COLD WEATHER RULE NOW IN EFFECT

Minnesota Energy Resources wants to make sure all customers are able to stay warm this winter and keep their natural gas on when they need it most. Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule is now in effect. The Cold Weather Rule protects eligible customers from having their natural gas shut off from Oct. 15 to April 15. To see if you are eligible, call 800-889-9508 to speak to a member of the company’s customer care team. They will help you enter into an affordable payment agreement. As long as you make on-time monthly payments, your natural gas won’t be shut off.

GET SET TO VOTE

Minnesota voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 5th, to decide a host of municipal races and referendums. Security is at the top of the list. Mike Moen (MOE-inn) reports….

FATAL CRASH IN CASS COUNTY

A crash Sunday just before AM in Cass County on County Road 8, south of Federal Dam at the intersection with County Road 63 proved fatal. Deputies say an SUV driven by a 62 year old man from Squaw Lake was towing a passenger car on a dolly, when it failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with another SUV that was southbound on County Road 8. The driver of the first SUV was treated on scene and transported to a Deer River hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver, a 58 year old man from Federal Dam, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. A 4 year old passenger… also of Federal Dam… was treated on scene and then taken by North
Memorial Air Care to a hospital in the Twin Cities metro area with serious injuries. No names are yet being released, and the accident remains under investigation.

MORE THAN $9 MILLION IN FUNDING ANNOUNCED

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority has announced more than $9 million in funding for many Minnesota cities. The infrastructure investments will protect our waterways and pave the way for future economic success. Albertville, $2,000,000. Battle Lake, $4,782,363. Greenbush, $676,486, and New London, $ 1,594,397. Since its inception in 1987 the PFA has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects throughout Minnesota.

VAPING CONCERNING MINNESOTA LEADERS

Amid the backdrop of an ongoing national outbreak of severe lung injuries associated with vaping, new survey results released today show an alarming jump in the rate of teens vaping in Minnesota. In response, Governor Tim Walz is calling for an aggressive, multi-faceted campaign focused on youth education, outreach and tightening limits for accessing vaping products. According to the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. That represents a 54% increase from the 2016 survey. The jump among eighth graders is even more significant, with nearly twice as many students reporting using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days.

MISSING WOMAN FOUND IN BELTRAMI COUNTY

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says a missing person was found safe. On Tuesday at about 9pm, the Beltrami County Sheriffs Office got a report of an woman who suffers from a dementia related illness, missing about 19 miles northeast of Bemidji. The family reported she had been alone for approximately ten minutes when she wandered off. The search continued throughout the night and early morning hours, but just before 8am the next day, a neighbor found the elderly woman about 1-1/2 miles away from where she went missing. She was in a wooded ravine that she had fallen into and couldn’t get out. She wasn’t hurt, but she was treated for hypothermia.

MARK THESE DATES FOR HALLOWEEN FUN

Celebrate Halloween this year with the City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department. There are several Halloween themed events for the whole family. Bark N Boo is a
Halloween party for your pup, with treat bags for all participants and prizes for the best costumes. It’s Thursday, October 24th from 5:00-6:00pm at Nymore Dog Park. The cost is just $6.00/dog
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The Boo Bash Halloween Dance will include dancing, dinner, and Halloween crafts. It’s a family friendly event so make sure your costume isn’t too scary. It’s Friday, October 25th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Hampton Inn and Suites. The cost is $23.00/participant, kids under 4 are free
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The Boo Dash 5K Fun Run is Saturday, October 26th, Registration begins at 9am and the race starts at 10 at City Park Montebello Ski Trail. The cost: $15.00/pre-register, 20.00/day of race. For more information or to register for any of these events visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call 218-333-1859.

HEALTH INS RATES LISTED

The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced final 2020 health insurance rates. Premiums across the state are remaining stable and every county in Minnesota will have at least two insurers offering coverage in the individual market. Minnesotans looking for coverage should enroll during MNsure’s open enrollment period, which begins November 1, 2019. According to the Department of Health’s Health Access Survey, nearly 75 percent of uninsured Minnesotans—over 250,000 people—in 2017 would have been eligible for financial help through MNsure. More information can be found on MNsure.org.

MONEY COMES TO LEECH LAKE

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development on Friday, awarded two-year grants totaling $2.7 million to 13 nonprofit groups that provide services and technical assistance to emerging businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota. The Business Development Competitive Grant Program, which was approved during the 2019 legislative session, provides funding to groups that offer business assistance to targeted groups, including women, minorities, rural residents, technology-based companies and entrepreneurs. Among them… Leech Lake Financial Services of Cass Lake received $100,000 for a project that will assist individual entrepreneurs to establish and grow new businesses on the Leech Lake Reservation.

VA SUPPORT OUR TROOP LICENCE PLATES RAISE CA$H

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the recipients of the competitive Support Our Troops license plate fund grant program.
Pain Free Patriots: $100,000
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp Association: $34,000
Lutheran Social Services: $20,700
Support the Troops – Minnesota: $20,000
The MDVA SOT grant program offers a competitive grant process which allows organizations to apply for funding. These grants, ranging from $1,000 to $100,000, are focused on supporting and improving the lives of Veterans and their families.