Daily Archives: June 19, 2020


DEED releases May unemployment figures

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development recently issued the latest unemployment numbers in the state. The unemployment rate for the entire state rose to 9.9 percent in May, with the private sector adding 27,500 jobs and the government losing 17,700 jobs from April to May. Since the pandemic-related shutdowns began in Minnesota in…


Situation Update for Friday, June 19

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 362 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 17 newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 32,031 cases and 1,361 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,077 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those positive cases, 3,327 were health care workers. Approximately 475,152 tests…


Ponemah pow wow grounds fire deemed arson

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Red Lake Tribal Police Department are investigating an arson case in Ponemah. In a YouTube address, Red Lake Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki, Sr., said the pow wow grounds was set ablaze Tuesday night. The State Fire Marshal’s Office said no further information will be released until the investigation…


No charges recommended for May 30 curfew violation

The Brainerd Police Department completed their investigation into the curfew violations from late May, after law enforcement reporting they received credible threats of violence following a demonstration in downtown Bemidji, thus prompting a city-wide curfew. According to a release from Chief of Police Mike Mastin, those accused of violating curfew were authorized through the exemption…


Committee members sought for Highway 197 discussions

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission on a plan for Highway 197. In 2019, MnDOT proposed a series of roundabouts along the corridor between Bemidji Avenue and Gillette Drive, but the Bemidji City Council did not support moving ahead without further buy-in from the community. The HRDC will…


Meet the Candidates: Five candidates for Bemidji’s Ward 1

Featured photo: Candidates’ photos from left, clockwise, Laura Fairbanks, Audrey Thayer, Ryan Enger, Adam Hellquist and Joe Gould. Graphic courtesy of Eric Callagan. Bemidji Now Author and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting’s News Director Larissa Donovan penned a series of questions, some general and some related to specific city issues, to ask all candidates for the city…

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