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Another Fatal Snowmobile Crash
February 24, 2021, 2:19 pm

For the second time in less than a week a person has died as a result of a snowmobile crash in Cass County. Monday afternoon the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a snowmobile crash with serious injuries at a residence in Gould Township in rural Federal Dam. A 35-year-old female operator and a 6-year-old female passenger, both of Federal Dam, were riding a 2004 Ski-Doo snowmobile. The girl was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult female was treated on scene .



Bemidji Schools to Have More Students in Buildings
February 24, 2021, 2:18 pm

With Gov. Walz’s recent announcement to give Minnesota school districts the go-ahead to bring secondary-level students to either a hybrid or fully in-person learning model, Bemidji Area Schools is following suit. Middle and high school students are currently in a hybrid learning model, but Superintendent Tim Lutz wants more students in school buildings before the year is over.



New SNAP Program
February 24, 2021, 2:03 pm

Families in Bemidji and throughout the state can benefit as Governor Tim Walz announced a new healthy foods outreach campaign to help families struggling amid the pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is collaborating with General Mills to develop a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program campaign focused on helping families with children who’ve struggled over the past year. The governor adding, “we hope to reach families that need food assistance and increase awareness for SNAP.” For more information, visit mnfoodhelper.org.



Rural Seniors Most Liely to Have Gotten a Vaccine
February 23, 2021, 2:22 pm

In Minnesota, those 65 years and older are eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. In some rural Minnesota counties, older residents are more than twice as likely to have gotten at least a first dose of the vaccine than if they live in most parts of the Twin Cities metro area. Red Lake county, for example, has vaccines to clinics, pharmacies, local health departments and Indian Health Service facilities and is among the top five counties statewide with the highest vaccination rates among residents who are 65 and older.



Bemidji a Top Spot to Work From Home
February 23, 2021, 2:21 pm

COVID-19 has changed how many people are working. The number of Americans working from home doubled in March of last year. Recently, Bemidji has been named one of the top spots in North America to work from home. This year more than ever, the internet has become a hugely valuable.



BASB to Consolidate the District
February 23, 2021, 2:05 pm

The Bemidji Area School Board voted unanimously to move forward with restructuring and altering the use of some of the district’s school buildings to maintain their budget. The recommendations that were made included moving students from Central Elementary to other neighborhood schools, moving current Pre-K students at the Paul Bunyan Early Learning Center to K-3 neighborhood schools, and to vacate the current ISD 31 community education office building.



High Speed Chase Ended Safely
February 22, 2021, 2:31 pm

A high-speed chase near Bemidji ended safely Friday with the apprehension of two people suspected of stealing the vehicle. The chase started after officers located a vehicle on Highway 2 near Highway 71 South that had been stolen. The driver continued to evade officers and drove into the road ditch near the intersection of Hubbard County Road 38 and 63rd Avenue where the two were arrested.



Fatal Snowmobile Crash
February 22, 2021, 2:30 pm

An 18-year-old Mendota man was killed in a snowmobile crash on Gull Lake Friday night. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and first responders arrived and found that a snowmobile crashed into the wooded and rocky shoreline of Birch Island. The victim was airlifted to a St. Cloud hospital where he was pronounced dead. This is the fourth serious snowmobile crash this month in Cass County.



DEED Awards More Money to Startups
February 22, 2021, 2:08 pm

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced that it has awarded $454,375 in Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants to startups. This follows $746,295 awarded earlier, totaling over $1.2M this fiscal year, leaving close to $400,000 remaining to allocate. Awards recipients since January include Dominative Development, Bemidji ,Creating a virtual racing community.



Bemidji Liquor Sales Surged During Pandemic
February 22, 2021, 2:07 pm

An interesting fact during the pandemic, Liquor sales increased substantially in 2020 across the state of Minnesota, including right here in Bemidji. According to data from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, gross liquor receipts last year increased about 20% for municipal and non-municipal liquor stores. Locally, the city of Bemidji operates two liquor stores inside its limits, and in total, sales increased about 29%.



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