Your Friday News Brief: August 17

By: Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – Extra DWI patrols will be on the roads now until Labor Day. Holly Kostrzewski the Northwest Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths Regional Coordinator says the extra enforcement is to get everyone home safely. We’ll have more tips on planning ahead and how to stay safe over Labor Day weekend, from Holly on Monday.

BENA MN – The Bug O Nay Ge Shig School is now accepting new student applications for grades K through 12 for the 2018-2019 school year. Stop by the school to pick up a registration packet or go on line at bugonaygeshig.org. Staff will be on hand to help out during the week from 9AM until 2PM. For more information call 218-665-3000.

ST. PAUL MN – State officials say Minnesota’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 18 years. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says the state’s unemployment rate for July fell to three percent. That is nearly a full percentage point lower than the national average unemployment rate, which stands at three-point-nine percent. State officials say Minnesota employers also added 11-thousand-200 jobs in July. Education and health services led the major industrial sectors for jobs created in July.

BEMIDJI MN – September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and over the next several weeks, cities around the region are hosting Walk to End Alzheimer’s events. The walk will take place in Bemidji on September 22nd.

BEMIDJI MN – The Bemidji Fire Department will not be issuing any open burning permits at this time because of an air quality alert, issued by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, for the northern half of Minnesota effective now until noon on Sunday, August 19. A large area of Canadian wildfire smoke has moved into far northwest Minnesota and will continue moving south and east covering much of the northern half of the state this morning.

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