Better to sell or reinvest?

That’s the question the city of Red Wing posed to citizens this week during a public hearing over the future of the financially-troubled Mississippi National Golf Links.

The city sued the operator of the scenic riverbluff course last month after he closed it up and began selling off some of its equipment. The city alleged that Wendell Pittenger violated terms of his contract with the city by failing to make due on a $1.1 million bond payment.

City officials like the idea of keeping the 36-hole course open and operating it as a recreational draw, but would prefer it be run by a private or non-profit group, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.


Firefighters in Bemidji were forced to put their Thanksgiving dinner plans on hold for at least a few hours Thursday after a fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. at the Birchwood Color Center on the outskirts of town.

The fire was about 50 percent contained by about 1:45 p.m., but not before causing more than $400,000 in damages, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

No one was injured in the fire, which is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Bemidji fire and police departments.


Getting the scoop on Kandiyohi County's most wanted criminals just got a whole lot easier.

Earlier this week, the county sheriff's office joined Facebook, according to the West Central Tribune in Willmar.

With the click of a mouse and a few keyboard strokes, county residents are now only seconds away from getting the latest updates on local criminal investigations.