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Buck Theodore Eide, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Sept. 24 to criminal vehicular operation of a motor vehicle resulting in great bodily harm, a serious felony. He requested a jury trial. Eide is accused of causing the July 7, 2006, motor vehicle accident in which Peggy Hook, 52, of Bemidji, was seriously injured.
Derek Gustafson, 13, of Puposky, was injured when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled over on top of him Tuesday evening. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday on the 10900 block of Harvest Road Northeast and found Blackduck Ambulance personnel with an injured boy, who was identified as Derek Gustafson, according to the police report. Deputies were told that Derek had been injured about two hours before the call, but had been pinned underneath the ATV, the report said. Two ATVs were at the scene when deputies arrived.
Timothy Lee White, 18, of Bemidji, was charged Tuesday with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. White is accused of stabbing Michael Hesch, 19, of Bemidji, on Saturday during a fight on the 3000 block of Archery Road Northwest. According to the criminal complaint, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stabbing at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday on Archery Road Northwest.
The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted 5-1 to contribute an additional $36,000 toward the expansion of a water basin in the Tyler Estates development.
New signs at Diamond Point Park will explain the history of the region and the park. The Bemidji City Council on Monday approved the purchase and installation of 19 interpretive signs to be placed throughout the park. Seven signs will be situated at the main park building, six along the walkway, and three at the Outdoor Program Center. Fossil Graphics will make the signs at a cost of $13,681 and Gordon Construction will provide hardware and labor at a lost of $1,654.
The Lake Bemidji waterfront offers a view of the lake, a sloping hill, a fishing pier - and the opportunity to see geese and their droppings.
The final leg of Debra Davis' journey into public life happened in the spring of 1998. As a high school librarian, she left work one Friday as a man and returned the following week as herself, a woman. "The man (was) never to be seen again - if he ever existed," Davis said. Davis, a librarian at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, is transgender male to female, which means she was born a male but identifies herself as female.
Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, acknowledged on Tuesday that the lack of a regional events center in northern Minnesota could work to Bemidji's advantage. Hausman, the chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, was in town along with other committee members as they reviewed Bemidji's regional events center proposal.
The city of Bemidji has learned that it will receive $1.2 million to expand its industrial park by about 68 acres. The money, in the form of a federal grant, will go to the city of Bemidji and the Bemidji Development Corporation, which owns the land. "It's a big deal," said Charlie Naylor, the president of Bemidji Development Corporation.
Every year the Blandin Foundation board of trustees visits a different part of Minnesota for the annual retreat. Thanks to board member Jim Bensen, former Bemidji State University president and "Bemidji Leads!" chair, the Blandin Foundation came to Bemidji this week for its first time. The Blandin Foundation's mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota.