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By about this time next summer, the Bemidji Regional Airport will be under the sweep of a Doppler radar system. On Wednesday, representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Department of Aeronautics, National Weather Service, Grand Forks, N.D., Beltrami County Emergency Services, Bemidji Aviation, Bemidji Regional Airport, and Lakeland Public Television discussed the need and uses for the Doppler radar system in the Bemidji area. Currently, Bemidji has no radar system, but is covered by the edges of the Duluth system to the east and the Mayville, N.D., system to the west.
A 27-year-old Cass Lake man was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with serious felony second-degree intentional murder and two counts of felony second-degree assault. Ross Zangigabo Littlewolf was charged in relation to the shooting death Sunday, June 26, of Kandace Blaine Dunn, 22, of Cass Lake, who had been killed by an apparent gunshot wound to her head. According to the criminal complaint: At 3:16 a.m. Sunday, Cass County Dispatch received a report that Littlewolf had been involved in a domestic dispute at a Cass Lake residence.
A 51-year-old Bemidji business owner has been charged in Beltrami County District Court with three counts of felony credit card fraud and three counts of felony theft by swindle. The charges against Margaret Jo Hirt, owner and operator of Dewey Furniture, 201 Minnesota Ave. N.W., were filed Friday and signed by Judge Shari Schluchter. A court appearance date has not yet been set. According to the criminal complaint: Hirt has been the primary sales person for Dewey Furniture since 2008.
The "Did You Know..." special section in today's Pioneer was developed by the editorial staff to introduce - or in some case remind - readers of the unique character of the Bemidji area. Some unusual features include landmarks residents and visitors see every day. The Bemidji Public Library's unusual architecture, for example, is like no other in the world.
At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 16, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of gunfire and screaming coming from a residence on Canopy Lane S.W.
The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will vote on a resolution directed at Gov. Mark Dayton and area legislators during the 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, meeting at the County Administration Building. The resolution would urge the governor and members of both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate to solve their public policy, ideological and financial disagreements and produce a balanced state budget before July 1.
Since the 1980s, three secular nonprofits have reached out to help people in poverty needing emergency services. The Bemidji Community Food Shelf opened in 1982, Ours to Serve House of Hospitality began sheltering homeless people in 1985 and the Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen Inc.
From ancient times, churches and their members have reached out in charity to help people in need. Bemidji churches have responded to calls for mission to disaster areas and informal assistance when members and nonmembers face hard times. In the last decade, several church outreach programs have become more formalized and organized than traditional responses. Churches United In 2002, a group of leaders from a variety of Bemidji churches joined in their awareness of people seeking financial aid.
Beltrami County's budget for public assistance administration is $9,419,166, or 36.5 percent of the general fund. "That's by far our biggest area," said County Administrator Tony Murphy. If the state government shuts down July 1, the approximately 6,500 county residents who receive some kind of public assistance will lose their benefits for health care, food aid, rent, gas, utilities and other payments. John Pugleasa is the director of the Economic Assistance Division of Beltrami County Health & Human Services.
The second phase of the Minnesota Department of Transportation state Highway 197 and U.S. Highway 71 project will get underway Monday, June 20, between Carr Lake Road and Beltrami County Road 2. Project Supervisor Larry Randall said the project is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 2. Josh Weikert, project manager, said traffic will be switched to the east lanes Thursday, June 23. The east half of the Horace May Elementary School parking lot will be removed and turned into a frontage road. At the Cenex and Pete's Place driveways south of U.S.