REPRESENTATIVE MICHELLE FISHBACH WAS JOINED BY 96 OF HER COLLEAGUES IN SENDING A LETTER TO PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN DEMANDING ACTION ON FERTILIZER PRICES. THE LETTER STATED THAT LAST MONTH “FERTILIZER REACHED THE HIGHEST PRICE EVER RECORDED.” THOSE PRICES ARE BEING AFFECTED BY SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES AND RECENT SANCTIONS ON RUSSIAN IMPORTS OF FERTILIZER.
THERE IS A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THAT WILL AFFECT MOST OUR LISTENING AREA TODAY AND INTO TOMORROW. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS COULD VARY GREATLY, FROM JUST A LITTLE TO AS MUCH AS FIVE INCHES. WINDY CONDITIONS COULD LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AS WELL.
THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE AN EXTENSION TO THE PAUSE ON STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT THROUGH AUGUST 31. THAT PAUSE HAS EXTENDED SEVERAL TIMES THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC, AND WAS CURRENTLY SET TO EXPIRE ON MAY 1. THE PAUSE MEANT MOST BORROWERS NEEDN’T MAKE PAYMENTS, WHILE INTEREST WAS PAUSED. BORROWERS COULD MAKE PAYMENTS IF THEY WANTED TO THAT WOULD 100% GO TOWARDS THEIR PRINCIPAL BALANCE.
ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY OF HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES IN MINNESOTA, 88% REPORT HAVING PROBLEMS FINDING ENOUGH STAFF. THE GRAND FORKS HERALD FEATURES A STORY ON BUSINESSES ALONG LAKE SUPERIOR’S NORTH SHORE, AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE BUSY TOURIST SEASON WHILE BEING UNDERSTAFFED. SOME ARE OFFERING FREE HOUSING TO SEASONAL WORKERS, WHILE THE VERY POPULAR SVEN & OLE’S PIZZA IN GRAND MARAIS IS OFFERING UP TO $21 PER HOUR.
OUTGOING THIEF RIVER FALLS SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT DONITA STEPAN AND CROOKSTON SUPERINTENDENT JEREMY OLSON ARE TWO OF FOUR FINALISTS FOR A SUPERINTENDENT’S JOB IN BEMIDJI.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MANLEY OLMSTEAD OF ROSEAU WILL BE HELD NEXT WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 (10 AM) AT MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH IN ROSEAU. VISITATION WILL BE ONE HOUR PRIOR AT THE CHURCH. INTERMENT WILL BE AT MALUNG CEMETERY FOLLOWING THE SERVICE. MANLEY OLMSTEAD WAS 95.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR TRAVIS J. KELLEY OF WARROAD WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (10 AM) AT THE WARROAD COMMUNITY CHURCH IN WARROAD. VISITATION WILL BE HELD ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE SERVICE AT THE CHURCH. INTERMENT TO BE HELD AT A LATER DATE. TRAVIS KELLEY WAS 50.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARLYSS LADOUCER OF KARLSTAD WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (11 AM) AT FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN KARLSTAD. VISITATION WILL BE ONE HOUR PRIOR AT THE CHURCH. MARLYSS LADOUCER WAS 83.
FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:
An Orono man pleaded guilty to driving drunk before a high-speed crash last summer that killed two young men, including the son of the University of Minnesota men’s hockey coach. Authorities say James Blue’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit for driving when he was behind the wheel of a Bentley that crashed into a wooded area on July 24. The crash killed 20-year-old Mack Motzko, son of Gophers coach Bob Motzko, and 24-year-old Sam Schuneman. The deal calls for a sentence of more than seven years in prison.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the bird flu is spreading to additional poultry flocks in the state. The latest outbreak of avian influenza has now affected 15 flocks in the state, up from seven last Friday. The outbreak is s a serious threat to Minnesota’s turkey industry, with nearly 700 farms that raise about 40 million birds a year.
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