The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking residents not to disturb aerial photography targets as crews begin aerial mapping in northwestern Minnesota. Landowners in the area that will have targets placed on or near their property will be contacted directly. Weather permitting, work will begin early-October. The aerial survey process relies on clear observations, and must be conducted after the leaves fall and before it snows. If a target must be moved, please contact the District 2 survey office at 218-755-6509.
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Official team practices started Monday for high schools, including football and volleyball, a week after a vote that brought back the fall sports seasons. With safety protocols in place, both football and volleyball will have a fall season, but with shorter schedules. Football season includes six games and the postseason is not yet determined. Meanwhile, there will be an eleven-week volleyball season with 14 games without fans. The Minnesota State High School League will meet on Thursday to discuss winter sports, including boys and girls hockey.
A new poll shows the presidential race tightening in Minnesota. A new poll gives Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden a 48-to-42 percent lead over President Trump in the metro Twin Cities, but trailing badly in the suburbs and in northern and southern Minnesota.
Minnesota now has 25 cases of the rare pediatric disease multi-system inflammatory syndrome. State health leaders say 25 kids have been diagnosed with the disease, but so far, there have been no deaths and no kids are currently in the hospital. The CDC says MIS-C causes inflammation of body parts including the skin, eyes, and internal organs.
The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Find the pumpkins located in City of Bemidji parks. Each pumpkin will have a special clue, riddle or activity for you to solve. Once you register you will receive the game card. All families that find all the pumpkin will get a Halloween Prize! You only have to sign up one family member to gain access to the program. For more information and to register visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call 218-368-0422.
Officials with food banks across Minnesota say they expect a record-breaking hunger crisis is coming. The CEO of the state’s largest food bank — Allison O-Toole of Second Harvest Heartland — says she expects a seventy percent increase in demand from July through December this year. She says the food bank is already distributing more than twice the amount of food they handed out last year.
State election officials say requests for absentee ballots are up significantly this year and Governor Tim Walz calls it a safe option for voters this year. So far, more than one million ballot requests have been made this year, compared with 70-thousand two years ago. Election officials say Minnesota has a history of voting in higher numbers compared with other states.
High school football and volleyball are back. The Minnesota State High School League has voted to return high school football and volleyball back for their fall seasons. Last month, the league voted to move volleyball and football to spring to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this week, in a virtual meeting where up to 500 people logged on, the league voted to reinstate football for the fall, starting September 28th. There will be a six-game regular season. Volleyball will also resume September 28th.
State health officials say the 13-hundred-18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 this past Sunday in Minnesota are a state record. They say it was not the result of any data backlog but the consequence of students returning to school. They also say inspectors are encountering reluctance from people who tested positive or who was exposed to someone who was infected for sharing information with them. Yesterday, Minnesota recorded a total of 937 new cases statewide.
In a new twist, the University of Minnesota says it is now testing sewage at its Twin Cities and Duluth campuses for coronavirus. The school says it hopes the testing will help keep its doors open throughout the semester. The testing is revolving around sewage inside residence halls.