The Minnesota Legislature failed to pass a bonding bill last year when it was supposed to. But interest rates remain low, meaning bonding remains ridiculously affordable; the state's bond rating is an impressive AAA; its available bonding capacity is an even more impressive $3 billion; and Minnesotans statewide have requested more than $3.7 billion of work via state bonding to fix schools, improve parks and keep up and build up other public spaces and infrastructure.
After chase, officers catch Perham man suspected of exposing himself to girl ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A man suspected of burglarizing a house in Nelson and later exposing himself outside the Target store in Alexandria was arrested after a chase Tuesday night, Feb. 7. A news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Jason Dennis Maloney, 40, of Perham.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff's office says a missing teenager has been found safe. Sixteen-year-old Lucia Garcia was last seen Jan. 27 leaving Perham High School. Authorities say she was found Feb. 15, around 10:30 p.m.
A Mahnomen man was injured early Monday, Feb. 13, when the car he was driving left the road and rolled. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: Jon Paul Weever, 42, was westbound on Highway 200 in Mahnomen County when he lost control of the vehicle and it went into the ditch and rolled.
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A Frazee man is in a Fargo hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the hip. The Becker County Sheriff's office says 27-year-old Jared Hanson of Frazee was handling a revolver when he accidentally pulled the trigger. Authorities were called to East Main Street in Frazee around 7 Monday evening. Hanson shot himself in the right hip. He was taken to a Detroit Lakes hospital and then transferred to a Fargo hospital. It was unknown early Tuesday whether he would be OK.
How much progress have you made on your 2017 taxes? More importantly, if you're not filing the return yourself, how trustworthy is your tax preparer? The IRS began accepting tax returns on Jan. 23 and is expecting more than 153 million individual tax returns will be filed. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota offers the following tips on finding a good tax preparer: • Ask around. Get referrals from friends and family on who they use and research free BBB business profiles on tax preparers and tax preparation services at bbb.org.
Prosecutors will not bring charges against a woman who was driving the vehicle that hit and killed a 7-year-old boy who was waiting for his school bus last fall near Thief River Falls. Following an investigation into the October death of Challenger Elementary School student Anthony Fellman, Pennington County Attorney Alan Rogalla said there is no evidence to support a case against Joanne Schultz, 69, of Plummer, Minn., according to a report from KTRF Radio. The decision clears Schultz of criminal wrongdoing and closes the case on a tragic crash that shook the community.
Josue Ezequiel Salguero, 21, of 357 Pine Cone Park, Perham, has been charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and one felony count of possession of a pistol without a permit. According to court records, on Dec. 31, a state trooper pulled him over for weaving within his lane on Highway 10 in Becker County. Two open cases of Coors Light beer with empty cans were found on the floor behind the driver's seat. A half-full can was found under his seat and another open can was found on the front passenger floor.
Because his first stint in Congress came way back in 1974, our U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, based on seniority, was "third-closest to the president" at last week's inauguration. The closer the better. Our nation moves into a great unknown today when President-elect Donald Trump raises his right hand and becomes President Trump. He takes office with little to no record of public service to consider and without having revealed much of what he might do or details about how he may choose to go about accomplishing goals and priorities that remain unclear.