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Despite smoke, slower day for wildfires Wednesday in Bemidji, Beltrami County

October 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A cover of smoke wafted across Minnesota’s northern tier Wednesday as firefighters again battled wildland fires throughout the region. The stinky haze prompted dozens of phone calls to first responders in Bemidji and Beltrami County. By noon Wednesday, the Bemidji fire house had fielded about 35 calls about the smoke. Continue Reading

Hundreds more lose power after storm whips through northern Beltrami County

July 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A powerful storm knocked out more power to homeowners in the region Wednesday, with hundreds affected in the Red Lake, Kelliher, Turtle Lake and Washkish areas. Continue Reading

Dumping of diapers prompts Beltrami County’s plea for public help

March 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A case of intermittent diaper dumping in Beltrami County has officials pleading for help. During the past four years, several cases of illegally dumped adult diapers, catheters and other hazardous materials, including syringes, have been dumped in county road ditches. Continue Reading

Burn ban changed in NW Minn.

March 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Burning permits will again be issued in parts of northwest Minnesota where burn bans were imposed thanks to Monday’s rain, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Continue Reading

Analysis shows more Minnesota children living in poverty than a decade ago

February 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation using the latest Census data says 68,000 children are living in poverty compared with about 35,000 a decade ago in Minnesota. Continue Reading

Former Bemidji State president Ted Gillett dies

October 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Lowell “Ted” Gillett, former Bemidji State University president and founder of the Joint Economic Development Commission, died Sunday morning under hospice care in Bemidji. Services are pending with Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji. “Bemidji Leads!” Chairman Jim Bensen called Gillett “Bemidji’s best friend” during an April 2010 awards ceremony. He came to Bemidji in 1982 as president of BSU. He served in other capacities in the community, too. Continue Reading

Minnesota now free of bovine TB, USDA says

October 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota is officially free of bovine tuberculosis, a disease that shook the state’s cattle industry a few years back after it was discovered in Roseau County and to this day has caused some ranchers to regularly test their animals. Continue Reading

Lake Bemidji State Park to add 4 year-round camper cabins in 2012

September 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The nightly rate for the cabins will be $50. The DNR expects to begin accepting reservations for them early next year. Continue Reading

Fallen Lengby, Minn., soldier’s remains returned home

August 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A small group of family members and sympathizers stood in total silence as the flag-draped casket was lowered from the charter plane this morning at Bemidji Regional Airport. Continue Reading

THEIR OPINION: Speak up on Postal Service in Bemidji

August 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

“We encourage Bemidji-area residents and business owners to attend tonight’s public meeting about the future of postal service in the region,” the editorial reads. “It will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Bemidji City Hall.” Continue Reading