Archives for September 2017

DNR Seeks Fish and Wildlife Committee Applicants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking at least 12 people to serve on the Fisheries Oversight and Wildlife Oversight committees, which review department spending. About half of the current members’ terms expire Dec. 14, and are subject to this open application, which ends Monday. Apply online at;

MN Receives $45.8 Million DOE Grants

The Minnesota Department of Education was awarded a five year, $45.8 million grant from the US Department of Education this week to improve Minnesota charter schools. Ninety percent of the grant will be distributed through a competitive sub-grant process to start-up, expand and replicate high-quality charter schools.

Bemidji Arrest Warrant Executed

On Thursday evening at 8:11pm, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy Brandon Newhouse arrested 22-year-old Robert Sean Cobenais at 550 Paul Bunyan Drive NW in Bemidji on an outstanding warrant. Cobenais was bailed out shortly thereafter.

AAA Truck Safety

Triple-A in Burnsville reports that equipping large trucks with advanced safety technologies has the potential to prevent up to 63,000 truck related crashes each year, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Deputy Investigates Suspicious Vehicle

On Wednesday at approximately 11:32pm, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy Brandon Newhouse reports that complainant Lauren Michele Purley requested an extra patrol, stemming from concerns about a suspicious vehicle. The area around 405 Merle Court NE in Bemidji was checked by Newhouse and added to the roll call.

Bemidji Heroes to be Honored Tuesday in DC

For their heroic efforts in rescuing an abducted 5-year old girl in 2016, Bemidji Police officers, detectives, a deputy Fire Marshall and agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will be honored in Washington DC on Tuesday at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Heroes’ Awards.

GigaZone at Sanford Center Today, Saturday

The 2nd Annual GigaZone Gaming Championship returns to the Sanford Center in Bemidji today and Saturday. The systems and games featured are listed within the press release, along with the complete schedule, at;

Bemidji Council Agenda

On Monday’s Bemidji City Council agenda, a public hearing is scheduled on proposed assessments on costs associated with lot maintenance, and other work done by the city on private property, and a resolution endorsing support for congressional action enacting a national carbon fee and dividend policy. The meeting begins at 6pm.

Bemidji BBQ Truck Blaze

Bemidji firefighters battled a blazing barbecue truck on Thursday afternoon. The food truck and its contents caught fire on U.S. Highway 2 near Bemidji Airport. The Bemidji Fire Department spent about 15 minutes extinguishing the fire, which ignited in a towed trailer from Fozzie’s Smokin’ Bar BQ.

Property Damage Complaint

Complainant David Allen Beaulieu of 749 Shroeder Road NW in Bemidji requested assistance at 1:47pm Wednesday from deputy Josh Cook with reported property damage.