Daily Archives: February 18, 2020


PFAs task force in the works

Minnesota House Representative John Persell of Bemidji reports he has co-authored a few bills since the start of session last week. While no bill numbers are yet available, he has been working on a Forest Protection bill in a similar vein as the decades-old Wetlands Protection Act, with a goal of no net loss of…


Sen. Smith: Minnesota Housing Shortage

U.S. Senator Tina Smith says virtually every Minnesota community has a shortage of quality, affordable housing. She released her findings in a report yesterday, after a statewide housing listening tour last summer that made a stop in Bemidji. Some of the key findings from the report include growing homelessness and a shortage of shelters, a…


Bemidji Blotter: 2/13-2/17

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to from Thursday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 17. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT MONDAY, FEB. 17 Weapons Offenses, 11:24 p.m. Reported on the 1100 block of Minnesota Ave. NW. Animal, 2:16 p.m. Report of a puppy outside on…


Suspect sought in Bemidji homicide

A 20-year-old man is dead and police are looking for an 18-year-old armed suspect. According to a release from Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, officers responded to the Sanford Hospital around 10:26 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17,  on a report of a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound. Within minutes, law enforcement responded to a second…

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