Bemidji News

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Bemidji Blotter for Tuesday, Sept. 21

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Tuesday, Sept. 21. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Accident, 10:16 p.m. Officer responded to a vehicle collision involving a dog on Lake Ave. and East Ave. NE. There was no notable damage to the vehicle, however, the…

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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…

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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…

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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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Bemidji City Council meets today: special work session to discuss VenuWorks, then onto setting the preliminary levy

The Bemidji City Council and VenuWorks may negotiate a new contract during a special work session this afternoon. According to documents submitted in the city’s packet, VenuWorks would provide the same number of services for operating the Sanford Center, and the new contract would be in effect from Oct. 1 through the end of 2024….

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Bemidji Weekend Blotter: 9/16-9/19

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to from Thursday, Sept. 16, to Sunday, Sept. 19. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT SUNDAY, SEPT. 19 Welfare Check, 8:45 p.m. Disturbance call on 4th St. NW. Family of male brought him food and left on his doorstep but he…

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Enbridge ordered to pay $3.32 million for breaching aquifer, violating environmental laws

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that Enbridge must pay $3.32 million for failure to follow environmental laws. According to the release, Enbridge breached the confining layer of an artesian aquifer, near a calcareous fen wetland by the Clearbrook Terminal. The breach resulted in an unauthorized groundwater appropriation during the construction of the…

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