Longtime Catholic priest 'Father Bill' Mehrkens dies at age 92

BEMIDJI—Msgr. William "Father Bill" Mehrkens, a Catholic priest who served parishes in Bemidji, Red Lake and the surrounding communities for many years, died Friday in Bemidji at age 92. Mehrkens was a pastor at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji, as well as at St. Mary's Mission Catholic Church in Red Lake for more than a decade. Mehrkens also worked with college students at the Newman Centers at Bemidji State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead for 30 years. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/39...

Assess and respond: Dealing with school safety threats is an exercise in context, instincts

CASS LAKE—When school administrators learn of a threat to students or staff, their decision to evacuate or lock down a school can be swift. Cass Lake-Bena staff decided to evacuate the school district's combined middle and high school almost immediately after learning of a threat there last month, and a nonspecific threat against a school in northern Minnesota the month before prompted lockdowns and increased police presence throughout the region almost as soon as word of it spread. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/42250...

DNR staff highlight need for Minn. license fee increase

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—A small audience gathered Thursday night in Thief River Falls to hear area and regional staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources make their case for increasing hunting and fishing license fees. Doug Franke, area wildlife supervisor for the DNR in Thief River Falls, led the presentation. Other DNR staff on hand were Phil Talmage, area fisheries supervisor for the DNR in Baudette, Minn.; Pat Znajda, District 1 enforcement supervisor; John Williams, Northwest Region wildlife supervisor, Bemidji; and...

Wisconsin elderly couple's perplexing death may never be explained

SUPERIOR, Wis.—When a meter reader discovered the bodies of Richard Ellison and Shirley Johnson four days before Christmas, they were frozen, probably dead for more than 48 hours on the deck outside their house in Superior. Police a few days later said the couple died from exposure in subzero temperatures, that the deaths were nothing "more than two people locked out of their residence and being exposed to the cold for a prolonged period of time." http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4225030-wisconsin-elderly-couples-perplex...

A dangerous passage: Refugees in Minnesota risk death to reach Canada

EMERSON, Man.—Bashir Yussuf had survived Somalia's violence, fled to South America, then struggled through dense Panamanian jungle to make it north and seek asylum. Now, he stood freezing in waist-high snow in the desolate Minnesota-Canadian borderlands, wondering if these last few miles of his journey might be the ones that finally killed him. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4225007-dangerous-passage-refugees-minnesota-ris...

Licorice during pregnancy linked to health issues for kids

Women who consume licorice during pregnancy might be more likely to have children with cognitive or behavioral problems than mothers who don't eat a lot of this candy while they're pregnant, a small Finnish study suggests. Some previous lab experiments have linked glycyrrhizin, a natural sweetener in licorice root, to changes in the placenta that may make it easier for the stress hormone cortisol to travel from mothers to their developing babies, said lead study author Katri Raikkonen of the University of Helsinki. Some cortisol aids fetal...

Iran holds naval war games amid rising tensions with U.S.

DUBAI - Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran "on notice". Since taking office last month, Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4225293-iran-holds-naval-war-games-ami...

Silent but toxic, chemical vapors contaminate hundreds of properties across Minnesota

You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. But toxic vapor rising from soils contaminated decades ago by industrial solvents is creating new and expensive headaches for property owners across Minnesota. http://www.startribune.com/silent-but-toxic-chemical-vapors-contaminate-hundreds-of-properties-across-...

ID'd: Woman killed in Mpls. crash believed to involve other driver being under influence

The motorist who was killed in a collision that authorities suspect involved alcohol use by the other driver was identified Sunday as a woman who lived about block from the north Minneapolis crash scene. Regis L. Welsh, 28, of Minneapolis, was driving his car south on Newton Avenue early Friday evening when he hit the woman’s small SUV heading east on 29th Avenue, police said. http://www.startribune.com/police-id-north-mpls-driver-suspect-of-being-under-influence-when-he-killed-other...

