Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Preliminary work on Highway 2 passing lane construction between Cass Lake, Deer River begins

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Preliminary work to construct new passing and turning lanes on Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Deer River began this week, kicking off a $9.8 million dollar Corridors of Commerce project that will improve one of the major thoroughfares in northern Minnesota.

Work this fall includes grading, tree clearing and surveying activities. Some of this work may have minor, short-term impacts to traffic. Motorists are advised to use caution in work zones and obey all posted signs.

In 2015, work will proceed to construction of the passing lanes and turning lanes. Periodic lane shifts and closures will be present, requiring flaggers and pilot cars.

When complete, the project will provide a safer roadway with improved passing opportunities and more turn lanes.

Enacted during the 2013 legislative session, the $330 million Corridors of Commerce program is intended to increase highway capacity on areas where bottlenecks occur, improve freight movement and reduce barriers to commerce. For more information, see www.mndot.gov/corridorsofcommerce/.  

For project information, see www.mndot.gov/d2/projects/hwy2passinglanes/index.html.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Cross To Host Multi-Agency Resource Center For Hitterdal Families Affected By Apartment Fire



The American Red Cross will be organizing a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for victims of the apartment fire in Hitterdal, MN. The MARC will be open from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th at the Hitterdal Community Center located at 101Vikings Avenue South

The purpose of the MARC is to bring local agencies together and create a ‘one-stop shop’ that provides resources for families affected by disaster. Organizations that will be present include the Red Cross, Salem Lutheran Church, the Salvation Army, Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters, Inc. (REACH) Food Pantry, Eyecare Associates, and Pro Clean.

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The city of Hitterdal has set up a fund to help families affected by the fire at the State Bank of Lake Park.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Westbound driving lane of I-94 will temporarily close in Fargo



FARGO, N.D. (Oct. 22, 2014) – Starting tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 23 at 9 a.m., the Interstate 94 (I-94) westbound driving lane (one lane) at the 25th Street South exit will temporarily close as crews work underneath the bridge.

Motorists will encounter a yield sign at the bottom of the 25th Street South northeast loop ramp and will need to merge into oncoming westbound I-94 traffic at this intersection. Two lanes of traffic will remain open to motorists through this stretch.
The project work will include removal of the roadway canopy from the bridge widening and installation of new mounted signage for motorists on the 25th Street South Bridge.

The westbound I-94 driving lane will reopen to traffic on Friday, Oct. 24, weather permitting.

The complete 25th Street South reconstruction project will add an additional driving lane in each direction on the stretch between 17th Avenue and 23rd Avenue, including widening the bridge that crosses I-94. At the completion of the project, motorists will increase from two to three lanes of traffic in each direction, with a center turning lane.  An on-ramp will also be added for motorists traveling on northbound 25th Street South to merge on to eastbound I-94 without crossing traffic. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MDH establishes information line for Minnesotans with Ebola questions

As part of an ongoing effort to provide Minnesotans with information about Ebola and related precautions against the disease, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today established an Ebola Information Line. The number for the Ebola Information Line is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

“Minnesota’s best defense against Ebola is access to reliable information and resources,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “This hotline will provide Minnesotans a reliable point of contact for any questions or concerns they have about this disease.”

The line will be staffed during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. MDH has made arrangements for a translation service to help facilitate calls from those who do not speak English.

The purpose of the information line is to provide an easy, reliable source of Ebola information to Minnesota residents. Information about Ebola is available also on the Minnesota Department of Health website at http://www.health.state.mn.us/index.html.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hunters can register deer through phone, Internet or in person

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 at www.mndnr.gov/gameregistrationhelp.

“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.
Phone registration
Register deer via phone by calling 888-706-6367. Directions are printed on the back of each deer hunting license. Have a pen ready. A confirmation number will be given; it must be written on the license and site tag.
Internet registration
Register deer via Internet at www.mndnr.gov/gameregistration. Directions will be similar to phone registration, and a confirmation number must be written on the license and site tag.   
Walk-in registration
When phone or Internet registration is not possible, hunters must take their deer to a big-game registration station. The person whose name appears on the license must be present at the registration station with their deer. They will receive a big-game possession tag that must be attached to the hind leg, ear or antler where the site tag was attached. A list of all stations organized by city and county is available at any DNR wildlife office or at www.mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.
Other species
In addition to registering a deer online, hunters can also go online to register a bear, wolf or turkey. If an animal can be registered via phone, instructions will be printed on the back of the license. More hunting information is available at www.mndnr.gov/hunting.

Board on Aging publishes guide to health care choices booklet for Medicare open enrollment




The Minnesota Board on Aging has just published its 2015 edition of Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare booklet. Now in its sixth edition, the annual guide contains comprehensive information about Medicare health care plan options in Minnesota.

Health Care Choices is a useful resource for older adults and family members making decisions during the Medicare open enrollment, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2014,” said Jean Wood, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging. “After Dec. 7, a change can only be made in a few special circumstances so it is important to use this time to make the best decision possible.  Any changes made will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.”

Health Care Choices is available online, by calling the Senior LinkAge Line®: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors at 1-800-333-2433, or by visiting www.MinnesotaHelp.info® and using the chat live feature or leaving an email after business hours.