Margaret Jo Hirt, 51, owner and salesperson for Dewey Furniture in downtown Bemidji, pleaded innocent Sept. 12 to three counts of felony transaction card fraud and three counts of theft by swindle. Her next appearance in Beltrami County District Court is scheduled for Dec. 13. She entered her plea before Judge Sheri Schluchter. According to the criminal complaint: In 2009 and 2010, three furniture manufacturers, Ashley Furniture, Inc., Furniture Traditions, Inc.
With a shallow turnout, of750 votes out of a possible 4,960 in the Beltrami County District 3 special election primary, Richard Anderson and Scott Winger will be the finalists for the Nov. 8 election for county commissioner. The election was necessary to fill the seat vacated in July when County Commissioner Jim Heltzer died. Anderson earned 352 votes; Winger earned 314 votes; Steven Johnson earned 44 votes; Larry Pahl earned 23 votes; and David Myers earned 13 votes. Kay Mack, Beltrami County auditor-treasurer, said she expected a low turnout, which was 15.12 percent.
The members of the Minnesota Nurses Association union at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center will vote today whether to ratify a contract with Sanford Bemidji Medical Center administration. Dan Engelhart, labor relations specialist, said the MNA bargaining team came to a tentative agreement with the Sanford administration Sept.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 6 to prepay mortgages on the County Jail, County Administration Building and the Law Enforcement Center. The long-term debt for the County Jail remodeling will be callable Feb. 1. The County Board authorized County Administrator Tony Murphy to pay the remainder off on that date at a savings to the county of about $100,000 per year. The county took out the jail mortgage for $800,000 in 2003. The County Board will next meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
Bruce Atwater of Bemidji was sweeping out a recreation hall at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the third day after his ship landed. "I was contemplating cleaning the spittoons, but I never got to that," he said. When he heard planes overhead, he ran to the rec hall entryway and looked up. "There was a plane going by, and it had a rising sun on both wings," Atwater recalled. "I ran out of the front, and there was a whole panorama before me.
Molly Cox, the keynote speaker for the 2011 Women's Expo, will take her presentation to the Sanford Center Ballroom stage at 12:15 p.m. today for the 2011 Pioneer Women's Expo. "It's a message of inspiration especially for women - take care of yourself, have fun," she said Friday afternoon after arriving in Bemidji from what she said was a beautiful drive north. Cox promises plenty of humor drawn from her background in improv in her one-hour presentation.
The northward march of bedbugs inspired Corey and Sue Westrum to design a Northwest Minnesota Foundation IDEA competition winning invention. The Insect Inferno is a trailer that kills bedbugs and their eggs on and in household furniture by roasting the insects at 130 degrees F. The trailers are manufactured in Bemidji by Jason VantHul, owner of Northland Kilns. The Westrums, owners of North Star Pest Control based in Leonard, are among the scores of vendors displaying their merchandise and services at the 2011 Pioneer Women's Expo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe had the opportunity Wednesday to buy back a traditional section of the tribal homeland and rid the tribe of a potentially bad debt Wednesday. However, many band members protested that the Tribal Council was rushing into a deal without giving them sufficient notice. After several hours of testimony during a public meeting at the Palace Casino Bingo Hall, the Tribal Council voted 2-1 to table the issue.
The four main fears pregnant women - both first timers and experienced mothers - express are loss of control, pain, nausea and anxiety. A new policy and set of strategies Sanford Bemidji Medical Center has adopted for the obstetrician and women's services units involve Creative Arts Therapy. "It's just alternative methods other than medication," said Brenda Freborg, manager of the units. "Having a child does not have to be a medical procedure. Having a child should be an event you think positively about." Freborg will describe the new strategies during a 1:15 p.m.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners, with a quorum of three, voted unanimously in approval on a proposed 2012 levy of $17,501,013. This levy is up by $600,000, or 3.55 percent, from the 2011 levy of $16,901,013. Commissioners Joe Vene, Quentin Fairbanks and Jack Frost all voted in favor of the increase, which will come from new revenue, mainly from Enbridge Energy and Menards new construction. Vene and Fairbanks served on the budget committee. The District 3 seat is vacant following Jim Heltzer's death in July. Commissioner Jim Lucachick, District 5, was out of town and unable to a