Hunt on for Level 3 sex offender charged with impregnating Twin Cities preteen girl

Authorities are trying to find a Level 3 predatory sex offender wanted in Dakota County on charges that he raped and impregnated a preteen girl with diminished mental capacity. South St. Paul police said Friday that Christopher Donald Lee Blair, 35, was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with “Blair” on the back. Investigators believe Blair may be driving a 2015 Silver Ford Fiesta, with Minnesota license plate 115 TGV. http://www.startribune.com/hunt-on-for-level-3-sex-offender-charged-with-impregnating-twin-cit...

Eagle View students have fun learning about Native American culture

Music, language and traditions of Native Americans were shared with the students at Eagle View Elementary School last week when Liz and Hunter Jaakola from the Anishinaabe tribe visited the school. The special assembly on Wednesday (Feb. 22) was a way for children to learn and experience the culture of the tribe which has lived in the Fond du Lac region. http://www.southernminn.com/lonsdale_area_news_review/news/article_2a5c7924-afb0-5a89-8c...

Warriors move to 20-4 with 85-59 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akley

RED LAKE – In the Warriors' last home game of the regular season, and the last home game for some seniors, Red Lake put on a show for fans on Friday, February 24, 2017. It was also Parent and Fan Appreciation Night, along with entertainment provided by the Red Lake High School Band and the Ponemah Drum and Dance Troupe. Walker-Hackensack-Akley started off fast in the beginning, running up a 13-2 lead over Red Lake. But that didn't last long, as the Warriors took the lead with 8 minutes left...

Warriors move to 20-4 with 85-59 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akley - Set 2

RED LAKE – In the Warriors' last home game of the regular season, and the last home game for some seniors, Red Lake put on a show for fans on Friday, February 24, 2017. It was also Parent and Fan Appreciation Night, along with entertainment provided by the Red Lake High School Band and the Ponemah Drum and Dance Troupe. Walker-Hackensack-Akley started off fast in the beginning, running up a 13-2 lead over Red Lake. But that didn't last long, as the Warriors took the lead with 8 minutes left...

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Red Lake gets No. 1 seed in Section 8A playoffs

Seedings for the Section 8A high school girls basketball playoffs were announced Friday, and Red Lake was given the No. 1 seed in the East Subsection half of the playoff bracket. Red Lake's opponent in the subsection quarterfinals will be the winner of a play-in game between No. 8 Blackduck and No. 9 Mahnomen at Blackduck on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. The ensuing quarterfinal game will be played at the Bemidji State Gymnasium on Thursday, March 2, at 6 p.m. The East Subsection quarterfinal...

Lady Warriors roll over Blackduck 85-34 in last regular season home game - P7

RED LAKE - On Thursday, February 15, the Red Lake Lady Warriors hosted the Blackduck Drakes. It was also Red Lake's last regular home game of their season, along with Parent Appreciation Night and Grace White being honored by General Mills by being placed on one of their boxes. After the Junior Varsity won their game 65-38, Parent Appreciation was held prior to the start of the varsity game. There, roses were presented to parents or guardians, they were given an honor song by the school drum...

Warriors take down Pine River 88-58 in Red Lake; now 19-3 on season - P11

RED LAKE - Pine River came to town and it was a fairly close game in the first half, with the Warriors leading 38-26. Rob McClain's shot right at the buzzer from half court was denied, although video footage showed the ball left his hand just before the buzzer went off. But that 3 points didn't really matter, as the Warriors came out stronger in the second half to win by 30 points, 88-58. Jamie Cook led all scorers with 34 points, 17 points in each half, Rob McClain, William Morrison and...

Lady Warriors top a hundred in 108-14 win over Fond du Lac - P21

RED LAKE - The Lady Warriors dominated in their victory over the Fond du Lac Ojibwe on Saturday, January 28, 2017, as they went to 16-2 on the year. Red Lake scored first and didn't look back, racking up a 68-7 halftime lead, on to victory 108-14. The Lady Warriors defense held Fond du Lac to just 7 points in each half. Grace White led all scorers with 29, 21 points in the first half, Alexis Desjarlait nailed 23, 17 of her points in the first half, Danielle Seki hit for 15, Angel McClain and...

