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Lutz to Step Down Early

This was not on the agenda at Monday night’s Bemidji School Board meeting. Tim Lutz, who has served as the superintendent for Bemidji Area Schools since July 2018, announced his retirement. Lutz’s retirement was planned for June 30th of this year. He commented, “After a rewarding career of 18 years in public school administration, and … Continue Reading Lutz to Step Down Early

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Minnesota Legislature Looks at Surplus

The Minnesota Legislature will enjoy a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Jan. 31, a strong financial position but one that is bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on plenty of needs or return it to taxpayers. The main job for lawmakers in even-numbered years traditionally … Continue Reading Minnesota Legislature Looks at Surplus

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Lay-Low Period at BSU & NTC

With Bemidji Area Schools announcing that they will be closed for the remainder of the week due to absences from COVID-19 and other illnesses, some people working at or attending Bemidji State University or Northwest Technical College could be impacted if they have school-aged children they have to care for. In response, President Faith Hensrud’s … Continue Reading Lay-Low Period at BSU & NTC

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State Unemployment Rate Trends Downward

The state unemployment rate moved down two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.1%, due to people moving from unemployment to employment, according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Minnesota’s labor force participation rate remains steady at 67.7%. The U.S. unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to … Continue Reading State Unemployment Rate Trends Downward

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BASD Schools Remain Closed

The Bemidji Area School District will remain closed for the remainder of the week, through Friday due to high COVID-19 numbers and other illnesses. In a letter sent out to parents and staff Tuesday night, school officials say the district continues to struggle with the capacity to remain open and to adequately staff facilities. Because … Continue Reading BASD Schools Remain Closed

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Bemidji Revisits Alcohol in Outdoor Spaces

Bemidji residents made their views known at this weeks Bemidji City Council meeting about a proposed ordinance adjustment that would allow restaurants in the city to serve alcohol outdoors and use public right-of-ways for patio space. Downtown restaurants were allowed to expand their outdoor dining spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in 2020. Last summer, … Continue Reading Bemidji Revisits Alcohol in Outdoor Spaces

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BSU to Offer Math Scholarships

Bemidji State University is helping schools in northern Minnesota address a critical shortage of math teachers by offering scholarships to more than a dozen math education majors. In addition to a stipend that will offset the cost of books, housing and professional development conferences. The grant is being funded by the National Science Foundation. January … Continue Reading BSU to Offer Math Scholarships

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Relief on the Way for Strained Hospitals

Up to 350 healthcare professionals, mostly nurses, could soon be arriving in Minnesota to work 60 hours a week for 60 days to help strained hospitals combat the omicron surge in Minnesota. The deal is not set in stone just yet, but Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said a … Continue Reading Relief on the Way for Strained Hospitals