Your Friday News Brief: Friday August 24

By: Shawn Campbell

BEMIDJI MN – Motorists heading northbound on Highway 197/Washington Avenue in Bemidji will experience temporary lane closures and detour on Monday, August 27, as railroad crews complete repairs to the track. Traffic will be detoured to Roosevelt Road and County Road 50. MNDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

ST. PAUL MN – Governor Mark Dayton and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota invites young women from across the state to apply for open positions with the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota. The Young Women’s Initiative currently has at least 7 cabinet vacancies to fill. Young women between the ages of 16 and 24, especially those from underrepresented communities, are invited to apply. Applications are available through the Office of the Governor, and will be accepted through September 14, 2018.

BENA MN – Victoria Wind is the new Bug O Nay Ge Shig Elementary School Principal. Wind is a graduate of Bug O Nay Ge Shig and she returns with a Masters Degree in Education Leadership to take on the duties of Elementary Principal. Wind says she feels very fortunate to be a part of the school community and to be able to work to support the students and families Bug O Nay Ge Shig.

BEMIDJI MN – Governor Mark Dayton is ordering the Minnesota National Guard to help with firefighting efforts in Beltrami County, where a 500-acre wildfire has been burning since Wednesday. It’s the result of a D-N-R prescribed burn that was intended to manage brush lands in northwest Minnesota. The National Guard will provide two water-dropping helicopters to battle the flames. At this time, the fire is limited to state lands and officials say no structures or private land are currently threatened. Fire danger is northwest Minnesota is rated “very high.”

ST. PAUL MN – Six Greater Minnesota cities were awarded $8.77 million in grants and loans from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) for water infrastructure and sanitary sewer improvements. Bagley received a loan of over $500,000 from the Clean Water Revolving Fund to rehabilitate the sanitary sewer collection system and a loan of roughly $490,000 from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund to replace cast iron water mains. The 20-year, 1 percent loans will save taxpayers a little more than $187,000 compared with the cost of conventional loans for the same amount.

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