BEMIDJI—A hearing for the former Bemidji Middle School assistant principal accused of having sexual conversations with children was postponed for a second time Monday. Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 34, was scheduled to appear in state district court Monday morning. His omnibus hearing is now set for Monday, Sept. 11.
BEMIDJI—The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council's Urban Indian Advisory Board will listen to concerns and answer questions during an open meeting in Bemidji on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The board will be on hand from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N. Staff from both the board and the council will be available to provide information on previous listening sessions and answer questions. Board members also would like to hear about positive events and partnerships in the Bemidji area, according to a news release.
PARK RAPIDS—For the fifth year, activists with Minnesota environmentalist group Honor the Earth will tour the state—and, for the first time, Wisconsin—on horseback to protest multiple pipeline projects. The Love Water Not Oil Tour kicked off on July 9 in Madison, Wis. On Friday, participants were scheduled to stop on Madeline Island, then travel to Duluth. The tour is set to end in Bemidji on Aug. 10, at a location yet to be determined. The 2016 event also wrapped up here, with a concert and rally held at Rail River Folk School.
MINNEAPOLIS—A Red Lake man who stabbed another man several times in the face and torso was sentenced to three years and one month in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Harold James Johnson, Jr. pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in December to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The victim, who Johnson attacked within the boundaries of the Red Lake reservation, sustained "nearly fatal" stab wounds that resulted in internal bleeding, a news release said. The victim needed surgery and "extended" hospitalization.
MINNEAPOLIS—The ringleader of a multi-state drug trafficking organization prosecutors say flooded the Red Lake and White Earth reservations with heroin was sentenced Wednesday. Omar Beasley, 39, received a 25-year prison sentence after he was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Thirty-nine other co-defendants have also been or will be sentenced in the case, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
NORTHERN TOWNSHIP—Six people—including two children—all suffered non-life-threatening injuries Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Town Hall Road. According to a Minnesota State Patrol report a 1999 Dodge Ram, driven by Michael Jerry Groesbeck, 54, of Mason City, Iowa, was traveling south on Highway 71 at about 9:40 a.m. Sunday. A 2007 Nissan Armada, driven by Bonnie Lynn Sargent, 32, of Bemidji, was traveling west on Town Hall Road and was attempting to cross Highway 71. The Nissan was then hit by the Dodge.
BEMIDJI—The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified.
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