Daily Archives: February 17, 2020


Charwood named to juvenile justice committee

Gary Charwood of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has been appointed as the chair person of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee by Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. According to a release, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee is the supervisory board for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and…


Newly annexed residents in Ward 3

The new residents of the city of Bemidji as part of the Phase III Annexation Agreement with Northern Township are now a part of Ward 3. The agreement was approved by the state a couple weeks earlier than expected. Much of the newly annexed area extends past Anne Street to Lakewood Drive. Ward 3’s council…


Toddler shot in eye by BB gun, father arrested

The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy was airlifted to the University of Minnesota after suffering a BB gun shot to the eye. According to a release, the incident happened Monday, Feb. 10, and a deputy was at the local hospital on another matter when the mother brought the child in. On…


BSU Day of Giving exceeds goal

Bemidji State University Alumni Foundation’s “Build the Dam” challenge for the Day of Giving last week had 534 donors and raised over $119,000. According to their update webpage, the goal was set at 500 donors. The dollars are put toward various athletic programs and scholarships, with the Lakeside Fund receiving over $28,000; Men’s Hockey over…


Two men plead guilty to selling meth in White Earth

Two men recently pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine on the White Earth Reservation. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 28-year-old Michael Blandford, of Monticello, and 26-year-old Matthew Leigland, of Ponsford, are each charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute. According to their guilty pleas and court documents, Blandford and…


Ward 2 filing period underway

The filing period to fill the vacancy in Bemidji’s Ward 2 is still underway, and filings will be accepted until end of business hours next Tuesday. According to a release from city clerk Michelle Miller, only one person has filed so far. Jaime Thibodeaux filed last Friday, and she narrowly lost to Mike Beard in…

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