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Missing Bemidji Woman Found Safe
September 17, 2021, 11:13 am

A 23-year-old woman who was reported missing earlier this week in Bemidji has been found “in good health and unharmed” in Montana. The woman, had been missing since Monday morning. On Thursday, the Bemidji Police Department received a tip that she was in Montana. The department collaborated with authorities there to locate her. She told authorities she “traveled alone” and “left Bemidji under no duress.”



Employment Numbers Improve Slightly
September 16, 2021, 1:04 pm

Minnesota’s unemployment rate improved slightly and dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8% in August due to people moving out of unemployment and into employment, according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Minnesota’s labor force participation rate held steady at 67.8% in August. Minnesota gained 4,300 jobs, up 0.2%, in August on a seasonally adjusted basis.



Cases & Deaths on the Rise
September 15, 2021, 1:23 pm

The state today reported 41 new COVID-19 related deaths along with 2,736 new coronavirus cases. There were three deaths reported in our area, including two Beltrami county residents, one aged 55-59 and the other aged 60-64. The new cases came from 34,371 tests for a case positivity rate of 8.0%. There were 29 new confirmed cases in Beltrami County, 34 in Crow Wing and 36 new confirmed cases in Itasca.



Fire Restrictions Lifted for Many Counties
September 15, 2021, 1:10 pm

Continued favorable weather has improved wildfire risk for much of northern Minnesota. In response, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has removed fire restrictions in 14 counties. Beginning today, burning restrictions are lifted in Beltrami, Becker, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, and more. According to DNR acting Wildfire Prevention Supervisor, Allissa Reynolds, “These changes reflect reduced wildfire risks for much of the north, while also recognizing that wildfire danger remains high in Cook and Lake counties.”



National Drive Electric Week in Bemidji
September 13, 2021, 1:00 pm

Bemidji is going to take part in the National Drive Electric Week with a Ride and Drive Electric Vehicle event. Join Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Otter Tail Power Company and electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts around the country as they mark National Drive Electric Week. Dozens of electric vehicle drivers and enthusiasts will share their experience owning an electric vehicle (EV) during Bemidji’s EV Ride & Drive Sept. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Drive NW.



Schools See Rise in Cases
September 10, 2021, 1:04 pm

Minnesota schools are seeing increases in weekly coronavirus cases as students return to classrooms across the state. More than 100 facilities from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade reported infections last week. Meantime, The state today reported eighteen new COVID-19 related deaths along with 2,050 new coronavirus cases. Beltrami County reported 20 new cases, Cass with 28, Crow Wing 26 and Itasca with 12 new cases.



Good Samaritan Helps Rescue Man
September 9, 2021, 1:08 pm

On Wednesday at around 7:00 PM, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a report from an individual that he had located an adult male family member in the water, unresponsive, near his capsized canoe on Little Turtle Lake.
Beltrami County Deputy Brandon Newhouse located a good samaritan, Glen T. Lindseth who offered his boat. Deputy Newhouse quickly located the victim. Paramedics determined that the victim was showing indicators of anaphylactic shock and located a potential bee sting. He was then transported to the hospital.



Attendance Down at the Fair
September 8, 2021, 1:22 pm

The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 12-day run with total attendance of about 1.3 million, well below usual numbers as the delta variant kept many fairgoers away. The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year’s comeback returned just as the delta variant was heating up. Fair officials did not require masks or vaccinations for visitors. Final attendance was about 60 percent of 2019’s record attendance of 2.1 million.



Some Superior National Forest Restrictions Lifted
September 8, 2021, 1:09 pm

The Superior National Forest is loosening fire restrictions on the forest, thanks to a change in the seasons. Effective, September 9, visitors may have campfires in designated fire grates in most fee campgrounds. With fall on the horizon, cooling temperatures and recent rains have helped reduce the risk of fire spreading rapidly on the landscape. Forest officials are exercising caution and leaving some fire restrictions in place until further notice.



New COVID Restrictions at Sanford Bemidji
September 7, 2021, 1:10 pm

Due to the continued local increase of COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions with COVID-19, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and Sanford Bagley Medical Center are increasing visitor restrictions. Effective 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Only two visitors (per day). Patients must choose two people who will be allowed to visit the patient each day during established visiting hours. Masks must be worn at all times. There are more restrictions. Go to www.sanfordhealth.org. for more info.



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