>>5 Pounds of Meth Found in Package at Hibbing Post Office
(Hibbing, MN) — Authorities in St. Louis County say two people are under arrest in connection with a methamphetamine bust at the U-S Post Office in Hibbing. Deputies say K-9 Officer Murphy of the Lake Superior Violent Offenders Task Force sniffed a suspicious package on Monday and officers discovered about five pounds of meth inside. Two suspects were taken into custody. No other information is being released.
>>DHS Honors 10 Tribal Nations
(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota Department of Human Services is honoring 10 Tribal nations and human services organizations for the innovative ways they service Minnesotans. Commissioner Jodi Harpstead says when awarding the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award, they look for “Organizations that demonstrate best practices in human services, they also achieve results that impact clients, partnering with others in the human services system, and strengthening equity in our communities.”
This year’s winners represent 7 different initiatives based in Mounds View, St. Louis Park, Apple Valley, the Lower Sioux Indian Community, Morton, Minneapolis, Austin, Faribault, and Northfield.
>> Bullying Prevention/Unity Dat
(Undated) — Tomorrow is “Unity Day” and Minnesotans are encouraged to wear orange to help raise awareness about bullying. Julie Hertzog director of Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center says bullying doesn’t stop when the school day ends. She says “If you think about it, kids used to have a haven when they went home from school, they could block out the bullying. But now when the kids are accessing their phones, or their tablets, or their desktop computers — with social media. Literally, it’s 24-7.” It’s estimated that one in four school-aged children will experience bullying this year
>>Deer Population Looks Good for Firearms Deer Opener
(St. Paul, MN) — With the firearms deer hunting season just weeks away, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is out with field reports. In the southern part of Minnesota, deer populations are increasing, and deer fared well over the winter. In central Minnesota deer populations remain robust and have been feeding on a bumper crop of acorns. In the northeast, deer populations struggle to recover due to a severe winter and predation. In northwestern Minnesota deer populations are mostly stable and fared well over the winter. The DNR estimates that more than 400,000 hunters will be out on the opening day on Saturday, November 4th. The DNR reminds hunters to check their permit areas to determine if they must provide samples to test for chronic wasting disease.
>>Weekly Crop Update
(Undated) — Minnesota farmers welcomed widespread rain last week. USDA’s latest crop update shows soil moisture supplies were somewhat recharged, but less than 40 percent of subsoil is rated adequate to surplus. The harvest pace maintained its lead over the five-year average, with 45 percent of the corn crop and 76 percent of soybeans harvested. The moisture content for corn being harvested is averaging 19 percent. The dry edible bean harvest is wrapping up, potatoes are 92 percent harvested, and the sugar beet harvest is progressing faster than normal at 61 percent complete as of Sunday.