Archives for May 2019

Moon Gathering Planned

Honor the Earth is excited to invite you to join them for the Middle of the Summer Moon gathering at the shores of Lake Superior during the Water Is Life Festival at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Sunday, July 21st. It begins at noon with the Procession of the Species. Doors open at 2 PM, and at 3 PM the opening ceremony gets underway. It’s open to all ages. To purchase tickets, visit www.universe.com/events

WATER GRANTS AWARDED

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority approved $17.93 million in loan and grant funding for water infrastructure projects in Minnesota. Funding was approved for Faribault, Winnebago, Sacred Heart, and Arden Hills. Governor Tim Walz said clean drinking water is a necessity for every Minnesota family and business. He says water projects like these help insure that current and future water infrastructure needs are being met.

MAKI CHOSEN TO HEAD UP STATE POST

Former BSU administrator Bill Maki has been named to a state post. Maki has been named as interim vice chancellor for finance and facilities by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The two-year appointment becomes effective July 1st. Maki has more than 15 years of financial and administrative leadership experience serving Minnesota State colleges and universities. Since 2015, he has served as president of the Northeast Higher Education District, a consortium of five colleges of Minnesota State. He also previously served both Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College as vice president of finance and administration from 2004 to 2015.

ONE CAR CRASH LEAVES BEMIDJI MAN INJURED

A Bemidji man was injured in a one-car crash last Thursday evening. The Minnesota State Patrol has just released information about the crash that happened on Lake Avenue in Bemidji, when the northbound vehicle lost control and went off the left side of the road and crashed into some trees just before midnight last Thursday. The driver… 20 year old Rebekah Morrison of Ramsey, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. A passenger… 26 year old Matthew Oustad of Bemidji, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Fargo hospital. There has been no update on his conditiion.

3 HOSPITALIZED AFTER NEAR DROWNING

3 people were hospitalized after almost drowning over the holiday weekend. It happened Sunday at Gull Lake Resort in East Gull Lake. The first call came in just before 4pm… 3 people were pulled from the water. All three were taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. There has been no updates on their conditions, but they all were said to have been breathing and responding.

BE SAFE ON THE WATER THIS WEEKEND

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the unofficial start to the boating season here in Minnesota. DNR officials urge boaters to put safety first as they head onto the water. Boaters should check that their boats have the required safety equipment, life jackets, and registration before launching. It’s strongly recommended that boaters always wear a life jacket, regardless of age. For more info, visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at www.mndnr.gov

WOMAN DROWNS IN LEECH LAKE

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Monday afternoon…. just after 3… they got a call about a medical emergency at the Woodland Resort on Leech Lake. Deputies arrived and learned that an adult female was found unresponsive in the water, near a dock. CPR and lifesaving efforts were immediately initiated… and continued with the assistance of North Ambulance, North Memorial Air Care and Walker Fire Department. The female, whose identity is being withheld pending notification of family members, was
pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office. So far, the results have not been released. The investigation continues.

MAN DROWNS IN CASS COUNTY

A drowning Tuesday afternoon in Cass County… The Sheriff’s Office got a report around 3:30pm Tuesday, about a possible drowning on Louise Lake in rural Longville. Deputies
and responders arrived and located a deceased adult male in the water near a fishing boat. The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and the investigation continues with the assistance of the Department of Natural Resource Conservation Officer.

MEMORIAL DAY REFUSE COLLECTION CHANGES

Residential refuse customers in Bemidji who are normally picked up on Monday… Memorial Day… will be picked up on Tuesday, May 28th instead. All other schedules remain unchanged.

BREAKFAST SUNDAY AT BEMIDJI STATE PARK

This Sunday at Lake Bemidji State Park, from 8-10am, the All-Camp Pancake Breakfast will be sponsored by the Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park.  A free-will donation will help fund a variety of park services and programs. Information about joining the Friends Group will also be available. Serving will be from 8 to 10 with pancakes, juice, coffee, fruit,
and sausage.