Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa
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BEMIDJI—Two bills are working their way through the Legislature that ideally would help alleviate the shortage of child care providers throughout the state.
BEMIDJI—The band that conjured up one of the best selling Christian songs of all time is set to take center stage in Bemidji. Along with opening acts Crowder and Micah Tyler, MercyMe will bring the "Imagine Nation" tour to the Sanford Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Although the band has been together for the past 25 years, they'll be performing in the wake of a milestone year that saw the release of a greatest hits album, as well as a movie that chronicled the story behind the song that launched them into stardom, "I Can Only Imagine."
BEMIDJI—During a recent school day, a group of teenagers was working on a video project in the basement of the Bemidji Church of Christ. Some of them were rehearsing pages of script among themselves. Others were adjusting camera and light settings. One was scanning a small, handheld camera for the behind-the-scenes footage they'd all laugh at later.
BEMIDJI—Help is not always within close reach for youth struggling with anxiety, depression and other emotional issues. Due to the sheer level of need, as well as a shrinking number of mental health workers, area youth often have to wait an extended time before they can see a therapist. In fact, it's not uncommon for children to be on a waiting list for up to three months before they can receive a diagnostic assessment of the treatment they need.
BEMIDJI—In order to address the shortage of child care providers in the area, parents, providers, and local employers can take a survey to provide input on the issue. Greater Bemidji and Beltrami County are working with First Children's Finance as part of the Rural Child Care Innovation Program. The surveys are one of the first steps of that program.
BEMIDJI—Starting Thursday, March 14, two men plan to walk from Bemidji to St. Paul to raise funding and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization that helps veterans who have suffered physical and mental injuries since Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. Air Force Veteran Jerry Meadows said he decided to make the trip because of the good the organization does helping those who have sacrificed for the country. "The reason why I support them is because they not only support the veterans, but they help their families, too."
BEMIDJI -- Dick and Marie McCarthy only lived in their new home a month before a Valentine’s Day fire destroyed it along with most of their possessions. On top of losing their new home, the couple was in the process of remodeling and wasn’t able to get insurance before the fire, leaving them in the hands of friends and relatives who have rallied to offer financial and emotional support.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji area real estate company, as well as two homeowners it represents, will pay $74,000 collectively to settle a discrimination case with a small group of potential tenants more than two years after the incident. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a statement Tuesday, announcing that Lakes and More Realty had reached an agreement with the prospective tenants, whose names were redacted.
BEMIDJI—The year the Bemidji Fire Department finally saw the opening of its fourth station also turned out to be the year that saw a spike in the number of fire calls. The department recently issued its 2018 annual report, detailing its activity over the past year, such as calls, fundraising and new investments. "I think it shows what challenges a growing community has; I think it shows an organization that's adapting the best it can to meet the needs of a growing community," Bemidji Fire Chief Dave Hoefer said about the yearly report.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman was sentenced Monday to 25 years of probation after being convicted of both the possession and sale of heroin. In addition to the probation time, Marissa Sasheen Graves, 28, was sentenced to 124 days in the Beltrami County Jail. However, she received credit for time served for 83 of those days, meaning she has 41 days left. Between the two counts she was convicted of, she was also sentenced to 106 months of stayed jail time. That means she won't have to serve the time if she completes her probation.