Daily Archives: August 28, 2020


Situation Update for Friday, Aug. 28

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 862 new cases of COVID-19 today and four new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 73,240 cases and 1,810 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,333 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 8,088 were health care workers. To date, over 1.443 million tests have…


Red Alert RESTART to light Bemidji red

The Sanford Center, the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, NLFX and other music venues and studios will light up red this Tuesday in solidarity of the performing arts industry in Red Alert “RESTART”. According to NLFX Professional’s Ben Stowe, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected the arts industry. According to the “Be An Arts Hero” Coalition, the…


Sheriff Beitel donates vehicle to Mobile Crisis Team

Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel recently donated a decommissioned sheriff’s office patrol vehicle to Sanford Bemidji Behavioral Health’s Mobile Crisis Unit. “This vehicle was recently taken out of commission, and, rather than being auctioned off, we made the decision to keep the vehicle in service to the community through the mobile crisis unit,” said Ernie…


BACK TO SCHOOL: Cass County Schools

In northern Cass County, Cass Lake-Bena and Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Schools opted for distance learning, while students in Walker-Hackensack-Akeley schools will attend in-person classes. The Leech Lake Tribal Council issued a recommendation in mid-August that schools within the boundaries of the reservation start the school year with distance learning. Guidance from the state instructed districts to follow…

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