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Land Returned to Tribe
May 18, 2022, 10:50 am

The federal government will soon return nearly 12,000 acres of land in northern Minnesota it wrongfully took from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe decades ago.
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs thought it had the power to sell tribal tracts without the consent of the majority of the owners, a misinterpretation of an Interior Department order back in 1948. The land is expected to be returned to the tribe in the coming months.

City of Bemidji Paving Work
May 10, 2022, 10:48 am

The City of Bemidji and Northern Paving, Inc. will be starting the 2022 Street Renewal Project on Monday, May 16, 2022. The streets included in this year’s project are: 10th Street NE (Bemidji Avenue N to Dewey Avenue NE) , Dewey Avenue NE (10th Street NE to 12th Street NE) Ridgeway Avenue NW (Paul Bunyan Drive – 30th Street NW) . Normal working hours for this project will be from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

Greater Bemidji Welcomes New Officers
April 21, 2022, 10:36 am

With the start of 2022, Greater Bemidji has welcomed new Officers to its Board of Directors. Jess Frenzel of Knife River Materials will take the helm as President of the Board. Susan Jarvis of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota will serve as Vice President. Shelly Geerdes of Pinnacle Marketing Group will serve as Board Secretary, and Phil Verchota, formerly with Deerwood Bank, will continue as Treasurer.

GOP Candidate Suffers Injuries
April 14, 2022, 10:53 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rich Stanek was hospitalized Tuesday night after a car crash following a campaign event in Buffalo, according to authorities.
The Minnesota State Patrol said Stanek collided with a car going north on Highway 25 Tuesday night as he was pulling out of the Buffalo Covenant Church parking lot driving a pickup truck. Alcohol was not a factor for either driver and both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. both suffered minor injuries.

Two Finalists Remain for Bemidji School Super Position
April 12, 2022, 11:01 am

The Bemidji School Board has selected two finalists to a second round interview
for the school district’s superintendent vacancy. The finalists are: Karsten Anderson, Superintendent, from Red Wing and Jeremy Olson, Superintendent from Crookston. The school board has scheduled interviews for the finalists beginning at 4 pm, on April 21st. All interviews are open to the public and will be held at the district office, 502 Minnesota Ave. NW, Bemidji.

Water Dept. to Begin Flushing Water Mains
April 11, 2022, 10:39 am

The City of Bemidji Water Department will begin flushing water mains on
Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 a.m. and continue until approximately the end of
May. Flushing can be daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until completed. If your water becomes discolored, due to iron, during this period, run your COLD water until clear again. You could experience low water pressure at this time. The Bemidji Water Department apologized if the flushing cause any inconvenience.

Teen Injured in ATV Crash
March 31, 2022, 10:48 am

A 14-year-old boy sustained serious injuries when the ATV he was driving crashed in Kelliher. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened around 1:30 AM Wednesday in a ditch along Highway 72. The boy drove the four-wheeler through the area and it flipped, throwing the boy from the vehicle. He was wearing a helmet. The Sheriff’s Office says the boy was medical-flighted to Minneapolis for treatment of serious injuries.

The Bird Flu in Minnesota
March 28, 2022, 10:48 am

The bird flu has been confirmed in two poultry flocks in Minnesota, the state Board of Animal Health announced Saturday. The agency said the poultry flocks are in Meeker and Mower counties. Samples collected from both flocks were tested on March 25 and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture The state Board of Animal Health said it’s the first confirmed cases in the state. Farms that raise turkeys and chickens for consumption have been on high alert.

BSU Students Earn Scholarships
March 25, 2022, 10:33 am

Five Bemidji State University students were named the 2022 recipients of the Dr. Richard Beitzel Biochemistry Student Research Fund, a scholarship that supplies opportunities for students to conduct research with faculty support. The fund was established through an endowment gift by Bemidji State alumnus Dr. Elwood Largis ‘65, who’s successful career in pharmaceutical research began with Dr. Richard Beitzel, professor emeritus of chemistry.

Unemployment Rate Down
March 24, 2022, 10:53 am

Minnesota’s unemployment rate ticked down two tenths of percentage point to 2.7% in February, according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). That’s the lowest unemployment rate in the state since 1999. The decline in Minnesota’s unemployment rate was entirely due to people moving from unemployment to employment, as the state’s labor force participation rate rose from 67.6% to 67.9%

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