Daily Archives: February 2, 2021


Situation Update for Tuesday, Feb. 2

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 633 new COVID infections today and eight new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 463,132 and the death toll to 6,210. Of all deaths, 3,933 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 36,618 were health care workers. Today’s data comes after 10,200…


United Way grant cycle open

The United Way of Bemidji Area is announcing the opening of a grant cycle for area nonprofits. According to a release, the application process will be open through March. The grants are targeted for those who provide local community service within United Way’s community impact areas, which include: Education, helping children, youth and adults achieve…


Three arrested in Line 3 pipeline protests

Featured photo: Jeff Nichols sits on a section of pipe in Carlton County near the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. Photo courtesy of Camp Migizi. Three were arrested Monday afternoon in protest of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project. According to a release from the Northern Lights Task Force, tribal officers from the Fond du…


Three arrested in Cass County drug investigation

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports three were arrested after a drug investigation in the Backus area. According to a release, a search warrant was executed at a Backus residence Monday, and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, pills and other paraphernalia was seized. Four were in the residence at the time of the bust. Thirty-three-year-old…


Bemidji Blotter for Monday, Feb. 1

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Monday, Feb. 1. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Suspicious, 11:57 p.m. Officers responded to three individuals tampering with a vehicle on the 600 block of 3rd St. NW. Vehicle owner locked keys in the car. Suspicious, 11:15…


Two men charged with opioid sales

Two men were charged Friday with first degree drug sales in connection to the recent uptick in opioid overdoses in the area. According to the criminal complaint, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force have been investigating 50-year-old Robert McRunels of Bemidji and 44-year-old Demetrius Durant of Minneapolis since September. The complaint accuses both men of…

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