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County to Begin Sparying
May 13, 2021, 10:30 am

The Beltrami County Highway department will soon begin roadside ditch spraying along county roads. Starting May 24, selective herbicides will be used that control brush and noxious weeds such as spotted knapweed, thistle, tansy, and wild parsnip. The herbicides reportedly allow grass to grow, but landowners who do not want spray adjacent to their property must place “begin of no spray” and “end of no spray” signs at the beginning and end segments of the adjacent ditch.

Teen Crashed in Hubbard County
May 12, 2021, 1:12 pm

A 15-year-old was transported to a Fargo hospital after a three-wheeler crash in Hubbard County late Tuesday night. The state patrol says the unnamed rider was westbound on the shoulder of Highway 200 near Highway 64 when he struck a parked pickup truck around 11 p.m. The rider was wearing his helmet. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial assisted at the scene.

United Way Bemidji Awards
May 11, 2021, 1:48 pm

The United Way of Bemidji Area’s 31st Annual Someone Special Volunteer Program is now accepting nominations to recognize local volunteers. Over the past 30 years, more than 500 local volunteers have been recognized in this program. The recognition form can be downloaded online and must be submitted by Monday, May 24.

BSU Graduation
May 10, 2021, 1:53 pm

More than 1,200 graduates were celebrated during this year’s commencement ceremonies at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College over the weekend. Of the 1,013 BSU graduates, 67 received master’s degrees, 946 earned their undergrads, with 440 graduating with honors. The cohort also included 63 American Indian graduates, 29 military personnel and veterans, and at least 14 international students.

Video of Paul Bunyan Crime Released
May 7, 2021, 2:09 pm

The Bemidji Police Department has released a video of damage to the Paul Bunyan statue in downtown Bemidji. The video shows a group of six individuals climbing and hanging on both of Paul’s arms before the right arm gives way and the group walks away from the scene. A release from the Parks and Recreation department urges that “If you have information about the damage to Paul Bunyan you can report it and stay anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers of Minnesota

Lutz speaks to Sen. Klobuchar
May 7, 2021, 1:54 pm

Bemidji Superintendent Tim Lutz was one of several northern and central Minnesota school superintendents that participated in a listening session with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Lutz says despite the one-time stimulus dollars that have come in and the partnerships to help students access broadband internet, challenges remain ahead for school districts like Bemidji. The loss of revenue from food service has led to $1.8 million in lost revenue for Bemidji School District.

Beltrami Hospitalizations Going Up
May 6, 2021, 1:59 pm

Over half of those eligible in Beltrami County have received a vaccine. But there has been a rise of those hospitalized with a severe case of COVID-19 as demand for the vaccine seems to have leveled off. There has also been a rise in the case positivity rate in the area: in February it was 5% to 10%, but recently it has been 15% to 17%. For further information on vaccinations, you can call (800) 821-5167.

Minnestoa to Lift Most Restrictions by Memorial Day
May 6, 2021, 1:47 pm

Minnesota will lift nearly all its COVID-19 restrictions just before Memorial Day weekend and drop its statewide mask requirement once 70% of residents age 16 and older get their first dose of vaccine, but no later than July 1, this from Gov. Tim Walz earlier today. The first step in his three-phase timeline takes effect at noon Friday. It removes capacity limits for outdoor dining, events, and other get-togethers, and ends outdoor mask requirements except for large venues with more than 500 people.

Gov. Walz to Loosen Restrictions Thursday
May 5, 2021, 1:44 pm

Governor Tim Walz says he’ll announce a dialing back of Minnesota’s coronavirus restrictions on Thursday. The Governor gave no details about what changes he might order but indicated that rising vaccination rates are making looser restrictions possible. He said during a visit to a school in Hopkins that residents should start assuming that they’re going to have a “very normal-looking summer.”

Bemidji Woman Dies in Crash
May 5, 2021, 1:30 pm

A Bemidji woman was killed and a Roseville man seriously injured in an alcohol-related crash early this morning on the Leech Lake reservation. The state patrol says 23-year-old Darlene Johnson was southbound on Highway 371 near Oak Point Road around 12:43 a.m. Twenty-four-year-old Steven Lasser was northbound approaching the same intersection when the two vehicles collided in a head-on crash. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene and was wearing a seat belt. Officials believe Lasser was under the influence of alcohol. was transported to a Sanford Hospital in West Fargo.

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