Daily Archives: February 18, 2021

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Situation Update for Thursday, Feb. 18

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 928 new COVID-19 cases today and 14 new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 476,292 and the death toll to 6,404. Of all deaths, 4,027 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 37,345 were health care workers. Today’s data comes after 33,000…

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Sanford Health, rural providers, could be included in next COVID-19 relief package

U.S. Senator Tina Smith says rural healthcare providers like Sanford Health could be included in the next COVID-19 relief package, anticipated for a vote next month. According to a release, the bipartisan legislation would waive the Small Business Administration’s affiliation rules for nonprofit hospitals that serve rural areas so they may qualify for Paycheck Protection…

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Vaccine connector tool launched today

The Walz-Flanagan administration launched a new tool today to connect all Minnesotans, regardless of eligibility status, with a COVID-19 vaccine. The tool, available online and over the phone at 833-431-2053, uses a brief survey to submit contact and occupation information. “We still have a frustratingly limited vaccine supply from the federal government, but every Minnesotan…

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NTC named one of Minnesota’s best colleges

Northwest Technical College was recently named one of Minnesota’s best colleges. According to a release, the college-ranking website Best Value Schools placed NTC fifth on its list, noting NTC’s online curriculum, stackable credentials, ease of transfer and quality of education. The college has affordable and hands-on programs that have reportedly helped the region’s employers meet…

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Bemidji Blotter for Wednesday, Feb. 17

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Wednesday, Feb. 17. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Drugs, 5:38 p.m. Officers took a report of individuals selling marijuana out of a car on the 2400 block of Paul Bunyan Dr. NW. Theft, 9:50 a.m. Male arrested…

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