Pioneer Staff Report
BURNSVILLE -- The Bemidji State women’s tennis team has been seeded fourth in the 2018 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. The Beavers (9-4, 7-4 NSIC) will take on fifth-seeded Minnesota Duluth in the single-elimination tournament at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Lifetime Fitness in Minnetonka. BSU defeated UMD 7-2 on March 1, their lone meeting of the season.
TWIN VALLEY -- If there was any dust on the Bagley High School softball bats, cooped up inside due to poor weather throughout the region, the Flyers dusted it off by the third inning of their season opener. Bagley met East Polk in Twin Valley on Tuesday, and the Flyers poured it on for a 15-5 victory to finally kick off the new season.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man escaped serious injury in a two-car crash Tuesday evening in Cass County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash was reported at 5:16 p.m. on U.S. Highway 2 at 65th Avenue Northwest in Pike Bay Township. The Patrol said a 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by Jon Hodgson, 50, of Bemidji, was westbound on Highway 2 when a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Derek Winslow, 32, of Cass Lake, failed to yield and the cars collided at 65th Avenue Northwest.
ST. PAUL—A House committee said Tuesday that the state should use excess funds from the Vikings stadium account to build three veterans homes in Minnesota, including one in Bemidji. The House State Government Finance Committee has called a press conference for Wednesday morning, where they will announce their plan to fund veterans homes in Bemidji, Preston and Montevideo. "Our veterans have sacrificed so much and the least we can do is make sure they get the care they deserve," said Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, in a release.
BEMIDJI -- Environmentalist organization Honor the Earth will hold its sixth-annual Love Water Not Oil Tour in May and July this year, and the tour once again will come through Bemidji. According to a news release, the organization will hold two rides: one starting May 21 and another starting July 22. The dates are subject to change, a release said.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Monday: Assist 2:09 p.m. Deputies arrested a 40-year-old male on behalf of another agency in Bemidji. Drugs 6:07 p.m. A 26-year-old male was arrested for fifth-degree drug possession, giving a false name and a warrant and a 31-year-old female was arrested for fifth-degree drug possession and introducing contraband into the jail at the 2000 block of Paul Bunyan Drive NW. Warrant
DJ Schrems, left, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Elementary School, flips through “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” while William Humphrey browses other books at the 2018 Scholastic Half Price Book Fair on Monday at the school. The book fair will continue from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday, April 19, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at Lincoln Elementary School.
CROOKSTON -- The Bemidji State baseball team was swept by Minnesota State Mankato Monday afternoon in a doubleheader, sustaining losses of 5-1 and 8-4. The games were moved to Crookston due to poor weather and field conditions in Mankato.
ARDEN HILLS -- Former Bemidji State men’s hockey standout Chris McKelvie has been named head men’s hockey coach at Bethel University, the program announced Monday. The New Brighton native graduated from BSU with a degree in sport management in 2009. During his Beaver playing days, he was a captain on the 2008-09 NCAA Frozen Four team.
BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will review a request Tuesday from staff regarding improvements at the Blackduck solid waste transfer station.