MN Legislative Session Begins

The Minnesota Legislative Session convened in St. Paul on Tuesday, and House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman talked about their priorities. Lawmakers have twelve weeks to accomplish their work.

Lifeguard Training Mar. 1

Lifeguard training for Bemidji begins with a pre-test on March 1st at 6pm at BSU’s Gillett Wellness Center. Candidates should be able to swim to the bottom in 12 feet of water, swim 300 yards with a front crawl or breast stroke, tread water for at least 2 minutes and tow practice victims across the width of the pool.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Report

Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a juvenile female runaway in Bemidji on Tuesday at 9:26pm. No additional details were released by the Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday at 10:52am, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complainant in the area of Fairgrounds Road NW in Bemidji, where 57-year-old Edward Davis was issued a citation, reportedly to be mailed, for disorderly counduct.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complainant’s report of property damage in the area of Irvine Avenue NW in Bemidji at approximately 8:40am on Tuesday. Deputies came upon a single vehicle crash site, where no injuries were reported.

On Tuesday at 12:37pm, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of suicidal behavior in an undisclosed location in Bemidji. The unidentified subject was transported to the Sanford Bemidji ER for evaluation.

Council Awards Project to Reierson

The Bemidji City Council on Tuesday awarded a bid to Reierson Construction to handle its Street Renewal Program in 2018. The city plans to reconstruct six neighborhood streets, totaling 1.7 miles. This year’s program includes changing Bardwell Drive Northwest on the Anne Street loop from gravel to paved.

District 518 Lawsuit

A former employee of District 518 in Southern Minnesota vacated her position due to alleged personal mistreatment, while simultaneously filing a complaint against the district with the Department of Education. District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard confirmed Monday that a complaint has been filed. Read more at; bemidjipioneer.com.

CAIR Director to Speak at BSU

Executive director Jaylani Hussein of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will explore shared Minnesotan values in a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 103 of Bemidji State’s American Indian Resource Center.

3M to Pay MN $850 Million

3M will pay $850 million to settle a Minnesota lawsuit, claiming they contaminated water for at least five decades. The deal was announced hours after a trial over the suit was slated to begin on Tuesday. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson accused 3M of contaminating the state’s water by dumping millions of pounds of waste from the production of fluorochemicals used in its Scotchgard product

Bemidji’s State of the City

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht has declared the state of the city is strong, recognizing Bemidji’s win as Best MN Town for 2017 by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Along with this, Albrecht also noted the city’s recognition in Twin Cities Business magazine, an award from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association for the Paul Bunyan Inclusive Playground and the placement as a finalist for the Minnesota Brownfield ReScape awards.

Commissioners Adress Opiate Lawsuit Tonight

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners meet this evening at 5pm. Among the items up for discussion is the upcoming opiate-related lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors for their marketing behavior and negligence. It currently includes 12 Minnesota Counties and the Red Lake Nation. Commissioners added approval to pursue litigation to the consent agenda item.

Council, BEDA, State of the City Tonight

The Bemidji City Council meeting this evening begins following the roll call and Pledge of Allegiance with Mayor Rita Albrecht’s State of the City Address, followed by the regular council meeting. New business includes the 2018 Street Renewal Project. The Bemidji Econimic Development Authority meets after the City Council.