Daily Archives: April 20, 2021


Situation Update for Tuesday, April 20

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 1,189 new COVID-19 cases today and five new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 558,850 and the death toll to 7,031. One of today’s reported deaths was a resident of a long-term care or assisted living facility. There have been 4,337 COVID deaths in these types of…


AUDIO: Rep. Matt Bliss discusses the education budget advanced in Minnesota House

The Minnesota House advanced the E-12 education budget on a vote of 73-60. According to a release, the House DFL’s E-12 education budget stabilizes school investments with a 2 percent per pupil increase each of the next two years, with additional increases the following two years. Under the proposal, voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programming that would otherwise…


Four arrested in Red Lake drug bust

Featured photo courtesy of Red Lake Police Department. A large quantity of drugs was seized in a bust last week south of Ponemah. The Red Lake Police Department says during the executed search warrant last Wednesday, more than two ounces of fentanyl was seized, as was methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, a rifle, scales and packaging materials….


District continues to work toward slimming budget by reducing staff

The Bemidji Area School Board unanimously passed a measure that would reduce the budget for licensed staff by about $1.6 million. Human Resources director Jordan Hickman said these reductions were due to budgetary shortfalls, licensure issues, shifting enrollments and the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of the reductions are related to the closure of Central Elementary,…


Bemidji Blotter for Monday, April 19

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department responded to on Monday, April 19. Warrant, 10:39 p.m. Caller reported adult male with felony arrest warrant was at her residence on the 100 block of 12th St. NW. Suspect apprehended outside the residence without incident after trying to escape via a bedroom window….

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