Seven Safe After ATV Falls Through Rainy River Ice; Eischens Receives Recognition; State Revenue Up In February

>>DNR Issues Ice Warning After ATV, Trailer Fall Into Rainy River

(St. Paul, MN)    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resource is again telling people to use caution on any body of water still covered by ice.  The warning came after an ATV and cargo trailer got dunked in the Rainy River in northern Minnesota on Friday.  Seven people fell into the water but managed to make it to shore safely.  The DNR says conditions around the state are constantly changing and that rivers are particularly unpredictable.  The agency says anyone going out on a frozen lakes or rivers needs to be sure of the thickness of the ice beforehand.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Becker’s Hospital Review has named President and CEO of Sanford Health  Karla Eischens,  among its 2024 list of “110 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know.

Becker’s praises these CEOs for leading through the Covid-19 pandemic and national staffing shortages to create sustainable models for continued success.

Eischens has more than 25 years of experience in health care as a pharmacist and leader. Under her leadership, Sanford Bemidji took a pivotal step toward fostering cultural change within the organization by integrating cultural training courses into all employees’ annual education to discuss the intersection of Ojibwe culture and health care.

>>State Revenue Numbers Top Forecast For February

(St. Paul, MN)    State revenues are exceeding expectations despite a drop in income tax collections last month.  The state Office of Management and Budget says revenue for February was 25-million dollars above the amount forecasted for the month.  Though individual income tax numbers were off by 26-million, sales and franchise taxes and other revenue sources were 51-million dollars above expectations.  Total general fund revenue was nearly one-point-four-billion dollars in February.

>Cargill Discloses Duluth Plans But Says She Isn’t Going Forward With Them

(Duluth, MN)    Kathy Cargill is apparently walking away from plans to make improvements to the Park Point area of Duluth.  Cargill bought nearly two-dozen properties in that area recently but did not say anything to neighbors or city officials about what she was planning.  In an interview published in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend,  Cargill said she had planned to build homes for relatives while also adding a coffee shop, a sports complex and other improvements.  But she said she’s now decided to drop those plans, calling the community “small-minded” and saying there are other places that would welcome her efforts.   

>>Midwest Stomach Flu Cases Are Dropping Off After February Peak

(Undated) — Norovirus cases are dropping off in Minnesota and other Midwestern states after peaking in late February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that 2024 has had fewer cases than the last two seasons. Norovirus is often called stomach flu because of its symptoms.

>>Severe Space Storm Likely To Cause Northern Lights Visible In Minnesota

(Undated) — A Severe Space Weather Warning is posted because of a large solar flare. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the severe electromagnetic storm could disrupt radio transmissions. It is also expected to create colorful aurora borealis, northern lights in Minnesota, and even states to the south.

>>Nobody Wins Powerball, Jackpot Grows To $800M

(undated)    The Powerball jackpot is rolling over after nobody won the grand prize in last night’s drawing.  Saturday’s jackpot was worth 750-million dollars, but nobody matched all six numbers, so the grand prize for Monday’s drawing will grow to an estimated 800 million.  Even more money will be up for grabs in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing, which is now up to a sky-high one-point-one-billion dollars.

>>USAF Singing Sergeants To Perform in Bemidji

(Washington D.C) The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are set to perform at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 7th at 3PM.  The concert is free to attend, but advance tickets for the event must be reserved at, or

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