Archives for June 2019

BOATERS RESCUED ON BLACKDUCK LAKE

On Tuesday morning, the Beltrami County 911 Communications Center received a call about a boat spinning in circles on Blackduck Lake, with three people in the water. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota DNR Enforcement, Blackduck Police, and Blackduck Ambulance responded. Rescued from the lake were 64 year old James Waltz; 56 year old Benda Waltz… both of Hines; and 29 year old Holy Stevens of Austin. Authorities say it appears to have been due to operator error, Nobody was hurt.

FUN RUN SATURDAY

The City of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department reminds you again of the Chase the Campers Fun Run 5K to help support the Kids in Motion Day Camp Scholarships, set for tomorrow at South Shore Park. Registration begins at 8 and the race starts at 9. T-shirts are still available for those who pre-register. Awards will be given to the first three finishers for both male and female runners. If you have any questions call 218-333-1857. To register visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us or stop by City Hall or the Public Works Facility.

BURNING CAR REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

An investigation is now underway into what happened leading up to the discovery this past Sunday afternoon, of a burning stolen vehicle. It was found around 4:15Pm on Sunday near the intersection of Naylor Drive Southeast and Carr Lake Road in south Bemidji by a passerby. Police are still not sure whether the fire resulted from an accident or whether it was started intentionally. So far, there are no suspects and no arrests. The car was taken from Bob’s Towing and Recovery after having been taken there because the owner hit a deer earlier. The owner went to get their belongings and left the key with the vehicle at the tow lot. It was then taken at some point after that.

BOWSTRING CHOSEN TO LEAD COUNCIL OF INDIAN STUDENTS

Alicia Bowstring, a senior from Laporte, Minnesota majoring in indigenous studies, is the 2019 president of Bemidji State’s Council of Indian Students. Bowstring came to BSU from Leech Lake Tribal College where she graduated in 2018 with a dual degree in liberal education with an emphasis in STEM and indigenous leadership. While there, she was active in the Student Senate, tutored other students in the Learning Center, was a two-time Coca-Cola scholarship recipient and was named LLTC’s Student of the Year in 2018. Now that she has graduated, she is a member of LLTC’s Board of Trustees.

BELTRAMI 4-H LISTS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Beltrami County 4-H announces the recipients of the Connie Simenson-DeKrey
Scholarship… set up as a memorial endowment fund to honor the past Extension Educator and her dedication to Extension programming, youth and families in Beltrami County and beyond.This year, the scholarship is awarded to Jamilee Schocker and Erica Winters. Both are members of the Open Range Ropers 4-H Club. Jamilee and Erica will each receive $1,000 towards their studies at Bemidji State University.

CRASH IN HINES TWP FATAL TO MAN FROM ARIZONA

A 41-year-old man was killed in a two vehicle crash Friday morning near the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Sprucewood Lane Northeast in Hines Township. The driver of the other vehicle… 42 year old Chad Adams of Arizona, suffered non life threatening injuries, and was treated at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened around 2:20am Friday. The name of the driver who was killed has not yet been released.

BELTRAMI MONITORING FOR INVADERS

Beltrami County continues to monitor for invasive algae in area lakes. Some experts fear that Starry Stonewort will grow before the summer’s over. Starry Stonewort wasn’t confirmed in Minnesota until 2015, and since then, it has begun to turn up in more and more bodies of water. It begins growing around mid June and can reach up to 6 inches to a foot below the waters surface. While it’s a threat to any one of the state’s 10,000-plus lakes, it’s hit Beltrami County a little harder than most. Moose Lake is said to have been hit the worst.

DRUG ARREST IN BEMIDJI AND CASS LAKE HEROIN SALES INVESTIGATION

The Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force last week, completed an investigation stemming from anonymous tips involving the distribution and sales of heroin in the Bemidji and Cass Lake areas. Agents executed a search warrant in Bemidji last Wednesday afternoon at a local hotel. Arrested were 31 year old Isaiah Johnson of Cass Lake and 26 year old Ileisha
Guinn… also of Cass Lake, who are each now charged with possession of a controlled substance. Johnson was charged on a Department of Corrections felony warrant. Agents seized heroin, marijuana, and cash, along with drug paraphernalia.

BODY FOUND IN TICKET BOOTH IDENTIFIED

The body of a man who was found dead inside the Wadena County Fair ticket booth back on Thursday, June 6th, has been identified. Police now say 54 year old Roger Donnelly… formerly of Minneapolis…. was found in the ticket booth by a county fair board member. The ticket booth door was locked, but there are several windows on it. No foul play is suspected. An autopsy was conducted, but so far, no information has been released.

HOME INVADERS GUILTY!

Two Minnesota brothers have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to home invasion robberies that took place last year, targeting the owners of small businesses. One of the robberies resulted in the death of an Eden Prairie man, who suffered a fatal heart attack that has since been ruled a homicide. 33 year old Lennie Brooks and 24 year old Randy Brooks pleaded guilty to three counts each of interference with commerce by robbery under the Hobbs Act. Last month, their co-defendants… 20 year old Autumn Nichols and 29 year old Esperanza Cardenas pleaded guilty to related charges.