Project Lifesaver program locates client within 45 minutes

Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Bietel says a client of the Project Lifesaver program reportedly wandered away from their home Wednesday, and was located within 45 minutes thanks to the equipment.

According to a release, Deputy Lee Anderson responded to the call in Hagali Township, and the client did not require any medical treatment and was reunited with their family.

Project Lifesaver is a service provided by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, and equips family members with cognitive disorders, such as autism and dementia, with a special transponder.

The program began here in 2012 and maintained through private donations and fundraising from community organizations such as the Bemidji Jaycees.

More information on project lifesaver is available with the Sheriff’s Office at (218) 333-9111.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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