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Jay Allen Lutgen, 19, of Bemidji, was charged Monday with first degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under the age of 13, a serious felony. Bail was set at $50,000. His next court date is Sept. 4. Lutgen is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl on several occasions throughout several months. According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office were called to North Country Regional Hospital on Aug. 21 in regard to a sexual assault of a child. On Aug.
The Court of Appeals said on Tuesday that Nicholas Shutter should indeed be tried as an adult for the murder of his grandmother, Marilyn Shutter, 55, of Bemidji. Nicholas Shutter allegedly shot and killed Marilyn Shutter on Thanksgiving Day, Aug. 24, 2005, with a deer rifle. Marilyn Shutter and her husband, Theodore Shutter, had adopted Nicholas Shutter as a young child and had been raising him as their son.
The 10,000 square feet that was to be included for events center space in the proposed Bemidji events center have been removed, at least temporarily. The design team, led by Manos Ginis, the principal director of design at Leo A. Daly, presented "very, very preliminary" schematic designs to the Bemidji City Council on Monday. "It is a fine balance what we built and how much of it," Ginis said. The 10,000 square feet of events center space, or meeting rooms, was removed from plans to accommodate more suites for Bemidji State University hockey.
With about 40 pairs of eyes looking for his views on the proposed Bemidji events center, attorney Brian Schoenborn made his opinion clear. "I believe you can build a first-class building that is a shining light to the country right here -- and do it reasonably priced," said Schoenborn, a St. Cloud attorney with Leonard, Street and Deinard, which he said is the leading sports law firm in a five-state region. Schoenborn was invited to Bemidji by the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, which is acting as the project coordinator on the events center.
For those seeking more information about Bemidji's proposed regional events center, Monday will offer a day full of opportunities. Meetings are scheduled throughout the day as officials and experts will discuss project plans. The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall for a meeting with businesses, which also will be open to the public.
After officials thanked the National Guard for answering the call to serve in Iraq, local guardsmen expressed their appreciation of the community for its support of them - and their families. "It's really amazing," said Jamie Allen.
A 19-year-old Redby man was shot and killed Saturday morning by a Red Lake Department of Public Safety police officer, according to the FBI. The man was shot after he was observed to be pointing an AK-47 at the police officer, said Paul McCabe, an FBI spokesman. The incident remains under investigation, and an autopsy and forensic reports are still being completed, McCabe said. The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Red Lake Department of Public Safety.
Get out your lederhosen. The Bemidji City Council on Monday unanimously approved the first Oktoberfest festival, to be held Oct. 5-7 in downtown Bemidji. The Bemidji Jaycees, the event's sponsor, hope the celebration becomes an annual festival. The Jaycees, explained co-chair Char Blashill, have been planning the festival for about three years. Bemidji Jaycees even worked at the St. Paul Oktoberfest in preparation for the Bemidji festival. "It was fun," she said. "We wanted to bring it home." The City Council voted unanimously to approve the event.
The Bemidji City Council will consider on Monday a request from the Bemidji Jaycees to host the city's first Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 5-6. The agenda item originally was to be considered Aug. 6, but was postponed until the Aug. 20 meeting. The event is planned to be held in "portions of downtown," according to council documents. The Jaycees plan to sell alcoholic beverages to those 21 years old and up 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 5-6 and noon to 1 a.m. Oct. 6-7. Anyone under the age of 16 will be required to vacate the premises after 10 a.m. Wrist bands will be used to identify patrons' ages.
Mike Spaulding seemed to have it all: his own business, a racing career and a devoted family. But an addiction to methamphetamine put everything in peril - and now he is working to get it all back. "I'm one of the lucky ones," he said. "My life was hell - but it could have been a lot worse." During the ASPEN of Minnesota program, a video featuring Spaulding's story is shown to participants.