“LIGHTS ON!” project to come to area

The Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office are working together to bring the “LIGHTS ON!” program to our area.

According to a release, “LIGHTS ON!” is a microgrants-sponsored program.

In its first phase, deputies and police officers are inviting motorists stopped for equipment violations to participate in a survey.

This research period will last four weeks, starting Monday, and beginning in April, deputies and police officers will begin issuing vouchers instead of citations, to get the motorist the necessary lighting-related repairs completed at no cost to the motorist.

These vouchers issued will be up to $250, and redeemable at Southside Towing, Stu’s Auto Electric or Tires Plus of Bemidji.

Participants in the survey will be sent a $10 gift card from Wilder Research for either Target or Amazon, and the survey is voluntary.

The survey program is intended to take feedback from the public to improve the “LIGHTS ON!” Program as well as improve local policing initiatives and the driver’s experience with law enforcement in the future, according to the release.

For those that do complete the survey, your information will not be linked back to you or the individual officer, Deputy, or the law enforcement agency.

More information about “LIGHTS ON!” can be found at www.lightsonus.org/


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 is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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