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13th November 2014
Minnesota hunters registered 54,000 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Final numbers from the weekend show that the number of deer registered dropped 30,000 from 2013. So far this year, including special hunts and the archery season, hunters have harvested 67,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 100,000. Comparing this year’s harvest to harvests in previous years doesn’t necessarily reflect hunter opportunity or the number of deer on the landscape in 2014,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. This year’s lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer – particularly does – off limits to increase Minnesota’s deer population. In much of Minnesota, the deer season continues through Sunday, Nov. 16. Additional deer will be harvested during the northern rifle zone season, which continues through Sunday, Nov. 23; the late southeastern season, which runs Saturday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 30; and the muzzleloader season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 29, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 14.
13th November 2014
On November 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Jay Walter Bloom, age 55, at his residence on Outpost Rd NW, located near Fourtown, approximately 95 miles northwest of Bemidji. Bloom was distraught and making threats about harming himself or others with a firearm. Beltrami, Marshall and Roseau County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, US Border Patrol agents and Minnesota State Patrol Troopers responded to the location and established a perimeter at Bloom’s home. Bloom was taken into custody without incident by the responding officers at 6:42 PM. Bloom was transported to the Beltrami County Jail where charges are pending for “felon in possession of a firearm and violation of an Order for Protection.” A review of charges from the County Attorney’s Office is forthcoming. Additional assistance was provided by the Grygla Fire and Rescue Team, Great Plains Medical Ambulance and the Headwaters SWAT team.
12th November 2014
Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, in collaboration with Beltrami County Health and Human Services and Red Lake Family and Childrens Services announced today that they have secured a grant of more than 1.6 million dollars to reduce prenatal substance abuse in Beltrami, Clearwater and Hubbard County. The grant is from PrimeWest Health’s Community Re-investement Grant Program. Over the course of three years, the grant will fund a collaborative local program called Reducing Substance Abuse to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes, designed to support sobriety during pregnancy and decrease the adverse effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol through education awareness and early intervention. When the program gets rolling - there will three case managers employed by Sanford Bemidji, Beltrami County Health and Human Services and Red Lake Family and Children Services to provide intensive case management to folks who exhibit a high risk or past evidence of substance abuse.
10th November 2014
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management is participating in the state-wide Winter Hazard Awareness Week campaign taking place November 10th-14th, 2014. Promoted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Division of Homeland Security Emergency Management, Winter Hazard Awareness Week allows Minnesotans an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the hazards we face each winter season from dangerous winter weather to hazards from heating sources and ventilation. Beltrami County Emergency Management will also be providing more detailed information daily on the BCEM facebook page and will be having a drawing for a winter survival starter kit for your vehicle. Just visit the BCEM facebook page to see the rules and how to enter the drawing.
10th November 2014
Mahnomen County authorities investigating a hunting accident that resulted in the death of a 50 year old hunter from Laporte. Paul Scholl was hunting in an area about 16 miles southeast of Mahnomen. Around 5:30 Saturday afternoon, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a hunter down. Scholl was coming out of his hunting area when he was shot. Scholl’s two brother-in-laws picked him up and met with the Mahnomen and Naytahwaush ambulances. Scholl was taken to Mahnomen Health Center where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
6th November 2014
The DNR says hunters may not see fewer deer when firearms deer season opens Saturday, November 8, but regulations implemented to help increase Minnesota’s deer population will place more of those deer off limits.
“By design, this year’s deer harvest will be one of the lowest we’ve seen in decades,” said Leslie McInenly, big game program leader. “In fact, our total harvest this year may end up coming in around 120,000, a level not reported since the early 1980s.”
Because hunters can only harvest bucks in some places and fewer antlerless permits were offered, the 2014 harvest will fall significantly from the 170,000 deer harvested in 2013.
A one-deer bag limit rules most of the state and opportunities to take additional antlerless deer are few and far between, with only seven of 129 deer permit areas and some special hunts allowing the use of bonus permits. The greatest impacts will be in the northeast, the region hardest hit by severe winter weather the past two years, where most of the permit areas only allow the harvest of bucks.
6th November 2014
Hunters can register deer they harvest by making a telephone call, using the Internet, or bringing deer to a big-game registration station, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Registration instructions for all methods are available online.
“Our system gives hunters the ability to choose the registration option that works best for their situation. Electronic or phone registration is convenient for many hunters,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. A number of hunters still choose to go in person to registration stations.
However, hunters in the southeastern Minnesota deer permit areas of 348 and 349 must register deer in person during the opening weekend of firearms season because the DNR is conducting voluntary surveillance for chronic wasting disease in these areas. Phone and Internet registration will be available for these areas once enough samples have been collected.
In all areas, deer must be registered within 48 hours after the deer was taken, and before being processed and before antlers are removed. Deer can be transported out of the area where they were taken before being registered. Registration is important because it provides data on harvest that’s used for management of deer populations.
4th November 2014
The Office of Secretary of State is offering a number of reminders to Minnesota voters today as the state goes for the 10th election in a row as the nation’s turnout leader. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is encouraging eligible voters to visit mnvotes.org to check registration status, view sample ballots, find their polling place, learn how to register at their polling place, and more. Ritchie is confident that Minnesota will again lead the nation in voter turnout, making it the 10th consecutive general election in which turnout here in Minnesota has surpassed all other states.
Eligible voters who are not pre-registered may still register to vote at their polling place on Election Day with any of the approved proofs of residence such as a valid Minnesota driver’s license or state ID that shows a voter’s current address. Voters can also use a combination of an old photo ID and a bill that shows their current address. New to this year, voters can register by using other state’s driver’s licenses and any of these new approved documents that show the voter’s current address: bank statements, credit card statements, mortgage statements, and residential leases.
Most polling places will be open 7 a.m.–8 p.m., Tuesday, November 4.
29th October 2014
On an autumn day with a hint of winter, the thought of Christmas was in the air. The Chippewa National Forest, in partnership with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Choose Outdoors, hosted a public cutting ceremony for the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 88-foot tall white spruce. Approximately 500 attendees, including 170 local school children, gathered to witness the once in a generation event. Minnesota Logger of the Year Jim Scheff had the honor of cutting the tree. Instead of letting the tree fall, two massive cranes carefully lowered it onto a specially designed flatbed trailer with one of kind cribbing to support the trunk and not crush the branches. The total truck and trailer length is over 100-feet long! After the Tree was secured on the trailer, the team from Chippewa National Forest and students from Itasca Community College began the arduous process of preparing the tree for the initial leg of its journey to Bemidji State University where it will be wrapped for travel to Washington, D.C. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make more than 30 stops as it travels through local communities, Minnesota and the Midwest on its way to Washington, D.C. The tree lighting ceremony will be scheduled in early December.
29th October 2014
The Bemidji Police Department has a new addition to the team. Officer Jessica Gage was sworn in this week as a Police Officer for the City of Bemidji. Officer Gage will undergo a fourteen week field training program. The program is designed to teach new officers the geography of the city, policy and procedures specific to the City of Bemidji and related technology. It also provides an opportunity to immerse new officers into the law enforcement career in a more controlled environment while providing a method for evaluation. Officer Gage is a 2008 Criminal Justice graduate of Bemidji State University. Her past experience includes employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office.