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Minnesota’s drought persists

Minnesota’s drought continues to worsen, with more than 22 percent of the state in extreme drought, an increase from last week’s 18.5 percent. Rain predictions show about an inch of rain across northern Minnesota this week. The extreme drought includes most of Beltrami, Hubbard and Clearwater counties, with fire danger remaining very high. Surface water…

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Smoke from Canadian wildfires breaks air quality records

Just after last week’s heavy smoke from Canadian wildfires, more smoke came into the area this week behind northerly winds. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s air quality monitor in Red Lake recorded an index of 397 last Tuesday, a then-preliminary record with an “extremely unhealthy” air quality. Air quality monitors in St. Cloud and Brainerd…

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Storm sweeps through Beltrami County

Featured photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office A tornado-warned storm swept through Beltrami County Monday evening. Damage was reported at the Red Lake Pow Wow grounds and there are numerous reports across Beltrami County and the Red Lake Nation of tree damage and large hail. The Beltrami Electric Cooperative reported over 900 customers…

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Hot weather reminders ahead of steamy weekend

The surprisingly hot weather in store for later this week and into the weekend has prompted reminders about how to endure the heat. Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Christopher Muller speculates that this weekend is the best chance to reach triple digits in this area for many years, with heat indexes of greater than 100…

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Near critical fire danger today

The Bemidji Fire Department warns of a near critical fire danger today, with a forecast showing low humidity and high winds. According to the National Weather Service, the near critical fire danger is present for Lake of the Woods, Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Becker and Wadena Counties. Winds will be from the north at 20 to…

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