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Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022

The Bemidji City Council voted unanimously on three resolutions adopting the display of the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth tribal flags in City Hall during their meeting Monday; Northland Vapors, which operates in Moorhead and Bemidji, is facing a civil lawsuit over their “Death by Gummy Bears” THC products; and MnDOT is once again bringing back the “Name a Snowplow” contest.

Monday, Dec. 5, 2022

A Solway man was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison after a meth trafficking investigation; Red Lake Tribal Police removed drugs off the streets after two incidents last week; and a late-season hunt is scheduled in the Bemidji area as part of chronic wasting disease management.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

Bemidji City Council will consider resolutions authorizing the display of tribal flags in the City Hall lobby during their meeting Monday; and the MPCA is urging Minnesotans to do their part for our freshwater resources by salting smartly this winter.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

Hubbard County traffic stop led to seizure of methamphetamine and fentanyl; the Bemidji Police Department issued an updated release from the Night We Light DWI arrest; the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual gala next week; a Red Lake man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of his cousin; and authorities in Cass County made an arrest after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Tueday, Nov. 29, 2022

One juvenile was arrested after a pursuit led to a crash off of Lake Boulevard’s steep embankment into Lake Bemidji, leaving three injured passengers; and about 200 people required rescue off of Upper Red Lake when a large sheet of ice broke off the main shoreline.

Monday, Nov. 28, 2022

Bemidji Police Department reminds everyone to drive sober this holiday season after a DWI arrest at the Night We Light Parade; a Park Rapids woman was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash Friday; and the Beltrami Electric Cooperative is returning $1.7 million to its members.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

The Bemidji School Board held first reading of several policy revisions as well as a preview about how the new five-period day will be rolled out with full implementation for the Bemidji High School Class of 2027; the City of Bemidji recently received its bond funding from the 2020 biennium for the water treatment plant; law enforcement officers across the state will be looking for impaired drivers this holiday season; and deadlines for the United Way of Bemidji Area’s Holiday Gifts for Kids program are coming soon.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

A man was presumably killed in a house fire Sunday night in Port Hope Township; the Bemidji City Council tabled the amendments to the city’s rental code in their meeting Monday with a revisit of the issue slated for Dec. 19; the friends and family of beloved Bemidji Middle School history teacher Mark Fodness have established a scholarship for Bemidji students; and the DNR is advising caution over Thanksgiving break around the early, treacherous ice.

Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

The Executive Director of the United Way of Bemidji Area Denae Alamano was named the 2022 Violence Free Minnesota Community Leader Inspire Award winner; Give to the Max day raised $34 million to nearly 6,500 organizations across the state; flu activity is increasing across the state; the Northwest Minnesota Foundation has grant funding available for equity and inclusion; and the DNR says hunters can check their CWD sample results online.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

Preview of Monday’s Bemidji City Council meeting; Minnesota’s unemployment rate remains low at 2.1 percent; MnDOT wraps up 2022 construction season with nearly 260 projects; and U.S. Senator Tina Smith introduces legislation aimed at cracking down on insurance company’s “ghost networks” of mental health providers.