans to use funds to educate the public on the new law through various channels.

>>Governor Walz To Be In Normandy For D-Day Anniversary

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota’s governor is headed to France for the D-Day anniversary. Governor Tim Walz yesterday said he will join veterans from the state in Normandy for Thursday’s anniversary. The governor said the veterans who stormed the beaches in Normandy will always be remembered for their bravery and dedication to this country. Surviving Minnesota vets from World War Two are also expected to be in France this week to celebrate the anniversary.



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