Your Thursday News Brief: August 9

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – Bonnie Solomon has filed an Affidavit of Candidacy for Bemidji School Board Member.

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration in Minnesota communities impacted by severe storms and flooding between June 15 and July 12, 2018.  In response to the storms, the Governor declared a Peacetime State of Emergencyin 36 counties and one tribal nation. Governor Dayton is requesting federal assistance to help cover reimbursement for damage expenses in the counties of Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Itasca, Koochiching, Polk, and 30 other counties, and the tribal governments of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Nation, and White Earth Nation. If granted by the President, the federal disaster declaration requested by Governor Dayton would provide needed assistance to public entities including townships, cities, counties, schools, and certain private not-for-profit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.

BEMIDJI MN – The Bemidji Fire Department has raised wildfire danger for the Bemidji area to moderate. Fires can start easily and spread at a moderate rate. Fires can start from most accidental causes.

BEMIDJI MN – The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was advised today that the investigative efforts through the video that was previously posted regarding the misuse at the Pinewood Solid Waste Facility has come to a positive resolution. The identified party that was shown throwing trash on the ground visited the Beltrami County Administrator’s Office today and has arranged to make restitution. Although this behavior was unacceptable, Beltrami County Administration does applaud her willingness to come forward and make things right. Beltrami County thanks the citizens that support the county in trying to provide good solid waste services. The county will continue to monitor the actions of people that do not abide by the rules posted on signs at the solid waste sites, and will continue to seek accountability for damages and restitution.

BEMIDJI MN – Headwaters Regional Development Commission will be offering a homebuyer education workshop in Bemidji on August 27th and 28th 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. both evenings at the HRDC office. The HRDC will also be in Park Rapids on August 14th and 15th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. both evenings at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids. The Home Stretch workshop provides potential homebuyers with the information they need to make the home buying process less mysterious and stressful. Local experts will present on topics like improving credit, mortgage products, shopping for a home, and more. The class is designed for buyers in any stage of the process. Cost is $35 per household. Pre-registration is requested. For more information and to register, call Headwaters Regional Development Commission at 218-333-6542 or visit their website.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air quality alert for northwestern and north central Minnesota, effective Wednesday, August 8 through 10 a.m. Thursday, August 9. Some of the affected area includes Bemidji, Red Lake and Leech Lake. Satellite and surface weather observations show an area of smoke moving into northwestern Minnesota. Periods of smoke are expected to persist in this area overnight into Thursday morning. During this time, fine particle pollution is expected to remain at or above a level that is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Smoke is expected to decrease across the alert area late Thursday morning.

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