John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls: Theft 7:06 a.m. Thursday, 1200 block of Fourth Street Southeast. A subwoofer was taken from a vehicle. Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls: Burglary
BEMIDJI — Construction on a Habitat for Humanity house on Gemmell Avenue Southwest will begin soon. Northwoods Habitat for Humanity cleared a final hurdle Wednesday night when the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board unanimously approved several variances allowing them to build on a vacant substandard lot. Gemmell Avenue is located on the northeast side of Lake Irving. Habitat requested variances to build a small two-bedroom home on almost a 6,000 square foot parcel, less than half of the 15,000 square feet normally required in that residential zone.
BEMIDJI — A Bemidji non-profit is seeking the court’s opinion on its permit request to a local township board. Restore House Inc., a state-licensed chemical dependency treatment home, was denied a conditional use permit in March by the Helga Township board.
BEMIDJI — The city’s charter commission wants to change the procedure for filling vacancies on the Bemidji City Council. The commission discussed amending the charter to trigger a special election if a council vacancy is declared 181 days or more before a general election.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji Township voted unanimously to approve a mediated settlement agreement with the city of Bemidji Tuesday night. The settlement agreement allows the township to leave the orderly annexation and joint powers agreements that it, along with the city and Northern Township, adopted in 2004. The mediation is contingent on approval by the Bemidji City Council and the Bemidji Township Board.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was indicted in federal court Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in May. Avery Wade Schoenborn, 24, allegedly “engaged in a sexual act with the victim, who was incapable of declining participation in the act,” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The May 7 incident took place on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. If convicted, Schoenborn could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls: Theft 3:15 p.m. Monday, 500 block of Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest. An individual reported they were swindled. 1:39 p.m. Monday, 2000 block of Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest. A drivers’ license was reported stolen. 12:08 p.m. Monday, 800 block of Washington Avenue South. A business reported a theft by an ex employee.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council gave some direction to city staff on next year’s budget during a work session Monday night. Ron Eischens, city finance director, laid out the status of the general fund, which uses property taxes and state funds to pay for essential city services such as fire protection, police and streets.
BEMIDJI — A Cass Lake man was arrested for robbery Saturday. Aaron John Jones, 35, was arrested after he allegedly blocked the path of two victims who were walking near...
BEMIDJI — The yard in front of the house Elizabeth Edwards shares with her parents looks much different today than it did last year. For one, they now have a view of Lake Avenue Southeast that was once blocked by their trees.