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Sixty-seven people were injured in June and July last year in Minnesota due to fireworks. According to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, 45 of those injured (78 percent) were 29 years old or younger. With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, along come the yearly warnings promoting fireworks safety. The state Fire Marshall and Consumer Product Safety Commission each year releases guidelines for the use of fireworks, but people continue to get hurt. Between 1998 and 2007, more than 600 people were injured in Minnesota due to fireworks, according to the state Fire Marshal.
North Lake Irving residents are fighting a housing plan even though such a plan does not yet formally exist. About 25 residents attended a Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission public hearing Thursday on a proposal to rezone a parcel of land in their neighborhood to allow for moderate-density residential housing. The 4-acre parcel is located along Park Avenue Northwest and is part of a larger, 16-acre parcel that mostly contains wetland. The land is tax-forfeit and is in the process of being conveyed to the city of Bemidji from the Department of Natural Resources.
A suspect was arrested by a Beltrami County investigator Thursday morning after a pursuit through residents' lawns. The incident began at about 6:45 a.m. after the investigator observed a vehicle traveling north on Irvine Avenue on the southbound shoulder, according to Sheriff Phil Hodapp. The investigator attempted to stop the vehicle, but the male suspect immediately fled, prompting a pursuit along Town Hall Road Northwest into area neighborhoods and through residents' yards, Hodapp said. The pursuit ultimately ended about 7 a.m.
Anyone looking for Tom Lundberg Thursday likely found him at Tom'Stop, carrying gas tanks full of diesel fuel to the rear of the building to refill his generator. Tom'Stop, a Northern Township gas station on Irvine Avenue, did not have power all day Thursday. An ongoing dispute between Lundberg and Beltrami Electric Cooperative Inc. culminated Thursday morning as the electric company disconnected the business' power. "I've always paid my bill and I've never been late," Lundberg said in an interview Thursday.
The Bemidji City Council gave its support Monday to begin searching for a construction management firm to assist in the planning and construction of the Bemidji events center. Councilors voted 5-1 authorizing City Manager John Chattin to develop and send out a request for qualifications to find interested firms. "The best opportunity to affect savings on this project is to get a CM on board as soon as possible," Chattin said.
A construction project on the lawn outside of the Beltrami County Courthouse has resulted in a comfortable, green setting. The reconstruction of the courthouse lawn was the final piece to the Beltrami County campus construction, said County Administrator Tony Murphy. "I think it looks really nice," he said. The county in 2007 awarded a bid of $166,737.77 for the yard work and $10,162.50 for an open gazebo to Xtreme Yards of Bemidji.
Danniel Janel Thompson, 22, of Bemidji, remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., according to a hospital spokesperson. Thompson was driving an all-terrain vehicle south on Eckles Road Northwest about one mile north of U.S. Highway 2 when she lost control at about 5:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Thompson suffered multiple injuries in the accident and was transported by ambulance to North Country Regional Hospital and subsequently airlifted to NMMC, according to the press release.
A 22-year-old Bemidji woman was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident Wednesday. Danniel Janel Thompson was driving an ATV south on Eckles Road Northwest about one mile north of U.S.
The Bemidji Regional Airport Commission agreed on Wednesday that the terminal's' roof needs to be fixed, but hopes that a lower-cost option can be found. A portion of the terminal suffered water damage because of the recent storms.
The suspect in Monday's shooting of two Park Rapids men was charged Wednesday in Hubbard County District Court. Stephanie Ann Wehmas, 20, of Park Rapids, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Wehmas is accused of shooting 18-year-old Cody Allen Paulson and 21-year-old Jason Howard Walker with a 22-caliber rifle. Paulson suffered a wound to his upper left thigh and Walker was shot in his left hand. They both were treated at St.