RED LAKE -- The Red Lake Nation and Beltrami County Board will work out a memorandum of understanding toward a partnership in managing human services. Members of the County Board and Tribal Council met Monday in Red Lake to discuss mutual concerns about delivering and paying for human services, especially out-of-home placement of children. The impetus for the meeting came from revenue cuts in the county and burgeoning child placement expenses.
Stephen E. Terrell died as a result of a three-car collision at 5:32 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and State Highway 89 west of Bemidji. Terrell, 66, of Seattle, Wash., was driving south on Highway 89 in a 1991 Toyota Celica. According to the State patrol report, he failed to stop at the Highway 2 stop sign. A 1995 Ford Escort driven by Shane A. Corning, 34, of Bagley, and a 2002 Subaru Legacy driven by Patricia K. Lovegreen, 60, of Richfield, Minn., were heading west in the right lane of Highway 2 at the time. Terrell's car struck Corning's vehicle.
A three-generation Bemidji business lost its second generation Tuesday when Gordon Nei, 75, died unexpectedly in Bullhead City, Ariz. His family is gathering this week for the Mass of Christian Burial, which will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji. "He was such a special man," said Gordon's daughter, Janet Christiansen. "Speaking for all the members of our family, he was just the most generous person.
The Bemidji Lions Club will sponsor a series of events Friday and Saturday focusing on vision awareness. The events will begin with a 6 p.m. social and 7 p.m. dinner Friday at the American Legion. Jennifer Marshall, Minnesota Lions Eye Bank public relations manager, will be the banquet speaker on Eye Bank accomplishments and other projects the Lions sponsor at the University of Minnesota, including the Macular Degeneration Center, Children's Eye Clinic and ophthalmology research. Saturday's events will begin with a 7-9:30 a.m.
Veteran of many long walks, Dave Anderson of Bemidji rates the Superior Hiking Trail -- well, superior. "It's a fantastic trail," he said. Between Sept. 11, his 52nd birthday, and Sept. 25, Anderson walked the 205-mile length of the trail starting at the Canadian border. To reach the starting point, he took advantage of the Superior Shuttle Service, which bused him to within 14 miles of Canada. He then walked north before turning south for his official hike.
Jerry Mueller, the Princeton, Minn., man whose boat and fishing gear were confiscated by the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources May 28, was found guilty of trespassing in Red Lake Tribal Court. Assistant Tribal Judge Amber Ahola ruled in the case Thursday. Mueller's son-in-law, Jonathan Hempstead, pleaded guilty in tribal court and admitted he was trespassing. He paid a $200 fine and $300 storage fee for the return of his boat. Red Lake Chief Prosecutor Hector Martinez also insisted Hempsteadwrite a letter of apology. "My son-in-law humiliated himself ...
Dondelinger Chevrolet-Buick now can sell the full line of GMC models. Wayne Dondelinger said the company acquired the franchise from Spaulding Motors to add Cadillac, Pontiac and GMC the Chevrolet and Buick dealerships. Spaulding Motors has agreed to sell the property at 2620 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W.
Downtown planters, front yard gardens and outdoor sculptures brought applause from the America in Bloom judges Jana Kattenhorn and Bill Hahn when they toured the city in July. But they also noted areas that should be cleaned up, such as weedy street cracks and doorway cigarette butt litter. However, Bemidji made enough improvements since 2005, the first year of participation in the first America in Bloom program that the judges awarded the city two out of a possible five symbolic blooms.
Earle Dickinson, the energy behind Buena Vista Logging Days and the ski hill on the Continental Divide, died suddenly Sunday with his hand on the throttle of his D8 Caterpillar bulldozer. "He was working until the minute he died," said Tom Letson, Earle's son-in-law. Liz Letson, Earle and Mariann's daughter, said her father was making a new driveway at Buena Vista Ranch. She said he must have known he was in trouble because he was able to pull back on the bulldozer throttle and hit the kill button as he died. Daughter Suzanne Thomas said she last talked to her father at about 2:30 p.m.
The loss of 102 jobs at the Bemidji Ainsworth Engineered plant has resulted in a major expansion to the fall Rural Minnesota CEP Jobs Fair Oct. 24. Usually, the Concentrated Employment Program holds a jobs fair in the spring and fall at the Beltrami County WorkForce Center. But with 102 former Ainsworth employees potentially in the job market, Virginia Deeds and Wanda Melgaard, CEP team leaders, have arranged for a larger venue.