Daily Archives: July 29, 2020


Sen. Smith to introduce COVID-19 legislation

Minnesota’s junior senator in the nation’s capitol is introducing legislation today aimed to create a national testing strategy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tina Smith, during an interview today with Bemidji Now, said the bipartisan legislation will also appropriate funding to states for items such as hiring contact tracing personnel, enter interstate compacts to procure COVID-19…


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bowstring Lake

DNR officials have confirmed zebra mussels in Bowstring Lake, which is mostly on the Leech Lake Reservation within Itasca County. According to a release, two adult zebra mussels were found, attached to old, submerged tires in separate locations outside reservation waters on the northeast side of the lake. Invasive species specialists determined that at least…


First filer for Bemidji Councillor-At-Large

The race for the next Bemidji City Councillor-at-large is underway, and one person entered their name during the first filing day. Daniel C. Jourdain, who has an address in Bemidji’s Ward 4, filed yesterday. The winner of the special election will serve out the rest of Jim “Doc” Thompson’s term, which expires at the end…


Situation Update for Wednesday, July 29

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 681 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, and nine newly reported deaths attributed to the viral disease, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 52,947 cases and 1,589 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,216 were residents of long-term care of assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 6,108 were health care workers. Approximately…


Virtual Blue Ox Marathon for 2020

The Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon will be a virtual event this year. According to a release, registered participants for the 2020 Marathon will be automatically entered into the virtual version of the race. Race packets will be mailed or participants will be able to pick them up. Sanford Health is a presenting sponsor of the…


Bemidji Blotter for Tuesday, July 28

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Tuesday, July 28. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Property Damage, 4:41 p.m. Officer was notified of property damage to public property on the 100 block of Paul Bunyan Dr. S. Disorderly Conduct, 1:18 p.m. Subjects in the…

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