Archives for July 2020


The State of Minnesota has selected one chamber per county to be a distribution point for a one-time shipment of disposable masks. For businesses in Beltrami County, the Bemidji Chamber has received their shipment of masks and with the help of volunteers and Sanford Health, they have have put together Customer Masking Kits which include 100 disposable masks and useful information for your business. There is no charge and Chamber membership is not required. Kits will be made available for pickup today from 9 to 1 at St. Michel’s Furniture Parking Lot
There will be a limit of one kit per business. You can also order at


Starry trek is a state wide event to have volunteers look for starry stonewort. Beltrami county has 6 of the 14 starry stonewort infested bodies of water in the state. Prevention and early detection is seen as the only way to effectively manage starry stonewort. YOu can volunteer and sign up at The event is seen as a terrific way for people to get outdoors, get educated about aquatic invasive species, and help protect area lakes. No experience or equipment is necessary. To sign up, visit


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has now confirmed zebra mussels in Bowstring Lake, located mostly within the Leech Lake Reservation. Invasive species staff contacted the DNR after finding two adult zebra mussels attached to old, submerged tires in separate locations outside reservation waters on the northeast side of the lake. DNR invasive species specialists determined that at least one of the mussels had likely been in the lake for more than one year. People should contact a Minnesota DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species in any Minnesota body of water. More information is available at


The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is delaying the start of its fall sports season due to coronavirus. The football, cross country and golf seasons are now slated to begin practice Sept. 2 with the first contests set for Sept. 26. Soccer and volleyball teams can start practicing Sept. 8 with matches beginning Oct. 2. The league’s football programs will now play an 8-game schedule, down from the normal 11 games. Soccer will play an 11-match season and volleyball a 15-match season, down from the usual 18- and 28-match seasons in those respective sports.


New land annexed into the city of Bemidji this year has added a lot more rural property to the mix, meaning some former township residents are no longer able to hunt the way they used to. Bemidji City Council held a work session Monday, where officials responded to an inquiry from some of the new residents about hunting. Currently, there are two types of hunting allowed inside the Bemidji area. There are special archery deer hunts regulated by the city to control the animal population in some areas, while the Bemidji Game Refuge, which surrounds the city is regulated by the state, and allows small game and goose hunting, along with trapping and deer hunting during the muzzle loader season and archery.


Though this summer is somewhat different than summers past, one thing remains constant: The need for blood donations to help save lives. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donation appointments can be made for the coming days and weeks by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. There are many opportunities to give blood in the coming weeks in our area. Visit to find one near you.


Bemidji Firefighters responded to a commercial structure fire late Sunday evening. The fire was reported at 10:33 pm on the 400 block of Beltrami Ave NW. Upon entry, crews found a fire burning in the ceiling space. Although they encountered high heat, they were able to quickly contain and extinguish the blaze after approximately 3 hours. No injuries were reported. The fire caused moderate damage to the business, and the cause is under investigation. So far, they say it does not appear to be suspicious.


The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department is offering Summer Yoga Classes. Join Mandi from Unity Yoga at the South Shore Park for a gentle yoga practice suitable for any body. All participants must pre-register… and there will only be 15 participants per class. Register online at or email or call 218-368-0422. Classes start July 31st at 8am. The cost is just $25 per person.

Governor Signs Minnesota Police Accountability Act

On Friday, Governor Tim Walz signed the Minnesota Police Accountability Act, which is aimed at addressing systemic inequities in Minnesota’s criminal justice system. Speaker Melissa Hortman…

Rep. Carlos Mariani, chief author of the Act…


Road construction will begin TODAY on Irvine Ave from Lumberjack Rd to the Red Lake Indian Reservation Boundary. The road will be open to traffic but motorists can expect minor delays. The Beltrami County Highway Department urges motorists to use caution when traveling in and around the work zone. Traffic control is scheduled to go up on Sumac and Hazelwood beginning Tuesday. Construction is planned to last into November.The road will be open to traffic but motorists can expect minor delays.