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The victim of Friday morning's sports-utility vehicle rollover has been identified as 3-year-old Valencia VanPelt of Mahnomen. She was the daughter of Robert Van Pelt Jr. and Lynette Stone of Mahnomen. Valencia VanPelt died Friday morning after the SUV she was riding in rolled over about one mile north of Bemidji, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The accident happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Irvine Avenue near Fern Street. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Keisha VanPelt, 27, of Mahnomen, according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider a lower speed limit for Tyler Avenue. The speed limit would be reduced to 45 mph.
Area firefighters were able to practice their skills during a burn of a vacant house Saturday about 10 miles north of Bemidji. The homeowner contracted with the Bemidji Fire Department to have firefighters burn the house down for training purposes rather than pay the costs for demolition. It was the first such burn in Bemidji in at least six years. "It gives us real-life scenarios in a controlled environment," said Justin Sherwood, a career firefighter with the Bemidji Fire Department. More than 50 firefighters took part in the burn: about 20 from the Bemidji Fire Department, 25 from the B
The events center lease agreement between Bemidji State University and the city of Bemidji has been sent to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Bboard of Trustees for consideration. MnSCU will consider the lease during its Nov. 18-19 meeting in St.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office reports that authorities have found the body of Wilfred Kolden, 64, of Remer The body was found by ground searchers just after 9 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release from Cass County. His pickup was recovered Wednesday about 6 miles east of Remer in Chippewa National Forest; it appears that he was out bow-hunting for deer, the press release said. Kolden was reported missing last week after he had not been seen since Oct. 16. An autopsy is scheduled, but there was no sign of foul play.
Six crimes committed by four juveniles in one night. Prosecution costs totaling $30,350.
Greg Negard and Rodney Witt are vying for the Ward 5 seat on the Bemidji City Council. It is the first time for both of them in seeking public office. The two have similar viewpoints about the future of the city, and particularly Ward 5. Negard cites his big issues as economic development, having a strong downtown with good-paying jobs, parks and trails, housing for the homeless, roads and infrastructure, collaboration with the county and annexation issues. "These are exciting times for Bemidji," he said.
Two first-time candidates are seeking the Ward 1 seat on the Bemidji City Council. Rachelle Houle and Kevin Waldhausen survived the primary election and are now the final two Ward 1 candidates. Both were encouraged to run by friends. "I couldn't stop thinking about it," Houle said. "I wanted to make sure I could be effective before I decided to run," said Waldhausen, who is endorsed by outgoing Ward 1 Councilor Onen Markeson. The two agree on several issues - that downtown should be revitalized and that affordable housing is needed for the city, including housing for the homeless. But it
The mayor's race, more so than any other, will come down to the events center. Current Ward 5 Councilor Nancy Erickson is challenging Mayor Richard Lehmann. It was her desire to halt the events center project that led Erickson to decide to run for mayor. "I believe the mayor is leading us in the wrong direction," Erickson said. For Lehmann - who has been mayor for the last eight years and a councilor for six years before that - he hopes to see the events center come to fruition during another term as mayor. "People really see this as a positive for the community," he said. Erickson, the
Chuck Stombaugh is challenging incumbent Ron Johnson for the Ward 3 seat on the Bemidji City Council. Johnson has served eight years as the Ward 3 representative and is seeking another term, he said, because there still are many important issues facing the city, including annexation, airport expansion and the south shore redevelopment. "I felt I needed to run again," he said. "We are right in the middle of a lot of big things." Johnson is a strong supporter of the events center project. Stombaugh, conversely, is opposed.