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NEWS RECAP 5/15 – Bemidji Now

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Body found in Nest Lake; Flags at half-staff to honor peace officers; State Republicans are raising demands for passage of the Bonding Bill

>>Body of missing kayaker found in Kandiyohi County

(Nest Lake, MN) Kandiyohi County officials have reportedly found the body of a Kansas man who went missing near Nest Lake. 39-year-old Shane White went kayaking on Sunday and did not return to his holiday home. His empty kayak was found on the lake the same day. This morning, authorities say a man’s body was found on the southwest side of the lake. Although they have not confirmed it is White, his wife posted on Facebook that her husband has been found. (24/7 news source)

>>State flags at half-staff for Memorial Day for peace officers

(St. Paul, Minnesota) Flags across the state will be lowered today to honor peace officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. Governor Walz has ordered flags on all state buildings to fly at half-staff until sunset as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The governor said the order honors the peace officers who gave their lives to protect Minnesotans. He also thanked Minnesota law enforcement officers for their dedication and service to communities across the state. (24/7 news source)

>>Ward 1 Candidacy announced

(Bemidji) Gwenia Fiskevold Gould announces her bid for re-election for the Ward 1 seat on the Bemidji City Council. She says she supports updating rental ordinances and cracking down on negligent landlords. By further tackling the housing shortage, Advocating for safety and making citizens’ voices heard are priorities for the future.

>>Republicans are seeking concessions in exchange for support of the Bonding Bill

(St. Paul, Minnesota) Republican lawmakers want some concessions before agreeing to back a capital investment package being considered in the state Legislature. GOP lawmakers announced yesterday that they want the DFL party to drop bills to enact a Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment and a MinnesotaCare public option. They also want a bipartisan election bill and the removal of some provisions from a bill that would increase penalties for purchasing straw guns. They also want $30 million in additional funding for Minnesota’s EMS providers. DFL leaders criticized the demands in a statement yesterday, saying Republicans are throwing up last-minute roadblocks in hopes of scoring points with the media and public. (24/7 news source)

>>Minnesota Judicial Branch announces elimination of pandemic backlog

(St. Paul, Minnesota) Minnesota’s legal system has finally cleared the backlog of criminal cases caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced this week that the state’s caseloads have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Supreme Court Chief Justice Natalie Hudson praised Minnesota’s judges and judicial staff for their hard work to clear the backlog. Hudson said eliminating the backlog is essential to providing Minnesotans with timely access to justice. (24/7 news source)

>>Dylan Festival starts next week in Duluth

(Duluth, MN) A six-day festival celebrating the legacy of Minnesota native Bob Dylan kicks off next week in Duluth. The Duluth Dylan Fest kicks off Tuesday with a jam session at Carmody’s Irish Pub. Other events include a tribute to Dylan’