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BEMIDJI—Great River Rescue has adjusted its focus and is looking to the future for some new opportunities. The local animal shelter recently released its renovated strategic plan, outlining its goals for the next three to five years. While the organization had a previous strategic plan, Executive Director Brandon Mustful said it no longer served the shelter's needs in the way employees and the board wanted. "We were going off that previous plan, but it just seemed like things had changed enough where it was time to refocus," Mustful said.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree drug possession with intent to distribute. Billy Vincent, 41, was arrested June 10 after authorities allegedly found more than 100 grams of methamphetamine in a vehicle he was driving. The authorities also arrested Misty Dyrdahl, 23, during the incident. She's also has been charged with first-degree drug possession with intent to distribute. Both defendants are currently incarcerated at the Beltrami County Jail.
BEMIDJI—A Minneapolis man who led a high-speed chase through Nymore pleaded not guilty to multiple charges on Tuesday. Donald Negron, 25, has been charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, third-degree driving while impaired and fourth-degree property damage.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man pleaded not guilty on Monday to two charges related to a September assault. James Michael Penn, 35, has been charged with both first-degree assault and aiding and abetting a first-degree assault after allegedly attacking another man Sept. 10. Penn was one of two men arrested shortly after the incident, both of whom face the same charges.
BEMIDJI -- It’s the time of year when multi-ton vehicles turn into oversized bobsleds as they slide haphazardly either to their destination or the ditch. With one of the first measurable snowfalls of the season Thursday, combined with a fair amount of rain beforehand, the roads became somewhat precarious. And thus, it turned into the time of year when the state collectively needs to relearn how to drive in the winter weather.
BEMIDJI—Although Bemidji saw some snow and rain Wednesday, the weather wasn't as harsh as originally predicted during the winter weather advisory that was in place through Thursday morning. For much of Wednesday, the weather refused to commit to either snow or rain as it drizzled and sleeted throughout the day in the Bemidji area.
BAGLEY -- The case against three people who were charged with damaging an Enbridge pipeline two years ago was dismissed Tuesday after a judge in Clearwater County ruled the circumstances did not rise to the level of the charges filed against them. Emily Johnston, of Seattle, had been charged with causing property damage to a pipeline. Both Annette Klapstein, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Benjamin Joldersma, of Seattle, had been charged with aiding the property damage of a pipeline.
BAGLEY -- The jury trial for three defendants charged with property damage to an oil pipeline in 2016 started Monday in the Clearwater County Courthouse. The trial stems from a mid-October 2016 incident when the defendants used bolt cutters to gain access to an Enbridge pipeline facility near Leonard, Minn.
BEMIDJI—Area leaders are trying to strengthen the pipeline of workers from college classrooms to the job market. Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra met with education and industry representatives Friday in Bemidji to discuss ways to equip and supply more workers to meet the increasing demand from businesses in Minnesota. "We have more open jobs than we have unemployed workers," said Darrin Strosahl, vice president of academic affairs at Northwest Technical College. "That's a scary ratio...it really is a race for talent."
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji DoubleTree received an unexpected guest late Wednesday night. The night auditor at the hotel found a beaver waddling around in the entryway of the hotel between the two sets of doors. Although he somehow had found his way into the initial entrance, the vertically challenged hotel guest wasn’t able to activate the second set of doors leading from the entryway into the lobby.