Fabian Fighting Buffer Law


A Northwest Minnesota Legislator is at the heart of a battle brewing at the State Capitol over implementation of new Ag buffer laws requiring the uncompensated set aside of 30 and 50 foot strips along Minnesota Waterways.

Representative Dan Fabian, of Roseau, says the law is poor science and can not be implemented in the timelines allowed. Governor Mark Dayton, meanwhile is digging in his heels, threatening to veto any changes in the legislation.

Fabian, of Roseau, who represents the listening area in the Minnesota State House, says he is representing the interests of County Commissioners in Pennington, Marshall, Roseau and Kittson Counties, all passing resolutions opposed to the buffer law as it’s currently constructed.

GMR School Board Meets in Special Session


The doors will stay open at the GMR School in Middle River, but with a much diminished student population, as the Greenbush Middle River School District this week abandoned their current Middle School Model voting Monday to incorporate next year’s 6th Grade and move 7th and 8th Grades from Middle River to the High School in Greenbush.

Board members say they hope that will increase options for High School electives, but GMR School Board member, Laurie Stromsodt, one of 2 representatives from Middle River on the board and the sole vote against the proposal, said the move does nothing to build faith with the Middle River community or support for a future referendum.

The move will leave the Middle River Campus with a Kindergarten to Grade 5 contingent of only 60 students in a school built to accommodate more than three hundred, and only partially addresses deficit spending.

Proposals to close the Middle River Campus and an anonymous option delivered Monday afternoon were discarded early-on at last night’s Special School Board Session, with discussion focused on Stromsodt’s plan, outlining $400,000 in cuts without relocating students or changing the present configuration of the district. Saying the plan lacked concrete numbers, it was Board Member Carrie Jo Howard that offered the motion to instead adopt just under $300,000 in cuts, relocating Middle School Classes and maintaining elementary classes in both Greenbush and Middle River.

For a meeting that did not allow public comment, the session drew the public in large numbers, crowding the High School Cafeteria in Greenbush to standing room only, and the public did get their say, with applause, when board members noted configuration choices that risked the loss of students in Greenbush as well as Middle River, and when Board Member Brandon Kuznia stated something that seems to be easier said than done, “We have to start building some trust, and it starts with us.”

Morning SUV / School Bus Accident


One person was injured, several students suffered bumps and bruises, after an SUV struck a Clearbrook/Gonvik School bus yesterday at an intersection in Polk County.

According to Information Officer, Sgt. Jesse Grabow, with the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of the SUV, Scott Aune, 53, of Grygla, was injured after his 2006 Pontiac Torrent struck the school bus broadside at the intersection of Highway #92 and Polk County Road #2, near Gully.

Aune was taken to Essentia Hospital in Fosston, with injuries officers at the scene described as non-life threatening.

State Troopers say Aune was southbound on the county road when the vehicle failed to yield at the stop sign, hitting the east bound school bus with 15 students on board. Sgt. Grabow says several of the students suffered bumps and bruises, although none were transported for treatment.

The driver of the school bus, Scott Bakke, 53, of Gonvick, was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat-belts at the time of the accident, reported just before 7:30 Monday morning. Sgt. Grabow says conditions were foggy at the time of the accident.

Alan Rogalla will be getting a extra Christmas card this year


Robert Leonhard Chute, 30, was sentenced for felony terroristic threats. He was ordered to serve 27 months in prison stayed for five years. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 365 days in jail with credit for 136 days. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. Chute was ordered

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Sports Shorts 3.28.17


(Grand Forks, ND) — North Dakota men’s hockey led the nation in attendance for the sixth straight season. The Fighting Hawks drew over 241,000 fans for an average of 11,505 in their 21 home games this season. Wisconsin was a distant second on the list averaging 10,158 fans.

(Fargo, ND) — North Dakota State is continuing its spring practice schedule. The Bison began workouts last week and culminate with the annual Green and Gold Spring Game on April 22nd. Last year’s team that won its sixth straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title and finished 12-and-2 overall with an appearance in the NCAA semifinals.

(St. Paul, MN) — The Wild are back home to clash with the NHL-leading Washington Capitals tonight at The X. Ottawa will come to town on Thursday before the team heads to Nashville on Saturday. The Wild have lost eight of their last nine after Sunday’s 3-2 overtime setback in Detroit. They still sit second in the Central Division with 95 points. The Caps lead the league with 106 points.

(Indianapolis, IN) — The Timberwolves wrap up their three-game road trip tonight in Indiana against the Pacers. Minnesota has lost the first two on the trek and six straight overall after Saturday’s 112-100 setback in Portland. The Wolves are 28-and-44 on the season. The Pacers are seventh in the East at 37-and-36.

(Bradenton, FL) — Adam Frazier and Andrew McCutchen homered in the first inning as the Pirates edged the Twins, 4-1, in Bradenton, Florida. Phil Hughes tossed six innings of four-run ball and took the for Minnesota. Miguel Sano went deep in defeat. The Twins face the Rays today.