Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and firstname.lastname@example.org. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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BEMIDJI - The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in northwest Minnesota due to accumulating heavy snow, increased winds and reduced visibility. In a statement issued late Sunday afternoon, MnDOT said snow plow operators have been extremely busy trying to keep the highways clear but increasing snow amounts and winds will continue to cause conditions to deteriorate. MnDOT offered advice in the event of snow and ice storms:
BEMIDJI - The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning effective Sunday morning through noon Monday, upgrading its previously issued watch.
BEMIDJI – A winter storm watch has been issued for northwest Minnesota, and the Bemidji area could receive the worst of the snow totals. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks issued the watch, stating a low pressure will push snow into southeastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota after midnight Saturday. The storm will then track into the Red River Valley and northwest Minnesota on Sunday, lasting into Monday.
WASHINGTON – One of the most outspoken advocates for rural mail delivery said the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to halt Saturday delivery is a disservice to Minnesotans. “I’m extremely disappointed that the Postal Service will be discontinuing Saturday delivery,” U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said in a statement issued Wednesday.
BEMIDJI – One of five statewide meetings to gather public input about proposed updates to Minnesota’s list of endangered plants and animals species is planned for tonight. The Department of Natural Resources is hosting hearings across the state to give the public the chance to comment on proposed updates to species in danger of disappearing from the Minnesota landscape.
BEMIDJI – Finally, a warm-up is forecast this week and outdoor enthsusiasts will rejoice. If predictions hold true, it should make getting outside a bit easier, particularly for those snow-loving enthusiasts. One to 3 inches of snow is expected Monday night, and more is possible Wednesday. That should make it appealing for skiers and snowmobilers to head outdoors.
BEMIDJI – More computers are being sought for a project connecting people with technology needs, the United Way of Bemidji Area said Monday in a news release. Businesses or people who can donate computers are asked to do so by Wednesday or Thursday. Computers will be refurbished and distributed to recipients on Friday. In addition to computers, related accessories like printers and scanners are being accepted.
BEMIDJI - About 200 people turned out Sunday for a photo shoot at Chet Anderson Stadium on the Bemidji State University campus to wish former Beaver player Trent Baalke well in next weekend's Super Bowl. Baalke is the general manager for the San Francisco 49ers, who will face the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL championship game. Among those gathering Sunday were BSU alumni, friends, student-athletes and other students, coaches, President Richard Hanson, and former President Jim Bensen and his wife, Nancy.
ELY - Lily the Internet-famous black bear has given birth again, to a pair of cubs early Saturday morning in a den near Ely. As with the birth of Hope in 2010, and Faith and Jason in 2011, the arrival of the two new cubs was broadcast live around the world via a Web camera placed in the den. “Lily was restless Friday evening and surprised us by giving birth a week earlier than she has previously,” Lynn Rogers of the North American Bear Center said in a news release. “We’re thrilled to hear the sounds of healthy cubs.”
FRISCO, Texas – Some aspects of a football game don’t garner a lot of fanfare. But the X’s and O’s of technology – mainly the secure, uninterrupted audio of a coaching staff’s intercom system or video for team meetings – can be as important as players who are blocking, tackling, kicking or running with the ball. That’s how Ben Stowe makes his living. It’s a job that has taken Stowe, the 37-year-old president of NLFX Professional in Bemidji, around the world.