Sanford Health invites community members and their families to its annual Taco Fest from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Dragon Boat Festival Tent at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront, 300 Bemidji Ave. N. Proceeds from the event will go to support the United Way of Bemidji Area. Community members can also contact the United Way of Bemidji at (218) 444-8929 if they have any questions.
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The Minnesota State Fair will return after staying closed last year due to the pandemic — and those who are making the trip will have 27 new foods to try.The new foods include Asian-inspired fare, new sweet treats, and of course, some deep-fried delicacies. This year’s State Fair will run from Aug. 26 through Labor Day. The fair isn’t requiring masks when it returns this summer, but visitors who aren’t fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear them.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $3.89 million in grants to eight communities across Minnesota to clean up or investigate 11 contaminated sites approved for redevelopment. The includes Itasca County and the Itasca County Jail. Itasca County is awarded $325,441 in cleanup funding. this site will be redeveloped into a three-story, 74,000-square-foot county jail facility. The project is anticipated to create 11 jobs and retain 26 jobs.
U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) are pressing bipartisan legislation to help Native families living in rural areas achieve homeownership. Right now, the homeownership rate for Native American households is around 54 percent, while the rate for white households is 72 percent. Sens. Smith and Rounds’ legislation expand an existing U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program, in which the USDA has partnered with Native Community Development Financial Institutions to leverage their deep ties in local communities and deploy loans to eligible Native borrowers.
Minnesota health officials say nearly everyone who has been hospitalized or died from COVID-19 was not fully vaccinated. State and federal data shows the chances of contracting the coronavirus after being fully vaccinated are minuscule and getting severe COVID-19 or dying are even smaller. It is ongoing evidence for state leaders and health officials in their campaign to vaccinate 70 percent of the population ages 16 and older by the end of this month.
MnDOT announced today, beginning June 21, eastbound motorists on Highway 2 west of Cass Lake, can expect a short-term detour while crews begin muck excavation on the project. During the project, crews will be resurfacing Highway 2 from two miles east of Hubbard county road 46 to Highway 371 in Cass Lake. The detour will be lifted on June 28. This project will create a safer, longer lasting road surface. It is estimated to be complete by August, weather permitting.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is activating burning restrictions beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday for the southern and eastern portions of Beltrami county, and all of Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties. burning permits will not be issued for brush or yard waste; no fireworks may be ignited on any public or private land outside city limits.
A traffic note to remember as Bemidji Avenue between 24th Street NW and 29th Street NW will be converted to a one-way southbound only stree beginning Monday June 21st with work scheduled to be completed before the following weekend, weather permitting. Residents with driveway access directly onto Bemidji Avenue between 24th Street and 29th Street will need to exit their driveways and head south out of the project area.
Minnesota has reached 3 million residents who’ve had at least one COVID-19 shot, health officials said Wednesday. The 3 million milestone came as the state’s other coronavirus metrics continued to improve as well. The department reported fewer than 100 new cases both Tuesday and Wednesday, the first time those numbers have been so low since April 2020. Governor Tim Walz says “Our COVID-19 numbers are at their lowest since the earliest days of the pandemic and life is getting back to normal.”
Bemidji-stationed DNR Conservation Officer Hannah Mishler has been named the 2020 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, an annual award given to an officer for outstanding overall career performance. Mishler has been a conservation officer since 2014, she is an arson investigator, and she and her K9 partner Storm are in the K9 Unit.