LOCAL NEWS - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017
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Posted on 11-10-2017
76 YEAR OLD OSCAR ECKSTROM OF HINES, MINNESOTA DIED IN A HOME EXPLOSION AND FIRE EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. HINES IS ABOUT TWENTY MILES NORTHEAST OF BEMIDJI.



MINNESOTA GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON HAS SENT A LETTER TO JASON SCHMELZ, THE DIRECTOR FOR THE PEMBINA DISTRICT FOR U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, OPPOSING REDUCED HOURS AT THE ROSEAU AND LANCASTER PORTS OF ENTRY.

DAYTON CITED LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER, WHICH IS THE PRIMARY HOSPITAL FOR SOUTHEASTERN MANITOBANS. AND SAID THE CHANGES SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE TO CANADA, WHICH IS MINNESOTA’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER.

DAYTON URGED THE DECISION BE REVERSED, AND CURRENT HOURS MAINTAINED AT BOTH PORTS.



A TRADITIONAL NATIVE SERVICE FOR FLORENCE KAKAYGEESICK OF WARROAD IS TOMORROW MORNING AT 10:30 AT HELGESON FUNERAL HOME IN WARROAD. VISITATION STARTS THIS AFTERNOON AT THREE AT THE FUNERAL HOME. BURIAL IS AT RIVERSIDE CEMETERY IN WARROAD AT A LATER DATE.
FLORENCE KAKAYGEESICK WAS 95.



MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR CHARLIE CRAN OF WARROAD ARE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AT THREE AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH IN WARROAD. VISITATION IS AN HOUR PRIOR.
CHARLIE CRAN WAS 76.



THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS TAKING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON IT’S FREIGHT INVESTMENT PLAN; WHICH IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE FREIGHT MOBILITY AND SAFETY.

THE INVESTMENT PLAN IDENTIFIES NINETY-NINE MILLION DOLLARS IN FREIGHT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, SELECTED THROUGH A STATEWIDE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS.



THE ROSEAU CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU HEARD THIS WEEK THAT THE ROSEAU TOURISM FACEBOOK PAGE HAS GAINED NEARLY SIX THOUSAND LIKES IN THE YEAR SINCE IT WAS LAUNCHED.

THE THREE CITIES WITH THE MOST LIKES FOR THAT PAGE ARE MINNEAPOLIS, ROSEAU AND WINNIPEG; BUT ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA AND SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA ARE ALSO IN THE TOP EIGHT.

TWO-THIRDS OF THE FACEBOOK LIKES ARE FROM WOMEN.



THE ROSEAU CITY COUNCIL HAS SUBMITTED A LETTER TO THE COMMISSIONER OF U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, STRONGLY OBJECTING TO PROPOSED REDUCED HOURS AT THE ROSEAU AND LANCASTER PORTS OF ENTRY.

THE LETTER SAYS ROSEAU IS THE SECOND LARGEST PORT CITY IN THE PEMBINA DISTRICT, AND THE BUSIEST NON-24 HOUR PORT IN MINNESOTA AND NORTH DAKOTA; AND THAT THERE IS ONE PORT AT HANNAH, NORTH DAKOTA WHICH SERVES AN AVERAGE OF THREE VEHICLES PER DAY.

THE ROSEAU PORT AVERAGES 136 VEHICLES EACH DAY.

THE ROSEAU CITY COUNCIL, THIS WEEK, APPROVED LIQUOR LICENSES FOR NINE ESTABLISHMENTS; FIVE OFFER SUNDAY SALES.



THE COUNCIL, LAST MONTH, HEARD THAT JOHN WYNNE (FROM WYNNE CONSULTING) WILL BE SEEKING GRANT DOLLARS FOR REHABILITATION PROJECTS IN THE CITY.



THE LAKE OF THE WOODS SCHOOL IN BAUDETTE HAS A VETERANS DAY PROGRAM THIS MORNING (11 A.M.).



THE BLANDIN FOUNDATION RECENTLY AWARDED A TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT TO THE ROSEAU ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE FOR A BROADBAND FEASIBLITY STUDY.

BERNADINE JOSELYN, WITH BLANDIN, SAYS THE GRAND RAPIDS, MINNESOTA-BASED COMPANY SUPPORTS THE BUILDOUT OF RURAL HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICE.



GUN VIOLENCE KILLS ABOUT A THOUSAND MINNESOTANS EVERY YEAR.

THE REVEREND NANCY NORD BENCE, FROM THE NONPROFIT ‘PROTECT MINNESOTA’, SAYS SOLUTIONS INVOLVE KEEPING GUNS AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE MOST LIKELY TO USE THEM AGAINST THEMSELVES AND OTHERS.

SEVENTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF THE GUN DEATHS IN MINNESOTA OVER THE PAST DECADE WERE SUICIDES, AND A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF THEM WERE IN RURAL MINNESOTA.