Pioneer Staff Report
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Bemidji State anglers Thor and Mitch Swanson sit in 13th place overall after the first day of the Bassmaster College Series National Championship at Oklahoma’s Tenkiller Lake on Thursday. The brothers from Blaine caught four bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces after day one of the three-day event. Mitch Swanson, a senior, and Thor Swanson, a junior, finished ninth at last summer’s national championship tournament that was held on Lake Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council approved an agreement Monday with the committee organizing the local Hockey Day Minnesota event. According to city documents, the agreement was drafted with input from city staff, officials from the Bemidji Economic Development Authority and committee representatives. The agreement was modeled after a similar document used by leaders in Stillwater, which hosted the event in 2017.
FUNKLEY -- Law enforcement recovered a “large cache” of stolen property and arrested a man suspected in multiple burglaries July 10. According to a news release posted on Facebook by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from Beltrami, Itasca and Koochiching counties, along with Blackduck police, were investigating when Blackduck Police Chief Jace Grangruth noticed a vehicle law enforcement believed was connected with the crime.
Michael Folland, 8, of Bemidji, caught and released this walleye while fishing with his family July 17 on Lake Bemidji. Send in your fishing photos to the Pioneer and we will publish them online in our Fish Tales section and also periodically run them in our Outdoors page in the Pioneer. Please include the names, date, type of fish and where the fish was landed in the body of the email. Send your Fish Tales photos to email@example.com .
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Wednesday: Fire 11:52 a.m. Deputies received a report of a fire on Mission Road SE. Warrant 12:18 a.m. A 33-year-old male was arrested for a warrant at the intersection of highway 89 NW and S Boundary Road NW. 3:02 a.m. A 28-year-old male was arrested for a warrant at the intersection of 15th Street NW and Adams Avenue NW. 11:47 p.m. A 23-year-old male was arrested for a warrant at the 16500 block of 69th Avenue NW.
The local Intact Baseball League recently held its six-team championship series, and team Paul Bunyan edged team Thunderbird 4-3 to take home the championship on July 13. In the third place game, the Lions Club team defeated topped Bagley 10-8. Intact baseball is for players between 13 and 15 years of age and is part of the Babe Ruth organization. Players are drafted by the coaches at the beginning of the season and spend the summer with that team.
Bemidji State announced the hiring of an assistant softball coach and an assistant men’s basketball coach Wednesday. Brittany Gomez will join Rick Supinski on the Beaver softball coaching staff following two years of coaching at the University of Montana. As a player, Gomez played at Iowa State and leads the program in career hits (297), batting average (.396), steals (110) and runs scored (165).
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Middle School fall activities night for parents and students has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the north gym at BMS. Students in sixth-, seventh- or eighth-grade who are interested in participating in football, soccer, volleyball, cross country running, girls swimming, girls tennis or robotics should attend the meeting with their parents. Practice and competition schedules will be handed out at the meeting.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls Tuesday: Assault 6:10 p.m. A 31-year-old male was arrested for domestic assault at the 5600 block of Alps Court NW. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls Tuesday:
RED LAKE -- Incumbent Red Lake Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki, Sr., will face off against former chairman Floyd “Buck” Jourdain on Wednesday in the Red Lake Nation runoff election. Runoff elections are held if a candidate for office fails to secure more than 50 percent of the vote in the general election, which was held May 16.