Archives for March 2018

Bemidji Chapter Of The American Indian Movement Formed

Indigenous activists locally, have formed a new Bemidji chapter of the American Indian Movement, and the organizers say they have high hopes for bringing about change. They say they plan to take on inequities in Bemidji’s housing, business and criminal justice systems. The chapter’s founders say they want to work with local business to address discriminatory hiring practices, and with the justice system to address discrimination. They plan to hold bi-weekly meetings, the first of which is scheduled for Wednesday.

Kudos To Bemidji Jaycees

Congratulations today to the Bemidji Jaycees, who returned home with more than 50 individual, project and chapter awards that they earned at the Junior Chamber International Minnesota Annual Convention that was recently held. The Bemidji Jaycees were recognized as the chapter with the largest membership growth and the best programming for 2017. Several Bemidji Jaycee members will next travel to Denver, Colorado in September to compete in public speaking, composition and to debate on a national level. To learn more, visit

BSU Researchers To Be Featured On Prairie Sportsman

The work of two BSU researchers will be featured on “Prairie Sportsman” on March 31st. The program runs on Lakeland Public Television, and will feature Andy Hafs, assistant professor of biology, and Katti Renik, a biology graduate student from Bridgeport, Nebraska, who are conducting a two-year study in northeast Minnesota on the relationship between beavers and brook trout. “Prairie Sportsman” will air at 2:30PM on March 31 on Lakeland Public Television.

Self Driving Cars Coming Soon To A Highway Near You

Governor Mark Dayton is setting up a task force to study opportunities that self-driving vehicles could bring to Minnesota, and there’s an autonomous vehicle in front of the State Capitol today to pique people’s curiosity. Minnesota will first use autonomous vehicles in pilot projects for testing. State officials with the DOT say within five years they could be in use for shuttle buses and on some highways.

Beltrami County Commissioners Amend 9-1-1 Funding Agreement

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, adopted a new version of an ordinance funding emergency communications. The new ordinance expands options for appropriating 911 technology funds. The old ordinance it replaced, limited the county’s special assessment fund to be used on towers, repeaters and equipment within the 911 center. Now, money can be used to provide maintenance and upgrades to the entire emergency communications infrastructure.

Home Invader Turned Murderer Enters Guilty Plea

A burglar who is accused of beating a 95-year-old Anoka [uh-NO-kuh] man to death, was in court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty. 28 year old Isaiah Thomas used a flashlight and a clock to kill Albert Loehlein, a World War II veteran, during a home invasion back in November 2016. His body was discovered several days later by a relative. Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced on April 9th.

Suspicious Letter Now Under Investigation

A suspicious letter sent to an area political candidate is now under investigation. Beltrami County deputies say 71 year old Donald Finn of Cass Lake got the letter on Monday, and it included some type of powder too. The letter was sent to the Minnesota Department of Health for analysis, and it is now the subject of an active investigation by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Minnesota Chemical Assessment Team. The message reportedly said “Dead Men Can’t Talk,” followed by an expletive. Finn is running for the position of secretary/treasurer of the Leech Lake Tribal Council, and he told investigators that he believes the threat is realted somehow to his candidacy.

Bemidji Kampgrounds Of America Honored By KOA

Kudos today to Bemidji Kampgrounds of America, which has been honored as being designated as a KOA Journey, one of three descriptive brands created to help campers select the right campground for their needs. The Bemidji KOA Journey, is at 510 Brightstar Road Northwest, and is the recipient of the 2018 KOA Founder’s and President’s awards for meeting exceptional quality standards and achieving world-class service scores. The local KOA is open annually, May 11 through Sept. 30, weather permitting.

Opioid Seminar Planned

Chemical health professionals from Red Lake, will spend three days this week updating the band on efforts to curb opioid addiction and other ways to improve members’ health. It all happens during the 12th-annual Community Wellness Summit, aimed at focusing on the state of emergency that was declared last summer, in response to the opioid epidemic that is not only affecting the reservation, but also the entire nation. Formerly called the Drug and Gang Summit, it will run Wednesday through Friday, and include workshops on healthy relationships, opioids, medication assisted treatment, community collaboration and ceremonies and traditions. A question-and-answer period will be held Friday

Second Armed Standoff In 7 Months Results In Arrest In Appleton

The second armed standoff in seven months with an Appleton man has been defused by the Swift County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. 37 year old William Synowczynski was taken into custody yesterday morning in western Minnesota town after the SWAT team used a skid loader to rip into a fish house where he had barricaded himself with a firearm. Synowczynski had threatened the lives of family members, and he also threatened the officers . Charges are pending.