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Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

The Bemidji School Board held first reading of several policy revisions as well as a preview about how the new five-period day will be rolled out with full implementation for the Bemidji High School Class of 2027; the City of Bemidji recently received its bond funding from the 2020 biennium for the water treatment plant; law enforcement officers across the state will be looking for impaired drivers this holiday season; and deadlines for the United Way of Bemidji Area’s Holiday Gifts for Kids program are coming soon.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

A man was presumably killed in a house fire Sunday night in Port Hope Township; the Bemidji City Council tabled the amendments to the city’s rental code in their meeting Monday with a revisit of the issue slated for Dec. 19; the friends and family of beloved Bemidji Middle School history teacher Mark Fodness have established a scholarship for Bemidji students; and the DNR is advising caution over Thanksgiving break around the early, treacherous ice.

Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

The Executive Director of the United Way of Bemidji Area Denae Alamano was named the 2022 Violence Free Minnesota Community Leader Inspire Award winner; Give to the Max day raised $34 million to nearly 6,500 organizations across the state; flu activity is increasing across the state; the Northwest Minnesota Foundation has grant funding available for equity and inclusion; and the DNR says hunters can check their CWD sample results online.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

Preview of Monday’s Bemidji City Council meeting; Minnesota’s unemployment rate remains low at 2.1 percent; MnDOT wraps up 2022 construction season with nearly 260 projects; and U.S. Senator Tina Smith introduces legislation aimed at cracking down on insurance company’s “ghost networks” of mental health providers.

LARISSA INTERVIEWS: Senator Tina Smith

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) recently introduced legislation that she says would improve access to mental health care.

The bill would crack down on inaccurate healthcare provider listings or “ghost networks,” and create stronger enforcement standards to protect those seeking mental health care.

LARISSA INTERVIEWS: Senator Tina Smith

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) recently introduced legislation that she says would improve access to mental health care.

The bill would crack down on inaccurate healthcare provider listings or “ghost networks,” and create stronger enforcement standards to protect those seeking mental health care.

LARISSA INTERVIEWS: Senator Tina Smith

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) recently introduced legislation that she says would improve access to mental health care.

The bill would crack down on inaccurate healthcare provider listings or “ghost networks,” and create stronger enforcement standards to protect those seeking mental health care.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

Bemidji man facing new charges after crashing into two buildings and leading a police pursuit; a Thief River Falls man was seriously injured in a rollover crash Wednesday morning; Region 2 Arts Council awards grants; BiCAP YouthBuild participants learn tricks of the trade; and today is Give to the Max Day for schools and nonprofits in Minnesota.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with constructing a new jail; Sanford Bemidji Behavioral Health receives new grant; and Cass Lake is slated to receive some economic development funding from the state

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

A Centerville man was killed in a non-firearms-related hunting accident in Cass County over opening weekend; the first suspected case of CWD in the Bemidji area was announced; canvassing of local election results will take place this week; United Way of Bemidji Area is encouraging businesses and groups to participate in a “Week of Caring”; and Casey Ward was named the new administrator of Sanford Health Bemidji’s WoodsEdge Senior Living Campus.