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Highway 2 RCI construction complete

The construction on Highway 2 west of Bemidji is now complete. The project began in May and included a series of reduced conflict intersections, also known as “J-Turns,” from Beltrami County Road 9 to County 14 in Wilton. MnDOT says J-turns create a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury…

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Judge grants “water protectors” restraining order against Hubbard County ahead of weekend of demonstrations

Opponents of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline say a judge has granted a temporary restraining order. The judge has ordered Hubbard County law enforcement to cease blockading a protesters’ encampment, the Namewag Camp, and to stop issuing citations. It came on another day of protests Friday that prompted officials to close an eight-mile stretch of Highway…

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Bemidji Weekend Blotter: 7/22-7/25

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to from Thursday, July 22, to Sunday, July 25. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT SUNDAY, JULY 25 Assault, 11:45 p.m. Officers responded to the 600 block of 2nd St. SE on report of a sexual assault. One male arrested. Suspicious,…

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COVID-19 vaccines available across Sanford Northern campuses, Sanford implements new policy requiring employees get the shot

All three brands of COVID-19 vaccines are available across Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota. Family Medicine Scheduled appointments (M-F) Walk-in Clinic Walk-ins (8 a.m.-7 p.m.) and scheduled appointments (both 7 days a week) Internal Medicine Appointments based on supply availability Oncology Coordinating with oncology patients and treatment schedules   Children’s Scheduled appointments (M-F) Bagley Clinic…

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Bemidji Blotter for Wednesday, July 21

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Wednesday, July 21. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Public Relations, 10:16 p.m. Foot patrol on the 900 block of 30th St. NW. Multiple individuals placed under arrest. Medical, 5:36 p.m. Officers responded to a report of an unknown…

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MPCA issues statement on drilling fluid releases

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says there is misinformation spreading about drilling fluid releases at Enbridge construction sites. According to a social media announcement, there have been inadvertent releases of drilling fluid, described as mud, at nine different Line 3 sites. The drilling fluid is for the horizontal directional drill used to install pipe under…

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