Daily Archives: July 31, 2020


Bemidji Fire receives sizable grant

The Bemidji Fire Department was recently awarded a sizable grant from the federal government. According to a release from Bemidji Fire Chief David Hoefer, the $321,527 Assistance to Firefighter Grant was awarded from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. The grant dollars will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus devices, which will provide…


Situation Update for Friday, July 31

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 779 new cases of COVID-19 and six newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s total to 54,463 cases and 1,600 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,223 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 6,259 were health care workers. Approximately 1,024,916 COVID-19 tests have been completed, with…


Keep an eye out for oak wilt

Invasive oak wilt is progressing northward in Minnesota into Cass and Crow Wing counties. To prevent the spread and loss of oak trees to this deadly disease, the Department of Natural Resources is urging residents and visitors in these counties to report suspected oak wilt now through mid-August. “As its name suggests, the telltale sign…

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