harvest

State wildlife leaders say Minnesota Department of Natural Resources leadership is mismanaging the upcoming timber harvest. 28 DNR workers said in a recent letter DNY commissioners that the mishandling could risk altering state forest lands for the animals that depend on them, as well as visitors. The letter stated that the DNR’s plan to increase timber harvest by 8.75% doesn’t account for the best available science. Critics argue the agency’s plan could damage certain habitats and worsen invasive species concerns, largely because of extensive clear-cutting of forests. DNR leadership denied the claims and stands behind its sustainable timber harvest analysis.

crackdown

Cass County will be among 13 counties being targeted during a statewide crackdown for motorists who drink and drive. The effort starts this weekend and runs through Labor Day. From 2014-2018, there were 127 people who lost their lives in drunk driving crashes during the summer months, the deadliest season. Cass County experienced at least 13 of those deaths, ranking it 11th in the state. The top 13 counties are the ones being targeted. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is a .08% blood alcohol content. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded Minnesota $890,000 to carry out the extra enforcement.

partnership

Bemidji State University is hoping to save thousands of kilowatt-hours of energy through its partnership with Otter Tail Power Company. Projects during the 2018-19 school year included replacing fluorescent light with LED bulbs across campus including nearly 200 light fixtures in the Gillette Wellness Center. Officials say the potential savings to the university in that facility alone are over 300,000 kWh annually. For the 2019 school year, projects include new lighting in renovated areas across campus and upgraded HVAC controls. Travis Barnes, director of BSU facilities, said the goal by the end of next year is to have about 85 percent of the campus completed.

explosion

A man suffered serious injuries in a house explosion in Remer. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the 46-year-old man was doing service work on a propane furnace when the explosion occurred Thursday. The Hill City man was the only one in the residence at the time. He was taken by air to a Twin Cities hospital to be treated for serious burns. The state fire marshal is assisting Cass County sheriff’s officials with the investigation.

open house

Anyone with an interest in aviation is invited to the Northland Civil Air Patrol Squadron’s open house on Friday, August 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Bemidji Regional Airport. The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds and occupations. It’s open to anyone 12 years and older who has an interest in aviation, youth leadership, search and rescue or service to country. Open house attendees will be able to meet squadron members and learn more about being a cadet. Patrol adult leaders will also be available to answer questions and discuss opportunities for adults. You can learn more on their website; www.northlandsquadron.org.

construction

Bemidji officials say that construction will begin Monday on the 4th Street & America Avenue project by City Hall with a scheduled completion date at the end of September. The project will remove and replace pavement, install new water main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, curb and gutter and update the curb ramps to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Access to the primary parking lots should still be available throughout construction, but employees and customers will be limited to accessing City Hall without going through the intersection under construction.

charging station

A fourth electric vehicle charging station will soon be coming to Bemidji. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently awarded funds for 22 new charging stations to be installed throughout Minnesota, with one of them scheduled to come to Bemidji. It will join the three other charging stations in the City Hall Parking lot, Paul Bunyan Park parking lot and in the parking lot at BSU’s campus on the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. A location for the newst station is still being determined. The $1.39 million allocated for the stations came from the national Volkswagen diesel emission mitigation settlement.

Rape Suspect Description

A suspect description has been released by the Bemidji Police Department in an attempted rape that took place last weekend. Police say the incident happened last Sunday in the 1500 block of Roosevelt Rd. SE when a man came up to the victim from behind, covered her eyes with his hands, and then attempted to rape her. She was able to escape. Police say the male suspect has dark hair, stands about 5’9″ and was wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with additional information should contact Detective Michelle Leffelman with the Bemidji Police Department

US LOSING LANDSCAPE AND MINNESOTA AT THE TOP OF THE LIST

The U-S is losing its wild landscape to energy, transportation, agriculture and urbanization at a rate of two football fields per minute, according to new research. According to biologist and study author Brett Dickson, Minnesota lost nearly 700-thousand acres of natural lands from 2001 to 2017 – about 400-thousand to urbanization….

Tag: Dickson says some states are losing natural landscapes at higher rates than others. Minnesota was 13th on the list among the lower 48 states losing significant natural landscapes. North Dakota topped the list.

2019 World Ploughing Contest Headed To Minnesota

It only comes to the U.S. once every 30 years. This year, August 30 – September 1, Lake of the Woods Tourism in Baudette is hosting the 2019 World Ploughing Contest. Teams are traveling across the world from a total of 28 countries to represent their nation and have the chance to be named World Champion. Many of the competitors are actually shipping their tractors and ploughs across the ocean for the competition, in which they pull a two bottom mouldboard plough with a tractor and get points based on many criteria. There will be live entertainment, and the International Beer Garden, along with vintage tractor and plough displays, and draft horse and mule demonstrations.