Archives for May 2020


The Minnesota Department of Revenue has charged two people… Shawn Nelson and Patricia Nelson… with two felony counts of filing false or fraudulent individual income tax returns, two felony counts of failing to file individual income tax returns, and two felony counts of failing to pay individual income tax. The Nelsons are accused of filing their 2013 and 2014 state individual income tax returns with false tax information and almost two and three years late. Authorities say the Nelsons reported $32,000 in taxable income on their 2013 return and claimed a refund of over $2,500. Department investigators determined that the Nelsons earned more than $347,000 in taxable income in 2013. The complaints allege that the Nelsons reported $17,400 in taxable income on their 2014 return and claimed a refund of over $2,900. Department investigators determined that the Nelsons earned more than $122,600 in taxable income in 2014. The complaints allege that the Nelsons owe more than $32,000 to the state.


The 33rd season of the Summer Recital Series presented by the Bemidji Area Church Musicians begins on Wednesday, June 3, at 12-Noon as a “virtual recital.” The 2020 series will be videoed and presented on Face Book and You Tube each Wednesday. The public is encouraged to access this first recital of the season by going to the BACM Facebook page or YouTube channel. Both locations will have a way to contribute on line, and donations can also be made by sending a check to BACM, 701 31st St NW Bemidji.


Unrest on the streets of Minneapolis overnight… protesters breached a police precinct and set it on fire… prompted by the death of George Floyd who died in police custody Monday. In a widely-circulated video, police officer Derek Chauvin (CHAW-vin) pins Floyd to the ground by kneeling on his neck as Floyd pleads that he can’t breathe. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (FRY) says he gave the order for police to abandon their precinct…

Chauvin had been on the police force for 19 years, yet he had multiple prior complaints against him. Now, many point to potential Democrat Vice Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar’s prosecutorial record. The Washington Post reported in March 2019 that when she was the Hennepin County attorney, Klobuchar “declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police, including an incident involving Chauvin, when he was involved in an October 2006 police shooting. President Trump is now telling the Mayor of Minneapolis that if he can’t stop it, the federal government will, by bringing in the National Guard.


A Redby man is facing federal drug charges. 46-year-old Arlin Thunder was arrested and charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. His arrest comes after an investigation into an incident from back in May of 2019, when Thunder was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a 9mm pistol. Because Thunder has a prior felony conviction, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Bemidji and was taken into custody. A formal detention hearing was scheduled for today.


The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, begins dropping off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Minnesota this week. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. The operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines.

Meelhause To Run For Bemidji Mayor’s Job

Michael Meehlhause, Bemidji City Council member representing Ward 1, has
announced he will be running for Mayor of Bemidji in the 2020 election. First elected to represent Ward 1 on the City Council in 2012, Meehlhause became the
youngest council member in Bemidji’s history. His inclination to serve and promote Bemidji has manifested itself in many ways: from his “Bemidji State of Mind” YouTube tribute to the city as a college student, to his involvement with organizations that promote healthy living, and his experience having served on the City Council for eight years. Meehlhause has called Bemidji home since 2007 and is a 2012 Bemidji State University graduate. He currently works as an Academic Advisor at TrekNorth High School and is the head coach of their Nordic Ski Team.

Minnesota House of Representatives Adjourns

Sunday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives adjourned the 2020 Legislative Session.

Speaker Melissa Hortman…

Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…


On Tuesday, the Minnesota House overwhelmingly approved the Agriculture Policy bill that focuses on improving farm safety, helping beginning farmers, updates the Industrial Hemp Act and provides immunity to veterinarians who may report animal cruelty. Rep. Jeanne Poppe [jean poppy], Chair, Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division….


House Speaker Melissa Hortman announced the formation of a Select Committee on Minnesota’s Pandemic Response and Rebuilding….

Majority Leader Ryan Winkler…


Great River Rescue has announced it will resume Pet Fixers spay/neuter clinics beginning in early June. Registration has also been reopened for the public. Clients who qualify as low-income may now register their dog or cat through the program’s
online system. The registration process and clinic procedures have been revised to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. All social distancing guidelines, program prices, and a link to register can be found at petfixer.og.