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Three of the four candidates vying for election or re-election Nov. 2 to two positions as judges in the Ninth Judicial District Court expressed their philosophies of justice during a forum Wednesday evening in Bemidji City Hall. Incumbent Judge Paul Rasmussen, who is based in Clearwater County, is running against former Judge Terrance Holter, who served for 27 years but was defeated in the 2006 election. And incumbent Judge Paul Benshoof, based in Beltrami County, is running against Bemidji attorney Darrell Carter, who has been in practice locally for 18 years.
Timothy Kenneth Lundberg, 31, of Bemidji, was sentenced Monday in Beltrami County District Court to 206 months for the Dec. 18 second-degree murder of Ayven Jayce Shepard. Lundberg stood weeping as Judge Paul Benshoof pronounced judgment. Lundberg will serve 137.33 months of the 206-month sentence in prison and 68.66 months on supervised release. He received 203 days credit for time served. He must also submit a DNA sample, pay restitution and fine and costs of $133 out of prison earnings. Lundberg pleaded guilty to the serious felony Sept.
About 18 months ago, MeritCare-Bemidji faced a serious gap in the number of primary care physicians needed to serve the Bemidji area. The shortage was part of a nationwide trend. However, Dr.
A jury found John Fisher Harstad, 47, of Eden Prairie, Minn., innocent of 12 counts of felony criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm. After a four-day trial in Bemidji County District Court, the jury convicted Harstad Sept. 3 of misdemeanor DWI, driving a motorboat after with a blood alcohol level of more than .08, namely .17. The case related to a boating accident Aug. 9, 2009, on Cass Lake. A family and friends were traveling in a Starcraft motorboat to Stony Point for supper, when their boat and a Glastron motorboat driven by Harstad collided.
An unusually rainy summer has slowed the reconstruction of the state Highway 197-U.S. Highway 71 project, but the work for this year is almost finished. "We plan to have it completely open to traffic by Oct. 7," said Larry Randall, project supervisor. He said the original date was the third week in September. "Overall, they are behind schedule - it could be worse," he said. The unseasonal amount of precipitation, 24 inches throughout the summer according to Randall's measurements, caused difficulties with the loamy and clay soils south of Bemidji.
Bright new carpeting, fresh paint, modern signage, Jacuzzi suites, refurbished Bingo Hall and expanded gaming area - these are some of the amenities the Palace Casino and Hotel have added in a recent renovation project. The Palace celebrated the remodeling this week culminating today with special games and prizes with activities. Brad Feldt, casino host, said the 1980 building used for meetings and powwows became the Palace Casino in 1984.
Last February, cousins Michael Gutschenritter of Wisconsin and Louis Gutschenritter of Georgia began planning a canoe trip from the Mississippi Headwaters at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. "We got to talking about a cool adventure," Michael said. "The Mississippi came up and decided we shouldn't do it for selfish reasons." They decided to make the trip a charity for Lambi Fund of Haiti, a nonprofit organization working in Haiti since 1994 to help people with sustainable development, community micro-credit, animal husbandry and environmental improvement.
The home of Robert and Opal Saddoris is built on a ridge south of Debs. They have ornamented their property with John Deere artifacts. As of Tuesday, they were able to add more yellow and green to their yard. A company from Shenandoah, Iowa, 6 Star Energy Inc., erected a 10-kilowatt Bergey wind turbine to produce the power for their home and garage.
Jim Brewer has always loved the short fantasy film "The Red Balloon," a silent 1956 production in which a boy follows a red balloon into adventures. Jim said he never expected to re-enact an aspect of the story in his own woods southwest of Bemidji in Grant Valley Township. On Monday morning, Jim and his wife, Jo, were taking their daily walk when they saw something red among the brush and trees. "It's a forested area," he said.
Saturday's Bemidji Women's Expo will feature the array of vendors, door prizes, seminars and speakers community members have come to expect from the Pioneer's annual event. The Expo will also offer some new opportunities for attendees. The Spa Corner will again provide manicures and other treatments.