MnDOT Highway 197 Project Waiting Approval

The Minnesota Department of Transportation needs the Bemidji City Council’s approval in order to move forward with the Highway 197 corridor study. A consultant hired by MnDOT presented a final report to the board discussing the project and their implantation plan. The stretch of...

Bemidji Carnegie Library Now Open After Renovations

After months of renovations, the Carnegie Library in Bemidji is now open. The open house on Saturday drew in a crowd as people were able to walk through the fully-restored building. Catherine Marchand, Treasurer with the Friends of the Carnegie Library, says they’ve been raising...

American Legion Honors First Bemidji Native Killed In World War I

The American Legion Post number 14 in Bemidji held a memorial service yesterday to honor their group’s namesake. Members from the Bemidji Legion surrounded Ralph Gracie’s grave to honor him on the 101st anniversary of his death. Ralph Gracie was the first Bemidji native...

Northwest Minnesota Foundation Recognizes Local Non-Profit Leaders

There are many people and organizations that work tirelessly to make our region a better place, and today, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) is recognizing a few of them with their “Ruth Edevold Excellence Awards Luncheon”. “I work at Northwest Indian Community Development...

Northwoods Adventure: 9th Annual Cardboard Boat Races On Moonlight Bay Bring In Large Crowds

Summers in Minnesota means taking the boat out on the lake, but this past weekend on Moonlight Bay, there were some unique boats that you wouldn’t expect to be out on the water. In the 9th annual Cardboard Boat Races at Moonlight Bay, participants are required to make a boat only...

Brainerd Area Collaboration Awarded $100,000 Grant For New Mental Health Initiative

A new collaborative effort in the Brainerd Lakes Area has been awarded a $100,000 grant to create a new youth-focused mental health initiative. Since 1999, Minnesota’s suicide rate has increased by 40% and is the second-leading cause of death for residents ages 10-24. This...

Headwaters Unitarian Universalists, Peacemaker Resources Break Ground On New Headwaters Peace Center

A place made specifically for community peace efforts and social justice causes will be coming soon to Bemidji. A group gathered recently to officially break ground on the new Headwaters Peace Center. The new building will be located on the corner of Mikrantip Road and Jefferson...

Cedar Lakes Casino Breaks The Record For World’s Largest Fry Bread Taco

There are over 47,000 records in the Guinness Book of World Records, and now the staff at the Cedar Lakes Casino in Cass Lake are officially apart of its history. Gathering the beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and onions for the world’s largest fry bread taco was the easy part....

In Business: Heroes Rise Coffee Company Recognizes First Responders

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular morning drinks. So, when Matt Vangrinsven, a not-so-avid coffee drinker had his first great cup of joe, he says that sparked his enjoyment of great coffee. “I love coffee at this point, I love making my own coffee even more. So, with my...

Cypress Drive Connection Project Officially Completed In Baxter

Those who live or travel in the Brainerd Lakes Area know far too well how busy Highway 371 can get, especially during the summer tourist season. A newly completed construction project in Baxter is aiming to help alleviate the high volume of traffic. “It’s very exciting. I’m...

Former Sanford Center Executive Director Faces Financial Crime Charges

Beltrami County Attorney David Hanson announced Monday that charges against former Sanford Center Executive Director Curtis Webb will be filed in District Court in connection to financial crimes. According to a release from the Beltrami County Attorney, Webb will be charged for...

Brooklyn Park Woman Dead After Crashing Car Into A Tree In Pequot Lakes

A Brooklyn Park woman has died after hitting a tree while driving in Pequot Lakes. The incident happened Saturday at 7:36 p.m. on Minnesota State Highway 371 at Mile Post 52. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Ford Focus, being driven by Marisa Amber Lilley, 25, of...