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After a decade of inconsistent policy and budget cuts, Minnesota’s local government aid may get a long needed fix under a new compromise this year. The LGA program assists cities with low property tax wealth and/or greater needs to provide necessary services for economic growth and to help maintain reasonable property tax rates. The LGA compromise being considered by the Minnesota Legislature is a good deal for west central Minnesota cities.
By Rin Porter / Wadena Pioneer Journal `Teamsters Union Local 320, which represents a substantial portion of Wadena County’s workforce, filed a civil lawsuit against the county on April 26 in Seventh Judicial District Court in Wadena. Court file number 80-CV-13-286 has been assigned to the case. According to Mncourts.gov, the lawsuit deals with employment. The Wadena County Board of Commissioners scheduled a special closed meeting about the suit on Thursday, May 2. County Attorney Kyra Ladd will meet with commissioners at the special closed meeting.
BEMIDJI — The investigation into a Grand Rapids man’s death at a Bemidji lumber mill is ongoing, but OSHA spokesperson Jenny O’Brien said no definitive timeline could be placed on the organization’s findings. Representatives from OSHA are at the Potlatch Lumber Mill, where on Saturday, Mitchell Lee Harthan, 23, died.
BISMARCK — Government data released Tuesday show that 7.4 billion barrels of oil could be recovered from two massive shale formations spanning parts of the Dakotas and Montana, nearly double the amount previously estimated for the region. The new number from the U.S. Geological Survey is based on data largely from oil company and state drilling records.
By Kevin Bonham / Grand Forks Herald - MINTO, N.D.
BEMIDJI — A permit-sanctioned burning of a wood pile spread to a grass field Monday afternoon. Crews from the Bemidji Fire Department were called to the fire, near the intersection of Little Norway Avenue Southeast and Francis Court Southeast, just before 3:30 p.m. Monday. Tina Johnson said she and her husband, Shawn Johnson, acquired a permit to burn the pile and were given the go-ahead from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources about 3 p.m.
GRAND FORKS - A Crookston, Minn., man reportedly drunk and looking to go “swamp diving” drove his Chevy pickup down a boat landing into the flooding Red River early Sunday morning, said Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost. Jeremy Holzer got out just before or after his truck hit the water and divers rescued the truck within 90 minutes, Rost said. Holzer, 22, is expected to be charged with reckless driving, but had not been charged yet Monday afternoon, Rost said. According to the report from Cpl. Tom Inocencio of the sheriff’s department, about 1:30 a.m.
By Robb Jeffries / Grand Forks Herald A Grand Forks man is in custody after an hours-long standoff Sunday near the Grand Cities Mall. Steven R. Bonderud, 25, of Grand Forks, is charged with burglary, arson and felony criminal mischief in the standoff. There were no casualties during the incident. Bonderud was taken by police to Altru Hospital for mental evaluation. At 10:24 a.m., authorities received a phone call from a woman who said an unknown man had broken into her home at 1707 S. 17th St. in Grand Forks, said Lt.
By Emily Welker / The Forum - MOORHEAD – It’s been nearly eight months since police first began investigating a sexual assault of a woman here in a parking lot, but her father said even after the death of the man charged in the crime, his daughter is still on edge. “She’s so wired up and so nervous and scared all the time,” said the father, Mike, in a phone interview from his home in Washington. “Even now that he’s gone.” The Forum is not naming the alleged victim or using the last name of her father to avoid identifying her.
Chapter 7 is a petition to liquidate assets and discharge debts. Chapter 11 is a petition for protection from creditors and to reorganize. Chapter 12 is a petition for family farmers to reorganize. Chapter 13 is a petition for wage earners to readjust debts. Filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Minnesota Bankruptcy filings from the following counties: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin. Paul A.