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91-yr-old Fargo pilot grounded by FAA

By |2019-06-05T05:24:44-05:00June 5th, 2019|

A long-time Fargo pilot says he's preparing for a possible court battle to get his license back. Victor Gelking says the F-A-A revoked his pilot and flight instructor licenses after he was involved in a moving violation at the airport. The 91-year-old Gelking says he may be the victim of age discrimination. Gelking says he passed his medical exams and his age is not relevant to his license status. The F-A-A hasn't commented, but the agency's website says Gelking's license expired on May 31st.

Smith: Administration hands farmers mixed bag of policies

By |2019-06-05T10:59:52-05:00June 5th, 2019|

Amid concerns of potential tariffs on Mexican imports, U-S Senator Tina Smith says farmers are happy about the Trump Administration's approval to allow e-15 blended gas to be produced year round. But Smith says the issue of refinery waivers issued by the administration is still a problem. "That's actually taking a bigger bite out of market share than we are gaining back by year-round e-15. Waivers being given to refineries so that they don't have to blend. Nobody knows who's getting it or why they're getting it, and it's not helpful at all." Smith did say the move will have positive [...]

MN Revenue Department launches new website with user-friendly features

By |2019-06-05T05:37:13-05:00June 5th, 2019|

The state Revenue Department has launched a redesigned website and Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly says up front are the most common tasks people want to know about: "For example, it includes our Where's My Refund system; how to register for a tax I-D if you're setting up a new business where you're gonna need to pay sales tax; how to calculate a sales tax rate.   There are a number of different rates across the state of Minnesota." Bauerly says it's also easy to get information on filing a tax return and making a payment.

Duluth man charged in wife’s stabbing death

By |2019-06-05T05:39:57-05:00June 5th, 2019|

A Duluth man is charged with second-degree murder after authorities say he fatally stabbed his wife during an argument Sunday night after she told him she wanted a divorce. Investigators say 40-year-old Ryan Jazdzewski told them he got into a "horrible fight" with his 41-year-old wife Nicole at their Chester Park home, took a knife she grabbed for self-defense and stabbed her 10 to 12 times. Responding officers found the couple's seven-year-old daughter with blood all over her clothing, arms and legs. The other children were removed from the residence. Jazdzewski's arraignment is set for tomorrow (Wed).

MN Mosquito outlook depends on heat

By |2019-06-05T05:22:30-05:00June 5th, 2019|

Peak mosquito season hasn't really begun yet. We asked an expert just how bad it could be this summer.... "We've had plenty of moisture input so far this year, and mosquitoes like wet conditions overall, so there's been plenty of water for them. What we're waiting to see is just how warm of a summer we have the hotter it is the more mosquito production we'll have." The state Health Department's Dave Neitzel says the risk of mosquito-borne disease--such as West Nile--increases in late summer. And he's reminding Minnesotans that the peak season for tick-borne diseases is already underway.

Next weekend is “Take a Kid Fishing” Weekend in MN

By |2019-06-04T05:02:40-05:00June 4th, 2019|

Next Friday through Sunday (June 7,8,9) is "Take a Kid Fishing" Weekend and Minnesota residents can fish without a license if they take someone 15 or younger out angling.   The D-N-R's Jeff Ledermann says he started his kids fishing when they were two: "My younger one is now 22 and I'm going out with her on Friday -- so you build that interest at a young age and you'll have a partner to go fishing with for life." Ledermann says fishing connects people to wild places right outside their door.

BBB warns of online pet scams

By |2019-06-04T05:00:48-05:00June 4th, 2019|

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is seeing a rise in fake websites that are scamming would-be pet owners out of money. "People are finding cute pets online and contacting the sellers, the sellers make it seem like they are legitimate animals that for sale and they eventually ask the would-be pet owners to wire money over and the would-be pet owners never receive a pet." The BBB's Bess Ellenson says the best way to avoid this scam is to only buy a pet after meeting the animal and the breeder or owner face-to-face.

Final look, 2018 MN Homeless Study

By |2019-06-04T04:55:01-05:00June 4th, 2019|

In MNN's final look at the 2018 Minnesota Homeless study, Brian Pittman with Wilder Research says the numbers released this month says despite an overall increase of 10% in the homeless population, one group did see a drop from the last study. "One good thing we actually saw families decrease by 5 percent, but even with that, children and youth still make up about 46 percent of the overall homeless population that we've counted." Pittman says much of the younger homeless population reported similar stories of experiencing some sort of trauma both before and during their periods of homelessness. A full [...]

Summer food safety tips

By |2019-06-03T05:57:49-05:00June 3rd, 2019|

The keys to summertime food safety are keeping things clean, cooked and cold: "If you have foods that are sitting outside for more than a couple of hours they should really be disposed of to remove any chance that bacteria that could've been on the food could grow to levels that could cause illness." Craig Hedberg with the U of M School of Public Health says refrigerate foods you want to save as soon as you're done eating.

Greater MN group says bonding bills should be larger than $1B

By |2019-06-03T05:56:17-05:00June 3rd, 2019|

"Pretty significant disappointment," says the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities about the legislature *not* passing a bonding bill for state public works projects during this year's session. Spokesman Bradley Peterson contends it's time for lawmakers to re-think the approach to bonding: "For years, since I think the '90s, we've been living under this notion that a bonding bill can't be bigger than a billion dollars -- and I think it's time that we move our thinking beyond that." In recent years the debate over bonding bills has been tangled up with attempts to provide more funding for roads and bridges.

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