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Bagley School Board to consider distance learning recommendation during meeting Friday

Bagley Superintendent Erich Heiss reported Clearwater County’s COVID-19 case rate is in the 90s, and public health officials there recommended distance learning for 14 days. The Bagley School Board, according to a notice, took no action during a meeting Monday night but will discuss the recommendation this Friday. Heiss wrote that “while masks and vaccinations…

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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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COVID updates for Tuesday, Sept. 21

Beltrami County Public Health Director Megan Heuer reports that as of Monday afternoon, there 215 active cases of COVID in the county. COVID patients are occupying 14 beds within county hospitals, with eight of those patients being Beltrami County residents. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 6,352 new COVID-19 cases today and 18 new deaths….

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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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COVID-19 updates for Monday, Sept. 20

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 2,474 new COVID-19 cases today and 10 new deaths across the state. MDH typically includes data collected Friday in Monday’s reports, with most weekend data included in Tuesday’s update. Of the cases reported today, 34 were in Beltrami County, 28 were in Cass County, seven were in Clearwater County…

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