Today, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) reminds businesses that today is the last day to apply for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant program. DEED started accepting applications on September 20th. A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday right before 6pm, the Bemidji Fire Department responded to a
report of a structure fire at 2307 Buchanan Ave SW in Grant Valley Township, SW of Bemidji. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke and fire coming from the roof of the structure. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately 2 hours to extinguish the flames , with 21 firefighters and 9 pieces of equipment. The structure and contents suffered moderate damage. The fire is under investigation but believed to be electrical in nature. No injuries are reported.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Sunday at 4:37 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a motor vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 5 in Birch Lake Township. Deputies and responders arrived on scene and found that a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe had left the roadway, striking trees. The driver, a male, age 61 of Hackensack and a passenger female, age 61 of Hackensack were pinned in the vehicle. The victims were extracted and
transported via helicopter to a St. Cloud MN hospital with serious injuries.
Today, Governor Tim Walz announced a $10 million drought relief package to support Minnesota farmers and livestock producers impacted by severe drought conditions during the 2021 growing season. The Governor’s proposal includes $5 million in rapid response grants to provide drought relief for livestock producers and specialty crop producers. Examples of eligible costs include water handling equipment such as water tanks, pipeline, and water wagons, water hauling, wells, and irrigation equipment.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and the anticipated transmission rates in our community, the 2021 Bemidji Chamber Annual Celebration scheduled for Tuesday, September 28th has been postponed to a later date. The Annual Celebration traditionally marks the start of a new year for the Bemidji Chamber, with the inaugural passing the gavel from the current Chair to the new Chair of the Board of Directors, and an evening of social gathering, food, and recognition. They’re hoping to reschdule soon.
Sanford Health is offering several vaccination events at the Sanford Bemidji 1611 Anne Street Clinic to get the seasonal flu and/or COVID-19 vaccinations. Events will be available Saturday, Sept. 25 – 8 a.m.-Noon,Tuesday, Sept. 28 – 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 – 8 a.m.-Noon, Tuesday, Oct. 5 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Patients must make an appointment by going to My Sanford Chart or by calling (877) 701-0779 and select option #1.
At approximately 12:10 am this morning, Itasca County Dispatch received a call of a
camper on fire at the Little Winnie Resort located north of Deer River on County Road 9. The reporting party stated that a boat and truck were near the camp site indicating possible occupants. After the fire was extinguished by Deer River Fire a body of an adult male was discovered inside the camper. Name of victim is being withheld pending notification of family. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety began a ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign Sunday and it will run until the end of the month. This decision comes after the state has seen 68 residents die on the road directly from not wearing a seat belt in 2021, a 45% increase from this time in 2019. Only 6.6% of Minnesotans don’t wear seat belts, but that group makes up more than 30% of fatal crashes in the state.
A 23-year-old woman who was reported missing earlier this week in Bemidji has been found “in good health and unharmed” in Montana. The woman, had been missing since Monday morning. On Thursday, the Bemidji Police Department received a tip that she was in Montana. The department collaborated with authorities there to locate her. She told authorities she “traveled alone” and “left Bemidji under no duress.”
Minnesota’s unemployment rate improved slightly and dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8% in August due to people moving out of unemployment and into employment, according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Minnesota’s labor force participation rate held steady at 67.8% in August. Minnesota gained 4,300 jobs, up 0.2%, in August on a seasonally adjusted basis.