Gov. Tim Walz launched his campaign for a second term today in an increasingly divided Minnesota, saying he made the tough calls necessary to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the economy. Walz said critics who tried to block his response to the pandemic are now trying to take Minnesota backward. The former congressman won office in 2018 on a theme of “One Minnesota,” a slogan he’s using again for 2022.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that this past Saturday at 12:50 PM, they received a report of an ATV crash with injuries on the Bull Moose Trail, in Bull Moose Township. Deputies and responders arrived and learned that a 2017 Honda ATV had left the trail, striking a tree. The driver of the machine, a juvenile female, age 14 of St. Cloud MN was treated on scene and transported via helicopter to a St Cloud Hospital. A 9 year old passenger treated at the scene.
Minnesota’s COVID-19 test positivity rate soared to 8.3% as of Tuesday, the highest mark since vaccines first rolled out late last year. The seven-day rolling average for the state’s positivity rate continues to climb toward the high risk category. The state draws that line at 10%. Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota reached 960 as of Monday and included 254 people needing intensive care. The escalating COVID-19 wave is fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant.
While much has been made about the stress that COVID-19 has placed on Minnesota hospitals, the state’s long-term care industry says it is facing its worst-ever workforce shortage. Leaders from senior living organizations throughout the state say they have about 23,000 job openings, which is about 20 percent of the workforce at full strength. Resignations continue to outpace new hires.
The City of Bemidji Boo Bash is coming up Friday October 29th from 4p-7p at North Country Park. It’s a fun family outdoor Halloween Party. Costumes are strongly encouraged and remember to dress for the weather. At this party, plan to play fun Halloween games, listen to some spooky stories, search for hidden pumpkins and play mini golf. Participants receive tickets for the activities which can be cashed into prizes!! For more information or to register visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us. The cost is $20 per family.
Every year, the executive board of the Bemidji Education Association recognizes educational staff. This year, the BEA gave out their annual awards under three categories, including Teacher of the Year. This year, Teacher of the Year was awarded to retired third grade teacher Mrs. Susan Richards from Northern Elementary School in Bemidji. Susan hopes to be back in the classroom at some point to do some substitute teaching and/or volunteer work.
Due to high demand, Sanford Health is offering additional vaccination events during October at the Sanford Bemidji 1611 Anne Street Clinic to get the seasonal influenza (flu) and/or COVID-19 vaccinations (booster doses included). The first event takes place Saturday, Oct. 9 – 8 a.m.-Noon. Patients must make an appointment by going to My Sanford Chart or by calling (877) 701-0779 and select option #1.
There will be a benefit held in honor of fallen firefighter Walter Lindahl Sunday, October 3 from 2:00-7:00 PM. Lindahl succumbed to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.The event will be located at the Eagles Club in Bemidji. Visitors can expect a pulled pork sandwich dinner, bake sale, silent auction, raffle drawing, cornhole tournament, and more. More information on this event is available on the “Walter Lindahl’s Benefit” Facebook Page.
The city of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department will offer Halloween party packs during the month of October, available to reserve starting Friday. Each pack includes stickers to decorate up to four pumpkins, a Halloween bingo game, resources for Parks and Rec’s mystery trail scavenger hunt, and spooky surprises and treats, all packed into a special Halloween container. To buy an activity pack, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us. For more information, call (218) 333-1859.
After eight years of regulatory review and construction, Enbridge’s new pipeline is set to start sending oil from Canada, through Minnesota, to Wisconsin. On Wednesday, the Canadian energy company announced that the Line 3 replacement project has reached substantial completion, and that it will be in service Friday. The completion meets the timeline set by Enbridge, as officials estimated it would be finished for the fourth quarter in 2021.