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BEMIDJI—Two mailboxes—more than a mile from each other—were blown up early Tuesday morning, according to incident reports from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. Both incidents occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the reports said. The damaged mailboxes were located at the 51900 block of Wildflower Drive and the 4700 block of Sunnyside Road Southeast.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Police Department continued its search for missing Cass Lake teen Jeremy Jourdain on Wednesday, using a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter to look at areas not covered by Monday's extensive multi-agency search. Police and family members have been searching for Jourdain for more than two weeks, since the 17-year-old was reported missing Nov. 1. Jourdain was last seen Halloween night in the Nymore area. Previous searches have covered all of Nymore, large portions of Bemidji and areas along U.S. Highway 71, Roosevelt Road, U.S. Highway 2 and Power Dam Road.
BEMIDJI—Weeks of practice paid off for 18-year-old Kevin Lindquist and his League of Legends team, W8 This Isn't Dota, on Saturday at Bemidji's first-ever "eSports" event, the GigaZone Gaming Championship. Lindquist, of Menoga, Minn., along with the other four members of the team, defeated Team BANTZ in the day's first League game, meaning W8 This Isn't Dota was one step closer to competing in Saturday evening's championship round. "It feels great," Lindquist said. "I'm very shocked that I got this far, to tell you the truth. I'm very happy about this; I'm excited."
BEMIDJI—Concerned citizens, judges, public defenders and court officials gathered to discuss racial inequality in the justice system and suggest solutions Tuesday evening during a community dialogue session hosted by the Ninth Judicial District's Equal Justice Committee.
BAGLEY—Two Washington state women charged with felonies related to tampering with Enbridge pipeline valves in Clearwater County, Minn., appeared in court Monday.
BEMIDJI— Law enforcement agencies were conducting a "large-scale search" on Monday for Jeremy Jourdain, the 17-year-old Cass Lake boy last seen on Halloween in Bemidji. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said Monday's search would include foot and ATV searches, as well as using watercraft and helicopters. The area of focus will be the Nymore area of Bemidji and points east, Mastin said. A command center has been set up at the Sanford Center.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman was injured in a Cass County accident Friday afternoon after her car was rear-ended while stopped at an intersection. Patricia Lester, 75, was traveling north on State Highway 371 in a 2007 Nissan Altima at about 3:54 p.m. Friday and stopped at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A second individual driving a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee failed to stop and rear-ended the Nissan.
BEMIDJI—The family of Jeremy Jourdain, a 17-year-old Cass Lake boy missing since Nov. 1, has no plans to dial back their search, despite 11 days with no sign of the teen. Nearly 40 friends and family members repeated an earlier search of Roosevelt Road on Friday while law enforcement canvassed Bemidji's Nymore neighborhood, knocking on doors and passing out fliers. Residents of Nymore, where Jourdain was last seen on Halloween night, are encouraged to re-search their yards, garages and outbuildings.
BEMIDJI—A plethora of gamers, including eight League of Legends teams, will descend on the Sanford Center on Saturday for Bemidji's first-ever "eSports" event. The GigaZone Gaming Championship will also be open to the public. Attendees can participate in free Mario Kart, Street Fighter V, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN, Move or Die and Magic the Gathering tournaments, as well as watch the League of Legends players compete.
BEMIDJI—Police are on the lookout for a 16-year-old Cass Lake girl who has been missing since Oct. 23 and is considered a runaway. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Leslee Garbow went missing from Bemidji and could still be in the area. She may also have traveled to East Bethel, Minn. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said all of the department's patrol officers have Garbow's picture, but that the department thinks she is safe. There has been activity on Garbow's Facebook page since her disappearance.