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We still have a couple weeks before our streets and sidewalks fill up in the early mornings and late afternoons with schoolchildren, many of them distracted, some of them hopping on and off of yellow school buses, all of them on their ways to and from classes. But it's not too soon for motorists to start thinking about being extra vigilant in watching out for the kiddos and their unpredictable ways, as if lives depended on it — because they do.
Stephen J. Hietala DILWORTH, Minn.
BEMIDJI -- A Code Red Alert was issued Friday morning and the Bemidji Police Department is asking for help from the public in l
The Minnesota DNR is warning lakeshore property owners that it is illegal to use hydraulic jets to uproot aquatic plants like these in public waters. (File photo) Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources reminds lakeshore property owners that it is illegal to use hydraulic jets to move sediment or excavate the bottom of a lake or to uproot aquatic plants in public waters.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Becker County Attorney's Office recently charged Michael Monroe Wells with five tax-related felonies and Marie Colleen Wells with two tax-related felonies. The Wellses are both charged with one count of filing false income tax returns and one count of evading income taxes. Mr. Wells is additionally charged with one count of failing to file sales tax returns for his business, one count of evading sales tax for his business, and one count of operating his business after his sales tax permit was revoked.
An increase in Minnesota fire deaths the first half of this year has firefighters concerned. Fire deaths rose 36 percent in Minnesota during the first 6 months of 2017, according to State Fire Marshal Bruce West. There have been 30 deaths so far this year, outpacing the average from the first half of the previous five years, 26.8 deaths. Though the preliminary data doesn’t show a leading cause, West said most fatal fires are caused by human behavior.
Only approved firewood is allowed on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-managed lands, which include state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt.
As of July 1, Minnesota patients with post-traumatic stress disorder can register to receive medical cannabis through the state's medical cannabis program. Last December, the Minnesota Department of Health announced plans to add PTSD to the program's list of qualifying conditions. Patients certified by a health care provider as having PTSD can start receiving medical cannabis at patient cannabis centers starting August 1.
Names of have been released in the ATV rollover accident that injured several children, including two seriously, last week near Bass Lake in rural Becker County. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department, the driver, fourteen-year-old Cael Eysted of Morris, Minn. and back passenger 13-year-old Chalee Eysted also of Morris were airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale near the Twin Cities.