Archives for October 2017

Record MN Iron Ore Shipments

According to the Chamber of Marine Commerce, iron ore shipments have made for a busy year. Vanta Coda, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority said “Outbound shipments of Minnesota iron ore have hit records… outpacing the Port’s five-year average by 20 percent.”

Lake Agassiz Fall Series Oct. 25

Living history performer Arn Kind will share how Minnesotans found themselves on dangerous battlefields and seas at the Bagley Public Library on Wednesday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m., as part of Lake Agassiz Regional Library’s fall 2017 series. Admission is free, thanks to the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bemidji Council OK’s Roads Project

At Monday’s Bemidji City Council meeting, several road construction projects were approved. The cost of the project is nearly $1.3 million, funded, in part, by the street property tax levy. Get the whole story at; bemidjipioneer.com.

Hockey Coach Faces Child Porn Charges

33-year-old Bradley Alsaker of Benson faces 11 felony child pornography charges in addition to his alleged attempts to solicit sex with a minor online. The former rink manager and hockey coach was arraigned Monday in Swift County District Court.

Midwest Catholic’s Data Breached

A data breach at the financial services company used by Catholic Church members in the upper Midwest has affected nearly 130,000 current and former members. The nonprofit Arden-based Catholic United Financial currently serves 84,000 members, including those in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Bemidji Schools Flashlight Kids

To ensure student’s safety, the Bemidji school district bought a few hundred reflectorized tri-function flashing lights for students who live along the area’s busiest roads and highways to attach to their coat or backpack. The red blinking lights can help drivers spot kids waiting to get picked up in the early-morning darkness.

MEA, Airport STEM Activities

The annual Education Minnesota Conference and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport announce a week of activities featuring science, technology engineering and math– or STEM– including the Science Museum of Minnesota, and more. Go to; mspairport.com for more information.

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Report AM Tuesday

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Cook respond to a report of a stolen vehicle at around 2:55pm Sunday by complainant Skylar Chad Rasinski in the area of Power Dam Road NE and Andrusia Access NE in Bemidji. No additional information regarding the status of the investigation was immediately made available.
On Sunday at around 3:11pm, 32-year-old Chelsea Anne Miller was stopped by Minnesota State Patrol, and assisted by Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeff Roberts and Emily Larson on Highway 2 NW in Bemidji. Jeffrey Kniert filed a driving complaint, resulting in Miller’s DWI arrest.

BSU Professor Awarded

Bemidji State University has announced that Brenda Mack, assistant professor of social work at BSU, is one of three recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award from the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health.

Domestic Assault Arrest

47-year-old Jerald Vos was arrested by officers of the Bemidji Police Department on Saturday at around 9:44pm for felony domestic assault in the area of Maurice Avenue NW in Bemidji. No additional details, or the identity of the complainant were immediately available.