Meelhause To Run For Bemidji Mayor’s Job

Michael Meehlhause, Bemidji City Council member representing Ward 1, has
announced he will be running for Mayor of Bemidji in the 2020 election. First elected to represent Ward 1 on the City Council in 2012, Meehlhause became the
youngest council member in Bemidji’s history. His inclination to serve and promote Bemidji has manifested itself in many ways: from his “Bemidji State of Mind” YouTube tribute to the city as a college student, to his involvement with organizations that promote healthy living, and his experience having served on the City Council for eight years. Meehlhause has called Bemidji home since 2007 and is a 2012 Bemidji State University graduate. He currently works as an Academic Advisor at TrekNorth High School and is the head coach of their Nordic Ski Team.

Minnesota House of Representatives Adjourns

Sunday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives adjourned the 2020 Legislative Session.

Speaker Melissa Hortman…

Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…

AG BILL GETS APPROVED

On Tuesday, the Minnesota House overwhelmingly approved the Agriculture Policy bill that focuses on improving farm safety, helping beginning farmers, updates the Industrial Hemp Act and provides immunity to veterinarians who may report animal cruelty. Rep. Jeanne Poppe [jean poppy], Chair, Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division….

RESPONSE AND REBUILDING

House Speaker Melissa Hortman announced the formation of a Select Committee on Minnesota’s Pandemic Response and Rebuilding….

Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…

GREAT RIVER RESCUE PET FIXERS STARTING UP IN JUNE

Great River Rescue has announced it will resume Pet Fixers spay/neuter clinics beginning in early June. Registration has also been reopened for the public. Clients who qualify as low-income may now register their dog or cat through the program’s
online system. The registration process and clinic procedures have been revised to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. All social distancing guidelines, program prices, and a link to register can be found at petfixer.og.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Beltrami County COVID-19 Response/Recovery Team needs Health Care/Behavioral Health Professionals and Workers! A roster of volunteers is being developed for Isolation & Quarantine Sites, Long Term Care facilities, Alternate Care Sites, and other needed sites. Volunteer opportunities from support services to direct care will be managed by the Minnesota Responds for both licensed and unlicensed volunteers. For more information EMAIL BeltramiCOVID19@gmail.com. Go to Minnesota Responds (www.mnresponds.org) to register.

HOURLY SCHOOL WORKERS TO GET RELIEF

The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the COVID-19 response legislation for hourly school workers. Rep. Jim Davnie, Chair of the Education Finance Division…

Speaker Melissa Hortman…

Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…

$100 MILLION FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE

The House Ways and Means Committee met last week remotely to approve top priority bills. Chair of the Housing Finance & Policy Division, Rep. Alice Hausman comments on the bill to allocate $100 million for housing assistance….

DRY CONDITIONS BRING FIRE WARNING

Dry conditions the last two weeks of April have contributed to several wildfires in northwestern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources warns of an outlook for similar conditions now as we head into May, increasing the potential for higher wildfire activity in our region. Everyone is urged to do their part by following current burning restrictions and being safe with fire. The best fire protection is fire prevention.

BEMIDJI CONSTRUCTION KICKING OFF WITH BIRCHMONT DRIVE PROJECT

The City of Bemidji and Sparky’s Construction will be kicking off the 2020 Birchmont Drive Reconstruction Project on Monday… weather permitting. The project will reconstruct 4 blocks of Birchmont Drive NE from 10th Street NE to 14th Street NE, involving the removal and replacement of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm sewer, curb & gutter, sidewalk, gravel and pavement. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July. If you have questions about the project, contact the City of Bemidji Engineering Department at 218-333-1850.