Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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CASS LAKE—Wednesday's forecast didn't call for rain, but a rainbow banner shined bright beneath a blue sky as about 50 people gathered for the first Two Spirit LGBT Awareness Day in Cass Lake. "I'm really happy with the turnout," said event organizer Julie Kurschner-Pineda. "We plan to go bigger next year," co-organizer Arnold Dahl-Wooley added. Kurschner-Pineda and Dahl-Wooley planned the event to promote positive conversations about—and encourage acceptance of—Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender individuals.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Tuesday. Accident 10:14 p.m. Car vs. deer accident on Highway 71 NE and Hines Road NE in Hines. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls Tuesday. Theft 4:34 p.m. A 32-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting on the 2000 block of Paul Bunyan Drive NW. 6:36 p.m. A 26-year-old was cited for shoplifting on the 2000 block of Paul Bunyan Drive NW. Assault 10:09 p.m.
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Tuesday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
BEMIDJI—A partnership two-years in the making advanced at Tuesday's Beltrami County Commissioners' meeting as the board passed an agreement with Red Lake Family and Children Services.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls: Friday Theft 2:48 a.m. A 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were arrested following an attempted theft of a motor vehicle on the 2100 block of Finch Lane SE in Cass Lake. Reckless driving 4:46 p.m. Anonymous complaint of go karts and 4-wheelers driving recklessly on U.S. Highway 71 near Funkley. Vehicles located at Funkley bar.
BEMIDJI -- The scene at Mi Rancho restaurant in north Bemidji was business as usual Monday afternoon. Two days before, it was a crime scene where a man was killed...
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Monday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Friday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
CASS LAKE—"Two spirited" people were once honored in Native American communities. Today, the term "two spirited" has been practically lost. Wednesday those who identify with both female and male genders will once again be celebrated during the first "Two Spirited LGBTQ Awareness Day" on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. "The actual history of the two spirited individual is they were highly spiritual and revered," said event coordinator Arnold Dahl-Wooley. "We need to embrace all of our culture and all of our people.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman arrested in connection with an armed home invasion in December was sentenced to four years in prison in Beltrami County District Court. Paige King, 18, was convicted of felony first-degree aiding and abetting burglary and sentenced June 1 to 58 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. King was arrested along with Brett King, 21, of Bemidji and Nathaniel Houle, 19, of Cass Lake after the three entered a Wilton home while in possession of weapons. Paige King was credited with 153 days time served and ordered to pay a $50 fine.