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BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man was charged Thursday with first-degree arson nearly a month after a rural trailer home fire. According to court documents, the structure fire was reported around 10:31 a.m. on Aug. 26, in the 400 block of Island View Drive, located in Turtle River Township north of Bemidji. Investigators acquired surveillance footage from a nearby business, which showed a man approaching the trailer home on an ATV at 10:26 a.m. and then leave at 10:29 a.m, just minutes before the fire was reported.
If You Go: What: Dog Sculpture Walk Auction When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 Where: Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N BEMIDJI—As of Monday, there were a dozen fewer sculptures around downtown Bemidji, as the painted dogs in storefront windows and on street corners were taken down to prepare for their upcoming sale.
CASS LAKE -- Three men were arrested Monday during the search of a residence that resulted in the seizure of more than 2.5 ounces of methamphetamine. During a search in the 6800 block of 162nd Street in Cass Lake, law enforcement officials retrieved 74 grams of methamphetamine, three illegally possessed firearms, as well as ammunition, according to a release from the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department.
BEMIDJI—Two Bemidji men have been charged with assault after allegedly attacking a third man who was later airlifted to Fargo with severe injuries. James Michael Penn, 35, and Sean Alan Sills, 23, were both charged on Monday with first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm and aiding and abetting first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm.
If You Go: What: Buena Vista Fall Colors Festival Where: Buena Vista Ski Area, 12 miles north of Bemidji on Irvine Ave. Cost: $6 for adults 13 and older, $3 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5 BEMIDJI—As a few people wandered in and found a seat on nearby benches, Ben Kircher took out a glowing piece of metal and began striking it with a hammer on his anvil. On a nearby table, the high school junior had a small collection of items he'd already completed for viewers to purchase.
A group of Shriners perform on Saturday during the Shrine Parade in downtown Bemidji. The parade was followed by a tailgate party in Diamond Point Park and a BSU football game against Crookston at Chet Anderson Stadium.
BEMIDJI -- It was a cross between a candlelight vigil and a protest demanding change. A small demonstration gathered outside the Beltrami County Jail on Thursday evening, bringing attention to the three deaths that have occured at the facility in the past few years. The families of Tony May Jr., who died in the jail in August 2016, and Hardel Sherrell, who died earlier this month, coordinated the event.
BEMIDJI—After nearly 40 years of making due with whatever locations they could find to store materials, rehearse and construct sets, the thespians of Bemidji Community Theater finally have found a home of their own. As of Wednesday, the local theater group finalized the purchase of the former Book World building, located in downtown Bemidji next to the Chief Theater. The BCT uses the Chief Theater for their performances, and the next-door location will provide a convenient space for the group to prepare for various plays and store material as well as grow the organization.
BEMIDJI—A woman has been charged with second-degree assault after she allegedly attacked another woman through a partially opened vehicle window with a knife. The alleged assault was reported at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the 500 block of 24th Street NW. According to court documents, a Bemidji police officer arrived at the scene in response to a call of an assault and attempted burglary. The officer arrived to find a woman in the driver's seat of an SUV who had "blood on her face, neck, arm and hands."
ST. PAUL—The state of Minnesota is narrowing in on ways to reduce sexual assaults, and it's doing that by gathering input from a collaboration of people who deal with the issue on various different levels.