Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, including the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to breaking and enterprise news, we offer a wide variety of sports, features, business, agriculture, outdoors and opinion content. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.
- Member for
- 5 years 5 months
WASHINGTON—Minnesota gets a new U.S. senator on Jan. 3. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Al Franken said on Wednesday, Dec. 20, that the senator will resign on Jan. 2. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is to be sworn in the next day. The announcement puts to rest rumors that Franken will decide to stay in office after announcing two weeks ago that he would resign over sexual misconduct allegations. At the time, he only said he would leave the Senate "in coming weeks." That produced speculation that he may opt to remain in office.
RED LAKE, Minn.—An overdose on the Red Lake reservation prompted law enforcement there to warn the public about heroin-related risks Tuesday. According to a release posted on the Red Lake Police Department's Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, an overdose victim was "dumped" at the Red Lake hospital on either Monday or Tuesday. In the release, the police department urged bystanders and friends of an overdose victim to remain with the person until help arrives, and emphasized the importance of quickly obtaining medical treatment.
Carson Wentz and Adam Thielen, who played football for two area high schools, have been selected to play in the National Football League's Pro Bowl. Wentz, a second-year quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Thielen, a fourth-year wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, were among those named to the NFC team's starting roster. Wentz played high school football at Bismarck (N.D.) Century and college football at North Dakota State. Thielen played high school football at Detroit Lakes (Minn.) and college football at Minnesota State-Mankato.
TENSTRIKE, Minn.—Two people were injured Tuesday, Dec. 19, and a highway closed after a crash involving a propane delivery truck north of Bemidji.
WHITE EARTH, Minn. — A spike in overdoses on the White Earth Reservation in the past 48 hours prompted law enforcement there to warn the public Tuesday, Dec. 19, about heroin-related risks. A news release sent Tuesday morning said that in the past two days the White Earth Police Department and the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department responded to seven "overdose related" calls, two of which resulted in deaths. In the release, White Earth Police Chief Michael LaRoque said that even regular heroin users are at risk of an overdose and encouraged them to seek help.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Monday identified the woman who drowned after an ATV she was riding on went through the ice late Friday night, Dec. 15, on Grace Lake. Authorities say Lauren Lund, 23, of Bemidji died at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center after she was pulled from the water by rescue personnel, release Monday from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office said.
New pike regulations set for Minnesota anglers Northern pike anglers on Minnesota inland waters will face new regulations beginning with the general fishing opener Saturday, May 12. The new regulations technically take effect March 1, but fishing for pike isn't allowed on Minnesota inland waters until the May 12 opener. The regulations split the state into three zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources said.
BEMIDJI—A woman drowned and a man survived after the ATV they were riding went through the ice on Grace Lake early Saturday, Dec. 16. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, the pair went through the ice just after 12 a.m. Saturday. Grace Lake straddles Beltrami and Hubbard counties and is about 8 miles southeast of Bemidji just off U.S. Highway 2.
ST. PAUL—The labor union of faculty members at Minnesota's two-year colleges filed a lawsuit Friday asking a Ramsey County District Court judge to enforce an arbitrator's ruling that found the Minnesota State system owed its instructors hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Park Rapids man who was killed in a head-on collision on Thursday morning, Dec. 14, on an icy U.S. Highway 71 in Hubbard County. Dale Maves, 75, was northbound on Highway 71 driving a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle when he was struck head-on by a 2002 Subaru Legacy, which was southbound on the highway but slid on the icy road into the northbound lane. Road conditions were listed as snowy and icy, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.