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Kevin Thomas McCormick, 51, of Breezy Point, has been charged in Clearwater County District Court with felony first-degree assault and misdemeanor hunter harassment. According to the criminal complaint: At about 10:45 p.m. Nov. 6, a White Earth Tribal Police officer responded to a report by McCormick that a trespasser had put a deer stand in a tree on property located near Height-of-Land Road in Clearwater County. McCormick reported that the two of them had had "a scuffle" and fell off the deer stand.
Travelers heading for Thanksgiving dinners away from home will face challenging weather and road conditions. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Bemidji area from noon Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Snow totals could reach 6 to 8 inches by the end of the day Thursday. "We're showing moderate snow, and it's quarter mile visibility, so it's coming down decently," said Geoff Grochocinski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D.
When Pat Olsen, a hospice care nurse, took part in continuing education in October, she didn't realize how soon she would use the new knowledge she had gained. Donavon Engen of rural Nary was living with cancer and needed hospice care to be comfortable in his home. However, even with insurance from his wife Janet's employer, Mastec of North America in Shevlin, the cost would have been prohibitive - $600-$800 per month, Olsen said. At 61, he also isn't eligible for Medicare. "I was hesitant to go into hospice because of the cost," Donavon said.
Allison Barta, known for her Irish cable knitting books, has ventured into a new arena of needlework. Barta designed and knit patterns to commemorate the American Birkebeiner, the ski race that re-enacts the rescue of the toddler, Norway's King Haaken IV. Birkebeiners were a faction during Norway's 12th-13th century Civil War. They were given the name as a sneer by their opponents who meant to imply that they were so poor they wore birch bark boots.
Books make welcome gifts, especially when they have connections with the local area. In the weeks before the holiday giving season, I recommend looking into these books, all by Minnesota authors. They capture local history, culture and natural beauty. Or, in the case of "I Remember When..." a Bemidji author recounts a true, far-away time and place and experiences difficult for readers to imagine in 2010.
Flanked by the graves of thousands of American soldiers, a group of Bemidji veterans raised the flag that flies on the cliff over Omaha Beach. The veterans took part in the Oct. 14-25 First National Bank 55 Connection tour of France led by club director Lynda Stenseng.
Law enforcement has launched a manhunt for a suspect in a Wednesday afternoon shootout in Redby that left at least one victim dead. Red Lake Public Safety Director William Brunelle reported early Thursday afternoon that Red Lake Police received the 911 call concerning a shooting incident in Redby at about 3:12 p.m. Wednesday. Within minutes of the 911 call Wednesday afternoon, Red Lake Police and Criminal Investigation Division officers arrived at the shooting scene near the Red Lake Fisheries facility. Officers found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds.
Voters have given Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp the opportunity to work on public safety for four more years. Hodapp won re-election with 8,762 votes - 55 percent - to his opponent Bill Cross' 6,987 votes - 44 percent. There were 20 write-in votes. Hodapp said he plans in his next term to finish some projects already started and begin some new ventures.
The final vote counts have been tabulated, the long night's vigil has finished and candidates are picking up their posters and yard signs. Two Beltrami County Board positions were won Tuesday by incumbents running unopposed. Joe Vene was re-elected with 1,861 votes - 98 percent - in District 2. There were also 42 write-in votes. Jim Heltzer was re-elected with 2,842 - 99 percent - in District 3. There were 37 write-in votes. The only contested seat on the County Board was for District 1 with nine-year incumbent Jack Frost challenged by Sally Fineday.
Voters go to the polls today to decide who will serve in the U.S., state, county, school and city offices. Beltrami County Treasurer-Auditor Kay Mack said absentee voting has been moving along. She said she expects more than 1,200 absentee ballots, "which is pretty typical for a non-presidential year." When the election includes presidential candidates, she said the number of absentee ballots totals about twice that many. "It depends on when the deer season falls, too," she said.