Articles by Larissa Donovan

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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INDY donates to Sanford Foundation

The “I’m Not Done Yet” Foundation recently made a donation of warrior backpacks to the Sanford Health Foundation of Northern Minnesota. According to a release, the backpacks will be given to Joe Lueken Cancer Center patients. “A Minnesota-based non-profit organization, the INDY Foundation provides love, faith and financial support by directly supporting the cancer warriors…

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Situation Update for Thursday, Aug. 13

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 697 new cases of COVID-19 and seven new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 62.993 and a death toll of 1,685. Of those deaths, 1,263 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 7,205 were health care workers. Approximately 963,096 people have been…

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Bemidji Blotter for Wednesday, Aug. 12

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Wednesday, Aug. 12. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Disorderly Conduct, 11:41 p.m. Report of fireworks being fired off on 14th St. and Beltrami Ave. NW. Report was unfounded. Disorderly Conduct, 10:13 p.m. Officer responded to a disorderly…

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Bemidji HRA receives funds

The Bemidji Housing and Redevelopment Authority was awarded $32,503 as part of CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to a release, the $5.6 million in funding to 60 public housing authorities throughout Minnesota are designed to help low-income Minnesotans secure and retain affordable housing amid the pandemic. “This…

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Highway 197 meeting highlights goals for the corridor

The newly-established Highway 197 corridor committee met today, and discussed some goals for the corridor before construction, slated to be between 2025 and 2027, begins. After a series of introductions of the members, which include elected officials, engineers, business owners and other stakeholders, the group discussed the types of goals they have for the corridor….

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Situation Update for Wednesday, Aug. 12

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 470 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 62,303 and a death toll of 1,678. Of those deaths, 1,260 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 6,963 were health care workers. Approximately 952,785 people have been…

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Bemidji Blotter for Tuesday, Aug. 11

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Tuesday, Aug. 11. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Suspicious, 6:01 p.m. Caller reported a suspicious vehicle driving slowly through a neighborhood on 3rd St. and Gould Ave. SE. Officer located the driver and were able to confirm…

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