Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or email@example.com
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BEMIDJI—Bemidji City Council member Reed Olson defeated incumbent Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene in the county's District 2 race Wednesday morning, with 1,845 votes for Olson and 1,768 for Vene. All five of the district's precincts reported results by 12:55 a.m. Wednesday. During the campaign, both candidates listed health services as their top priority. Vene, for example, said the county needs to work to remedy the prescription drug and substance abuse problems facing its residents.
BEMIDJI—Beltrami County Commissioner Jim Lucachick earned a third term on the board early Wednesday morning, defeating Ralph Morris, his challenger for the seat, by 1,312 votes. All five of the district's precincts reported results by 12:55 a.m. Wednesday. Lucachick came away with a total of 2,686 votes. Morris earned 1,374. Throughout the election season, Lucachick, a 57-year-old self employed architect, remained consistent on his pledge to address the level of the tax levy.
BEMIDJI—Despite a string of mild winters, "Brrmidji" will earn its nickname this season with colder-than-average temperatures and heavier snowfall, according to Jeff Makowski,a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. While Makowski calls seasonal outlooks "a bit uncertain," he said that while Minnesota and other Midwestern states have enjoyed a warmer fall, the trend will not continue into December.
BEMIDJI -- A petition filed by the mother of Jacob Kinn -- a Bemidji man accused of kidnapping and sexually assault a 5-year-old girl -- asking to be appointed his guardian, was dismissed Friday by a judge, five days after Kinn’s mother herself filed a notice dismissing it.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Police Department is asking hunters to be on the lookout this weekend for Jeremy Jourdain, a 17-year-old Cass Lake boy missing since Monday night. In an updated news release Friday morning, Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin urged those entering the woods for this weekend’s Minnesota deer opener to check property and outbuildings for any signs of the teen.
BEMIDJI -- At least 50 members of the public and 30 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies have joined the search for a missing Cass County teen, as of Thursday evening. Jeremy Jourdain, 17, was last seen in the Nymore area Monday night and was reported missing Tuesday morning, according to Captain James Marcotte with the Bemidji Police Department. Police are now treating Jourdain as a missing person, Marcotte said.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man faces one charge of first-degree aggravated robbery after allegedly stealing a woman's car and other belongings while holding her at gunpoint. Gregory Williams, 25, was arrested Tuesday after officers spoke with the alleged victim, according to a criminal complaint.
WILTON—A Wilton man faces one charge of first-degree aggravated robbery after allegedly robbing a woman at gunpoint. According to a criminal complaint against Derek Jon Paddy, 20, Beltrami County deputies responded to a report Oct. 23 that a handgun had been pulled and pointed at a woman in Wilton. The woman told deputies that two men had attacked her boyfriend outside of their Wilton apartment, then took her cell phone at gunpoint. She told deputies that Paddy was one of the men, and that he lives at the same address in a different apartment.
BEMIDJI -- Though hundreds of miles away from the heart of demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline, scores of Bemidji-area residents marched through the city Tuesday, chanting “water is life” in a show of support for those on the front lines of anti-pipeline protests.
BEMIDJI—Local supporters of those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline will stand in solidarity with those in North Dakota on Tuesday during a rally sponsored by four Bemidji organizations. The event is open to the public and will allow people to come together and process recent events at Standing Rock—where the protests are taking place—learn more about the demonstrations and express opinions, according to Simone Senogles, food sovereignty program coordinator with the Indigenous Environmental Network, one of the sponsor organizations.