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Bruce Preece was fired on Friday from his position as Bemidji public safety director, reportedly because of differences in management style. Detective Sgt. Jerry Johnson is serving as interim public safety director. Preece had been on paid administrative leave since April 25. He was placed on leave by former Bemidji City Manager David Minke. Ron Eischens, city finance director is now serving as interim city manager. He said the city has not developed a plan for replacing Preece. Meanwhile, in an unrelated action on Thursday, U.S.
For seven years, Sal and Beth Di Leo have been building St. Francis Lodge, a private chapel for nuns' retreats on the shore of Lake George. On May 20, the Di Leos dedicated the Margaret Manley Memorial Chapel at St. Francis Lodge. The Rev. Rolph Tollefson of St. Paul blessed the chapel, consecrated the altar and celebrated the dedication Mass. "God really shined on us this day," said Sal Di Leo in a press release. "We had a great turnout of people from many different areas of Minnesota, as well as the company of the Sisters of St.
On Wednesday morning Iraq time, the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team and Iraqi officials toasted with pure, clean water the opening of Al Gawaam reverse osmosis plant. On Thursday morning Bemidji time, Civilian Affairs Officer Maj.
Among graves decorated with flowers and flags, patriotic area residents joined in the prayers and songs commemorating deceased veterans. After the Ralph Gracie American Legion Post 14 Color Guard posted the colors on Monday, Memorial Day, at Greenwood Cemetery, Joe Vene led the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner." Past Post Commander Andy Staudt welcomed the large gathering and Steve Modich read an invocation. Bonnie Lurken, Ralph Gracie Post 14 of the American Legion Auxiliary president, thanked all veterans for keeping America safe and asked for prayers for the soldiers now serving the
The top boss, small business, large business, entrepreneur and Chamber Ambassador received Awards of Excellence Thursday during the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence luncheon. The event was held at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Awards also went to long-time employees of three Bemidji businesses.
Former Bemidji City Manager David Minke resigned May 1 to take a position in Castle Rock, Colo. A week later, the Bemidji City Council voted unanimously to hire the Hopkins, Minn.-based Brimeyer Group Inc. Executive Search Consultants to conduct the search process. On Thursday, James Brimeyer, president of the hiring group, met with members of the Bemidji community to develop an understanding of qualities and characteristics the city needs in a manager and to get a sense of the culture of the community.
The last lake sturgeon in Red Lake disappeared in the 1950s. Now, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department has issued a $159,152 grant to allow the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources to launch the reintroduction of the fish. "The first year of the project is just getting the plan together," said Pat Brown, Red Lake DNR fish biologist. "The second year, we're going to be working cooperatively with U.S.
The Leech Lake Reservation Local Indian Councils decided on Monday against excluding or banishing a tribal member. Wakinyon Wakan McArthur, 27, who was incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, was placed on supervised release Monday. McArthur, an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, served his sentence beginning Jan. 6, 1999, on conviction for second-degree murder in Hennepin County. He killed an acquaintance, Jerome Peake, 21, outside a Minneapolis house frequented by the Native Mob.
Red Lake Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. has formally requested a recount of the May 17 tribal election results. Questions and concerns from people around the nation have risen regarding the unavailability of absentee ballots nationwide. The incorrect time schedule announced at the Minneapolis Indian Center and the insufficient number of ballots available at the Minneapolis Indian Center are also concerns.
Bipartisan efforts allowed the Minnesota Legislature to pass a bonding bill and complete the 2006 session on time. "The 2006 legislative session set a more civil tone, which was very important for us in Minnesota," said House Minority Leader Rep. Matt Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, comparing this year's session with recent years. He added that the legislators could be "disagreeing without being disagreeable." Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, agreed.