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U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., stopped in Bemidji Monday afternoon to rally his supporters with less than a month to go before Election Day. "This is what it's about," said Coleman, speaking to a standing room-only crowd at The Cabin Coffee House and Café. "It's about what I can do for you." Coleman's appearance in Bemidji was one of six in northern Minnesota Monday -- he also stopped in Brainerd, Grand Rapids, Roseau, Crookston and Moorhead. Billed as an opportunity to discuss the economy and health care, Coleman mostly stuck to the economy.
With the current economy and "energy crunch," one resident questioned the City Council's consideration of an ordinance for wood-burning stoves. "I'm just wondering if that was a smart move," said Dave Lalone, who lives on 14th Street. The Bemidji City Council on Monday held the first reading of an ordinance that would govern wood-burning stoves. City Attorney Al Felix said staff expects that the ordinance will be modified before adoption, if it is approved. "A lot of folks are looking at alternative heat sources," Felix said. A public hearing on the ordinance, held in conjunction with the
A Motley man died Saturday after two all-terrain vehicles crashed in Cass County. According to the Cass County Sheriff's Office, Charles H. Brown, 59, of Motley, died after the ATVs crashed southwest of Pine River. He was the driver of one of the vehicles. Steven J. Tholl, 56, of Motley, the other operator, also was injured in the crash, the Sheriff's Office said. The crash, which was reported at 6 p.m. Saturday on Cass County Road 28, remains under investigation.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance that would regulate the use of outdoor stoves and furnaces. If approved, the ordinance would require that outdoor wood-burning stoves and furnaces would first need a permit from the fire chief before being installed. They would be permitted for use from Oct. 1 to May 1, if the ordinance is approved. Additionally, the proposed ordinance states: -- Dense smoke and noxious fumes beyond reasonable quantities are considered a public nuisance. -- The wood burned may not be treated, processed, stained, finished or painted.
Children were sliding down the slide, swinging across the monkey bars and climbing a fake rock wall Saturday afternoon at Lake Bemidji State Park. It was a sight never before seen at the state park. The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park and park staff dedicated the new playground equipment on Saturday, officially opening it for public use. "We have finally accomplished what has been a vision for a very long time," said Earl Ockenga, past president of the Friends group. Anne Louise Sliney, a co-chairwoman of the Friends' playground committee, said this was the fifth playground she has help
A 44-year-old Deer River man died early Saturday morning when his motorcycle ran off the road in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol in Brainerd, Dennis Johnson was declared dead at the scene after the Harley-Davidson he was driving went off the road and hit a road approach on Highway 6, 8 miles north of Remer. Johnson was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was detected in his system, the State Patrol said. The crash was reported at 12:04 a.m. Saturday.
Supporters for a Bemidji skate park continue to raise funds for the project. Already promised $150,000 in sales-tax funds from the city of Bemidji, supporters are working toward their goal of meeting or beating that amount, according to volunteer Nate Dorr. The group has secured a $1,000 grant from Burton Snowboards through Youth Venture and $500 from Paul Bunyan Telephone. Most recently, a local doctor donated $599 toward the skate park, Dorr said. Supporters already have submitted grant requests to the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, First National Bank Foundati
A 44-year-old Deer River man died early Saturday morning when his motorcycle ran off the road in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Brainerd, Dennis Johnson was declared dead at the scene after the Harley-Davidson he was driving went off the road and hit a road approach on Highway 6 eight miles north of Remer. Johnson was not wearing a helmet and alcohol was detected in his system, the State Patrol said. The crash was reported at 12:04 a.m. Saturday.
Scott Thomas Crampton, 45, Bemidji, has been convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving the penetration of a victim younger than 16 years old, a serious felony. Crampton was sentenced to 144 months in prison and given credit for 502 days served. Restitution was reserved and he must pay a $50 fine. A girl reported in January 2007 that Crampton previously forced her, when she was 12 years old, to have sex with him on multiple occasions.
The Bemidji man suspected of calling in a fake bomb threat earlier this year has pleaded innocent. Randy John Stebe, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Monday and requested a jury trial for a felony charge of making terroristic threats involving an explosive or incendiary device. Stebe is suspected of calling North Country Regional Hospital at 11:21 a.m.