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—Amid the bitter cold of Hockey Day Minnesota, a structure fire broke out in Nymore on Saturday night. Located across the street from the Garden Grill and Pub, and right behind Corner Bar, the flames drew onlookers from all around who watched first responders work into the evening. The building was mere blocks from the epicenter of the multi-day hockey festival, and spectators could see the fire from the stands. Bemidji Fire Department officials could not be immediately reached Saturday night for information about the incident.
BEMIDJI—For the third year in a row, dozens of people gathered for the Bemidji Women's March on Saturday in collaboration with a nationwide movement that came together after the 2016 election. Although labeled the "Women's March," the event covered a variety of issues, ranging from LGBTQ equality to immigration to environmental stewardship to gender equality.
BEMIDJI—Nearly 100 people of all ages gathered Saturday for the annual March For Life in downtown Bemidji, taking a stand to end abortion. The group began at the Beltrami County Courthouse and then made their way down Beltrami Avenue before turning on Third Street, walking up Bemidji Avenue and ending at St. Philip's Catholic Church. The local version of the march has been going for approximately 20 years and is held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
BEMIDJI—Those trying to improve the statewide day care shortage just got a helping hand from the Department of Human Services in the form of a two-year grant. The department announced Thursday that Bemidji's Northwest Minnesota Foundation is one of six organizations throughout the state to receive a piece of a $1.5 million pie. The funding is meant to help address the shortage of child care providers that has become dire in recent years.
BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Attorney's Office is reviewing the officer-involved fatal shooting of Vernon May after having received most of the evidence from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man changed his plea Tuesday for his role in transporting more than 100 grams of methamphetamine into the area. Billy Dale Vincent, 41, originally pleaded not guilty to the charge Oct. 16. On Tuesday, however, he changed his plea to guilty. With the switch, prosecutor Dave Frank said he would be open to a mid-level prison recommendation rather than a longer-term sentencing.
BEMIDJI—A Beltrami County man has been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery after he allegedly commandeered a pickup truck from two teenagers at gunpoint. The two juveniles drove to the residence of Peter Delano Declusin, 55, to deliver some dog food at about 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 10. After they arrived at his residence east of Bemidji in Beltrami County, Declusin pointed a rifle at them and would not let them leave in the pickup truck they'd driven in. The two juveniles were identified as 16-year-old "S.O." and his 17-year-old girlfriend "M.T."
BEMIDJI—After nearly 60 years, one of Bemidji's largest downtown buildings is being reimagined for new possibilities. The General Services Administration announced last year it would vacate the Federal Building, located at Minnesota Avenue and Sixth Street. In response to that, the Northwest Indian Community Development Center has started looking into the possibility of turning the building into permanent, supportive housing for those in need.
BEMIDJI—In addition to looking at the issue in their own backyards, some advocates in Bemidji are taking part in a much larger effort to address the issue of homelessness throughout Minnesota. Homes for All, a statewide coalition of more than 200 organizations, will hold a forum in Bemidji from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE.
BEMIDJI -- A hearing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, to determine whether or not a juvenile will be charged as an adult after allegedly assaulting a man in broad daylight downtown. Beltrami County prosecutors filed a motion to upgrade the assault charge out of juvenile court on Jan. 3, arguing the offense would be considered a felony if committed by an adult and that keeping the case in juvenile court “does not serve public safety.”