LEECH LAKE—The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe received a grant Monday that will be used to build a new community center. The $250,000 grant, awarded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, will help fund the construction of a new center in Onigum, Minn. Onigum is about 35 miles south of Cass Lake.
BEMIDJI -- A Blackduck man died after he fell on Sept. 27 while hanging sheetrock at a construction site in Bemidji. According to the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Kamuel Beighley, 69, was working on scaffolding at a residence under construction at the 1600 block of Pamela Court NW when he fell to the floor and was hurt. Beighley was taken by ambulance to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for treatment. A Sanford representative said Beighley is no longer listed as a patient there, and an obituary for Beighley states he died Sept. 29 at the hospital.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Police officers and detectives, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents and a deputy fire marshal will be honored in Washington on Tuesday for their work in rescuing a 5-year-old girl abducted from Bemidji in 2016.
BEMIDJI—A Slayton, Minn., man who arranged to meet and have sex with a person he thought was a child in Bemidji must spend 28 more days in jail. Bradley Ray Brands, 51, received a stay of imposition during his Friday sentencing. Rather than spend one year and three months in prison, Brands will serve about a month in a county jail. He received credit for two days of time served.
BEMIDJI—A new round of public and evidentiary hearings on Enbridge's proposed Line 3 replacement project will kick off at the end of the month. The evidentiary hearings will give stakeholders such as Enbridge; the Minnesota Department of Commerce; Leech Lake, Red Lake, Fond du Lac, Mille Lacs and White Earth bands and other groups an opportunity to comment on the proposed project before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decides whether to allow the Canadian energy company to decommission the existing Line 3 and build a new pipeline.
PUPOSKY—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, about an upcoming Puposky Lake cleanup project. Puposky Lake, about 13 miles north of Bemidji, is a 2,465-acre basin with 16 miles of irregular shoreline. The lake is a well-known a brooding, resting and feeding area for waterfowl and other wildlife species, the DNR said in a release, as well as for recreational opportunities, including wild rice harvesting, waterfowl hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.
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.