Archives for September 2018


A body was pulled from Crystal Lake in Burnsville on Tuesday. According to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, it was that of a 40-year-old Iowa man whose death has been ruled a drowning… Andrew Lee Little. Little’s body was discovered floating in the water near the public beach. Although foul play is not suspected, investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have interacted with Little at Crystal Lake Beach on Saturday. Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 651-438-4729.


The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that Timothy O’Brien and Sharon O’Brien, both of Inver Grove Heights, have been charged with eight tax-related felonies each. They are each charged with four counts of failing to file individual income tax returns and four counts of failing to pay individual income taxes. Investigators determined that the couple willfully evaded filing state individual income tax returns and failed to pay income tax for tax years 2013 through 2016, despite the fact that the tax department sent more than 35 notices to the couple over several years regarding their unfiled returns and unpaid taxes.Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

111th Annual Gala Planned

Everyone is invited to attend the 111th Annual Celebration Gala, presented by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce… Tuesday, September 25th, beginning at 5:30pm at the Hampton Inn and Suites. The Presenting Sponsor is Paul Bunan Communications. Major sponsors include Bemidji State University, 1st National Bank Bemidji, Sanford Health, and Sanford Center. Tickets are $30 per person… a table of 8 is $225. For tickets, you can email For more information, call the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce at 218-444-3541 or visit

Delinquent Tax List Released

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated its online posting of Minnesota businesses prohibited from purchasing liquor, beer or wine to resell. The department updates the list each month to reflect companies that have failed to pay taxes to the state. Distributors are prohibited from the sale or delivery to the listed businesses. To view the list, visit


The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians was one of the top recipients of the Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards for 2018. The award was for the Construction and Collaboration of the Red Lake Nation and Minnesota Department of Transportation to construct the Redby Bridge and the Highway #1 West Bridges. The road and bridges involved in this project serve residents of the Red Lake Indian Nation, on a remote stretch of Highway 1 is a crucial link in the transportation network in northwestern Minnesota.


Teamsters picket a downtown Minneapolis hotel today as the Center of the American Experiment highlights the U-S Supreme Court decision prohibiting government employee unions from collecting so-called “fair share” dues from those who don’t want to join the union. Featured speakers include Mark Janus, one of the plaintiffs in that high-profile case. …


With just one week under their belt so far, the Bemidji Area Schools’ transportation department says they haven’t had to cancel an after-school activities bus or a daily route, but they do still need drivers.
The school district maintains about 80 daily routes, and that can put a strain on the 85 drivers, requiring some office staff or fleet mechanics to sometimes step in to drive a route themselves. They still need at least 10 additional drivers.The district offers training.


Happiness comes from a combination of internal and external factors. One thing that doesn’t drive happiness is money. Happiness only increases with wealth up to an annual income of $75,000. But one thing that can have a big influence on how we feel about life is where we choose to live. In a recent study, WalletHub examined the 50 states across 31 key metrics, ranging from depression rate to sports participation rate to income growth. The study shows Minnesota coming in near the top in happiness… at number three! The happiest state turned out to be Hawaii. Utah came in at number two. At the bottom of the happiness scale… and the most unhappy state in the nation… West Virginia.


A 59-year-old man was seriously injured when he was hit by a train near the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bemidji. Bemidji Police say it happened Saturday around 2:15 p.m. at the railroad crossing at the Lake Irving Access Loop. The man was treated at the scene, and then rushed by ambulance to the Bemidji Sanford Medical Cente. There has been no update on his condition. The accident remains under investigation.

Heather Horn Found Following Search

According to a news release by Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, a missing person has been found. 42 year old Heather Horn of Cass Lake, was reported missing, but she has since been located and the public’s assistance is no longer needed with the investigation. No other details have been released surrounding the case.