Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and firstname.lastname@example.org. He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.
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BEMIDJI – Three finalists have been named for the Beltrami County administrator position, including interim administrator Kay Mack, a public works director in Colorado and Albertville’s former city administrator. Beltrami County began its search process after Tony Murphy, who held the administrator position for more than 10 years and oversaw construction of several buildings on the county campus, resigned effective last May 1.
BEMIDJI – An increasing number of Minnesota voters, including those in Beltrami County, are requesting absentee ballots in advance of November’s general election.
BEMIDJI – A former Bemidji real estate agent faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme that defrauded more than $743,000 from mortgage lenders. Ed Detwiler entered the plea Monday during a hearing before U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim. In his plea agreement, Detwiler admitted that admitted that between Jan. 19, 2007 and March 1, 2007, he devised a scheme to fraudulently obtain money, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
BEMIDJI – Following a month of election ads, mailboxes stuffed with campaign literature and election signs springing up on yards across the region, it’s time for debates. Starting Monday, legislative candidates will take to live TV to debate the issues and distinguish themselves in voters’ minds. With 38 days before the November general election, northern Minnesota offers some of the state’s most intriguing legislative races as several incumbents are now pitted against each other.
By Steve Wagner email@example.com BEMIDJI – A new executive director for the city-owned Sanford Center could be in place by this time next month. Andy Long, regional vice president for VenuWorks and interim operations manager until a replacement is hired, said Monday the search has been narrowed to four candidates. He said the VenuWorks, which manages the facility for the city, received about 10 qualified applicants.
BEMIDJI – The drunken driver in a fatal crash last Halloween was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison. Anthony Dwayne Calloway, 46, of Bemidji apologized during a hearing in Beltrami County District Court, telling Judge Paul Benshoof that he accepted responsibility for an accident that killed one and severely injured another.
BEMIDJI – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash Monday that left one man dead and another injured. Ultralight plane pilot Jay Russell Davis, 49, of Bemidji was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash, reported at 7:17 p.m., occurred at the Moberg Seaplane Air Base, a grass landing strip west of Bemidji off of 15th Street NW in Grant Valley Township.
BEMIDJI – Organizers of the inaugural Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon have set the time and date for the inaugural race, which will be more than 32 years after the first and only race of its kind here. The gun for the Blue Ox Marathon is scheduled to go off at 9 a.m. Oct. 12, 2013.
BEMIDJI – The company managing the city-owned Sanford Center said it wants to have a new executive director in place by October. Andy Long, regional vice president for VenuWorks and interim operations manager until a replacement is hired, said Monday during a Sanford Center Advisory Board meeting that the company has received a handful of solid resumes for the job. The interview process will begin after a nationwide posting for the position expires this month. The goal is to have the new director start Oct. 1 “if we can pull this off,” Long said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records, documents show.