A 19-year-old Ada woman was killed Thursday night in a Polk County crash. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jayden Anderson was driving a PT Cruiser in the southbound lane of Highway 75 when she crossed into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with a Street Sweeper. Anderson, was wearing a seatbelt, but was still ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The sweeper driver, 41-year-old Eric Olsen of Wahpeton, North Dakota, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Riverview Hospital. It is not yet known if alcohol played a factor in the crash.
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The Bemidji City Council and Police Department are moving forward with plans to create a police advisory committee. The work group tasked with creating the committee has been formed. The group will be made up of mayor Jorge Prince, city manager Nate Mathews, two city council members, and chief of police Mike Mastin. They will look at other models in the state to decide the makeup of the committee.
Minnesota’s budget outlook has swung from a nearly $1.3 billion deficit to a $1.6 billion surplus, state economists announced Friday, an improvement that sets up debates for the rest of the legislative session over taxes and spending. Gov. Tim Walz called for raising taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans and large companies as part of the $52 billion budget proposal he laid out a month ago, which compares with the $48 billion budget approved in 2019.
Today, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach announced a $1,010,492 federal grant for the Bemidji Regional Airport Authority Commission. The grant is funded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program. She added, “This grant is important for the airport’s short- and long-term future and will help ensure it remains a quick and convenient travel center for northern Minnesota,”
The Neilson-Reise Arena is typically open year-round in Bemidji, but its doors have been closed since March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bemidji City Council is in discussions about when and if the rink will reopen. The council met with the BCA about the possibility of working together in the future.
The Northwest Indian Community Development Center will have COVID-19 vaccines available. Interested elders over the age of 65 should contact the NWICDC COVID hotline at (218)215-2832. Once available, a number of vaccines will be administered at the NWICDC, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N.
A number of teachers in Rochester had heard they would be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine through a supply of allotments at Hy-Vee grocery stores. An email was sent to certified staff with a subject line that said “Vaccination time slots available!” However, that excitement didn’t last long. The teachers soon were told that those doses through Hy-Vee were available only for people age 65 and older.
At least 70% of Minnesotans age 65 and older will get at least one dose of the
coronavirus vaccine before the state moves on to the next phase of vaccinations, according to Gov. Tim Walz. The governor announced the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan Thursday, which will expand eligibility based on underlying health conditions and workplace exposure risk.
For the second time in less than a week a person has died as a result of a snowmobile crash in Cass County. Monday afternoon the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a snowmobile crash with serious injuries at a residence in Gould Township in rural Federal Dam. A 35-year-old female operator and a 6-year-old female passenger, both of Federal Dam, were riding a 2004 Ski-Doo snowmobile. The girl was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult female was treated on scene .
With Gov. Walz’s recent announcement to give Minnesota school districts the go-ahead to bring secondary-level students to either a hybrid or fully in-person learning model, Bemidji Area Schools is following suit. Middle and high school students are currently in a hybrid learning model, but Superintendent Tim Lutz wants more students in school buildings before the year is over.