BEMIDJI—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources continued to warn of ice safety risks Wednesday, citing inconsistent ice thickness on Minnesota lakes. Despite recent below-zero temperatures, some lakes have less ice than they typically would by late December. Leech Lake, for example, has only 6 inches of ice in some places, while other areas have 16, the DNR said.
BEMIDJI—The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking the public steer clear of early, thin ice as temperatures remain above freezing. According to a news release, recent fluctuations in weather have caused ice conditions to degrade, though ice began to form in certain areas nearly a month ago. Public safety officials say people should stay off frozen bodies of water until there is at least 4 inches of new, clear ice.
CASS LAKE—Leech Lake's Wellness Court was honored Wednesday by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as part of its annual Local Government Innovation Awards.
BEMIDJI—The Northwest Technical College Foundation elected officers to its board of directors during its Oct. 17 annual meeting. Jess Frenzel was elected board chair; Warren Larson was elected vice chair; Corey Rupp was re-elected treasurer; and Sarah Martina was elected governance chair.
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.