LOCAL NEWS - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
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Posted on 12-12-2012
ABOUT A HALF-DOZEN PEOPLE WERE AT LAST NIGHT’S TRUTH-IN-TAXATION HEARING, AT THE ROSEAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE. THE COUNTY BOARD WILL FINALIZE NEXT YEAR’S LEVY AND BUDGET AT A MEETING JUST AFTER CHRISTMAS. THE PROPOSED BUDGET SHOWS A 339 THOUSAND DOLLAR SHORTFALL. MOST OF THE QUESTIONS AT LAST NIGHT’S HEARING WERE RELATED TO PROPERTY VALUATIONS.

AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING, THE COUNTY BOARD (BY A 3-2 VOTE) APPOINTED FLOYD HAUGEN TO THE ROSEAU RIVER WATERSHED BOARD; HE’LL FILL THE REMAINDER OF TODD MILLER’S TERM.




AGASSIZ NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE HAS WOODCUTTING PERMITS AVAILABLE FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, AT A COST OF FORTY DOLLARS. THAT WOOD IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. WOODCUTTING IS A MANAGEMENT TOOL, USED TO ENHANCE AN OAK SAVANNA HABITAT AT THE REFUGE.




THE LAKE OF THE WOODS EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE IS HOSTING A BINGO “FUN-RAISER” SATURDAY AT LAKEWOOD CARE CENTER IN BAUDETTE. THAT’S FROM 3:30 – 5 P.M.




FORTY-FOUR YEAR OLD SCOTT BOOTHMAN OF WARROAD IS IN A GRAFTON JAIL, FACING FELONY CHARGES AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE. BOOTHMAN ALSO FACES RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY FORCING HIS GIRLFRIEND AND HER DAUGHTER TO STAND OUTSIDE IN BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES.




THE MINNESOTA D.N.R. WILL UPDATE ITS LIST OF THREATENED OR ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND PLANTS; AND HAS SCHEDULED A SERIES OF PUBLIC HEARINGS IN THE NEW YEAR. ONE OF THOSE IS FEBRUARY 5TH AT THE SANFORD CENTER IN BEMIDJI. AMONG THE SIXTY-SEVEN ANIMALS EXPECTED TO BE ADDED TO THE ENDANGERED LIST ARE THE MOOSE AND THE BOREAL OWL.




THE ROSEAU EAGLES AUXILIARY WILL AGAIN SERVE A MEAL ON CHRISTMAS DAY AT THE ROSEAU FOUR SEASONS CENTER, AS PART OF IT’S “DON’T SPEND CHRISTMAS ALONE” EFFORT.




THE DEER HARVEST IN MINNESOTA’S NORTHWEST REGION WAS DOWN BY EIGHT-POINT-FOUR PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR’S FIREARMS SEASON, AS NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICIALS TRY TO INCREASE THE POPULATION. JOHN WILLIAMS, THE ACTING REGIONAL WILDLIFE SUPERVISOR IN BEMIDJI, SAYS HE THINKS THE NORTHWEST WILL BE CLOSER TO AN IDEAL DEER POPULATION IN 2013.




THE ROSEAU CITY COUNCIL APPROVED ITS 2013 BUDGET AT A MONDAY MEETING. INCLUDED ARE STREET PROJECTS ON 9TH AVENUE AND 4TH STREET NORTHEAST PRELIMINARY PLANNING FOR A FIRE HALL AND LIQUOR STORE EXPANSION AND PAVEMENT WORKS AT THE ROSEAU AIRPORT.




A REPORT FROM THE ANNIE CASEY FOUNDATION SAYS THE JOBLESS RATE FOR MINNESOTA TEENAGERS IS FIFTY-EIGHT PERCENT; AND THAT NUMBER IS BETTER THAN MOST OTHER STATES. MONTE HANSON, WITH THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SAYS PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THE NUMBER OF OLDER PEOPLE IN THE WORKPLACE.




ROSEAU FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS PRESENT THEIR HOLIDAY MUSIC PROGRAM TOMORROW (AT TEN AND TWO) AT THE ROSEAU SCHOOL THEATRE.




THE RATE OF DIABETES IN MINNESOTA HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE 1995, AND FOLKS AT THE ROSEAU AREA DIABETES CENTER SAY THERE ARE ABOUT NINE HUNDRED ADULTS IN ROSEAU COUNTY WITH DIABETES. KARLEEN THOMPSON, THE COORDINATOR OF THAT CENTER, SAYS THERE ARE MANY MORE PEOPLE AT RISK.