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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.
BEMIDJI—On Sept. 16, 2015, Marko Milosevic and his wife, Samantha, had a bad day. The couple had been arguing, Milosevic said, and drinking. And though he left home to cool down, things escalated when he returned. "When I left I kept drinking, and she kept drinking, and we got into a fight and there was some pushing and shoving," Milosevic said. "And I wound up hitting her. And then I called the police on myself and I wound up going to jail."
BEMIDJI—More than a week after searches for Jeremy Jourdain began, there is still no sign of the 17-year-old Cass Lake boy, Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said Thursday. Jourdain was last seen in the Nymore area of Bemidji on Halloween night and was reported missing the next day. His disappearance prompted an ongoing, multi-agency search that has included a helicopter, a bloodhound and an investigation of nearby bodies of water, as well as a separate search conducted by civilian volunteers.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji City Council member Reed Olson narrowly defeated incumbent Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene in the county's District 2 race Wednesday morning by just 77 votes. Race results trickled in late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Early results put Vene in the lead, but once all of the district's five precincts reported voting outcomes at 12:55 a.m., Olson had secured the seat.
Tim Sumner was re-elected to his second term Tuesday as the District 4 representative on the Beltrami County Commission. With all 26 precincts in district reporting, Sumner defeated challenger Vince Gross by the vote totals of 1,880 to 1,295.
BEMIDJI—Bemidji City Council member Reed Olson defeated incumbent Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene in the county's District 2 race Wednesday morning, with 1,845 votes for Olson and 1,768 for Vene. All five of the district's precincts reported results by 12:55 a.m. Wednesday. During the campaign, both candidates listed health services as their top priority. Vene, for example, said the county needs to work to remedy the prescription drug and substance abuse problems facing its residents.