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Grant To Pay For Light Rail
August 7, 2020, 7:52 am

A more than 900 million dollar federal grant designed to help pay for constructing the Southwest Light Rail line has advanced to Congress. This is a major step in funding the two-billion-dollar project. The proposed 14-point-five-mile line connecting downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie is already under construction and is expected to start passenger service in 2023. If the financial grant is approved by Congress within the month, it would ensure that Southwest is completed with a mix of federal, state, and local funding. The project is expected to create 75 hundred jobs with a payroll of close to 350 million dollars.

Ponzi Victims Get $$ From Forfeited Funds
August 7, 2020, 7:51 am

Investors who were victims of Tom Petters Ponzi scam will get more money from the more than 22 million dollars in forfeited funds. The U. S. Department of Justice made the announcement yesterday concerning the largest scheme in Minnesota history. Petters was indicted in 2008 on several counts including mail fraud and money laundering. He was found guilty on all counts in 2009 and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Petters’s scheme involved pretending to take investor’s money to buy retail inventory, but instead, he used the cash to pay off other investors and for a lavish lifestyle.

Coronavirus Surge
August 7, 2020, 7:51 am

St. Louis County officials are noticing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. As of yesterday, there were 475 total virus infections in the county and more than half of them were confirmed last month. About three-fourths of the cases were from Duluth. Forty percent of St. Louis County residents testing positive for COVID-19 say they attended restaurants or bars during the period they were likely exposed to the virus. County health director Amy Westbrook hopes the state’s mask mandate will effectively address the spread of the virus. She calls the next few weeks critical as the county watches to see whether the number of daily new cases start dropping.

Minnesota STD Hotbed
August 7, 2020, 7:51 am

A new report says sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis went up over five-percent from 2018 to 2019. This also includes a 23-percent increase in syphilis cases.

August 6, 2020, 11:02 am

State Health officials say Minnesota is being chosen as one of four states that will be part of a pilot group looking at how to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. The Minnesota Department of Health says the CDC invited Minnesota to be one of the states that will help determine how to ration and distribute initial doses of the vaccine, since there won’t be enough doses for everyone immediately.

August 6, 2020, 11:02 am

There will be no high school volleyball or football in Minnesota this fall. The Minnesota State High School League met Tuesday to determine what the options are for the high school fall sports season amid the ongoing pandemic. MSHSL officials voted to proceed with boys and girls soccer, girls tennis, cross country and girls swimming and diving with limitations starting Aug. 17th. Officials voted in favor of moving football and volleyball to the spring.

August 5, 2020, 9:59 am

The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for the big Fishing Tournament. Longest Walleye, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, and Crappie will all win a special prize provided by Northland Fishing Tackle. They will also have a special prize for smallest fish caught and the longest seaweed caught. It takes place Sept. 5th –12th. The cost to enter is just $15.00. For more information visit bemidjimn.recdesk.com or cal 218-308-3780

August 5, 2020, 9:59 am

The Beltrami County Fairboard held its first drive-in movie nights this past weekend at the fairgrounds. Tickets were available for 50 cars. 48 cars showed up on Friday and 39 on Saturday. There was no charge to attend, but a donation box was set up to help counter the costs. ORganizers say they had such a great response they may try to do something again toward the end of the month. For updates on future events, visit the Beltrami County Fair page on Facebook or call (218) 751-2214.

August 5, 2020, 9:59 am

The Red Lake COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Relief Program has been put into action. The program provides for a $1000 payment to enrolled members who have suffered economic impacts. Applicants must certify that funds will be used for emergency needs.

August 4, 2020, 10:47 am

The 33rd season of the Summer Recital Series presented by the Bemidji Area Church Musicians will continue (TOMORROW/ Wednesday, August 5) at noon as a “virtual recital.” This recital will feature musicians from New Salem Lutheran Church in Turtle River. The 2020 series is being videoed and presented on Face Book and You Tube each Wednesday at noon. In addition, Lakeland Public Television has been broadcastiing the summer recital series, throughout the season. The recitals are aired on KAWE TV on Saturdays at 4:30 and again on Sundays at 10 am.

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