Archives for October 2018

GET READY FOR CRANKSGIVING!

Bemidji Parks and Recreation invites everyone to participate in its first annual Cranksgiving, Saturday, November 17th from 10am to 2pm at City Hall. Registration is free. The event is a combination scavenger hunt, bike ride, and food drive, with proceeds donated to the Community Food Shelf. You can register by visiting ci.bemidji.mn.us and clicking “Register for Rec Programs”.

SPEED LIMITS CHANGING LOCALLY

The speed limits on Highway 371, from Nisswa to Cass Lake, will increase from 55 to 60 miles per hour according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The new speed limit takes effect when the new signs are posted. Speed limits lower than 55 miles per hour along Highway 371 will remain unchanged.

BUS ACCIDENT TUESDAY MORNING – NO STUDENTS SERIOUSLY HURT

Just after 7 this morning (TUESDAY) bus #85 was involved in an accident at the intersection of
County Road 9 and Hubbard 98. 19 students were on the bus at the time… some suffered bumps and bruises. Emergency crews say all students were checked and then released to their parents or sent to their schools.  No students needed to be taken to hospitals. The driver of the car involved in the accident was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. No other details are available.

BARK N BOO POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY

The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department has rescheduled the Bark N Boo at the Nymore Dog Park for Tuesday because of the weather. Come on by next week on Tuesday, and enjoy some Halloween fun. There will be a costume contest, prizes and a treat bag. For more information or to register visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or call 218-333-1859.

SANFORD CENTER HONORED

The Sanford Center received the 2018 Prime Site Award presented by Facilities & Event Management magazine. The Prime Site award is given to the top entertainment, sports and special event venues. Award winners were selected based on the physical and structural dynamics of the building, venue staff and level of technology of its sound, lighting and staging. The Sanford Center is seen as a signature asset that is critical to economic development in the region.

MNSURE REMINDS OF OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD BEGINNING 11/1

MNsure is reminding Minnesotans that are currently enrolled in a private health plan through MNsure that they have the option of renewing into the same plan or selecting a new plan during the upcoming open enrollment period beginning November 1st. Minnesotans who would like to keep the same plan will automatically renew you into the same plan, as long as the plan is still offered by the insurance company. If an enrollee’s current plan is no longer available through MNsure, their insurance company will inform them of this change. For details, visit www.MNsure.org

PAUL BUNYAN DRUG TASK FORCE EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANT

On Monday just before 10pm, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 907 Bemidji Avenue North… stemming from a narcotics and fugitive investigation. 32 year old William Isham of Crookston and 42 year old Carmen Doan, a resident of Oakley, California, were cited for obstruction charges. The investigation continues and no further information is being provided at this time. Police say that the public is not in any danger.

FARMERS RESUMING HARVEST

After the wet and cool weather, farmers in the Northern Plains are resuming harvest. The soybean yields have been average to above average. The tops of corn plants are starting to break over, which creates more trash in the combine heads. Ears are holding on, which is a big concern, and stalks are standing up nice.

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE TESTING TO BE REQUIRED

Hunters in central, north-central and southeast Minnesota need to bring their harvested deer to be tested for chronic wasting disease on opening weekend of firearms deer season Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is requiring the testing to determine whether CWD may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota. The DNR website at mndnr.gov/cwd contains complete information.

RED LAKE AIMS AT 100% GRADUATION RATE

People in Red Lake want to do their best to assure that every student makes graduation day.The Tribal Council passed a resolution to graduate 100 percent of students, and all the agencies around Red Lake support that institution. The 100 percent graduation push is for all Red Lake youth in Beltrami County. The idea is to encourage kids to graduate through the power of persuasion. They believe the more kids who graduate, the more positive our society will be in the future.