It’s big news for Bemidji’s proposed state veterans home. That home, along with veterans homes planned for Montevideo and Preston, will receive federal funding this year. In Bemidji, the proposed facility reflects a northwoods cabin design for the public places as well as the 72 residential units that are split into two sections, avoiding long institutional-feeling hallways. Construction could begin as early as this fall with an anticipated 18-month construction schedule.
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Minnesota cases and hospitalizations driven by coronavirus variants in recent weeks continue to steadily climb, even as officials make progress on the state’s vaccination efforts. Just over 400 patients are hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, including 102 in intensive care — the most since late January, according to the state’s dashboard. The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday reported 1,660 new cases and 12 more deaths. The test positivity rate has risen over 5% in recent days.
Last month, a group of local Sanford frontline Ambassadors were selected to go on a surprise trip to Nashville, Tenn. The group of employees was selected because of their “extraordinary commitment to their work and the people they serve.” One is a nurse manager of the COVID unit and another a provider at an outpatient infusion clinic for COVID-19 patients. The Two, Heather and Lisa, got to attend a performance by Lady A at the Grand Ole Opry, with a specially-written song “This, Too, Shall Pass,” for the Sanford Health professionals.
The Bemidji City Council met to discuss the formation of a committee to review the city’s rental code. Since the rental code includes a Crime Free Housing initiative, the Bemidji Police Department has some level of involvement, as does the Bemidji Fire Department, for burning rules around rentals, the JPB, for zoning regulations and parking, as well as more obvious stakeholders such as landlords and tenants.
Three council members will likely be voted onto the “Ad Hoc Rental Committee II” during the next regular council meeting.
Crow Wing County Public Health is offering the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine for food retail workers, food service workers and unlicensed child care providers on Thursday, April 1. The clinic will occur from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM at the Crow Wing Community Services Building located at 204 Laurel Street, Brainerd. You must pre-register for an appointment at prepmod.health or If you do not have computer access and need to register please call 218-824-1289.
Gov. Tim Walz delivered his third State of the State address Sunday from his former high school at Mankato West and said brighter days have arrived and “normalcy is on the horizon” as a substantial portion of the population is being vaccinated against the coronavirus and businesses start to fully reopen. Walz had announced last week that everyone 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine starting Tuesday. He used his address to ask all state residents to receive their vaccine when possible.
The Beltrami County Agricultural Association board of directors is in the midst of planning for the 2021 County Fair. The fair is currently scheduled to be held Aug. 11-15. More information will be available in coming months. Officials say “In addition to our usual master plan A, there will also be scalable and structured plans B, C and whatever is needed in order to comply with the state and CDC COVID guidelines at the time.
Gov. Tim Walz on today announced a final expansion in vaccine eligibility to all state residents 16 and older starting next week, though securing an appointment may prove difficult for much of the state. The expansion, which will go into effect on Tuesday, comes before an anticipated increase in the state’s weekly allotment in early April that will nearly double the state’s current weekly shipment to more than 300,000 doses.
Minnesota lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a proposal that would allow recreational marijuana use for adults and automatically expunge minor convictions related to cannabis, inching the state closer toward legalization. The legislation, authored by Democratic House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, of Golden Valley, would legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older and would also establish regulations for the production and sale of cannabis and cannabis products, including a nine-member board to oversee the new industry.
Sanford Bemidji announced there are a number of open appointment slots for COVID-19 vaccinations today. Community members can call (877)701-0779 to schedule an appointment and to see if they qualify. you should be Essential workers, People with rare conditions or disabilities, People 45-64 with one or more underlying medical condition, People 16-44 with two or more underlying medical conditions, or People age 50 and over in multi-generational housing