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A Walker woman was arrested last week following the discovery of a methamphetamine lab at a residence on the 32200 block of Mississippi Road in Walker, according to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office. Rebecca Lee Greer, 40, of Walker, was arraigned in Hubbard County District Court on Monday, charged with possession of substances with intent to manufacturer methamphetamine, a felony, according to the press release. Bail was set at $200,000 or $150,000 with conditions.
The two people killed when their automobile collided with a train Monday have been identified. They were David J. and Judy M. Brost, both 56, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and were husband and wife, according to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. Autopsy results are pending. The two died when their northbound automobile crashed with a westbound train at about 11:30 a.m. Monday at the junction of Portage Road Northeast and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad about 3 miles west of Bena, according to a press release. -Bethany Wesley
The financial plans for developing the south shore of Lake Bemidji will be presented during a City Council work session Monday at Bemidji City Hall. The project team will make a Power Point presentation detailing the financial specifics of the project and then present its plan for how to meet revenue sources and expected costs. "It will be a critical meeting in moving forward," said City Manager John Chattin.
The reconstruction of Bemidji Avenue turned a significant corner Thursday as it moved into its second phase. The detour shifted from Second Street to Fifth Street Thursday afternoon, essentially opening both accesses to the Lake Bemidji waterfront as well as the intersection at Fourth Street. "Today is a big day," Todd Vonasek, resident engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, said Thursday after Fifth Street intersection was opened. Bemidji Avenue will remain closed from Fifth Street to 23rd Street until roadwork is completed next month - drivers will continue to be direct
Wendell Rodney Blue, the suspect accused of stealing and subsequently rolling a Good Samaritan's car earlier this year, has been sentenced. Blue, 37, of Redby, was sentenced Monday for felony theft of a motor vehicle; gross misdemeanor third-degree driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to testing; and misdemeanor failing to stop following an accident involving injury or death. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the felony conviction, one year in jail for the DWI conviction, and 90 days for the failure to stop conviction.
As the city of Bemidji strives to improve public access television, local filmmaker Mike Bredon has offered his assistance. Bredon appeared before the Bemidji City Council on Monday asking for a future agenda item in which he and the council could discuss the state of the city's public access television channel.
What is the future of the Carnegie Library? Widseth Smith Nolting will consider the building's possible future in a reuse study. The Bemidji City Council awarded the work to WSN during Monday's meeting on a 5-1 vote; Councilor Jerry Downs was opposed. The City Council was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to study the possible uses of the Carnegie Library. The City Council will match those funds, contributing $5,000 out of the half-cent sales tax dollars to be used for park improvements.
Six pounds of marijuana were confiscated following the execution of a search warrant seven miles south of Ball Club in rural Cass County, according to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff's Office. A 30-year-old Grand Rapids man was arrested about 10 a.m. Thursday following the search, according to the press release. He remains in Cass County Jail pending charges. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Sheriff's Office, Itasca County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Richard Michael Green, 21, of Kelliher, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim aged 13 to 15 with the actor 48 months or older than the victim. His next court date is July 7. Green was arrested April 15 after a couple reported that he had sexual contact with their 14-year-old daughter, according to the criminal complaint.
Ours to Serve House of Hospitality annually turns away 600-1,000 people in need of emergency housing. But the nonprofit has plans for a new, expanded shelter that would more than triple the number of beds now available. Executive Director Rebecca Hoffman said Ours to Serve is working toward securing a state grant that would allow for the construction of a larger facility. The current shelter, located on Irvine Avenue Northwest across from the Bemidji Post Office, is certified for six beds. "It's not big enough.