Daily Archives: February 17, 2021


Situation Update for Wednesday, Feb. 17

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 783 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 475,379 and the death toll to 6,390. Of all deaths, 4,019 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 37,307 were health care workers. Today’s data comes after 22,000 tests…


Beltrami County Board discusses potential joint meeting with City of Bemidji

During the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners’ Work Session, commissioners discussed a potential meeting, tentatively planned for next month, with leaders of the county seat, Bemidji. Commissioner Jim Lucachick said they would need plenty of time for the meeting, with five commissioners and seven council members, he anticipated a meeting like this lasting at least…


Laporte teenager injured in crash

A Laporte teenager was injured in a crash with a deer Tuesday night. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the 16-year-old girl was eastbound on Highway 200 around 11 p.m. when she struck a deer, rolling her Toyota Camry. The teen was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Essentia Health Walker. Alcohol is not believed…


Foster parent pleads guilty to child endangerment

A foster parent pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony child endangerment. According to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, 69-year-old Martha Smith of Red Lake admitted to shackling a five-year-old girl to a high chair through a 2019 October night. The child reportedly suffered bruising and lacerations, as well as mental and emotional trauma. Smith also admitted…


Bemidji Blotter for Tuesday, Feb. 16

The following is a summary of incidents the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to on Tuesday, Feb. 16. BEMIDJI POLICE DEPARTMENT Suspicious, 9:19 p.m. Officers responded to one shot heard on the 6400 block of Irvine Ave. NW. Officers were unable to locate any evidence or signs of distress. Welfare…

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