Archives for October 2019

ZEBRA MUSSEL PROBLEM EXPANDING

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussel larvae in a water sample taken from Ten Mile Lake in Cass County. A scientist identified 17 microscopic zebra mussel larvae in a water sample taken from the lake in September. No adult or juvenile zebra mussels have been reported though, but now Ten Mile Lake will be added to the infested waters list for zebra mussels, so that people who harvest bait or fish commercially will need to take necessary precautions. Lake users should follow the same “Clean, Drain, Dispose” steps that are always legally required on all water bodies, regardless of whether they are on the infested waters list. More information is available at mndnr.gov/ais.

MOORE ENGINEERING NOW OPEN IN DOWNTOWN

Moore Engineering has opened their new office in downtown Bemidji. The downtown location they say, will provide a convenient and more visible presence for those in the north central and northwest parts of the state. The company says the are excited to become part of the Bemidji community and region. Moore Engineering features areas of transportation, municipal, water resources, along with a newly formed environmental group.

MINNESOTA FIGHTING RISE IN VAPING

States, including Minnesota, are investigating a rise in vaping-related illnesses and deaths. In some states, public health officials have even declared emergencies. Tim Fournier is the police chief in New Hope. He says there are still a lot of unknowns, but agencies are beginning to connect the dots….

A similar bust was recently reported by Wisconsin authorities. That operation was described by investigators as one of the biggest illegal vaping rings in the country.

STITTSWORTH MEATS MAKES GIANT DONATION

Stittsworth Meats is making sizable donations to the Bemidji Career Academy in the form of a three-year financial sponsorship from Stittsworth Meats owner Mychal Stittsworth and distribution manager Corey Erickson, in support for the students in the Bemidji High School’s Agriculture Career Academy. The funds will go to defray costs related to student transportation to their real work experience opportunities, Exploring Program, course tuition, uniforms and more.

SHORTER DAYS MEAN TRAFFIC DANGERS

Shorter days and more hours of darkness this time of year contribute to an increase number of crashes between people driving and walking, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. As the days get shorter, motorists and pedestrians should use caution when driving and walking. Motor vehicle crashes have killed 33 pedestrians so far this year. According to crash facts from the Department of Public Safety, 45 pedestrians died and 987 were injured in crashes with vehicles in 2018 and 42 pedestrian deaths and 1,053 injuries happened in 2017.

HY-VEE STORES HOST HALLOWEEN PARTIES

On Saturday, more than 250 Hy-Vee stores will host a Halloween Party featuring trick-or-treating and family-friendly activities from 1-3 p.m. The free event includes coloring, cookie decorating, mini pumpkin painting and more. Children dressed in costume will receive a free trick-or-treat bag, while supplies last.

FOOD BANKS NEED CASH TOO

As winter approaches, food shelves across Minnesota hope to take in loads of donated items to help people in need survive the colder months. But cash donations are even more important these days. Money is sometimes the best way to give. Colleen Moriarty is executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota…

Hunger Solutions is responsible for distributing grants to food shelves across the state. Moriarty says when those locations submit expense reports, they often cite a struggle to meet operating costs, since most of the grant money is spent on food.

PLAY PICKELBALL!

Bemidji Parks and Recreation is offering you the opportunity to play indoor pickleball at the National Guard Armory. They will provide the nets, balls and paddles for you to use if you do not have your own. Only $10.00 per time or purchase a punchcard for multiple days of play, November 5th thru December 17th on Tuesdays, from 4 to 6:30pm. If you have questions call 218-333-1857.

DRUG TAKE BACK SET FOR SATURDAY

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medication can be brought to the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center in Bemidji MN. A red collection box is located in lobby where the prescriptions can be securely and anonymously left. Because the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration says flushing
prescription drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards, DEA launched its prescription drug take back program to encourage the safe disposal of medications.

DEER HUNTING OPENER TO FEATURE THE GOVERNOR

Efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters will play a leading role as the 17th annual Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener celebrates Minnesota’s hunting tradition Thursday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 10, in Fergus Falls. Information about the Minnesota Governor’s Deer Hunting Opener is available at mngovernorsdeeropener.com. The event promotes hunting and tourism and is being hosted by Gov. Tim Walz through a partnership among the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and its local chapters, Explore Minnesota Tourism and Visit Fergus Falls.