Archives for July 2019

MOTORCYCLE FATALITY ON COUNTY ROAD 2

A motorcycle accident Saturday on County Road 2, about 1.5 miles South of Leonard, took the life of one person. Upon arrival, Clearwater deputies found a 26 year old man from Solway dead at the scene. The case remains under investigation by the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Minnesota State Patrol, Clearbrook Fire Department and Sanford Ambulance.The victim’s name is being withheld at this time until all family members have been notified.

GUNMAN ARRESTED IN TEN LAKES TOWNSHIP

A Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office K9 team is being credited with helping nab a man who was suspected of firing shots in Ten Lakes Township. It began with the Leech Lake Tribal Police pulled over a car, and a man then darted into the woods. Inside the car were numerous firearms, 31 year old Flopyd Desjarliais of Cass Lake is now in the Beltrami County Jail, charged with fleeing an officer, possession of ammunition or a firearm by an ineligible person, theft, and a Department of Corrections warrant for domestic violence. He also had a history of assault and weapons possession according to police.

3 KIDS FROM TENNESSEE RESCUED IN CASS COUNTY. 2 ADULTS ARRESTED

Three children reported missing from Tennessee are safe after an early morning raid Friday in rural Cass County in a wooded area near Motley. Shortly before 4am Friday, authorities arrested 48 year old Michale Christian and 25 year old Amanda Essex… both of Spencer, Tennessee on multiple felony charges for custodial Interference. Authorities also rescued three small children, ages 1, 2, and 6, who had been reported missing from Maury County, Tennessee, last Tuesday. Christian and Essex are now being held in the Crow Wing County jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee. The three children are safe and authorities are working to return them to Tennessee.

FLAGS FLEW AT HALF STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICER

Flags statewide flew at half staff yesterday in honor and remembrance of Red Lake Conservation Officer Shannon Barron. Gov. Tim Walz ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, to honor Barron who died on duty when he suffered a medical emergency. Barron served 23 years with the Red Lake Department of Public Safety and leaves behind a wife and two children. His funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Red Lake Humanities Building.

SKATE PARK FORUM ANSWERS QUESTIONS

A forum on scooter use at Bemidji Skate Park was held earlier this week, where many locals came out to express their opinion that skateboards and scooters don’t mix well at the facility. The skate park is 18,200 square feet and is located in City Park. During its open hours… 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily… the skate park prohibits wheeled devices such as scooters and bikes. But many who showed up for the meeting, said the rule is regularly broken by children who ride scooters around the park. Commission staff acknowledged rule enforcement can be difficult because of limited staffing. They did say they would try to continue prohibiting scooters at the skate park, a move those in attendance were very supportive of.

CONSERVATION OFFICER DIES AT WORK

Conservation Officer Shannon Barron… after nearly 20 years as a conservation officer in Red Lake Nation… died this past Sunday near the end of his shift. The Red Lake Police Department now say it was the result of a “medical emergency,” although they did not say what that medical issue was. The 48 year old Barron was near the end of his shift when he responded to a call of suspected illegal harvesting north of Red Lake and helped clear the call. Not long after that, Barron began feeling ill. Emergency personnel attempted life-saving efforts and took Barron to the hospital in Red Lake, where he later died. He is survived by his wife and two children.

ERSKINE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A man from Erskine was injured Monday just south of Bemidji in a motorcycle crash. The Minnesota State Patrol says 72 year old Norman Salverson and a passenger were traveling north on state Highway 71 as a funeral procession was heading south. A semi-trailer moved to the shoulder for the procession, and Salverson swerved around it to the right and went into the ditch, then hit a mailbox and landed on its side. Salverson was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. His passenger… 59 year old Shirley Uang, 59, of Arizona, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and also was taken to Sanford Bemidji.

WOMAN HURT WHEN MOTORCYCLE HITS DEER

A Parkers Prairie woman was hurt when her motorcycle hit a deer on County Highway 67 just north of Butler on Sunday. According to a release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, after hitting the deer, 51 year old Jennifer Pullins lost control and flipped the motorcycle. Pullins was wearing a helmet and her injuries were said to not be life-threatening. She was airlifted from the scene for treatment, and there has been no update on her condition.

BENIDJI CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UNDERWAY

The City of Bemidj will begin the 30th Street NW & Hannah Avenue Reconstruction Project on July 8th weather permitting. The project will reconstruct 30th Street NW from Hannah Avenue to Ridgeway Avenue and Hannah Avenue from Paul Bunyan Drive to 30th Street NW, and it will involve the removal and replacement of pavement and aggregate material, installing new water main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, curb & gutter and adding a 10 foot
paved trail on 30th Street and a 6 foot concrete sidewalk on Hannah Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September… weather permitting. If you have questions about it, contact the City of Bemidji Engineering Department at 218-333-1850.

3 NABBED IN SEX STING

Police have arrested 3 Northwest Minnesota men in a sex sting. Authorities said the men made arrangements to buy sex with undercover investigators in online conversations. Police arrested the men when they arrived at an arranged meeting place. 46 year old Steven Bergren of Lake Park; 35 year old Shane Lehn of Rothsay; and 59 year old Michael Skjerven of Thief River Falls now each face a string of charges.