LOCAL NEWS - JANUARY 4, 2019

Posted on 01-04-2019
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS INVESTED NEARLY FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN RURAL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS AND LOANS ACROSS MINNESOTA. MAHNOMEN WILL GET A NEARLY TWELVE MILLION DOLLAR LOAN FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO WATER, SEWER AND STORMWATER SYSTEMS. NORTHOME GETS A TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR LOAN AND A ONE-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FOR WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS.

THE NORTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL HAS INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANT DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR THE SEVEN COUNTY REGION (WHICH INCLUDES ROSEAU COUNTY). THERE IS A JANUARY 15TH DEADLINE FOR THOSE FIFTEEN HUNDRED DOLLAR GRANTS.

THE ROSEAU CIVIC AND COMMERCE ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL BANQUET IS JANUARY 21ST AT THE ROSEAU CITY CENTER. THE U.S. MARINE CORPS SAYS THE FATAL SHOOTING OF A MINNESOTA MARINE AT THE MARINE BARRACKS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WAS NOT A HOMICIDE. THE MARINES SAID YESTERDAY THAT THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS LEADING THE INVESTIGATION, IS TREATING THE SHOOTING OF 20-YEAR-OLD LANCE CPL. RILEY KUZNIA OF KARLSTAD AS A DEATH INVESTIGATION, NOT A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION.

A MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL FOR TED MATELSKI OF WILLIAMS IS TOMORROW MORNING (11 AM) AT ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN WARROAD. VISITATION IS THIS EVENING (5-7) WITH A SEVEN O’CLOCK ROSARY SERVICE AT HELGESON FUNERAL HOME IN WARROAD. TED MATELSKI WAS 81.

MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR LINDA MOYER OF ROOSEVELT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AFTERNOON (2 PM) AT THE UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN WARROAD, WITH A SOCIAL HOUR STARTING AT 1:00. LINDA MOYER WAS 69.

LAKE OF THE WOODS HAS TAKEN HOME THE BRAGGING RIGHTS, OVER DEVILS LAKE, IN THE FIRST EVER WALLEY WARS FISH-OFF… AND THIS ONE WASN’T EVEN CLOSE. JOE HENRY WITH LAKE OF THE WOODS TOURISM CAUGHT 71 FISH DURING HIS TIME ON THE ICE, WHILE TANNER CHERNEY OF THE DEVILS LAKE CONVENTION AND VISTORS BUREAU CAUGHT ONLY 14. HENRY TOOK HIS VICTORY IN STRIDE, SIMPLY SAYING, “WE HAD A GOOD DAY, BUT EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT WHEN YOU GO ICE FISHING.” CHERNEY MEANWHILE IS ALREADY STRATEGIZING FOR NEXT YEAR.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LESCH AND STATE SENATOR ANDREW LANG ANNOUNCED A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE MINNESOTA COUNTIES TO OFFER DIFFERNTIAL PAY TO THEIR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMEBERS WHO ARE DEPLOYED. THEY EMPLOYEES WOULD BE PAID ANY DIFFERENCE THERE MAY BE BETWEEN A LOWER MILITARY WAGE AND WHAT THEY WOULD BE MAKING IN THEIR CIVILIAN JOB. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE WALLET HUB, MINNESOTA IS THE STATE LEAST AFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. OUT OF THE 50 STATES, MINNESOTA HAS THE 49TH MOST FEDERAL JOBS, VERY FEW NATIONAL PARKS, AND IS 47TH IN TERMS OF POPULATION WHO RECEIVE SNAP, OR FOOD STAMP, BENEFITS. A GROUP OPPOSED TO THE DESIGN OF A FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT IN THE FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA SAYS IT WILL CONTEST A DECISION BY THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO ISSUE A PERMIT FOR A REVISED PLAN. NATHAN BERSETH, SPOKESMAN FOR A GROUP OF UPSTREAM RESIDENTS WHO IN 2013 FILED A LAWSUIT OPPOSING THE PROJECT, SAID THURSDAY HIS GROUP VOTED TO CHALLENGE THE DNR RULING IN FRONT OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE. BEMIDJI’S BABE THE BLUE OX WAS THE VICTIM OF VANDALISM SOMETIME DURING THE LATE NIGHT HOURS OF JANUARY 1ST. SOMEONE PAINTED THE WORD “GENOCIDE” ALONG THE SIDE OF THE STATUE. OFFICIALS WERE ABLE TO SIMPLY PAINT OVER THE VANDALISM, ALTHOUGH FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, THAT AREA WAS A NOTICABLEY DARKER SHADE OF BLUE. AN INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, BUT SO FAR AUTHORITIES HAVE NO CREIDBLE INFORMATION.