Daily Archives: February 18, 2021


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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