Archives for September 2019


The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department announces the upcoming Boo Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk. You are invited to join in for the fun Halloween run or walk. Costumes are strongly encouraged. It’s set for October 26th, with registration starting at 9am and the race beginning at 10. It will be held at City Park on the Montebello Ski Trail. Pre-register for just $15. Registration is $20 the day of the event. For more information or to register, visit or call 218-333-1859


The Sanford Center and VenuWorks are proud to announce recent finalization of a contract with the Minnesota State Fire Department Association for their annual conference and fire school. This conference will be taking place in April of 2021 and will have an incredible economic impact for Bemidji and the Northern Region. The 2021 conference will be utilizing most of the hotel rooms in our area. That, in addition to the increase of
business at our restaurants, gas stations and local businesses, means that this conference will have an estimated economic impact in excess of $98,000 according to the University of Minnesota Tourism Center calculations.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the first two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease that is spread by a biting insect called a midge. For now, they say the outbreak is limited to Stearns County. The disease incubates for 5-10 days, and most infected deer die within 36 hours of exhibiting symptoms. Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio report EHD mortalities almost every year. People who find a dead deer should report it to the nearest DNR area wildlife office. EHD is not a threat to humans or animals outside the deer family.


Hy-Vee, Inc. is voluntarily recalling seven of its Hy-Vee Mealtime Asian Entrees after discovering the liquid egg used to make the fried rice contains milk, which is not declared on the product label. The voluntary recall includes seven varieties of Asian dishes in 16-ounce or 20-ounce plastic containers and best if used by dates of Sept. 14, 2019, or Sept. 15, 2019. The expiration date can be found on the label on the top of the plastic lid. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider. The product was distributed to Hy-Vee grocery stores across its eight-state region including Minnesota.


The City of Bemidji Archery hunt begins this Saturday and runs through December 31st. The Deer Management Committee says the City of Bemidji has great deer habitat and as such, a high deer population. Unfortunately, high deer populations lead to unwanted safety issues within the city limits. The deer can also become a hazard to drivers and spread ticks that carry a variety of diseases such as Lyme’s disease. Hunters were able to apply for the hunt prior to July 24. There was a $10 application fee and all applications were reviewed by the police department. A total of 62 public spots for the three hunt areas were filled by a lottery. If you have any questions, call (218) 759-3562.


Several permits are available for this fall’s Youth Hunt at Lake Bemidji State Park. The firearms deer hunt is open to youth ages 12-15. Each youth hunter must have completed the Firearms Safety Certificate and have a valid deer license. An adult mentor must accompany the youth at all times and may not carry firearms themselves. The hunt is either-sex with a bag limit of two. Hunt dates are October 18-20, with a mandatory orientation on Thursday, October 17, at 6 pm at the park visitor center. To register or for more information, please call the park office at 218 308-2300.


Wildlife managers say late-season snowstorms and heavy spring rains have taken a toll on Minnesota’s pheasant population. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual roadside survey indicates that Minnesota’s pheasant numbers are down 17% from 2018. DNR upland game research scientist Tim Lyons says there’s still reason for hunters to be optimistic. He says birds are still abundant in some areas, but hunters may need to be choosier about where they go. Weather and habitat are the main drivers of Minnesota’s pheasant population trends. Minnesota’s pheasant season runs from Oct. 12 to Jan. 1.

rail corridor

The Bemidji City Council has approved up to $2 million for future projects in the rail corridor, with plans to potentially recapture some of the funds at a later date. Council’s action Tuesday created an interfund loan that will provide the $2 million from various accounts, while also establishing a tax increment financing district which municipalities can use to recoup additional property taxes generated by new real estate that is then used to pay off development costs. The land in question, bordered by rail lines, the Mississippi River and Irvine Avenue, was purchased by the city in 2003 and had previously been used for industrial purposes.


The Minnesota Supreme Court says parents who defame their children’s public high school coaches don’t have legal protection against their claims. The high court ruled Wednesday the coaches are not public officials so they have a lower bar to prove any defamation case. The court’s decision involves former Woodbury High School girls’ basketball coach Nathan McGuire. Two parents complained to state education officials that McGuire was mistreating his players and one said he had been in jail and that he was stealing funds. McGuire filed a defamation lawsuit against the parents, which a district court dismissed on grounds that he, as a coach, was a public official and failed to prove the parents recklessly made a false report. An appeals court upheld the lower court, but the Supreme Court reversed the decision.


Bemidji Police are reminding the public about protocols for posting details on missing juveniles on their Facebook page. Chief Mastin says while the overwhelming majority of missing persons reports involve juveniles who have left voluntarily, they prefer to use the term “missing” as opposed to runaways as families, guardians, caregivers and police all want them found safe. As for photos, Mastin says the release of juvenile information is highly restricted under state statutes, most especially pictures and that once a missing juvenile has been located the information will be removed from their Facebook page to respect their privacy rights.