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The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners took the initial step Tuesday in helping bring a new support group to the area. Capt. Michael Obach, Army National Guard service officer and northwest region coordinator, presented Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a support program for families of veterans and deployed soldiers. The concept is for communities to offer similar benefits to the families of deployed National Guard members as regular Army spouses and children receive when they live on bases.
Capt. Michael Obach will present the Beltrami Board of Commissioners with information on the Yellow Ribbon program during the regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is part of the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows colleges and universities to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund some tuition expenses.
In 1992, a group of Bemidji residents discussed the possibility of establishing a science center in town. Most of those who were interested grew up in cities where the science centers were major attractions. "To my amazement, 30 people showed up," said Laddie Elwell, Headwaters Science Center executive director. That was the beginning, but now, 19 years later, Laddie and her husband, Jim, the HCS finance officer are ready to retire in February and make way for non-volunteer officers. "I think the center needs new blood, someone with science center connections," Laddie said. She said after
WASKISH -- Three Red Lake Nation members put their hooks and lines in eastern Upper Red Lake Friday one day prior to the Minnesota Fishing Opener. The demonstration organized by the First Nations United Twin Cities organization was designed to underscore the treaty the band signed ceding territory, but guaranteeing the tribal members the right to fish, hunt and make other use of the land.
Logging in Beltrami County parks brings in revenue, but it has long been opposed by recreational users of sites such as Three Island Park and Movil Maze. On Tuesday, May 3, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved on a 3-2 vote a new parks forest management plan developed by the county's Parks and Trails Advisory Council. According to County Administrator Tony Murphy, Beltrami County Natural Resource Management oversees about 147,000 acres of forested public land.
William Earl Morris, 24, of Cass Lake, was sentenced Monday, March 2, in Cass County District Court for first-degree attempted pre-meditated murder. Judge John Smith sentenced Morris to 16 years in prison.
From a mother and daughters graduating today to veterans in surgery and delivering babies, a group of Sanford Health Bemidji nurses attribute their choice of career to their mentors. "We have students every day of the week," said Anita Norden, RN in labor, delivery and nursery. Today is commencement day for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.
The Minnesota Majority has adopted a novel approach to oppose Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plans. The gimmick is a "Soup Truck" driven by Rick Brock around various Minnesota cities offering free chicken-flavored Instant Lunch soup, along with pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution and opportunities to donate to local food shelves. Also available is a brochure describing the dire consequences and tongue-in-cheek survival tips if the governor's budget passes.
Interest expressed by developers has prompted the Beltrami County Board to advertise for sale 40 acres of county-owned land on Middle School Road Northwest. The land includes about 16 acres in the old Beltrami County Fairgrounds south of the Target complex, as well as acreage on the west side of the road leased by Bemidji Youth League Baseball and Bemidji Youth Soccer. BYLB also subleases playing space to the Bemidji School District's Summer Baseball Association. State statute requires the county for three weeks to advertise for bids from prospective developers.
Six out of 75 loggers with contracts for timber harvest on Beltrami County land have been granted extensions because of difficult forest conditions this year. The extensions carry a penalty of 10 percent, a stipulation the loggers agree to in their typical two-year cutting contracts.