Your Tuesday News Brief: August 7

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – Motorists can expect lane closures and delays on Highway 2 between Fosston and Bagley, as crews reconstruct the roadway. Highway 2 has been reduced to one lane in both directions from four miles east of Fosston to Polk County Road 4. By mid-August, eastbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be switched to the westbound lanes. The existing curvature of the roadway is sharp, making it difficult for motorists to safely navigate during icy or wet road conditions. Reconstruction of the highway will flatten the curve and improve roadway safety. In addition to the curve realignment, crews will also replace culverts and pavement. The $2.4 million project expected to last through mid-October.

BEMIDJI MN – Voters in all Five City Wards as well as select Townships will notice a big change at the polling place this year. The “Poll Pad” will replace the paper roster as well as the paper registration at the Primary and General Election. Since this process and technology is new to everyone this election, patience will be greatly appreciated. As always, pre-registered voters will give their name but instead of signing the roster book, a “roster receipt” will be printed for your signature. For those needing same day registration or have changes with your information, the Poll Pad will also be used to register voters. Primary is Tuesday, August 14 and the General Election is November 6th.

MAHNOMEN MN – The White Earth Reservation Business Committee is implementing progressive change to the regulatory roles assigned to the governing body under the current White Earth Gaming Ordinance. In order to align casino operations with the Business Committee’s strategic direction, White Earth elected officials will no longer be administering constituent service needs utilizing casino ledger accounts, more commonly known as “comps.” This policy change encompasses constituent requests at Shooting Star facilities, such as hotel stays and dining. To further align the gaming operations with the Business Committee’s strategic direction and complying with the intent of IGRA (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act), Shooting Star Casino will implement a Drug Free Workforce Initiative, effective = August 2. The initiative will reinforce a zero-tolerance drug free workforce, which will affect all positions at the Casino. The initiative focuses on reinstating a zero-tolerance policy, including zero tolerance for THC. The goal of the Drug Free Workforce initiative is to provide steps to transition to the zero-tolerance policy, while focusing on business needs of Shooting Star Casino and educating team members on the resources available for assistance.

ST. PAUL MN – Motorists will notice an increased number of bicyclists on northern Minnesota highways Aug. 9-12 for the annual Bicycling Around Minnesota event. The ride will begin and end in Hoyt Lakes. Approximately 300 bicyclists will travel through Chisholm, Grand Rapids and Hibbing on several state highways, local routes and bicycle paths during the four days. Bicyclists will ride 60 to 70 miles each day. MnDOT reminds all travelers to share the road, follow all traffic safety laws and not drive distracted and says the law is clear—bicyclists and motorists share responsibility. For more information about the 2018 Bicycling Around Minnesota event, visit our blog. https://bambiketour.org/bam-2018-tour/.

BEMIDJI MN – The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee announces their list of nominees to a three-year term on the Chamber Board of Directors. New First term candidates are Corey Stittsworth of Counselor Realty, Tracy Pogue of Kraus Anderson Construction and Kurt Knott of RiverWood Bank. Additional candidates can be nominated by petition bearing ten signatures of qualified members of the Chamber. Petitions shall be filed with the Nominating Committee within ten days after this notice.

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