Red Lake Warriors back on track with 105-47 win over Blackduck - P21

RED LAKE - After two losses in a row at home, the Red Lake Warriors continued in their winning ways on Friday, January 27, 2017, by taking a 67-22 half time lead, on to the 105-47 victory. Red Lake moved to 15-3 on the season. Rob Beaulieu led all scorers with 26 points, 21 of them in the first half, Jamie Cook hit for 19, Rob McClain Jr. added 15, William Morrison and Frankie Papsadora each scored 8, Dave Dudley and Justin Barrett both netted 7 and Anthony Beaulueu put in 5. Ike Volt had 19...

Red Lake Warriors back on track with 105-47 win over Blackduck - Set 2

RED LAKE - After two losses in a row at home, the Red Lake Warriors continued in their winning ways on Friday, January 27, 2017, by taking a 67-22 half time lead, on to the 105-47 victory. Red Lake moved to 15-3 on the season. Rob Beaulieu led all scorers with 26 points, 21 of them in the first half, Jamie Cook hit for 19, Rob McClain Jr. added 15, William Morrison and Frankie Papsadora each scored 8, Dave Dudley and Justin Barrett both netted 7 and Anthony Beaulueu put in 5. Ike Volt had 19...

Rough night in Red Lake as Nevis upsets Warriors 60-40 - P24

RED LAKE - The Nevis Tigers came into Red Lake Warrior County with a 13-1 record, losing only to Cass Lake all season. Red Lake was coming off a stunning 71-70 loss over the weekend to 4A school Copper Robbinsdale. It should be a very good game, most people were saying. It turned out very good for the visitors. Nevis scored first with a free throw, and led 3-0 after a basket underneath. Red Lake tied the game with a 3-bagger from Jamie Cook, and led 5-3 after another basket in the early minute...

Half-court shot at the buzzer gives 4A Robbinsdale Cooper 71-70 win over 1A Red Lake Warriors - P26

RED LAKE-With a little over 3-seconds remaining on the clock and the Red Lake Warriors leading 70-68, a half-court shot just before the buzzer gave 4A Robbinsdale Cooper an almost unbelievable victory on Saturday afternoon at Red Lake High School. Heartbreaking is the word many Red Lake fans witnessed as the shot went up from half-court just before the buzzer, and went in for the 3-points needed for Cooper to win. Nathan Hill, No. 22, was Robbinsdale Cooper's hero, his only 3-points hit in the...

Taxi drivers lose fares, livelihoods as ride-for-hire market heats up

Abdul Mohammed sits in his white van and frets. In front of him in a parking lot near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are 300 other taxis, each of whose drivers will wait for hours to make the 1.5-mile trip to the terminal to pick up a passenger. Mohammed has been driving an airport taxi since 1989, but he’s not sure how long he can hang on. The day before, he worked for 12 hours and made just two trips. After gas and his daily lease payment, the $80 in fares he collected shrunk to just $25. http://www.startribu...

White House: Trump might support probe into Yemen raid

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump might support an investigation into last month's U.S. raid in Yemen that killed several al Qaeda militants but also left a Navy SEAL and several civilians dead, the White House said on Sunday. "I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that," White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's "This Week" television program. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4225302-white-house-trump-might-supp...

New Dem Party chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite party

ATLANTA — Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election. Speaking in television interviews, Perez indicated that an important first step was joining with vanquished rival Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who agreed at Perez's invitation to serve as the Democratic National Committee's deputy chairman. Perez said the two would work hard to put out an...

What popular tax breaks are at risk if GOP overhauls taxes?

WASHINGTON — When Republicans say they want to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they're talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of people. That's why making big changes to tax laws is so hard — and why it hasn't been done for 30 years. http://www.startribune.com/if-gop-overhauls-taxes-what-popular-tax-breaks-ar...

Lawmakers consider adding 2 Minnesota veterans homes

ST. PAUL—Advocates for the construction of two new state-run veterans homes in greater Minnesota say they may have finally gained legislative footing in a decade-long pursuit of state funding. The House Veterans Affairs Division unanimously approved a bill Monday, Feb. 20 that would appropriate $16 million in bond funds to construct a home in Bemidji and Montevideo. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4224364-lawmakers-consider-adding-2-minn...

