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Situation Update for Thursday, Sept. 10

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 389 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 15 new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 82,249 cases and 1,884 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,375 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 8,948 were health care workers. Completed test numbers have been down the…

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Marketplace Foods raises money for United Way

Marketplace Foods recently raised over $4,000 for the United Way of Bemidji Area’s Backpack Buddies program. Backpack Buddies ensures Bemidji Area school children have access to nutritious, non-perishable food over the weekends and school vacations. Last year, the program served over 450 children, and since the COVID-19 crisis, the program has served over 1,200 children…

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Bagley School Board to opt for distance learning at high school, cites lack of paraprofessionals

The Bagley School Board voted Aug. 22 on a learning model to begin the school year, but that plan changed today, which Bagley Superintendent Erich Heise accredits to a lack of paraprofessional staff. “When the School Board voted to open the year with in-person learning on August 22, we had five vacant para-educator positions,” wrote…

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Back to School

News Director Larissa Donovan has been compiling and summarizing back to school plans for area schools and districts. Bemidji Area School Board finalized an in-person elementary, hybrid model for middle and high school students during their August board meeting. Bemidji Area Charter Schools will also largely use the hybrid model. In northern Beltrami County, almost…

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Cass County Schools

In northern Cass County, Cass Lake-Bena and Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Schools opted for distance learning, while students in Walker-Hackensack-Akeley schools will attend in-person classes. The Leech Lake Tribal Council issued a recommendation in mid-August that schools within the boundaries of the reservation start the school year with distance learning. Guidance from the state instructed districts to follow…

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