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(Bemidji)  Two men have been charged in the death of a Bemidji man in August.  The Beltrami County Attorney’s Office has charged 40-year-old Joseph Robert Eason with 1st Degree manslaughter, and 36-year-old Daniel James Eason with aiding an offender after the fact. The victim in the case was 29-year-old Jared William Eason of Bemidji, who was found dead of blunt-force injuries at a Minnesota Avenue residence following a requested Bemidji Police Department welfare check. Bemidji Police Detectives and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension cooperated in the investigation.

( Bemidji), MN – All residents of Red Pine Estates have been safely and successfully relocated.

According to a Press Release from Beltrami County Health and Human  Services Director Anne Lindseth and Bemidji City Attorney Katie Nolting, a building inspection brought to light significant structural concerns at the Ridgeway Avenue Apartment complex, and residents were told to vacate immediately. The one week timeline was a huge challenge, and highlighted a lack of available housing options. The generosity of the community, combined with efforts of the City and County, ensured all the residents were safely sheltered when the doors were closed.  In late September, all the displaced residents had secured housing. The release emphasizes the tremendous generosity of many with time and money.  If you would like to support local housing efforts through donations please contact United Way of the Bemidji Area or Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

>> Mesabi Metallics Plant Project Struggles Forward

(Nashwauk, MN) – An Itasca County concentrator and pellet plant continues to be built, despite the potential it would run out of ore in less than a decade. Mesabi Metallics broke ground on the plant in Nashwauk 15 years ago, but it is only half-constructed. The project has been held up by its parent company’s bankruptcy in 2017, and state officials pulled minerals leases after several missed deadlines. Officials say the India-based Essar is committed to finishing the project, which will require another $800 million. They also admit that its own iron ore stocks would allow the company to operate for eight to ten years.

>>Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Protest Outside Stauber’s Northern MN Office

(Hermantown, MN)  — A group of protesters gathered at Congressman Pete Stauber’s constituent office in Hermantown yesterday calling for a cease-fire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. They taped signs to the windows noting that the Republican congressman recently voted for a 14-billion dollar aid package for Israel.  Protesters also placed rocks in front of the building’s door, imitating the practice of placing stones on a Jewish grave as an act of mourning.  Protesters said the rocks were meant to honor the lives of those who have died during the conflict.

>>Minnesota Man Faces Multiple Charges In Bismarck Underage Sex Case

(Bismarck, ND)    A Rollingstone, Minnesota man is in custody facing a number of charges after he allegedly drove more than 500 miles to meet and later sexually assault a 13-year-old girl in Bismarck.  Court officials say 19-year-old Shawn Pozanc faces two charges of gross sexual imposition where the victim is under 15 and a single count of using a computer or other electronic device to lure a minor.  The man could face two decades in prison for each of the two sexual-imposition charges.

>>Governor, Lt. Gov. To Announce Money For MN Food Banks

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota officials are announcing  a big donation to the state’s regional food banks.  Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are scheduled to announce a five-million-dollar allocation to the seven food banks this morning.  The money will come from American Rescue Plan Act funding.  Governor Walz also signed a law that sent five-million dollars in emergency funding to those organizations in March.

>>Flag And Seal Commission To Name Five Finalists

(St. Paul, MN)    The panel that will decide on a new flag and seal for Minnesota is hoping to make some important decisions tomorrow.  The State Emblems Redesign Commission will meet tomorrow afternoon with a goal of selecting five finalists for consideration.   The commission received more than 26-hundred designs for the new flag and seal and needs to have a final recommendation for both emblems ready by January 1st.