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Governor Walz Daily Briefing (May 12.)


Dr. Swank and from Sanford Health (May 12)

Dr. Mills and from Sanford Health (May 5)

Dr. Swank and from Sanford Health (April 28)

Ashlea McMartin from Sanford Health (April 21)

Dr. Swank and Dr. Nynas from Sanford Health (April 14)

Dr. Swank from Sanford Health (April 7)

Sanford Health Doctors Olson and Swank (April 3)

Bemidji Schools Superintendent Tim Lutz and Director of Curiculum Colleen Cardenuto (March 26)

Beltrami County Confirms First Covid-19 Positive Test (March 25)

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July 2, 2020, 10:45 am

44 year old William Blackwell Jr. was sentenced on Tuesday in Beltrami County Court for theft and embezzlement stemming from his tenure as treasurer of the Minnesota Indian Education Association. Blackwell will serve 60 days in the Beltrami County Jail for a scheme involving nearly $140,000 of fraudulent payments to himself between December 2016 and June 2019. Blackwell is also the former director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State. He resigned from that position in August 2019. He must also pay restitution.

July 2, 2020, 10:44 am

Sanford Health updated its visitor restriction policy and visitor monitoring practices for area hospitals. Hospital visiting hours are now 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Pediatric and neonatal patients in any Sanford Health clinic or hospital are allowed up to two visitors per appointment, adult or minor. This includes parents, guardians or other support persons. Upon their arrival, visitors to the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center will now encounter the hospital’s new guest screening system, EasyLobby… an automated visitor management system that the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center has been using for third floor OB/GYN visitors since fall 2017, to accurately identify all who are in the hospital in real time.

July 2, 2020, 10:44 am

ServiceMaster of Bemidji and Park Rapids presented a check of $4,000 to the Village of Hope this week in support of their work in providing shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The large donation resulted from a number of smaller gifts given by insurance agents and adjusters who attended continuing education classes offered by ServiceMaster. Each of the attendees were encouraged to support the Village of Hope in lieu of the standard fees. Each insurance professional is required to earn 24 hours of continuing education each two years to maintain their license. The donation means 434 meals or 290 hours of case management or educational classes for children and parents.

July 1, 2020, 10:59 am

The Minnesota Department of Education announced that it will award $9.5 million in grant funds to organizations providing meals to children, families and adults experiencing increased food insecurity as a result of COVID-19. The state received the funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. Minnesota nonprofits (including faith-based organizations), educational institutions, Tribal Nations and local governmental units are eligible to apply for the grants. The term of the grant period is September 1 through December 30. However, awards may be applied retroactively to July 1 to cover eligible expenses that meet reimbursement guidelines. The Request for Proposal can be accessed on the Minnesota Department of Education Competitive Grant Opportunities webpage.

June 29, 2020, 10:59 am

A 43-year-old man who had been incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault (FAIR-bow) has died. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The man, identified as Adrian Raymaar Keys, along with a number of other men who were behind bars in the prison, tested positive for COVID-19 on June 4th. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. If determined to be related to COVID-19 complications, this would be the first such death of a person incarcerated in Minnesota.

June 29, 2020, 10:59 am

Bemidji Firefighters responded to a house fire Saturday evening in the 600 block of Lincoln Ave SE. No injuries were reported, but the fire caused moderate damage to the structure. Smoke alarms notified the occupants , who were all able to get out safely. So far, investigators believe the fire started accidentally in the attic area of the home. Stations 1, 2 and 3 responded.

June 25, 2020, 10:20 am

The City of Bemidji plans to host a public hearing on creating a police advisory committee for the city. They hope to hear from the community about how to work towards racial equity. The city is now asking for public input on the makeup of the committee and its mission. They hope it can serve as a listening opportunity for the city council to hear the voices of those living in Bemidji. The public forum has been scheduled for August 10th. The location is tentatively planned as the Sanford Center.

June 25, 2020, 10:20 am

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Saturday, June 20th, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in Turtle Lake Township and seized a large amount of suspected methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, firearms and ammunition. Arrested were 34 year old James Allen of Walker MN and 28 year old Jessica Teal… also of Walker. Both are currently in custody and formal charges are pending. The two are suspected of dealing a large amount of methamphetamine in the area. Assisting with the investigation was the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force.

June 25, 2020, 10:20 am

Small businesses can now apply for a relief grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Governor Walz approved the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program, which will provide up to $10,000 in grants to businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. The application period ends on July 2nd. For business owners to be eligible, their establishments must have a physical location in Minnesota and must be owned by a Minnesota resident. The application can be found at mn.gov/deed/relief/.

June 24, 2020, 8:26 am

99,688 Minnesotans have come to MNsure.org and enrolled in private health insurance through a special enrollment period (SEP) or received eligibility for a public assistance program (Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare) since March 1. As expected, sign-ups across all programs have been driven by concerns amid the pandemic. But you can still sign up. If you’ve recently lost your employer-sponsored health insurance, had an income change, or have another qualifying life event, come to MNsure.org to see if you’re eligible. In addition to the enrollment opportunities that are available year-round, MNsure also introduced two new special enrollment periods that provided expanded enrollment opportunities for Minnesotans. The MNsure Contact Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 651-539-2099 or 855-366-7873.

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