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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The campground where 16-year-old Noah Graham was attacked by a wolf last weekend was again open for business Wednesday. Ann Long-Voelkner, a spokeswoman for the Chippewa National Forest, said the West Winnie Campground at Lake Winibigoshish reopened Wednesday afternoon.
Another wheat harvest had begun in west-central Minnesota, and the extended Jirik family was taking advantage of a hot, dry August afternoon tailor-made for combining. Mike Jirik ran the combine. His son, Cole, controlled the grain cart. Larry Revier, Mike’s father-in-law, drove the semi truck. Albert Jirik, Mike’s father, and Sharon Jirik, Mike’s sister, looked on and gave moral support from the field’s edge. A mid-August swing through west-central Minnesota came across a handful of combines, one of them Mike Jirek’s, roaring through wheat fields.
A coalition of Minnesota labor, religious, nonprofit and public service groups on Tuesday began rallying public support to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour over the next two years. Most employers in the state currently adopt the federal standard of $7.25 an hour for larger companies, though many workers who work for smaller companies can earn $6.15 an hour. The Raise the Wage!
The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Minnesota at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The bear was known to DNR researchers as Bear No. 56.
The peach trucks are rolling into town from Georgia, filled with this beautiful summer fruit. We usually enjoy peaches in August from Colorado, but sadly their crops were devastated by poor weather this spring. Fortunately, the Georgia peaches have been just as big, beautiful and delicious. Tony and I love this stone fruit for its beauty, succulence and versatility. Typically, when it comes to peaches we think of desserts and sweet fruit dishes, but they pair well with savory foods, too.
Police say a Bemidji woman fell asleep while intoxicated behind the wheel of her sport utility vehicle before she crossed the centerline and killed a passenger on a motorcycle. Victoria Blakely Whitefeather, 23, was charged in Hubbard County District Court with several counts of criminal vehicular homicide for striking a motorcycle driven by Robert Childs, of Proctor.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man was sentenced to almost a year in jail after pleading guilty to child endangerment and drunken driving charges after police say he drove his daughters at speeds up to 100 mph, drinking beers he had them open for him. Thomas Eugene Iverson, 48, pleaded guilty in July to one count of felony driving while intoxicated and one count of gross misdemeanor endanger-ment of a child. Iverson was sentenced to 365 days in jail with credit for five days served, the remainder of which he is allowed to serve under work release.
DILWORTH – City leaders will evaluate the police chief here in a closed-door meeting later this week. The Dilworth City Council has scheduled a special meeting Thursday to review the performance of Police Chief Josh Ebert. According to the city’s agenda released Monday morning, the council on Thursday will also consider taking action “related to the employment of Joshua Ebert” after the closed session is reopened to the public. Earlier this year, the City Council held closed meetings to discuss unspecified allegations against Ebert after a group of Dilworth officers publicly declared
WILLMAR, Minn. -- A 17-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony first-degree property damage charge for allegedly causing more than $2,600 worth of damage while she and friends were mudding in a pickup truck last spring. According to court records, the cost to have the Willmar Public Works Department fix the damage to the grass and field at Robbins Island park including labor, equipment use and seeding materials, was $2,614.40. Angela Marie Tadych was arrested after Willmar police officers were called to the park about 6 p.m. April 3, according to court records.