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Here are the results from the Bemidji Schools ISD 31 referendum vote. Results will come in as the polls close. For more info log on to minnesotadailynews.com.

SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #31) Revoking Existing Referendum Revenue Authorization; Approving New Authorization The board of Independent School District No. 31 (Bemidji), Minnesota has proposed to revoke all of the School District’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $180 per pupil and replace that authorization with a new authorization of $460 per pupil. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be first levied in 2021 for taxes payable in 2022 and applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. Shall the revocation of the existing referendum authorization and the new authorization proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 31 (Bemidji), Minnesota be approved?

Bemidji Schools

OfficeCandidate# of votes% of votesPrecincts Reporting
SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #31)NO374952.210 of 10 reporting
SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #31)YES343247.810 of 10 reporting

BASD Schools Remain Closed
January 19, 2022, 11:02 am

The Bemidji Area School District will remain closed for the remainder of the week, through Friday due to high COVID-19 numbers and other illnesses. In a letter sent out to parents and staff Tuesday night, school officials say the district continues to struggle with the capacity to remain open and to adequately staff facilities. Because of the emergency closure, all scheduled activities will be canceled .

Bemidji Revisits Alcohol in Outdoor Spaces
January 19, 2022, 10:51 am

Bemidji residents made their views known at this weeks Bemidji City Council meeting about a proposed ordinance adjustment that would allow restaurants in the city to serve alcohol outdoors and use public right-of-ways for patio space. Downtown restaurants were allowed to expand their outdoor dining spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in 2020. Last summer, alcohol was not allowed to be served in the public streets and sidewalks. The new amendments would allow alcohol. This was the second reading of the amendments. The council will vote on them at the third reading.

The Ice Highway is Open
January 18, 2022, 10:59 am

A 37-mile ice highway in Minnesota that takes motorists across the mammoth Lake of the Woods to the northernmost point in the contiguous United States is open for the second straight year, with a toll of $250 per vehicle. The road, which costs an estimated $1,500 per mile for plowing and other upkeep, begins in Warroad and ends at the Northwest Angle resort community, which is known for its ice fishing. The highway allows people to bypass a drive into Canada or get there in a vehicle rather than a plane or snowmobile.

BSU to Offer Math Scholarships
January 14, 2022, 11:04 am

Bemidji State University is helping schools in northern Minnesota address a critical shortage of math teachers by offering scholarships to more than a dozen math education majors. In addition to a stipend that will offset the cost of books, housing and professional development conferences. The grant is being funded by the National Science Foundation. January 31st is the deadline for applicants.

Relief on the Way for Strained Hospitals
January 13, 2022, 10:26 am

Up to 350 healthcare professionals, mostly nurses, could soon be arriving in Minnesota to work 60 hours a week for 60 days to help strained hospitals combat the omicron surge in Minnesota. The deal is not set in stone just yet, but Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said a deal is currently being negotiated.

MLK Day Reminders
January 12, 2022, 10:48 am

Bemidji City offices will be closed on Monday January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. In addition, City residential refuse customers who are normally picked up on Monday, January 17th will be picked up on Tuesday, Jan 18th.

Decline in State ICU Cases
January 11, 2022, 11:01 am

Minnesota health officials looking for a silver lining in the spread of the coronavirus omicron variant say they hope it can be found in declining intensive-care hospitalizations for COVID-19. That figure fell from 374 in mid-December to 255 on Friday. The decline temporarily eases pressure on hospitals as they brace for the wave of omicron infections. Despite its rapid spread, health officials are hoping the variant will continue to produce a lower rate of severe COVID-19 cases.

State Exports Continue to Grow
January 11, 2022, 10:46 am

Minnesota exports of agricultural, mining and manufactured products continued to grow, increasing by 19% to $5.7 billion in the third quarter of 2021, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). State exports increased $916 million over the third quarter of 2020, continuing their strong recovery from pandemic disruptions that began in 2020.

Bemidji Man Sentenced to Two Life Terms
January 7, 2022, 10:49 am

A Bemidji man has been sentenced to two life sentences in prison for murdering two people at his home in Eckles Township in January of 2019. Darren Stebe, 47, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Adam Thorpe, 39, of Maple Grove and Jason McDonough, 41, of Superior, Wisc. Stebe admitted to luring McDonough to his home so he could rob him. Thorpe went along.

AG Ellison Quarantining After Testing Positive
January 6, 2022, 10:59 am

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says he’s quarantining outside the country after testing positive for COVID-19. In a statement Wednesday night, Ellison said he was experiencing only mild symptoms thanks to having been vaccinated and boosted. He said he was isolating in place, and will travel home when it is safe, while conducting business remotely as usual.

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