Before a standing-room-only crowd at the Palace Casino Bingo Hall, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Council voted 4-1 Wednesday morning to hold a recall election for Band members to decide whether Secretary-Treasurer Michael Bongo should be retained or removed from his position. Following petitioners' reading of the charges against Bongo and Bongo's responses to the charges, the Tribal Council, also known as the Reservation Business Committee, met in a 10-minute closed session to choose the next step in the process.
When the Trilogy Linear Accelerator is fully functional in March, radiation therapy patients at Sanford Health-Bemidji can cut their treatment times from 20 minutes to two to five minutes per session. Shorter treatments are just one of the advantages of the new radiation therapy system delivered by crane Friday to Sanford Health. Lindsey Wangberg, Sanford Health marketing manager for Bemidji, said the building was constructed with three 3-foot-thick concrete roof panels designed as a removable hatch to allow delivery of large equipment, such as the 24,000-pound linear accelerator, that could
The criteria for awarding Development Fund Grants are set by state statute - they must promote tourism, agriculture and industrial development. The 2010 Timber Funds apportioned to the 2011 Development Fund equal $75,000. On Tuesday, the Beltrami County Board voted unanimously to award $69,304 in 2011 Development Fund Grants to five nonprofits and deny the requests of six other applicants because their missions and activities fail to meet the statutory criteria.
In direct opposition to the Bemidji City Council's Dec. 20 4-3 vote to allow bars to remain open until 2 a.m., the Beltrami County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to begin the hearing process to mandate a 1 a.m. bar closing for rural bars in Beltrami County. The County Board members set Feb. 1 for the second reading and public hearing of the ordinance and requested residents both in favor of the 1 a.m.
In a special meeting Thursday, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Council voted to accept the removal/recall petition for Secretary-Treasurer Michael Bongo. Leech Lake members submitted the petition to the Tribal Council, also known as the Reservation Business Committee, Dec. 16. According to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Constitution, petitioners had to obtain the signatures of 20 percent of resident enrolled eligible voters 18 years old and older.
Life on the racing circuit can generate adventures both on and off track. Mike Spaulding of Bemidji and his partner, Corey Dripps of Waterloo, Iowa, who race under the name Barnyard Nation, have captured both the thrills of the races and the joys, frustrations and, sometimes, silliness, of drivers, pit crews and their families in a new reality docudrama series, 'Dirt Knights," to premiere on the Versus cable channel at 5 p.m. Jan. 2.
In January 2006, members of Bemidji United Methodist Church voted to commission some memorial money for Bemidji artist Michael DeWitt to paint scenes for the south wall of the sanctuary. This week, a crew from Keenan's Cabinets mounted the resulting seven panels for dedication Sunday morning. The church will hold an open house for the community to celebrate the paintings on a date to be announced for late January. The panels, painted in oils on canvas stretched over wood, depict the creation, spiritual life and the final walk toward the light after life.
Beltrami County Auditor-Treasurer Kay Mack has received state and national attention for her novel response to election recounts. She serves recount officials and vote challengers soup - namely, her famous Count Beltrami Recount Soup. "I made the soup for the 2008 U.S. Senate recount and invited everyone there to have lunch," Mack said. "That included the DFL and IR (Republican) challengers as well as their legal teams and all of my recount officials." The Nov. 4, 2008, election between DFLer Al Franken challenging incumbent Republican Sen.
The Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center opened in a downtown Bemidji storefront 50 years ago. The services moved to a stand-alone building on 15th Street Northwest in 1974 and continued service. But two years ago, the center was running at a deficit and sending out distress signals. That difficult situation has now turned around.
A 24-year-old Red Lake man is in custody in Beltrami County Jail following his Nov. 25 arrest on state Highway 1 on the Red Lake Reservation. Fabian Wayne English was charged Monday in Beltrami County District Court with three felony counts: first-degree burglary with the possession of a dangerous weapon; second-degree arson of a building valued at $1,000 or more; and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Additional charges relating to the other Beltrami County victims from English's crime spree on Thursday, Nov. 24, are pending.