The Grand Rapids community met Friday afternoon to remember Sarah Grell, a DNR officer who lost her life in the line of duty. Several different organizations made Friday’s event happen and are continuing to help the family after their tragic loss. The DNR is a family tradition for the Grells. Sarah’s husband, father, mother, grandfather, and uncle all have worked for the department. A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up to help the Grell family.
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The Bemidji Jaycees announced Thursday that Merriam’s Midway will return for this year’s Water Carnival. Officials adding, “We are excited to announce that we will continue with the traditional events, such as the Fireworks and Medallion Hunt, and will be bringing back Merriam’s Midway and the Grand Parade.” Registration for the Grand Parade is due by June 28. The 77th Annual Water Carnival will be held June 30 through July 5. You can get more information at the Jaycees website.
A Cass Lake woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 371. The state patrol says 51-year-old Theresa Jourdain was northbound on the highway Thursday when she crossed over the centerline, entered the ditch, and struck several trees. Jourdain is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, around 9 p.m. She was also not belted.
The funeral service details have been finalized for fallen DNR Conservation Officer Sarah Grell. Both the visitation and funeral are open to the public at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids. Visitation will begin Friday at 11 a.m. with the funeral at 1 p.m. Public parking will be available at the Civic Center lot and at Grand Rapids High School. Grell died in the line of duty Monday after a crash with a semi-truck.
A Bemidji woman was injured in a crash with a semi-truck Wednesday morning.
The semi driver, 23-year-old Sukhwinder Singh of Ottawa was southbound on Highway 71 and 21-year-old Cassidy Danielson was heading west on Highway 197 in a Ford Fusion when they collided just after 6 a.m. Danielson was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Sanford Bemidji. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash and all were wearing their seat belts.
Kraus-Anderson has completed Conifer Villas, a $7 million, 32-unit supportive housing project on Itasca Loop NW in Bemidji. The 39,000-square-foot affordable housing townhome community features one-, two- and three-bedroom units and a separate community meeting space. Conifer Villas, a provider of housing to those who have been homeless or who have needed special support, also offers services to help its residents live with more stability.
Families receiving food support may be eligible for additional pandemic-EBT dollars for their children younger than five. According to the state Department of Human Services, families already on SNAP, MFIP, or TANF do not need to take any further action, and should get contacted by DHS by mail or by text with more information.
Up to $75 in additional monthly food support will be loaded onto pandemic EBT cards for each child younger than five.
The Bemidji City Council to engage with community before deciding future of Sanford Center funding. The building, owned by the city, has been in operation for just over a decade/ The 193,000 square-foot facility is home to BSU’s hockey program. The building includes an arena with more than 4,000 seats. Members of the Bemidji City Council expressed an openness Monday to supporting a special use tax to help fund the Sanford Center, but want community feedback first.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says one of its conservation officers died in a two-vehicle crash near Grand Rapids today. According to the State Patrol, 39-year-old Sarah Grell was traveling north on Itasca County Road 335 this morning when a semi-truck traveling east on Itasca County Road 57 crashed into the driver side of Grell’s vehicle.
The Bemidji City Council will discuss the Sanford Center in this evening’s work session. The group will discuss the current structure of the board of directors, various contracts, and the possibility of creating a new Sanford Center task force.
The task force would theoretically create performance metrics and discuss the plausibility of a food and beverage tax to offset the operational costs. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.