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"Kudos for Kids" book signing BEMIDJI -- Betty Hanson-Lehman will appear at Book World from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to introduce and sign copies of her children's book, "Kudos for Kids." The book features two dozen photographs illustrating nursery rhymes. Instead of drawings, for example, children portray "Little Miss Muffet," "Jack and Jill," and "Little Boy Blue." Two of the photographs in the book -- those accompanying "Yankee Doodle" and "Rings on her Fingers" -- were taken with merry-go-round horses at the former amusement park in downtown Bemidji.
The following cases were heard Oct. 13 by Beltrami District Judge John G. Melbye: Benji Keith Woehle, 43, of Coleraine was sentenced for felony possession of a pistol or assault weapon to 60 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, which is stayed for 15 years. Woehle's sentence was a departure from Minnesota sentencing guidelines recommended by the prosecutor and mitigated downward based on the offender playing a minor or passive role in the crime. Woehle was sentenced to 168 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail and was credited with 168 days time served.
Annual BBQ rib dinner on Saturday BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Council Knights of Columbus will host their 13th annual BBQ rib dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St...
The following cases were heard Oct. 13 by Beltrami District Judge John G. Melbye: Zachary Adam Matthews, 18, of Bemidji was sentenced for felony third-degree burglary to 61 days in the Beltrami County Jail. Matthews has been credited with 61 days time served. He has been placed on five years supervised probation upon successful completion will result in a misdemeanor conviction. Matthews must pay a $1,000 fine, which may be done through community service. He has been ordered to pay $593.86 in restitution. The following cases were heard on Oct. 15 by Beltrami District Judge Shari R.
GRAND RAPIDS -- A Cass Lake woman is facing felony drug charges in Itasca County after she was found to have methamphetamine and pharmaceuticals in her possession. Blair Marie Brown, 30, was found guilty of felony fifth-degree controlled substance possession by a jury in Itasca County District Court on Oct. 9 after a two-day trial, the Itasca County Attorney's Office said in a release. Brown was arrested on two outstanding warrants outside the White Oak restaurant in Deer River on Feb. 21, according to court documents.
RED LAKE -- A Red Lake woman has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for stabbing a man to death in 2013. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Alison Ann Brown, 26, was convicted Oct. 8 in U.S. District Court on a manslaughter charge. Brown was sentenced to 78 months in prison for killing Byron Lussier Sr. in the kitchen of his home on July 4. Both Brown and Lussier were members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Lussier lived on the reservation. Brown was indicted Aug. 5, 2013, and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Feb. 28, the release said.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji swimming and diving team beat Fosston-Bagley114-66 Tuesday night at the BHS pool. The Lumberjacks won nine events on their way to victory over the Seals, who...
The following cases were heard Oct. 6 by Beltrami District Judge Shari R. Schluchter: Taleeya Candis Lausche, 35, of Bemidji was sentenced for felony third-degree possession of methamphetamine to 45 days in the Beltrami County Jail which may be done on sentence to serve if eligible. Lausche has been credited with 19 days time served. She has been placed on supervised probation for 20 years upon successful completion will result in a misdemeanor conviction.
Fall bazaar at Bethel Lutheran Church BEMIDJI — A fall bazaar, soup luncheon and bake sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church,...
The following cases were heard on Sept. 29, 2014 by Beltrami District Judge Paul T. Benshoof: William James Francisco, 22, of Laporte was sentenced for fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct to 365 days in the Beltrami County jail of which 305 days are stayed for two years. Francisco must serve 60 days local confinement and may do so on work release if eligible. He has been credited with two days time served.