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Thursday, June 30

A Bemidji man has been missing since Monday after making self-harm statements, he is believed to be driving a maroon 2005 GMC Sierra; construction on Ridgeway Avenue NW, from Paul Bunyan Drive to 30th Street, begins on July 5; and the city is now accepting applications for the city archery hunt this fall, hunts will be in west Bemidji in Ward 4, northeast Lake Bemidji in Ward 5, and around the Bemidji Regional Airport.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

An attempted abduction investigation is underway in Bemidji, a home was moderately damaged in a fire Monday, COVID-19 vaccines are available for kids 6 months to 4-years-old at Sanford Bemidji and a number of tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service after the latest bout of severe weather Friday

Monday, June 27, 2022

Motley man critically injured in crash with semi, DNR urging boaters and swimmers take caution to prevent water-related fatalities, Sanford Bemidji opens Acute Spine Center, a Deer River man was taken to the hospital after a traffic stop resulted in a crash into the ditch, and Sanford Bemidji to host 10-year celebration of AirMed services,

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Bemidji City Council discussed Visit Bemidji and an alcohol ordinance amendment during their meeting Tuesday, a Bagley man was injured in a motorcycle crash just west of Bemidji Tuesday, Great River Rescue received a grant from the national Petco Love organization, and Beltrami Electric’s indoor garage sale raised more than $5,000 for the United Way of Bemidji Area.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A Red Lake man is facing charges for a high-speed pursuit in the City of Bemidji Saturday night; a Laporte woman was injured in a crash Friday afternoon on the Highway 200/Highway 64 intersection; and Watermark Art Festival, formerly known as Art in the Park, returns for its 54th year next month.

Monday, June 20, 2022

A Bemidji woman was killed and a Shevlin woman was seriously injured in a rollover crash in Gonvick early Sunday morning; a five-year-old Clearwater County boy with autism was reunited with his family after being missing for four hours; MnDOT’s Highway 71 project remains on schedule one month into construction; a Deer River woman was arrested for assault after a large fight broke out between two groups of tubers on the Mississippi River; and the CDC approved the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to age 5, with shipments expected to arrive at Minnesota providers in the next week.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Juneteenth is this Sunday and will also be federally recognized this Monday in honor of the last slaves freed in Galveston, Tex., two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863; City of Bemidji offices and services will be closed Monday with a fairly light council agenda on Tuesday; the Loop the Lake Festival is tomorrow and a temporary detour will be in place on Birchmont Beach Rd. NE; and DEED is reporting another month of more jobs and lower unemployment, but still a tight labor force for May.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

MnDOT’s demonstration project at 6th St. and Bemidji Ave. N. is in place, with community members encouraged to try out the temporary pedestrian refuge and provide feedback, and the county board will discuss a number of items in their meetings Tuesday, such as an update to County Parks, information on a 1979 oil spill site in Lammers Township, and a review of the underway budget process.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A Red Lake man was sentenced to seven years for a non-lethal shooting, Monday’s Bemidji School Board meeting will be the last for retiring Superintendent Tim Lutz, Beltrami County ranked 9th in the state for taxpayers receiving the biggest refunds, White Earth Tribal election results, 1800 ticketed in the state’s most recent Click it or Ticket campaign, and an uptick in motorcycle fatalities prompted a reminder from the Department of Public Safety.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Two horses and their riders were rescued from the swamp Saturday with some innovative techniques from first responders, the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce will unveil their new space today, BSU and NTC is participating in Minnesota State Week next week, the FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information on a 2020 homicide case in Red Lake, and the Sanford Center booked a comedian for this fall.