Daily Archives: September 21, 2021


COVID updates for Tuesday, Sept. 21

Beltrami County Public Health Director Megan Heuer reports that as of Monday afternoon, there 215 active cases of COVID in the county. COVID patients are occupying 14 beds within county hospitals, with eight of those patients being Beltrami County residents. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 6,352 new COVID-19 cases today and 18 new deaths….


Bemidji School Board will review mask policy when COVID cases decline, case rates remain high in September

The Bemidji School Board met for their regular meeting Monday night. Superintendent Tim Lutz says that as of last Friday, Beltrami County’s COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 people was 68.55, a number that is considered a high rate of transmission. Lutz said that once Beltrami County’s case rate gets to the moderate level, less than…


VenuWorks withdraws incentive-based contract, council sets preliminary levy at 8.5 percent net increase

Hours before the Bemidji City Council set the preliminary levy increase at 8.5 percent, VenuWorks withdrew its offer of an incentive-based contract. VenuWorks CEO Bill Peters said that VenuWorks obliged their end of the contract and that the new terms of the contract were unlike any the company had ever undertaken. Peters said VenuWorks would…


Bemidji Blotter for Monday, Sept. 20

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Monday, Sept. 20. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Theft, 6:54 p.m. Officers responded to the 2000 block of Paul Bunyan Dr. NW on the report of a fleeing shoplifter. Adult female placed under arrest for multiple violations. Suspicious,…

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