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Caroline Roers, Echo Press Intern , Alexandria Echo Press We’ve all heard of aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels that lurk in our lakes. But what about terrestrial invasive species that travel on land? They can be every bit as destructive yet few people know the risk. Terrestrial invasive species have become a growing threat to Minnesota’s precious prairie and forest land. In response to this, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources developed a collaborative educational campaign called PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks.
BEMIDJI — The creeping threat of aquatic invasive species, not yet seen in Beltrami County lakes, rivers and ponds, may result in the hiring of a coordinator to help consolidate efforts to combat the invaders. It would be a proactive step for a county that is surrounded by others currently dealing with treatment, rather than prevention, of an aquatic infection. Zebra mussels, Eurasion water milfoil and rusty crayfish have been found in waters south and east of Beltrami County, and have been identified as the main threats.
By Bryan Horwath /Dickinson Press Recent changes in the ever-fluctuating price of gas in western North Dakota hold both good news and bad news for motorists. The good news: After reaching all-time highs earlier this spring, prices have begun to retreat. The bad news: On average, North Dakotans are still paying the highest prices in the continental U.S.
His past rose up and slapped shackles on a Minnesota man over a 21-year-old small-change conviction for which he was brought into a Grand Forks courtroom Monday to face again. Kenneth John Knutson, 44, was convicted of a misdemeanor forgery charge in state district court in Grand Forks in 1992.
FARGO – A woman was taken to the hospital early today after Fargo firefighters found her floating in the Red River. According to the Fargo Fire Department: Fire crews responded to the Midtown Dam in Dike East Park about 1:30 a.m.
It was a frosty start to the morning in parts of the Northland on Sunday, with International Falls recording a record low temperature. The National Weather Service reported that the morning low in International Falls was 30 degrees. The previous record for June 2 was 32 degrees, set in 1969, 1982 and 2009. The normal low for the date is 44 degrees. Crane Lake reported a morning low of 28 degrees on Sunday.
By Crystal Dey / Alexandria Echo Press One man is dead after a stabbing attack in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon. Around 1 p.m. Alexandria police and Douglas County Sheriff deputies responded to a 911 call that a man had been stabbed in the chest at 1705 6th Avenue East, Lincoln Estates. The county medical examiner was called to the scene by 1:20 p.m. to confirm Phillip Alstadt’s death. Alstadt, 28, of Alexandria was deceased on the lawn when officers arrived as a result of an apparent stabbing.
By John Hageman / Bemidji Pioneer BEMIDJI — On a recent rainy afternoon, a bouquet of flowers sat in the ditch separating the two directions of U.S. Highway 2, adjacent to its intersection with State Highway 89. The flowers are a reminder of an unspecified crash at this crossing —it’s unclear from driving by if the bouquet is marked. But it does mark one of the most dangerous intersections in the state. With that in mind, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning a major overhaul of the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 89 west of Bemidji.
By Rin Porter / Wadena Pioneer Journal Sheriff Mike Carr delivered a riveting presentation on the activities that took place during the Green Valley Fire emergency from May 14 to 18 at the May 23 meeting of the Wadena County Board. Assisted by Chief Deputy Bill Cross, Carr described the efforts of 53 agencies to fight the fire, evacuate a nursing home and more than 1700 other county residents, reroute traffic around the fire area, and provide food, water, and toilets to the firefighters and first responders.