Daily Archives: February 11, 2020


Minnesota Legislative session begins today

The 2020 Minnesota Legislative Session begins today, and since it’s an even-numbered year, the big project for both the House and Senate is the bonding bill. According to reports, communities have requested about $5 billion for local bonding projects, including Bemidji’s $8 million bonding request for a water treatment plant. Bemidji’s well system was contaminated…


Grand Rapids man sentenced for drug sales

A Grand Rapids man was sentenced to over 8 years in prison after a plea agreement in Itasca County for drug sales. According to a release, 55-year-old Bobby Joe Highland entered his guilty plea yesterday and was sentenced immediately after. The complaint says the Grand Rapids Police Department initiated four separate controlled buys of methamphetamine…


Cass County man sentenced for child pornography

A Cass County man will spend over 12 years behind bars after he was sentenced for distributing child pornography. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 33-year-old Jared Ross Boswell pleaded guilty last August, and was sentenced yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Bemidji. According to Boswell’s guilty plea, from April to…


Bemidji City Council explores BEDA options

The Bemidji City Council held a work session last night and discussed various ways the Bemidji Economic Development Authority, or BEDA, could be more active. The BEDA was created in 1989, according to city documents, and it can be more flexible than the council in certain areas. Community Development Director Steve Jones led the discussion,…


Bemidji Blotter Monday, Feb. 10

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Monday, Feb. 10. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Vehicle Calls/Complaint, 10:13 p.m. Report of a vehicle traveling slowly and making frequent stops on Lake Ave. NE and 1st St. E. An officer investigated and found the driver…

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