Daily Archives: January 15, 2021


Situation Update for Friday, Jan. 15

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 1,640 new COVID-19 infections today and 33 new deaths, bringing the case total to 443,562 and the death toll to 5,850. Of all deaths, 3,734 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 34,594 were health care workers. Today’s data comes after 47,000 tests…


MDH updates guidelines on COVID vaccine rollout

Featured photo: First vaccines administered at Sanford Bemidji. The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidelines on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. “We are approaching the end of our earliest stages of the vaccine rollout, and we want to make sure all vaccines in the state are getting into arms as quickly as possible,” MDH Commissioner…


Uptick in overdoses linked to illegally made fentanyl

The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department issued a release in response to the increase in opioid-related overdoses in the area. They say the most recent overdoses are linked to illegally-made fentanyl, which can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Signs of overdose include the subject being unable to wake up, shallow breathing,…


Line 3 protesters lock down inside pipeline

Photo credit: Giniw Collective Two self-proclaimed water protectors reportedly locked themselves to each other inside a Line 3 pipe segment Thursday morning near Backus. According to a release, the action was meant to halt work on the project. The Court of Appeals has yet to rule on tribally-led lawsuits concerning the project. The protesters expressed…


Bemidji Blotter for Thursday, Jan. 14

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Thursday, Jan. 14. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT DWI, 11:48 p.m. Officer conducted a traffic stop on vehicle with no headlights on 29th St. and Irvine Ave. NW. Driver arrested for DUI. Vehicle Calls/Complaints, 11:32 p.m. Officer…

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