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DreamCatcher Aviation hopes Bemidji airport officials will soon clear the business for takeoff. DreamCatcher hopes to launch a venture in which it would paint, furnish and refurbish corporate and similar-sized aircraft to meet its customers' specifications. And, company officials hope the new business will be headquartered in Bemidji. During a special meeting of the Bemidji Regional Airport Commission on Tuesday, representatives of DreamCatcher Aviation presented their proposal to base a new aviation company at the Bemidji airport. The business would be marketed worldwide to corporations a
The Bemidji City Council and Cliff Tweedale, executive director of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, met on Tuesday to discuss the potential of having HRDC take an active role in events center planning. The council last month asked staff to contact HRDC to see if it would be interested in being the project facilitator for the events center. Then, it was not entirely clear what the council specifically wanted from HRDC. Did it want someone to just facilitate conversations and negotiations between the city and Bemidji State University?
Teddi Leigh Wind, 21, of Bemidji, was charged on Monday with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony, after two people were reportedly stabbed on Saturday. According to the criminal complaint, police were called at about 3:25 a.m. Saturday to Ridgeway Avenue Apartments in regards to a fight. Upon arrival, officers saw a group of females running between 2830 Ridgeway and 2910 Ridgeway, the complaint said. A police officer followed the women, stating that he was a police officer and commanded them to stop, the complaint said.
Andrew David Keith, 20, of Bemidji, was charged Monday with felony theft after allegedly stealing about $4,000 in cash from Pete's Place West, where he worked. According to the criminal complaint, Keith was investigated after the owner of Pete's Place West in Eckles Township contacted the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office on June 13. The owner suspected Keith after he watched a video-surveillance tape that showed him taking cash from customers and pocketing it rather than ringing up their purchases, the complaint said.
Raymond Robert Brown, 48, of Minneapolis, was charged on Monday with endangerment by firearm discharge, a felony, for allegedly shooting at a man while inside a cabin on Sunday. According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 5:47 a.m.
Sandy Nelson, a certified public accountant with Bemidji-based Miller McDonald Inc., on Monday reviewed the findings of Bemidji's 2006 audit. And the results were about as good as they come. No deficiencies were identified that needed to be reported to the state of Minnesota. "We did not find anything that needed to be cited as non-compliance," Nelson said. She did note a few minor infractions in a management letter to city officials. Included in the management letter were the following: E First National Bank issued a Certificate of Participation Bond that is rated Baa1.
When the Russian village was asked this year to present a gift to the Peace Site at Concordia Language Village, it selected flowers. The reasoning was that flowers are similar to peace in that they require patience, time, and tending to grow. During each rededication program, one of the 14 Concordia Language Villages is asked to add something to the Peace Site. This year the Russian village, Lesnoe Ozero, was selected.
Three years ago Paul Girouex stepped off the airplane in Bemidji with one dozen flowers in his hand, got down on his knee and proposed to Kristine Stark. Stark, 39, and Girouex, 35, will wed today on July 7, 2007 - or as many are calling it, 07-07-07. "I wanted the perfect day to marry the perfect guy," said Stark about selecting her wedding date. Similarly, after deciding to delay their wedding one year, it didn't take Krista Jonsten and Chris Scanlan very long to select a date. "We realized that next year [this year] is '07 - and July is a number 7 as well," Jonsten said.
Anita Carlson was murdered 20 years ago - and police still don't know who did it. Carlson, 22, was working the late shift at Pete's Place West on U.S. Highway 2 west of Bemidji on June 30, 1987. Customers reported last seeing Carlson around 11 p.m. that night. The next day, the morning manager discovered the store in disarray and Carlson's car still parked behind the store. Six days later, on July 5, her body was found in a remote section of woods off State Highway 89 a few miles from the convenience store.
Melvin Mitch Wilson, 25, of Blackduck. was charged on Friday with third-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to the criminal complaint, a Beltrami County Sheriff's Department officer was driving along County Road 15 on Thursday when he passed an abandoned vehicle and saw a man walking north on Irvine Avenue. The office asked the man, later identified as Wilson, where he was headed and if he would like a ride.