Daily Archives: January 14, 2021

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Situation Update for Thursday, Jan. 14

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 1,598 new COVID-19 cases today and 43 new deaths, bringing the state’s case count to 441,935 and the death toll to 5,817. Of all deaths, 3,716 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 34,437 were health care workers. Today’s data comes after around…

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Varying ice conditions on area lakes

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch is reporting a variety of ice conditions on area lakes. Due to the unseasonably warm months in December and January, early ice conditions have deteriorated and the thaw-freeze cycles have opened up large cracks and ice heaves. Walker Bay, for instance, has ice thickness ranging from 5 to 15 inches….

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AUDIO: Dr. Swank discusses vaccine rollout

Dr. Colleen Swank, Sanford Bemidji pediatrician and VP of clinics, discussed the COVID vaccine rollout. So far, the hospital is still working on the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for the 1A priority group, which includes health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Dr. Swank also spoke to the vaccine misinformation that…

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Minnesota AG to address Bemidji community

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will virtually address the Bemidji community this Friday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. According to a release, Bemidji State University’s Black Student Union, Faculty of Color Caucus and Student Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will all co-host “The People’s Peace: We Own it if We Build it.”…

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Planned phone outage for non-emergency line

Bemidji’s Law Enforcement Center is planning a phone outage for the non-emergency and administrative phone lines. According to a release, this outage will be from 8 until 11 in the morning this Saturday. The phone outage will also impact the Beltrami County Corrections Center and other Beltrami county phone lines within the campus phone system….

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Bemidji man given stayed sentence for sex crimes

A 30-year-old Bemidji man was sentenced Monday to a three-year stayed prison sentence for indecent exposure and sexual digital communication with a child. According to court documents, Caleb Andrew Werner could face 25 months in prison, a little over two years, for violating the terms of his stayed sentence. Terms include completing outpatient sex offender…

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Bemidji Blotter for Wednesday, Jan. 13

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Wednesday, Jan. 13. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Property Damage, 8:53 p.m. Officers responded to a property damage call on the 2900 block of Ridgeway Ave. NW. Assist, 5:23 p.m. Officers assisted Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force…

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UPDATED: Victim identified in Lake Irving drowning

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a body was removed from Lake Irving Monday evening. According to an updated release, the victim was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 58-year-old James W. Wizner of Bemidji. Deputies responded to the 660 acre lake…

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