Beltrami County is searching for volunteers to assist in collecting data on a few of the county’s 39 lakes. Once a month over the summer, the volunteers will be expected to provide samples. The data is used to gauge the water quality and help provide information to create management strategies for the lakes. These strategies are used to keep a healthy habitat for both wildlife and recreation.
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The Bemidji Steel Company was recently awarded a DEED grant. According to a release, DEED awarded $1.67 million from its Job Creation Fund to six Minnesota businesses, which provides financial incentives to new and expanding businesses that meet certain job creation and capital investment targets. These businesses are expanding or building new locations in Minnesota and are expected to create 297 new jobs over the next three to five years. Bemidji Steel recently expanded in Hubbard County with a new facility, and plans to create six new jobs within the next three years. Their grant amount was $100,000.
49% of Beltrami County has been vaccinated. Of the 65-and-older population, 85% have been vaccinated. Vaccination appointments are now open to the general public. The goal is to reach herd immunity, but there is no specific amount that might be. It is estimated to be between 70-80% percent, but the actual amount will be depending on the variants and types of COVID-19 that are circulating.
Law enforcement in Bemidji are investigating a Tuesday morning bomb threat in theschool district. Officials say just after 7 a.m., the Beltrami County Dispatch Center received information from the Minnesota State Patrol East Metro Dispatch in St. Paul regarding a suspicious 911 call they had just received. The caller stating that they had bombs already set up in every Bemidji Area Public School and then hung up. Detectives are continuing to work on identifying who made this call.
Bemidji Police Officers and Beltrami County Deputies have responded to all Bemidji Schools and checked the perimeters. The threats made by this individual have not been substantiated at this time. If you know anything about this, contact Crime Stoppers of Minnesota.
The Minnesota State Patrol says alcohol was involved in a rollover crash near Bigfork northeast of Bemidji. Officials say a white GMC Yukon XL was traveling on Highway 38 and rolled into the ditch south of mile marker 43 . It happened just after midnight on Sunday. The driver, 31-year-old Tabitha Holmgren of Bigfork, suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Bigfork Hospital. The passenger, 36-year-old Clay Pitzen of Bovey was not hurt. Both were wearing seatbelts.
Minnesota AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative (ERI) announced that 272 sites throughout Minnesota need help in dealing with COVID-19 related issues, including hunger, homelessness and educational challenges. In Bemidji, four local sites have been identified for support. Bemidji Community Food Shelf, St. Philips,
Bemidji Community Education, and Northwoods Caregivers. Anyone interested in serving in the ERI is asked to apply at www.serveminnesota.org/emergency-response-member by May 19th
Bemidji police officers learned that someone was stabbed after pulling a car over for speeding. At around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers stopped a car that was speeding near the 300 block of Minnesota Avenue. The driver said they witnessed a stabbing in the 100 block of 3rd Street Northwest and were driving the victim to the hospital. The victim was identified as 38-year-old Donald Pepworth. Anyone with additional information should contact Bemidji Police Detectives at (218)-333-9111.
University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new field test for chronic wasting disease. The team reported its findings in southeast Minnesota last month, making them the first-ever scientists to successfully deploy a CWD field test. Researchers say the test is cheaper and produces quicker results. A deer farm in Beltrami County was recently identified as being CWD-exposed.
Bemidji’s Take Back the Night event will take place Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at BSU’s Lakeside fire pit by Hobson Memorial Union. The event is hosted by Support Within Reach and aims to raise awareness of sexual violence as well as promote healing. Bemidji State University, Bemidji’s United Way, Community Resource Connections and the Red Lake Nation are named collaborators of the event.
Anglers fishing this summer on Upper Red Lake will have a three-walleye bag limit, with only one walleye longer than 17 inches allowed. The DNR says anglers had an excellent winter season, harvesting 143,000 pounds of walleye. The annual harvest by state anglers is anticipated to fall within 120,000-240,000 pounds. The Red Lake Nation and the Minnesota DNR manage walleye harvest on Red Lake under a joint harvest plan that the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee revised in 2015. The DNR will determine the winter harvest regulations after the summer fishing season and the completion of fall assessment netting.