Minnesota health officials say nearly everyone who has been hospitalized or died from COVID-19 was not fully vaccinated. State and federal data shows the chances of contracting the coronavirus after being fully vaccinated are minuscule and getting severe COVID-19 or dying are even smaller. It is ongoing evidence for state leaders and health officials in their campaign to vaccinate 70 percent of the population ages 16 and older by the end of this month.
MnDOT announced today, beginning June 21, eastbound motorists on Highway 2 west of Cass Lake, can expect a short-term detour while crews begin muck excavation on the project. During the project, crews will be resurfacing Highway 2 from two miles east of Hubbard county road 46 to Highway 371 in Cass Lake. The detour will be lifted on June 28. This project will create a safer, longer lasting road surface. It is estimated to be complete by August, weather permitting.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is activating burning restrictions beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday for the southern and eastern portions of Beltrami county, and all of Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. burning permits will not be issued for brush or yard waste; no fireworks may be ignited on any public or private land outside city limits.
A traffic note to remember as Bemidji Avenue between 24th Street NW and 29th Street NW will be converted to a one-way southbound only stree beginning Monday June 21st with work scheduled to be completed before the following weekend, weather permitting. Residents with driveway access directly onto Bemidji Avenue between 24th Street and 29th Street will need to exit their driveways and head south out of the project area.
Minnesota has reached 3 million residents who’ve had at least one COVID-19 shot, health officials said Wednesday. The 3 million milestone came as the state’s other coronavirus metrics continued to improve as well. The department reported fewer than 100 new cases both Tuesday and Wednesday, the first time those numbers have been so low since April 2020. Governor Tim Walz says “Our COVID-19 numbers are at their lowest since the earliest days of the pandemic and life is getting back to normal.”
Bemidji-stationed DNR Conservation Officer Hannah Mishler has been named the 2020 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an annual award given to an officer for outstanding overall career performance. Mishler has been a conservation officer since 2014, she is an arson investigator, and she and her K9 partner Storm are in the K9 Unit.
A Puposky home was destroyed by a fire early this morning. Twenty firefighters from the Bemidji Fire Department responded just after 5 a.m. to the 23000 block of Knutsen Rd. NW. The two-story residential structure was fully engulfed in flames, and one occupant suffered minor injuries while escaping. The fire is believed to be accidental in nature. The home is considered a total loss.
Swimmers are advised to avoid the waters near the Sailstar Marina in Cass Lake due to high levels of potentially harmful bacteria. According to a release, the bacterial concentration is most likely due to waterfowl waste in the area.
Environmental officials will continue to monitor the harmful bacteria, but residents and visitors should avoid swimming in that area until further notice.
One person was killed in a crash yesterday morning in Bemidji. The Bemidji Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Delton Ave. NW around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Emergency responders located a 2003 Chevy Impala that collided with a tree. The driver was extricated from the vehicle but despite lifesaving efforts at the scene and at Sanford Bemidji, they were pronounced dead.
The Summer Food Service Program will resume next week. Bemidji Area Schools Food Services is partnering with the US Department of Agriculture to provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students 18 years old and younger. Seven locations will be providing lunches Monday through Thursday mornings, with a bundled meal offered Thursdays incluidng Bemidji middle and high schools and Bemidji city park.