Daily Archives: June 1, 2020

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Sheriff Ernie Beitel comments on weekend events

Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel has issued a statement in response to the rumors circulating about the past weekend’s events. “Unfortunately, the rumors and misinformation, some shared by public officials, has fueled racial and cultural biases that we, as government leaders, have worked so hard to eliminate,” the statement reads. According to the release, law…

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Filing period for local office ends tomorrow

The filing period ends tomorrow at 5 p.m. for local, county and state offices. The latest filings for Bemidji City Council include Ryan Enger, filing for Ward 1, and Ivan Smith, who filed for mayor. For Beltrami County races, Tim Sumner filed late last week for another term as the District 4 commissioner, and Christian…

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Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival canceled

Photo from bemidjidragonboat.com The 2020 Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival has officially been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a release, all teams registration fees that have already been paid will be refunded in full. The organizers, according to a release, say the decision, made eight weeks ahead of the event, was a…

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Wildfire burns 20-25 acres in Grant Valley Township

Photo by Bemidji Fire Department The Bemidji Fire Department and the DNR responded to a wildfire Sunday afternoon in Grant Valley Township. According to a release, 20 to 25 acres were burnt in the blaze, which is believed to have originated from an unattended campfire. No injuries reported and no structures were damaged.

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Situation Update for Monday, June 1

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 361 new cases of COVID-19 today, and ten new deaths, bringing the total to 25,208 cumulative cases and 1,050 deaths. Of those deaths, 855 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of the total positive cases, 2,725 were health care workers confirmed to have the viral disease…

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UPDATED: Blackduck man killed in crash near Motley

A Blackduck man was killed in a crash north of Motley Friday afternoon. According to a release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, first responders arrived around 12:10 p.m. at Highway 64 mile marker 2 and found 68-year-old Edward Coyle deceased inside the vehicle. According to the release, the southbound Buick SUV entered the ditch,…

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Bemidji Weekend Blotter: 5/28-5/31

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to from Thursday, May 28, to Sunday, May 31. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT SUNDAY, MAY 31 Suspicious, 10:45 p.m. An officer advised a male of the curfew in effect on 4th St. and Minnesota Ave. NW. The male…

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