Archives for October 2017

DNR Using Zebra Mussel Sniffing Dogs

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources brought in four zebra mussel-sniffing dogs to seek out the invasive species. The fast-reproducing larvae can upset a lake’s eco-system. Zebra mussels were confirmed in Leech Lake last year. The DNR dogs are trained to detect zebra mussels, both adults and larvae.

Former MN Man Sought in Utah Murder

24-year-old Austin Boutain is being sought in a fatal shooting at the University of Utah on Monday. He reportedly has ties to Alexandria, where his brother lives, as well as other family in Minnesota. Boutain is accused of beating his wife, then shooting and killing a man during a carjacking at the mouth of the Red Butte Canyon.

MNDNR Extends Phone Hours

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has permanently extended its phone hours so the nearly half-million firearms deer hunters in Minnesota and other outdoor enthusiasts can call the Information Center until 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Beltrami Co. Sheriff’s PM Report

At 8:16pm Monday, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Alison Critchfield responded to a family crime report at an undisclosed address in Bemidji, where a 12-year-old male was allegedly out of control. Authorities transported the unidentified boy to Evergreen Youth and Family. No additional details were released.

At 7:55pm Monday, Deputy Critchfield responded to a report of an unoccupied vehicle abandoned in a lane of traffic at 5422 Highway 71 NW in Bemidji. The vehicle was moved by Beltrami County personnel and troopers of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Mishler responded to Leech Lake Tribal Police at 5:18pm Monday in the area of North Plantagenet Road and Polk Avenue SE in Bemidji to assist with a vehicle rollover crash with minor injuries.

BSU’s Blackwell Awarded

Bill Blackwell, Jr., executive director of Bemidji State University’s American Indian Resource Center, has received the Distinguished Diversity Leadership Award from the Minnesota State colleges and university’s Academic and Student Affairs division at a Fall Leadership conference ceremony in Breezy Point.

MN Sheriff to Stop Collecting DNA

A Minnesota sheriff’s office will stop collecting DNA samples without a warrant from defendants charged with certain crimes under a deal reached with 68-year-old John David Emerson of Rosemount. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed suit in April against Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie.

POCI Awarded by MNA

The People of Color and Indigenous Caucus of the Minnesota Legislature is the recipient of the Public Official award from the Minnesota Nurses Association. POCI was formed earlier this year by a group of legislators who identify as members of racial or ethnic minority groups creating equality for Minnesotans.

Beltrami Sheriff’s, Bemidji Police Report

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Petrie reports on Saturday night at around 11:25pm, Deputies Nicholas Bender, Martin Gack and others assisted Bemidji Police with a large college party at Calihan Ave. and 15th Street NE, where over 20 citations were issued to participants between 18 and 20 years old.

At 7:55pm Saturday, Beltrami County Deputies and Bemidji Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at Lakewood Dr. and Highway 71 NW, where 49-year-old driver Keith Dahl was arrested for criminal vehicular operation.

On Saturday afternoon, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Cook responded to a report of a dead body at a home in Hines. Caregivers from Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice reported the hospice death in Hines at approximately 1:08pm. No additional information was available.

State Park Open During Nov. Hunt

Lake Bemidji State Park will remain open during a special hunt November 4-7, but the DNR advises wearing blaze orange while the hunt is in progress.

Researching Brainworm in MN Moose Population

University of Minnesota assistant professor and researcher Tiffany Wolf says the solution to a mystery that’s killing Minnesota’s moose population could come down to foreign DNA. The snail and slug DNA reportedly transmits “brainworm,” a parasite that causes up to 30 percent of natural mortality in Minnesota’s troubled moose population.