1. Cass County secure drop box unusable after 5 p.m. from June 13 to Election Day
Cass County voters who wish to drop off their absentee ballots at the courthouse are asked to do so by 5 p.m. June 13, as the secure drop box outside the courthouse at 211 9th Street South in Fargo will be closed from 5 p.m. on June 13 until Election Day, June 14.
Voters planning to drop off their absentee ballots by 5 p.m. on June 13 are asked to ensure they place their absentee ballot in the mail-provided envelope and sign and seal the ballot. vote before placing it in the drop box.
2. Extremely high water levels continue to cause problems on Lake of the Woods and other border waters
Things are going from bad to worse on Lake of the Woods and other border waters between Minnesota and Canada, as resort owners, landowners and others scramble to prevent levels from steadily rising water from causing further damage to docks, boathouses and other property.
Simply put, it’s a mess, the result of late snowmelt after a winter of heavy snowfall in the border country and record or near-record rainfall over the past two months in the catchment.
“It’s really sad,” said Dick Myers, who lives on Flag Island in Minnesota’s northwest corner. “We went through two years of border closures (due to COVID) and now this.”
According to the Lake of the Woods Control Board, Lake of the Woods was 1,062.6 feet above sea level on Thursday, higher than the 2014 peak of 1,062.29 but lower than the record of 1,064 feet set in July 1950.
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3. Still no agreement on special session, Minnesota governor and legislative leaders say
Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders Friday, June 3 walked away from a meeting without agreeing to take lawmakers back to Capitol Hill to pass the bulk of an $8 billion deal.
Without a way forward, the vast budget surplus could remain in state coffers. Meanwhile, stakeholders who have spent months asking the state for help and taxpayers who have asked for relief would get no further help.
Walz, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, and Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, met Friday for the first time since the Legislative Assembly adjourned the legislative session without complete much of their work.
While the DFL governor said he hoped to pave the way for a special session, leaders failed to do so during the virtual meeting. But Walz said they agreed to bring back a handful of committee chairs next week.
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4. With early voting in ND starting Monday, a few reminders about what you’ll need to vote
Between early voting, Election Day on June 14, and so many different candidates vying, it can be difficult to follow the voting rules.
Cass County Elections Coordinator DeAnne Buckhouse says she hears a lot of confusion this time of year, especially from first-time voters or new Americans.
“I think the most important thing for people is to make sure they bring their ID with them,” Buckhouse said.
A driver’s license or state-issued ID card will suffice. And you’ll want to make sure the address is up to date.
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5. A Fargo couple put a house up for sale to travel to the United States in a Scamp motorhome
A Fargo couple has decided that our lousy winters and our desire to explore America mean it’s time to end the traditional way of life. Their house is now for sale and a 13ft motorhome will soon be residence.
Austin Schmitz and Laura Bennett admit that their Scamp motorhome might be a little comfy, but they love the Scamp, and it will soon be home.
“It seems small, but we really have everything we need here,” Schmitz said.
“The pandemic is really what drove us and it was kind of a now or never thing,” Bennett said.
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