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A small group of family members and sympathizers stood in total silence as the flag-draped casket was lowered from the charter plane Friday morning at Bemidji Regional Airport. Sgt. Matthew Harmon, 29, had come home to be buried in his hometown of Lengby. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 27, at Fosston High School. Visitation will be held from noon-2 p.m. at the school. Patriot Guard members held flags and saluted as Minnesota National Guard Honor Guardsmen carried the casket to the waiting hearse. "It's our honor," said Sgt.
When the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners vote on the 2012 preliminary budget at the regular Sept. 6 meeting, the tally will likely be three to approve and one no vote. Commissioners Jim Lucachick said he remembers the consensus of commissioners at an earlier budget and levy meeting was to maintain the levy at the 2011 level with no increases or decreases. "I compromised when I went to zero," he said during a budget and levy study meeting Tuesday morning.
Legislation passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton last month to end the state government shutdown includes a change that will increase property taxes to non-homestead residential and commercial facilities. The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, to discuss this new situation, as well as to consider the proposed 2012 levy. County Administrator Tony Murphy told commissioners last Tuesday that the deadline for passing a preliminary levy is Sept. 15.
In an itinerary that covered every commissioner's district, the Beltrami County Board and staff members made on-site inspections Tuesday of planned and accomplished infrastructure improvements. Airport The first stop was the Bemidji Regional Airport expansion where Airport Manager Harold Van Leeuwen led the commissioners through what will be new security areas, additional restrooms, a lunch counter, luggage carousels, jet bridge and firefighter base. Van Leeuwen said tree planting would start Tuesday.
Until recently, Red Lake Hospital Emergency Services and Urgent Care formed a combined department. Patients needing to see a physician for a fairly minor condition such as the flu had to get in line behind people with more serious problems to be served. "For years, we've been telling patients to come in and wait," said Craig Morin, CEO of the Red Lake Hospital. Now, in a newly renovated section of the Red Lake Hospital, patients can call ahead for service at the Same Day Appointment Clinic. "We're very happy these services have become available," said Oren Beaulieu, Red Lake Tribal Health
The success of the documentary "Bemidji Between the Wars," inspired by old film footage discovered by Bud Woodard, has prompted a sequel. Gary Burger started filming Tuesday for the second chapter -- Bemidji from 1946 to Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Burger said the project is a collaboration between himself and the Beltrami County Historical Society.
As of Monday, five candidates have filed to run for the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat left vacant by the July 21 death of Commissioner Jim Heltzer. Filing closes at 5 p.m. Aug. 19. A primary will be held Sept. 13 with the top two vote getters advancing to the general election Nov. 8. E Richard Anderson and his wife, Vange, have been married for 35 years and had five children and have five grandchildren. The live and farm in Lammers Township on the farm his parents and siblings moved to 63 years ago.
Farming and raising livestock is a long tradition for the family of John and Shelly Gilbertson. They calved about 60 cows this year. Christopher, 16, rides his mare, Kit, in rodeos as a heeler in team roping. Joshua, 10, raises and show pigs and Chelsea shows her goats, Zuzu and Minnie. The Gilbertsons are members of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club and will show their specialty animals at the Beltrami County Fair, which will run Wednesday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 14. The 4-H members also will show cattle. "Each kid has a different breed," said John.
A panel of judges Thursday supported the July 15 ruling of Leech Lake Reservation Election Judge Heidi Drobnick to invalidate the June 28 special secretary-treasurer election. As a result, the Leech Lake Tribal Council will have to call a special election to fill the position. Donald "Mick" Finn won the election by six votes over Donald "Donnie" Headbird, who contested the results, citing irregularities. The panel of judges for the appeal of Drobnick's decision ruled that Finn had engaged in electioneering in violation of the election ordinance.
For Margaret and George Hale and Barbara and Charles Head, their rustic family cabin in Lavinia on the east side of Lake Bemidji was heaven on earth. The couples have died, but their children spent Wednesday morning sprinkling their ashes on areas of the lake that were dear to them. "It's a way they can always be here," said Sue Hale. Sue of South Haven, Mich., was visiting with her daughter, Hannah Hale, and cousins, Kathi Head of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Kathi's brother, Lefty Head of Portland, Ore. Hannah is the fifth generation to stay in the cabin her great-great-grandfather built on a 7