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—It's already been a long winter for those who have to sleep under the stars. With the cold weather creeping in and local advocacy organizations straining to keep up with demand, a group of community leaders has come together to try to supplement and coordinate their independent efforts. That group, Community Response to Homelessness, met Tuesday at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation during the most recent of several meetings to figure out ways to combat homelessness. And they're attacking the issue from several different angles.
BEMIDJI— Throughout his house, Les Plasschaert can find a personal connection to nearly every American war in recent history. He can show you a photograph of his grandfather who served in World War I more than 100 years ago. He can show you a display case of his father's service medals, who served during both World War II and the Korean War. He can show you his own medals from serving in Vietnam. He can show you the portrait of his nephew who died in Iraq. And the list goes on.
BEMIDJI—There's mixed opinions about how Aaron Krabbenhoft died. Authorities say the 23-year-old Bemidji man committed suicide. His family thinks there was foul play. What is known, however, is that Krabbenhoft died in the early morning hours of Sept. 3 in his apartment with a belt around his neck. A report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said he died of asphyxia due to hanging. The question essentially boils down to whether Krabbenhoft put the belt there himself.
BEMIDJI -- After running unopposed for their respective positions, two incumbents and a new candidate will assume the roles of Beltrami County sheriff, county attorney and county auditor/treasurer following Tuesday’s election.
BEMIDJI—Much has changed throughout the years patrolling the streets of Bemidji. After nearly three decades in law enforcement, officer Scott Herr recently put in his last day with the Bemidji Police Department. And as one of the department's longtime members, he saw the position change quite a bit. "I started with a revolver," Herr said about his first days on the job.
WALKER—A Cass Lake man was sentenced Friday to seven and a half years in prison for the shooting of a woman during a drug deal gone bad nearly a year before. During the emotionally charged court hearing, Brandon Roy, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree aggravated robbery and felon in possession of a firearm. However, Roy was only sentenced on the manslaughter charge.
PARK RAPIDS -- Ten people were arrested Tuesday in Hubbard County after multiple law enforcement agencies completed an extended investigation into drug trafficking, officials said. According to a release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, authorities undertook controlled purchases of methamphetamine and prescription opioids. Later, they seized a number of controlled substances, including methamphetamine, prescription opioids, cocaine, butane hash oil and marijuana from some of those arrested.
BEMIDJI—A Maplewood, Minn., man was sentenced Tuesday to more than eight years in prison for criminal vehicular homicide after a motorcycle crash in Beltrami County in 2017. Michael Joseph Bahl, 35, Maplewood, Minn., was riding at more than 100 mph when the bike crashed Aug. 22, 2017, killing his girlfriend, a passenger on the motorcycle. Judge Paul Benshoof approved the higher-level sentence of 103.5 months prosecutor Dave Frank recommended.
BEMIDJI -- Brendan Strong stood outside BSU’s John Glas Fieldhouse on Saturday, quietly singing an Ojibwe song into the recorder on his phone. Coming from Red Lake, he was at the University to drum in the 47th Annual Powwow, organized by the Council of Indian Students. While taking a few moments away from the powwow outside the gym, he recorded his composition to help his fellow drummers learn the words and rhythm.
Treat Street, a free event hosted by various area organizations, allowed children to dress up on Saturday and trick or treat from a number of booths inside Bemidji High School. Dozens of children and adults lined up in costume outside the high school, waiting their turn to walk through and take part in the event.