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Storm victims asked to pile debris on curb

BEMIDJI - City residents are being reminded to place storm-damaged branches and trees in front of their property, but behind the curb or boulevard.

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A news release issued Monday said residents should not use alleys. Rootballs and stumps will not be picked up.

The release said property owners should not rake leaves or debris onto city streets. Final cleanup of the area is the responsibility of the property owner or resident.

The city's tree disposal site on Rako Street will be open from noon to 8 p.m. through Friday. The site, which closes Saturday, is open to city residents. Those dropping off debris may be asked to present a driver's license or utility bill to prove residency.

Birchmont Drive closed for cleanup

BEMIDJI - A portion of Birchmont Drive closed Monday and will again be closed today to assist clean-up efforts in Diamond Point Park.

The road will be closed between 16th and 19th streets northwest from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Motorists and pedestrians must find an alternate route for travel. In a news release, the city asked the public to stay out of the park due to safety hazards, and allow workers to cleanup without being slowed by pedestrians and onlookers.

Burning permits required for debris

BEMIDJI - Chippewa National Forest fire management officers issued a news release Monday to remind people they must obtain burning permits before burning debris piles.

The weather forecast for the week shows an increased fire danger with low humidity and higher summer temperatures.

Downed trees and branches left from the strong storms last week have increased fire danger, the release said.

Burning permits for areas within the Chippewa National Forest boundary may be obtained at any Forest Service office or online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/questions.html. Currently, permits are issued for 3 days, from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for piled vegetative materials. Special daytime permits must be approved by the U.S. Forest Service fire staff.

Permits must be activated each day by calling the toll free number of the permit form.

For more information, call (218) 335-8600 or visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/questions.html.

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