Archives for September 2019

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.

MINNESOTA TOP OF FALL LIST

More than three-million older adults are treated in emergency rooms for falls each year, with one in five of them suffering serious injuries such as broken bones or head trauma. Kathleen Cameron with the National Council on Aging, says falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths among older Americans.. a fact that’s increasingly attributed to chronic conditions experienced by many Baby Boomers….

Cameron notes that one in four Americans age 65 and older falls every year, and Minnesota ranks number two after Wisconsin for the number of falls reported among older adults.

FLOODING CAUSES HIGH CONCERNS

Heavy rainfall from severe thunderstorms in the overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning, resulted widespread flooding in the northwestern part of Beltrami County, particularly in the Beltrami Island State Forest area. Beltrami County Emergency Management has been in contact with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to get an assessment of the situation. The DNR reports that some areas of northwestern Beltrami County have received over seven inches of rain. The closures will be evaluated today, and motorists are urged not to drive around barricades or through flood waters. If you encounter a roadway that is covered by water, do not drive through it. Turn around, don’t drown.

BELTRAMI SHERIFF DONATES VEHICLE

Last week, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office transferred ownership of a decommissioned Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle to Sanford Behavioral Health. The vehicle will be used to transport mental health patients to facilities appropriate for their treatment and medical needs. The Dodge Durango was taken out of service and rather than being auctioned off was donated to the mental health program.

FALL COLORS ON DISPLAY SATURDAY

Visitors have enjoyed the spectacular Fall Colors from a wagon on the high ridge known for centuries as the “Top of the World.” Board the wagon at the Buena Vista Logging Village north of Bemidji on County Road 15. The Go and Whoa Harness Club will provide rides Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m. Admission for the thirty-minute ride is $6.00 for 13 yrs. and over and $3.00 for ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.

NATURE CLUB AGAIN OFFERED FOR KIDS

The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Nature Club for off school days, where kids can spend their day out of school doing activities and games while exploring different topics. This program is designed ages 5-12. Limited space available. Snack will be provided. Session 1 will run on October 18th, and it involves animals, from 8am to noon at the City Park Multi Use Building. The cost is $15 per participant. For more information visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call 218-333-1857

NEW BUILDING AT BEMIDJI STATE

State and local officials gathered at Bemidji State on Monday to commemorate the groundbreaking of the new Hagg-Sauer Hall. The former Hagg-Sauer building was recently torn down, and plans now call to replace it with a new, smaller version. The university plans to complete construction on the new building within the next year. They say they envision a building that is able to fit the changing needs of the university’s students. Construction will be paid for with funds from a $22.5 million bonding bill that the state approved in 2018.

THIS IS FARM SAFETY WEEK

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Monday, applauded President Trump’s proclamation making this week National Farm Safety and Health Week. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety & Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and the rural roadways of America. Secretary Perdue said farming is not always the safest profession, but it is all farmers’ responsibility to continue to improve workplace safety and pursue initiatives that create healthier work environments.

FARM DAMAGE COVERAGE APPROVED

Farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus at their local Farm Service Agency office. Earlier this year, Congress approved $3 billion for the USDA to cover crop losses in disasters. Funding provides up to 100 percent coverage for FY 2018. For 2019, it’s 50 percent of the payment amount. Prevent plant provision sign up has not been announced at this time.