Klobuchar, Peterson go to bat for rural broadband

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson met with about a dozen Internet service providers in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Feb. 24, to help solve a nagging problem—how to get high-speed Internet service out to everybody, even rural areas where there is only one home or farm every mile or two. One possible solution—put funding for it in the new Farm Bill, which would cut red tape, simplify the regulatory and funding process, and put the focus on rural areas where the need is greatest. http:...

Trump to unveil health care plan details Tuesday

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Sunday he will offer details on how he would like to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. Since they now control the White House and Congress, Republicans are under pressure to fulfill their pledge to repeal and replace the Obamacare law although they have found no easy way to do it. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4225435-trump-unveil-health-care-...

Trump embraces loaded phrase 'Enemy of the People'

MOSCOW – The phrase was too toxic even for Nikita Khrushchev, a war-hardened veteran communist not known for squeamishness. As leader of the Soviet Union, he demanded an end to the use of the term “enemy of the people” because “it eliminated the possibility of any kind of ideological fight.” “The formula ‘enemy of the people,’ ” Khrushchev told the Soviet Communist Party in a 1956 speech denouncing Stalin’s cult of personality, “was specifically introduced for the purpose of physically annihilating such individuals”...

DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS - February 27th-March 3rd 2017

MONDAY Chicken Bacon Swiss with Chips- $7.95 TUESDAY Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap with Chips- $7.95 WEDNESDAY Beef Taco Salad- $6.95 THURSDAY Hot Turkey Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy-$6.95 FRIDAY Meat Loaf with Au Gratin Potatoes and...

SECURITY SUPERVISOR (Swing Shift) - Seven Clans Casino – Thief River Falls

** EXTERNAL POSITIONS OPENING** SECURITY SUPERVISOR (Swing Shift) RATE OF PAY: Depending on experience LOCATION: Seven Clans Casino – Thief River Falls, MN. OPENS: February 23, 2017 CLOSES: March 09, 2017 POSITION OBJECTIVES: Under the general supervision of the Security Manager is responsible to oversee assigned shift to protect the assets for Seven Clans Casinos. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Oversees the supervising, planning and scheduling of assigned shift. • Assists with...

PUBLIC AREA CLEANING (8am-4pm) - Seven Clans Casinos –Thief River Falls

**EXTERNAL POSITION OPENING** PUBLIC AREA CLEANING (8am-4pm) RATE OF PAY: According to pay scale LOCATION: Seven Clans Casinos –Thief River Falls, MN OPENS: February 23, 2017 Closes: March 09, 2017 POSITION OBJECTIVES: Under the direct supervision of the prevailing General Maintenance Supervisor is responsible to conduct cleaning for facilities of Seven Clans Casinos. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Responsible for overall cleaning of Seven Clans Casino properties. • Provides a safe and...

PUBLIC AREA CLEANING (12am-8a.m. Shift) - Seven Clans Casinos –Thief River Falls

**EXTERNAL POSITION OPENINGS** PUBLIC AREA CLEANING (12am-8a.m. Shift) RATE OF PAY: Depending upon experience LOCATION: Seven Clans Casinos –Thief River Falls, MN OPENS: February 23, 2017 CLOSES: March 09, 2017 SCOPE OF POSITION Under the general supervision of the Public Area Supervisor is responsible for assigned GY duties of Seven Clans Casino/TRF. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Assists with overall cleaning of building providing a safe and sanitary environment for guests and associates....

FRONT DESK CLERK (8am-4pm) - Seven Clans Casino - Thief River Falls

**EXTERNAL POSITION OPENING** FRONT DESK CLERK (8am-4pm) RATE OF PAY: Depending upon experience LOCATION: Seven Clans Casino - Thief River Falls, MN OPENS: February 23, 2017 CLOSES: March 09, 2017 POSITION OBJECTIVES: Reports directly to the Manager and Front Desk Supervisor and oversees assigned duties of the front desk. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive or restrictive; other duties may be assigned as necessary. Requirements...

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