Your Friday News Brief: August 10

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – On Monday the Bemidji City Council voted to spend over $45,000 to repair electrical boxes and replant trees along the south shore that were damaged due to severe weather. The Goal is to have them ready so First City Lights Celebration can expand to the area and for Hockey Day Minnesota.

BEMIDJI MN – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has extended the issued air quality alert for western Minnesota, through 10 a.m. Saturday, August 11. This includes Bemidji, and the tribal nations of Red Lake, and Leech Lake. Smoke from wildfires in western Canada continues to impact far western Minnesota Thursday afternoon. While smoke has cleared from the northern portion of the alert area, air quality is expected to slowly worsen once again from Fargo to Detroit Lakes to Red Lake and Roseau Friday. Periods of smoke are expected to continue into at least Saturday morning as a high-pressure system arrives. During this time, air quality will periodically decline to levels unhealthy for sensitive groups. Statewide improvements in air quality are expected on Sunday as winds switch to the south, carrying the smoke back into Canada.

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith along with Representatives Collin Peterson, Tim Walz, and Richard Nolan urged the Trump Administration to approve a request by Governor Mark Dayton for a Major Disaster Declaration to assist communities in Minnesota that are working hard to recover from recent storms and flooding that caused significant damage. They wrote in the letter “Minnesotans have displayed their resiliency in recovering from significant disasters in recent years. We are confident that the communities impacted by these storms will also recover and rebuild, but we urge you to make the federal government a full partner in that effort.”

BEMIDJI MN – The Beltrami Electric Cooperative Trust Board for Operation Round Up® met recently and awarded grants to twenty-one area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $21,989. Operation Round Up® is a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives and provides financial assistance to nonprofit and community based organizations in our area. Applications may be submitted year around, and the next application deadline is September 30, 2018.

BEMIDJI MN – The Minnesota DFL Primary GOTV Tour has been changed to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11. at the Paul Bunyan Park, in Bemidji.

BEMIDJI MN – According to a new study, Bemidji is among the top 10 best places to retire in Minnesota. The study, by SmartAsset a financial technology company, ranked the cities with the most recreational and social opportunities for retirees. SmartAsset factors in the number of recreation centers and retirement centers available to seniors as well as the percentage of the city’s population they represent. Bemidji ranked 9th on the list, to see the full list and all the ranking categories, visit our blog page.

Rank City Tax Doctors’ Offices per 1,000 People Recreation Centers per 1,000 People Retirement Centers per 1,000 people % of Seniors Recreation & Social Index
1 Alexandria, MN 18.0% 3.3 2.2 1.4 23.8% 63.55
2 Detroit Lakes, MN 18.0% 1.5 1.3 0.8 22.8% 43.91
3 Fergus Falls, MN 18.0% 1.3 1.1 0.8 21.9% 41.71
4 Grand Rapids, MN 17.5% 3.0 1.6 0.7 21.2% 41.64
5 Montevideo, MN 17.5% 1.3 1.1 0.6 23.1% 37.61
6 Little Falls, MN 17.5% 1.0 1.5 0.6 22.0% 37.59
7 Brainerd, MN 18.0% 1.9 1.6 0.6 16.0% 33.48
8 Lake City, MN 18.0% 1.2 1.0 0.4 24.7% 33.39
9 Bemidji, MN 18.2% 2.5 2.1 0.6 15.4% 33.16
10 Red Wing, MN 17.5% 0.9 0.8 0.5 20.6% 32.25




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