Pioneer Staff Report
A performance of songs, theater and films written by women will be the premiere event of the newest established arts nonprofit organization in Bemidji. It will start at 2 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, Bemidji. Cate and Al Belleveau are quickly working toward their dream of molding the Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space into a fine arts retreat located on 160 acres of mixed forest. This coming Saturday's event is dubbed "She Wrights," which will feature music, original theater works and film.
DULUTH -- Divers plan to head out onto Lake Superior from the mouth of the Lester River on Monday morning to investigate the apparent wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the water Saturday, and recover a body believed to be that of the pilot. A single-engine, kit-built Lancair IV, apparently carrying a single occupant and bound from Duluth to Goose Bay, Labrador, in far eastern Canada, vanished from radar late Saturday morning soon after taking off from the Duluth International Airport.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Fire Department responded to 167 calls for service during May, according to the monthly release from the department. An estimated $119,760 in property loss was reported for May. The department estimates $2,025,570 worth of property has been saved and $253,927 in losses relating to fire occurred since the start of the year. Five all-call pages were received, along with five sectional calls in May and there was an average of 5.5 calls for service per day.
The following cases were heard on June 2 by Beltrami District Judge Shari R. Schluchter: Renee Evelyn Defoe, 28, of Bena was sentenced for theft and fifth-degree assault. She was sentenced for the theft charge to 365 days in the Beltrami County Jail of which 335 days are stayed for two years. Defoe must serve 30 days and may do so on sentence to serve if eligible. She has been credited with 16 days time served. Defoe has been placed on two years court probation. She must pay a $500 fine which may be done through community service.
ST. PAUL -- Bagley-Fosston had two athletes compete in three events at Saturday's state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University. Marissa Carlson ran two distance races, finishing ninth in the 800 and 12th in the 1600. In the 800 Carlson clocked a time of 2:29.95 and her time in the 1600 was 5:28.82. Teammate Gina Balstad tied for seventh in the pole vault by soaring 9-6.
Summer interns at Karvakko Engineering BEMIDJI — Mike Smith, Paige Tompkins and Meghan Metcalf will be interning at Karvakko Engineering in Bemidji this summer. Smith, a Bemidji native, joins the team as an accounting intern. He is pursuing degrees in accounting and management information systems with a computer science minor at North Dakota State. Tompkins is a marketing intern who attends BSU, where she is double majoring in business administration and Spanish, with international business and marketing emphasis.
BEMIDJI — A local bank has strategically placed envelopes of money somewhere in the community — and is inviting you to find it. Deerwood Bank today is launching its Deerwood Bank Vault Samples in Bemidji. The bank will release clues throughout the day on its Facebook page and Twitter account. Searchers can follow along and seek out the envelopes, which contain undisclosed amount of cash. The promotion not only highlights the bank but also promotes locally owned businesses. The first clue is: This business appreciates the great outdoors. That clue will be posted online this morning.
BEMIDJI -- Colleen Greer can now drop the interim from her title. Greer, who has been serving as interim dean of BSU's College of Arts and Sciences for the last two years, on Thursday was named the dean of the college. "I am extremely pleased to have been selected as the Dean of the College of Arts and Science here at Bemidji State University," Greer said in a BSU news release. "We have had a chance during my two-year term as interim dean in the college, to engage new ideas and plans for the future.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 21-year-old Mizpah man was sentenced in federal court earlier this week for his role in a December 2012 robbery of the First State Bank of Bigfork in Kelliher.
BEMIDJI -- The Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic will return this weekend, an annual event that routinely brings more than 1,000 people to Bemidji's waterfront. The 14th annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic presented by Seven Clans Casinos is a competitive, live-release walleye fishing tournament that will be held on Saturday in Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving. A total of 100, two-person teams will compete for more than $60,000 in cash and prizes, including the first prize purse of $12,500. The event is the largest payout for a team walleye tournament in Minnesota.