Minnesota will join in the Biden administration’s plan to provide $100 incentives to residents who get COVID-19 vaccinations by mid-August, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. Starting today, unvaccinated residents 12 and older who get their first shot by Aug. 15 will get a $100 Visa gift card to spend however they choose. Beginning Wednesday, Minnesotans can verify their first dose and claim their $100 at: mn.gov/covid19. Everyone qualifies for free COVID-19 shots through health care providers, pharmacies and other sources.
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There is a FREE community car seat check up event in Bemidji on Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Beltrami County Fair Grounds. Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, extra precautions are being made for this event. You can get more information about this event at www.safekidsgf.com.
Violent crime surged nearly 17% across Minnesota last year, including a record number of murders, according to data released Tuesday by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The annual Uniform Crime Report covers a year marked by unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, staffing and morale problems within the police department in Minnesota’s largest city, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanford Health is taking another important step to ensure the safest possible environment by requiring all employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination by Nov. 1. This includes employees at all of its Good Samaritan Society locations. Sanford Health employees are already required to have several other vaccines including the annual flu shot. Under the new policy, any COVID-19 vaccine received in the past 12 months will qualify for the 2021 requirement.
Heavy smoke from Canadian wildfires has prompted the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to issue an air quality alert for northern Minnesota through Wednesday morning. Areas under the alert include Hibbing, International Falls, Bemidji and East Grand Forks. Fine particle levels are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as people who have asthma or other breathing conditions, during this time.
The wildfire season has arrived earlier than ever and the Bemidji Fire Department and DNR firefighters responded to another wildfire Thursday not far from the recent, first wildfire in Eckles Township. This one was reported just after 2 PM Thursday and burned about 15 acres near the Northland Regional Sports Park. The fire forced the closure of Highway 89 between Radar Road and Jackpine Road for a brief period of time.
Bemidji Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire early this morning. The blaze, which was reported at 2:12 AM, was located on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue SE. Upon arrival, Bemidji Firefighters encountered fire on the exterior of the structure. 15 firefighters used two fire engines to quickly extinguish the blaze. The fire caused moderate damage to the structure, and is currently under investigation by the Bemidji Fire Department. No report of injuries.
This summer, Minnesota is poised to begin implementing a new policy that prohibits corrections officials from separating incarcerated mothers from their newborns. Backers of the bipartisan effort say it will prevent long-term harm, both for children and parents. Deb Fitzpatrick of the Children’s Defense Fund says her group was happy to see the policy eliminated. She sees it as part of a broader push in the legislative session to ensure all Minnesota infants have better outcomes.
A reminder, The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources activated additional burning restrictions beginning today for several area including all of Beltrami County. The burning restrictions already in place will remain in effect for Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca to name a few. no campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping on all lands. Campfires are allowed only in an established fire ring associated with a home, cabin, campground, or resort.
Bemidji Parks and Recreation is celebrating parks and recreation month! In addition to providing TONS of exciting events throughout the month of July, they will be holding a t-shirt fundraiser to raise money for our youth scholarships. T-Shirt sales will be available throughout the month of July. For more information visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us to purchase your shirt. Questions?? Call 218-333-1859.