Your Tuesday News Brief: July 3

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – MDU Resources, a parent company of Knife River Materials, will invest $4,000 to help youth at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area have more success in the classroom. Funds will enhance Project Learn, a Club-based initiative to provide homework assistance, tutoring and learning activities, as well as incentives to youth, ages 6-18, to achieve academic goals. Incentives range from school supplies and small toys to field trips for major accomplishments. A portion of the MDU Resources investment will fund additional staff so children have access to more one-on-one support. The remainder of the funds will be invested in incentives.

BEMIDJI MN – City residential refuse customers who are normally picked up on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 will be picked up on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

BEMIDJI MN – The Bemidji City Council approved a service agreement regarding a naming rights analysis for the Sanford Center on Monday night. The naming rights agreement with Sanford ends in 2020. The Council also approved a $100,000 loan to St. Michel Rental from the revolving loan program. The loan will help St. Michel Rental with the remold of the former Pamida Building.

BEMIDJI MN – The City of Bemidji is now accepting applications for permits to participate in any of three special white-tailed deer archery hunts within the City. The hunts will follow the regular Minnesota deer archery season, which runs September 15 through December 31, 2018. The Bemidji Regional Airport hunt will take place on airport property (outside the fenced areas). Hunting will be allowed by City permit and only 20 permits will be issued. The Ward 5 – Northeast Lake Bemidji hunt will take place in designated areas situated in the northeast section of Bemidji on private and public property. New this year the Ward 4 – West Bemidji hunt will take place in designated areas situated in west and southwest sections of Bemidji on private and public property. Depending on the number of applications received, a lottery drawing may be held in order to determine which applicants will receive a permit. Since these are all considered special archery hunts, the State will allow participants to harvest up to five deer. Hunt participants are responsible for purchasing the appropriate State Hunting Licenses and permits to participate in the hunt. All State hunting and trespass regulations and laws, City ordinances, and special hunt regulations will apply. All applications and fees must be received at City Hall by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018. Please contact Teresa Hanson at (218) 759-3562 or if you have questions.

FERGUS FALLS MN – The presence of zebra mussels is confirmed on Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County and Floyd Lake in adjacent Becker County.  The Minnesota D-N-R says an adult zebra mussel was found attached to a native clam in Floyd Lake.  Swimmers reported finding two adult zebra mussels on Jewett Lake.  Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.



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