Cass County authorities report that two people were arrested early Friday morning after a rural Cass Lake resident reported he had been assaulted and a firearm had been stolen from his residence during the assault shortly before midnight Thursday.
A 26-year-old Cass Lake man and a 21-year-old Cass Lake woman were arrested. The woman has been released pending investigation, according to the sheriff's department.
While making these arrests, Cass County authorities arrested another 26-year-old Cass Lake man on outstanding warrants.
In another incident, a 57-year-old Cass Lake man was hospitalized after being assaulted Dec. 30. Law enforcement from Cass County, Cass Lake, Pike Bay and Leech Lake are investigating the incident, according to the sheriff's department.
Cass gets additional funds
for food shelf
WALKER -- Cass County has been chosen to receive $16,635 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, and National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent. The board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
A board made up of local representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Cass County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non-discrimination 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.
Cass County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to Pine River, Cass Lake, Walker, Remer, Longville and Pillager Food Shelves. Also participating is the Boy River/Remer Nutrition site, Family Safety Network and Bi-CAP.
Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Anne McGill at Bi-CAP 751-4631 or toll free 1-800-332-7161 before Jan. 15.
Meeting planned on adding lakes to impaired waters list
A public informational meeting will be held at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Brainerd field office from 1-3 p.m., Thursday to discuss the addition of two local lakes and four parts of the Crow Wing River to the state's impaired waters list and the process to clean up these waters under federal law.
Under the Federal Clean Water Act, states are required every two years to prepare a list of the lakes and streams that do not meet the state's water quality standards. The MPCA assesses waterways in Minnesota to determine the health of its lakes, rivers and streams. This determines which are safe for fishing, swimming, and drinking, and provide healthy habitats for aquatic life.
The MPCA has added the following local areas to the list:
* Four stretches of the Crow Wing River are listed for aquatic consumption impairment of mercury contamination, aquatic life impairment for water clarity due to sediments and algae, and recreational impairment for fecal coliform.
* Pleasant Lake in Cass County for aquatic consumption impairment as a result of mercury contamination.
* Beauty Lake in Hubbard County for aquatic consumption impairment as a result of mercury contamination. These waters join the 14 lakes in Crow Wing County added to the impaired waters list in 2003 as a result of mercury contamination.
County highway department receives two merit awards
The Crow Wing County Highway Department has received two Merit Awards for Construction of Excellence from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The county received awards for County State Aid Highway 39 in Ideal Township, a federal aid project, and for CSAH 77 in Nisswa, a rural-state aid project. The awards were presented at the 50th annual Minnesota Asphalt Conference in December sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.
A merit award for construction excellence is for a project deemed to be the best of its class completed in Minnesota during 2003.
The county also received honorable mention for County Road 145, a county-funded project, which begins at Highway 371 in Jenkins.
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