Daily Archives: February 22, 2021

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Situation Update for Monday, Feb. 22

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 561 new COVID-19 cases today and one new death, bringing the state’s case total to 479,591 and the death toll to 6,433. Of all deaths, 4,038 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 37,481 were health care workers. Today’s data comes after around…

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NTC Nursing programs ranked among the best in the country

Northwest Technical College’s online nursing program has been named one of the nation’s most affordable associate degree programs. The site, Affordable Colleges, ranked NTC fourth on its list, “Most Affordable Online Associate Degrees in Nursing 2020.” The ranking praised Northwest Tech’s array of nursing programs, education quality, affordability and flexibility. It also acknowledged NTC’s expansive…

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UPDATED: Bemidji School Board to consider closing Central Elementary, Paul Bunyan Center

The Bemidji Area School Board will once again look at more ways to cut the district’s budget, and once again there are petitions circulating to stop the cuts. A proposal included in the school board packet includes closing Central Elementary School, the district’s oldest school, and moving these students into other K-3 neighborhood schools. In…

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Seven charged in Itasca County human trafficking sting

Seven were charged Friday after a human trafficking sting in Itasca County. According to a release from County Attorney Matti Adam, agents with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension task force led a three-day operation last week, with investigators arresting suspects as they arrived at an arranged meeting place. “The charges arising from the three-day operation…

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Two in custody after fleeing police in stolen minivan

Two are in custody after fleeing police in a stolen vehicle. According to the Bemidji Police Department, officers responded Friday afternoon to the downtown area and learned a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan was taken around noon. The minivan was found heading east on Highway 2. After pursuing the van through Hubbard county roads, the suspects…

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Neilson Reise back on council agenda

The Bemidji City Council will discuss the future of the Neilson Reise Arena during their work session this evening. While no formal action is typically taken during work sessions, City Manager Nate Mathews says staff is seeking council input after receiving word that the Bemidji Community Arena plans to open their new “Sanford Power” ice…

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Bemidji Weekend Blotter: 2/19-2/21

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to from Friday, Feb. 19, to Sunday, Feb. 21. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT SUNDAY, FEB. 21 DWI, 10:31 p.m. Traffic stop on the 1900 block of Delton Ave. NW. Driver arrested for DWI and DAC-IPS. Suspicious, 9:51 p.m….

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