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Local News Podcast, Friday, September 30, 2016

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Area Water Contaminated with Chromium 6

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He called it “something new on the radar.”

Thief River Falls Water Systems Superintendent, Wayne Johnson, after trace levels of Chromium 6 were found in water samples taken in Polk and Beltrami Counties.

The findings were published by an agency known as the Environmental Working Group, headquartered in Washington D.C., citing the results of 60,000 water samples taken by utilities across the country from 2013 until 2015.

No testing was done in Pennington, Red Lake, Marshall, Kittson or Roseau Counties, but samples in Polk and Beltrami Counties turned up trace amounts at point zero two parts per billion or less.

Higher amounts, from 1 to 5 parts per billion, were found among 8 samples taken in Grand Forks County.

Johnson says the State Department of Health has tested and cleared city water for “total chromium” three times over the past 10 years, although the state does not test specifically for Chromium 6, which was  the subject of a 1993 law suit against California Utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, detailed in the Academy Award Winning Movie, Erin Brockovich.

Scientists say various types of Chromium are naturally occurring, although Chromium 6 is generally traced to industrial sources.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the chemical is a highly toxic carcinogen, although the agency also says the trace amounts found in Polk and Beltrami Counties pose only a negligible risk over a lifetime of consumption.

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Juan Jaime Vielma sentenced for felony second degree burglary

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Juan Jaime Vielma, 22, Thief River Falls, was sentenced for felony second degree burglary. Vielma was granted a five-year stay of imposition. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 60 days in jail or electronic home monitoring at his own expense. Vielma was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years.

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City Leaf Pick-up Information

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As fall breezes begin to strip fall color from the trees in Northwestern Minnesota, the City of Thief River Falls has announced the re-emergence of the Street and Sanitation Leaf Vacuum, scheduled to begin operation next week, on October 3rd.

Leaves can be piled for pickup on North / South Avenues city-wide, please keep piles out of the gutter, where they can plug city grates and storm sewers, with pick-up Ward by Ward, beginning with Ward #1 on Mondays, ending with Ward #5 on Fridays.

Fall yard waste is also being taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the City Shop on Atlantic Avenue North in Thief River Falls.

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Local Sports Podcast, Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Bushy commits to St. Cloud State

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DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque Fighting Saints defenseman Brendan Bushy announced his verbal commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University on Wednesday. Previously a standout at Thief River Falls High School, Bushy is in his first season with the Fighting Saints and the USHL.

“I’m really, super, super, super excited. I loved it when I visited there,” said Bushy. “I fell in love with the team, the coaches and everything that St. Cloud has to offer. It just felt right in my heart.”

“Now it’s time to get back to playing hockey, and getting going on a good season.”

Bushy played his first regular season game with the Saints against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday, and he suited up in five preseason games. Prior to that, he notched 31 points in his final season with Thief River Falls High School, including six goals and 25 assists.

“We are really excited for Brendan,” head coach and general manager of the Fighting Saints, Jason Lammers, said. “He earned the opportunity at St. Cloud because of his attitude, work ethic, and commitment to his craft. We are excited to be a part of Brendan’s development as he grows into the player and person that he wants to be.”

Under the direction of 11th-year head coach Bob Motzko, St. Cloud has cultivated a culture of winning. Last season, St. Cloud finished with 31 wins, which was the most in the past seven seasons.

Bushy and the Fighting Saints will take to home ice for the first time on Opening Night, presented by American Trust on Friday, September 30 at 7:35 p.m. against the Green Bay Gamblers. 

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