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A Bemidji woman was assaulted early Sunday morning while walking home from a downtown bar. The woman was talking to her husband on her cell phone when he heard her say, "Ouch, stop hitting me," and then the phone disconnected, according to a Bemidji police report. The woman was found assaulted at 12:48 a.m. on the 300 block of Beltrami Avenue Northwest and was treated and released for injuries at North Country Regional Hospital. The husband called police after the phone call and asked officers to check on her welfare, the report said.
Richard Derek Wright, 41, of Belleville, Mich., has been indicted by a Hubbard County grand jury with six counts. Wright, the man accused of murdering Sonya Marie Hennagir of Park Rapids, faces two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree witness tampering and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The first degree murder charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Headwaters Science Center Laddie Elwell, the executive director of the Headwaters Science Center, requested from the city documentation proving that the Science Center would have control of at least 5 acres of property for the construction of a new building. ACTION: The council voted unanimously to authorize staff to work with Elwell and the Science Center to produce the necessary documentation; a presentation will be made to the City Council at a later date. Agreement for RR crossing The council considered an agreemen
The Clausen Avenue railroad crossing will be upgraded to include gates, bells and flashing lights. The $175,000 project is being funded primarily through state and federal funds; the city of Bemidji has authorized $17,541 in local funds to meet a 10 percent local match. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the funding and an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway authorizing the project. "This is a MnDOT safety project," said City Engineer Craig Gray. The local funds will come from the city's 2009 state aid maintenance
The Bemidji Skate and Bike Association has received a Burton Snowmobiles grant. The $1,000 Go Overboard Challenge grant from Burton Snowboards is administered through Youth Venture, a nonprofit that supports youth-led organizations that strive to create benefits for their schools and communities. Youth Venture notified the Skate and Bike Association of the grant on Thursday. "As a result of your outstanding Venture idea and presentation, the Youth Venture selection panel selected you as a Youth Venture team," the organization wrote in a congratulatory letter.
City Councilor Roger Hellquist was appointed as the city's representative on the board of the directors of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. Councilor Onen Markeson had been serving as the city representative, but he resigned citing time constraints. "I am not able to devote as much time working with and being on their board of directors as they would like of me," Markeson wrote in his letter of resignation.
An Indiana man drowned Monday in Lost Lake northwest of Cass Lake in Ten Lake Township, according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Larry Wayne Clem, 57, of Columbia City, Ind., reportedly fell out of a fishing boat on Lost Lake and did not resurface, the press release said. The incident was reported at 10:30 a.m.
The city of Bemidji will have a new representative for Ward 1 in 2009. City Councilor Onen Markeson announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election to his Ward 1 seat this fall. "I'm not running because a little over a year from this fall's election I will be retiring and I will be spending a great deal of my time outside of the Bemidji area," Markeson said.
Matthew Jarrod Christofferson, 24, of rural Solway, was critically injured in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Christofferson was injured in a single-vehicle rollover that was reported at 4:57 a.m. Sunday on Centerline Road North in Lammers Township, the press release said.
Laddie Elwell asked the Bemidji City Council on Monday to document its support for a new Headwaters Science Center. "What we need is some kind of documentation that assures us that we have 5 or 5 1/2 acres," she said. Mayor Richard Lehmann referenced a February 2001 resolution in which the council affirmed its support to appropriate state funds to aid in the cost of construction of a new Headwaters Science Center. "I don't think the council's position on this has ...