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The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday joining the Minnesota Accountable Government, Innovation and Collaboration (MAGIC) Act initiated by the Association of Minnesota Counties. The bill to redesign the relationship between the counties and state of Minnesota will be introduced next week, but meanwhile, Beltrami County Board members have resolved that the new way of doing business will be more efficient and creative than the current arrangement.
The Beltrami County Board will discuss a request to renew support for an application for state funding to help homeless individuals and families. Becky Schueller, executive director of Evergreen Youth & Family Services, will make the presentation during the regular board meeting, which will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W. According to the explanation in Tuesday's agenda item, the Minnesota Department of Human Services "Support Service Funds for Long Term Homeless People" grant currently brings in $322,000.
Encouraged by cheers, whistles and shouts of "Amen," speakers Friday evening expounded on the failure of national government and called on Tea Party members to "Save Our Republic." The rally formed up a "Liberty Line" at 4:30 p.m. along Paul Bunyan Drive, waving flags, hoisting placards and waving to passing traffic. At 5:30 p.m., a series of speakers described the dangers they believe are facing the United States. The Tea Party also invited young people to write essays on the meaning of the republic to them.
For the last 30 or more years, 59-year-old Lynn Schmidt of Bemidji has donated blood at the local Mississippi Headwaters Blood Bank two or three times a year. Schmidt donated last summer, as usual, and all was well. But, when he returned in September to make another donation, the mini-physical exam prior to the blood draw indicated low hemoglobin levels. Further medical checking revealed that he had developed acute myeloid leukemia. In addition to regularly donating blood, Schmidt became a bone marrow donor in 1988 to save his sister, who also developed a form of leukemia.
After a lengthy presentation Tuesday morning by Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, the Beltrami County Board unanimously approved at Tuesday evening's regular meeting the purchase of $257,997 worth of software for a new reporting system. After a series of grants, the actual system will cost the county general fund $102,793 and replace the unsatisfactory CODY system currently in use. Because 28 percent of deputies' time is in transit for reporting calls, Hodapp said the saved staff time will result in a quick return on investment.
Bull riding has been described as the most intense, bone-jarring two hours in sports - eight seconds at a time. The Sanford Center will be the venue for the Bud Light Bull Riding Classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2. Wally Mosbrucker of Mosbrucker Rodeos Inc., Mandan, N.D., said his outfit, as well as Burger Bucking Bulls of Mandan and Troy Meech of Nimrod, Minn., will bring their bucking stock to town.
Expected state cuts of millions in funding for services to people with disabilities will have a heavy impact on the community. That was the message people with developmental disabilities and their advocates presented during the Arc United and Arc of Minnesota Disability Matters Town Hall Forum Saturday morning at Bemidji City Hall. Area legislators from Districts 1, 2 and 4 were invited, as well as other elected officials, but those who attended - along with about 25 concerned citizens - were Rep.
A spring snow storm closed schools in North Dakota Tuesday and the National Weather Service in grand Forks, N.D., predicted a 100 percent chance of up to 9 inches Tuesday night for the Bemidji area. Radar images Tuesday afternoon showed two major storm systems situated in eastern North Dakota and the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Bemidji remained under a winter storm warning Tuesday into today, and by the time the system passes through, could dump more than a foot of snow on the region, according to the National Weather Service. Lows were predicted at 22 degrees Tuesday night with gusty winds
Lent is traditionally the Christian season of prayer, penitence, self-denial and almsgiving in preparation for the celebration of Easter. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church Bemidji has taken on an alms and charity challenge to raise money to buy mosquito netting for people living in malaria-plagued parts of the world. "This is a national project for the Episcopal Church," said Steve Schmitt of St. Bart's Total Ministry Team. "Episcopal Relief and Development ...
The swish of skates, the slap of pucks, the blare of music and the cheers of supporters were the sounds reverberating Saturday on Lake Bemidji near the Hampton Inn. The second year for the Lake Bemidji Pond Hockey Classic drew 25 teams to face off four-on-four on 56-by-108-foot rinks. The rinks, larger than the 48-by-96-foot surfaces set up for the 2010 tournament, give skaters more room to maneuver and score.