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After a tense five hours' work --- relieved smiles. Bemidji police officers, Beltrami County deputies, FBI and Crow Wing County Bomb Squad, among other law enforcement entities, spent Friday morning investigating and attempting to detonate a suspected pipe bomb discovered about 7:34 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Bank's west parking lot. The suspicious object -- a PVC pipe with caps at both ends and a wire loop attached to one of the caps --- turned out to contain a homemade muskie fishing lure. Bemidji Police Sgt.
The candidates for District I Beltrami County Board in the general election Nov.
Charlene Sturk and Susan Hoosier are lined up neck-and-neck to vie for the Beltrami County recorder's position. With all 62 precincts reporting at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sturk had 2,623 votes for 43.69 percent of the primary vote and Hoosier had 2,595 votes for 43.23 percent. Lee Hawk ran a distant third with 785 votes for 13 percent. Sturk thanked the voters who went to the polls and supported her with their votes and campaign help. "Today has turned into a very special day for me," Sturk said.
The Bemidji area's wealth of forests and natural beauty has brought a group of forest management and eco-tourism experts from Russia for a week's tour of the area. Hosted by North Country Health Services, the eight guests, along with two facilitators and a translator, will stay with five local families and experience such wonders as Itasca State Park, the Lake Bemidji State Park Bog Walk and Red Lake Nation culture. Mary Auger, host city co-coordinator with Alice Thompson, said Bemidji has hosted three or four medical exchanges for citizens of the former Soviet Union and one government excha
Bemidji businessman Jack Naylor died at age 88 on Saturday after living at Neilson Place for three years with the results of a 2003 stroke. Naylor was one of the second generation of brothers -- with Charlie, William and Dick -- to take over their father's Naylor Electric Construction Company. Charlie and William are still living. The business was located at several downtown venues "until the kids built this new building across from the (Paul Bunyan) Mall," said Charlie Naylor.
The Beltrami County Recorder's Office deals with any transaction related to real estate. Transactions include deeds, mortgages, trusts and power-of-attorney.
The Sept. 12 primary election will include three candidates for Beltrami County District 1 commissioner. The incumbent is Commissioner Jack Frost, who has served since 2001 on the County Board. District 1 challengers are Rory Potter and John Persell. Commissioner Joe Vene, District 2, will run in the Nov. 7 general election against Bryce Ronnander.
Menards, the Eau Claire, Wis.,-based hardware chain, has announced the intention to build a new store in Bemidji. The site will be the property now owned by Spaulding Motors, 2620 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. Brandon Wilmer, the real estate project manager handling the Bemidji deal, said in a Thursday afternoon telephone interview from Eau Claire that the store will cover a little more than 160,000 square feet inside, with another 40,000-plus square feet in outdoor overhang space and a 26,000-plus-square-foot warehouse. "This is currently the largest standard store we implement as far as the buil
TURTLE RIVER -- Long ago and far away -- 1964 in Germany -- five American GIs got together to play rock 'n' roll. The group evolved into The Monks, now known as the "godfathers of punk music." Disbanded in 1967, The Monks are now together again with a massive cult following. The band is also the subject of a full-length documentary film produced by Deitmar Post and showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis and at 7 p.m.
Each year after the Fourth of July, Gary and Sandy Trueblood, owners of Paul Bunyan Amusement Park, have looked forward to Labor Day. That's when they can celebrate summer's end and take a rest from 10-hour days managing rides, miniature golf and concessions. On this year's Labor Day, Sandy and Gary might feel less celebratory. After 47 years of Tilt-A-Whirl, Berry-Go-Round and flying fish rides, the Truebloods are going to close down their amusement park forever.