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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A 3-month-old Bemidji boy is in critical condition after a team of first responders helped revive him Memorial Day morning. In the middle of his shift Monday, Officer Karson Otness, a nearly 17-year veteran of the Bemidji Police Department, was at the Law Enforcement Center when the call came in at 9:13 a.m. Otness drove three blocks and arrived two minutes later to the home on Minnesota Avenue Northwest, where a mother had reported her child wasn't breathing. "You don't get those calls very often," Otness said Tuesday.
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BAGLEY - More than a month after a fatal sailboat accident, the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office has recovered a 10-foot fiberglass sailboat that sunk with four people aboard. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office recovered the sailboat Thursday in Clearwater Lake, about 300 yards east of High Island. The April 6 accident left two children dead and sent a third to the hospital in critical condition. "Deputies and volunteers have worked many hours searching for the boat," Clearwater County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Solee said in a news release Monday.
ST. PAUL - Isaiah Risland hopes to go fishing and ride his bike at home this summer, signs the 8-year-old Leonard boy is progressing after his near fatal injuries in an April 6 sailboat accident. He's switched hospitals, rode a bike during rehabilitation therapy outside and attended church Sunday. "He is looking great and working hard at all his therapies so that he can get back up north and play outside," aunt Tia Wallin wrote Sunday in a journal posting on the CaringBridge website.
BEMIDJI - Nicole Jackson didn't pay much attention to the symptoms when they first appeared. Instead, Jackson's focus was on raising her three children, ages 9 to 12, and tending to their busy lives. Carson Stensland also found the effects gradual but debilitating, forcing him to leave his job as a group home administrator. And Ann Hayes internalized the symptoms, even going as far as to blame herself, to the changes she experienced. All three have learned to live with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms of MS, as it'
MINNEAPOLIS - After three weeks in an intensive care unit, an 8-year-old boy injured in a sailboat accident is recovering in a regular room at Children's Hospital here. It's a sign of significant improvement since Isaiah Risland suffered apparent hypothermia-related injuries April 6, when the sailboat he was in capsized in Clearwater Lake. "He was very excited for a change of scenery and as he worked to put himself back to sleep after he woke up at 3 a.m.," his aunt, Tia Wallin, wrote Friday on the CaringBridge website, which provides family an avenue to provide updates in journal form. "Th
MINNEAPOLIS - Twice-a-day therapy is planned for an 8-year-old boy injured in a sailboat accident earlier this month. Isaiah Risland of Leonard was scheduled to undergo physical and occupational therapy starting Monday, according to his aunt, Sara Staley. This past weekend, Isaiah began reciting the alphabet, counting to 20 and coloring. "He was able to identify all of his letters, numbers, and colors on his own," wrote Tia Wallin, an aunt, in an entry Sunday for Isaiah's CaringBridge journal.
Over the past several months, we've been tweaking the Pioneer for readers to make it more consistent, engaging and useful. For example, the recently launched Expressions, a page dedicated to arts and entertainment in the Bemidji area, aims to highlight the dynamic community of artists, musicians and authors who call Bemidji home. But Expressions serves a greater purpose: to give you, the reader, information to help plan your evenings and weekends. It also aims to provide personality and insight into the events and people who make up the diverse arts and entertainment scene.
BEMIDJI - Isaiah Risland's recovery from hypothermia injuries suffered in a sailboat accident continue to encourage family members. The 8-year-old Leonard boy called his grandparents, Lyle and Ayleen Wallin of Blackduck, on Wednesday, and began to answer questions verbally. "Isaiah was having a hard time talking, but grandpa told him he loved him," Isaiah's aunt, Sara Staley, told the Pioneer Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS - Isaiah Risland's recovery from hypothermia injuries suffered in a sailboat accident continue to encourage family members. The 8-year-old Leonard boy called his grandfather Wednesday, and began to answer questions verbally. His aunt, Sara Staley, updated Isaiah's online journal Wednesday night. She's provided frequent reports on Isaiah's health as he recovers from the April 6 accident that killed his two younger brothers and left him hospitalized in Minneapolis. The boys were sailing with their father, Dan Risland, when the boat sunk in Clearwater Lake, about 30 miles northwes