Archives for August 2020

LUMBER HARVEST SET TO BEGIN

A local logger will soon begin harvesting a 96-acre red pine plantation on the southeast side of the intersection of Glidden Road and U.S. Highway 71 north of Bemidji. Harvest operations will begin in early September. Travelers should use caution and be aware of logging trucks and equipment. The DNR will reforest the site to a mixed pine forest representative of the local forest plant community. Timber from the harvest will provide local economic benefits to the logger, local trucking companies and area mills.

MORE CASES TRACED TO STURGIS

The Minnesota Department of Health has now confirmed 35 coronavirus cases linked to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. The department announced eight new cases believed to be connected to the rally yesterday. So far, two of the cases involve Sturgis workers, while 33 involve attendees.

CAR SEIZURE LAW EYED

A car seizure law is raising eyebrows with lawmakers. The law is allowing Minnesota police to hold onto vehicles regardless if that person is never charged or convicted of a crime. An opinion released by a court agrees to some degree, but reform bills are unsuccessful. A State Patrol spokesperson says that they follow state statutes as written.

HUNTING EQUIPEMENT AUCTION COMING

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is auctioning off confiscated hunting equipment. The auctions will be held online on September 19th and October 24th. Items in the auction include over 500 guns, over 70 bows, and other equipment.

7 MORE MINNESOTA COVID CASES BELIEVED LINKED TO STURGIS

The Minnesota Department of Health says seven more people who attended last month’s Sturgis Rally in South Dakota have tested positive for coronavirus. The new cases were announced Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in Minnesota from the rally to 22. The health department hasn’t however, confirmed whether or not the people contracted the virus at the rally.

JOBLESS RATE FALLS AGAIN

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in July down from 8.6% in June, according to numbers released on Friday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Minnesota added 32,500 payroll jobs in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, up 1.2% over the month. The U.S. added 1.8 million jobs in July, up 1.3%. The U.S. unemployment rate is at 10.2% for July, down from 11.1% in June. All of this points to good news an the fact that things are now moving in the right direction after the devastating shutdowns earlier this year.

BSU OUTDOOR PROGRAM CENTER OFFERING ACTIVITIES

The Bemidji State University Outdoor Program Center boathouse will adjust to a fall schedule next week after offering a weekend of activities for students. Open houses will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. offering free paddleboard, kayak, canoe and bike rentals to students. Beginning next Tuesday, through Sept. 25 the boathouse will be open from 12-6 p.m. Overnight bike and boat rentals will also continue throughout that time.

OTTER TAIL WANTS DEADBEATS TO PAY UP

Otter Tail Power Company continues doing all it can to assist customers facing financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. They say they know some may be struggling to pay their electric bills . They encourage customers to reach out if they’re having trouble making payments so they can work out a plan. Anyone who’s concerned about paying their electric bill or can’t pay their bill in full should call the company directly to discuss options for payment arrangements. Call 800-257-4044.

POISON PEACHES

State health and food safety officials are warning Minnesota consumers not to eat fresh, whole peaches supplied by Wawona Packing Company and purchased at retail locations including Aldi and Target after linking Salmonella infections to the produce. Ill people reported purchasing peaches from Aldi, Target, and possibly other retail locations. On August 19, Aldi announced a recall of peaches from Wawona Packing Company, including both loose and bagged peaches. Target is also in the process of removing peaches from its stores. Other peaches (including frozen or canned peaches) are not known to be affected.

CASS COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS SLOW DOWN… LEAVE NO WAKES BEHIND

The Cass County Sheriffs Office says keep it to no or a slow wake on Cass County lakes, rivers and waterways due to unusually high-water levels. The Sheriff’s Office asks that boaters exercise restraint, good judgment and common sense while operating on area lakes, especially those experiencing high water. Boat operators should reduce their speed while travelling in these sensitive areas. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office thanks boaters in advance for their cooperation.