Daily Archives: March 10, 2021


School board to decide Central Elementary’s fate in Monday meeting

The Bemidji Area School Board will consider closing Central Elementary during their meeting Monday. Superintendent Tim Lutz commented in the board packet that Central is not only one of the district’s oldest schools and will need future repairs and investments, but also has the lowest enrollment. Lutz is recommending the closure of Central and redistricting…


Zebra mussel-infested moss sold at pet supply stores across continent

Beltrami County Aquatic Invasive Species specialist Bruce Anspach is warning local aquarium owners to be aware of a zebra mussel-infested product sold nationally. According to a release, zebra mussels have been attached to live Marimo moss balls, sold at pet and aquarium supply stores across the continent. Aquarium owners are urged to destroy, not dump,…


Situation Update for Wednesday, March 10

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 922 new COVID-19 cases today and nine new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 493,013 and the death toll to 6,705. Four of today’s reported deaths were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, bringing the number of deaths in these types of facilities to 4,224….


Beltrami Public Health to focus efforts on essential workers

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is now open for additional groups, such as those with certain medical conditions, essential frontline workers, and people age 50 and older who live in multi-generational housing. Beltrami County Public Health director Cynthia Borgen says her department will focus on efforts for essential workers in: agriculture and in airports now-eligible child care…


Bemidji Blotter for Tuesday, March 9

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Tuesday, March 9. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Weapons Offenses, 9:26 p.m. Officers responded to reports of shots fired on the 2800 block of Ridgeway Ave. NW. Victim was taken to the hospital. Theft, 5:50 p.m. Officer took…


Juvenile seriously wounded in Ridgeway shooting

Bemidji Police officers are looking for a suspect involved in a shooting last night on the 2800 block of Ridgeway Avenue. Police Captain David LaZella says officers responded around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, on report of several gunshots inside the building at 2830 Ridgeway Avenue. Sanford Bemidji notified police that a 17-year-old male with…

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