Bemidji News


01/16/2018 08:43 AM  ~~~Source~~~
One dies in Beltrami County crash 

A one-vehicle crash on a snowy and icy highway in north central Minnesota Monday claimed the life of a woman from Solway, Minn., the State Patrol said. Claudia Leiby, 51, was the lone occupant of a 2002 Ford pickup that spun out about 10:40 a.m. on Hwy.


01/16/2018 02:03 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Candidates questioned on big issues from a rural perspective 

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party governor candidate and State Auditor Rebecca Otto stands to answer a question on health care in a forum Monday evening in the Beaux Arts Ballroom at Bemidji State University. Candidates from left are: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman; District 64A Rep. Erin Murphy, St. Paul; Otto, May Township; District 61B Rep. Paul Thissen, Minneapolis; and U.S. Congressman Tim Walz, MN-01.


01/15/2018 07:24 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Bemidji Police urge drivers to use caution when driving in the area 

There are numerous reports of black ice and poor road conditions throughout the area, most notably is the stretch of U.S. Hwy 2 between Wilton and Division Street on the west side of Bemidji. Since 7:00 Monday morning, about 30 vehicles had slid into the ditch.


01/12/2018 06:07 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Taking a STAND: Planned Parenthood program educates Native youth on sex ed 

BEMIDJI, Minn.-For years, Sierra Charwood looked forward to the year she would finally be old enough to participate in Native STAND. Charwood's mother had worked for the program, which aims to educated Native American youth in Bemidji, Red Lake and Cass Lake about sexual health.


01/09/2018 07:05 AM  ~~~Source~~~
A Minnesotan moves to Nebraska 

When you live some place like this, even Minnesotans can appear exotic -- though in an entirely weird sort of way. Minnesota is frigid tundra, filled with funny sounding people who live in igloos and ice castles.


01/04/2018 07:12 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Bemidji, Minn. police officer captures stunning glimpse of annual meteor shower on dash-cam 

BEMIDJI, Minn.-The new year has only just begun, but is already off to an astronomically spectacular start. A Minnesota police officer's dash-cam footage is proof.


01/04/2018 04:51 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Bemidji man charged with arson 

BEMIDJI, Minn.-A Bemidji man accused of intentionally setting fire to a house was charged with first-degree arson Thursday, Jan. 4. Damian Patrick Joseph Smith, 20, has been held in the Beltrami County Jail since his arrest early Tuesday, Jan. 2. He was taken into custody after Beltrami County deputies found him acting suspicious at the scene of the fire. According to a criminal complaint against Smith, deputies and Bemidji firefighters received a report of the fire at the 700 block of Sunset Way at about 10:22 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1. When they arrived, officials found both of the home's residents, as well as Smith, in the garage.


01/04/2018 09:15 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Winkler waits for the flag 

He's been campaigning around the state on the assumption she will seek the state's highest elected position. That announcement may not come until around precinct caucuses Feb. 6, and Winkler said he needs to be ready and organized to hit it running.


01/03/2018 11:22 AM  ~~~Source~~~
House fire near Bemidji lands man in jail on attempted-murder allegations 

A 20-year-old northern Minnesota man is jailed on suspicion of setting an occupied house on fire near Bemidji, authorities said. The blaze broke out about 8:20 p.m. Monday at the home in the 700 block of Sunset Way in Northern Township, a community that borders Bemidji on the north, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said.


01/02/2018 04:43 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Man arrested after house fire near Bemidji 

A Bemidji man has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, arson and obstructing the legal process after a fire near Bemidji. 20 year-old Damian Smith was arrested at the scene.


01/02/2018 04:43 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Minnesota man arrested for arson, attempted murder after New Years' Day house fire 

A Minnesota man was arrested for arson and attempted murder after a house fire on New Year's Day near Bemidji. Deputies and fire fighters saw flames and heavy smoke when they arrived.


01/02/2018 04:43 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Man Facing Attempted Murder Charges In Beltrami County Arson 

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12/31/2017 08:40 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Ten Who Made a Difference: Sheri England 

Sherilyn England has served Campbell County youth for more than 23 years, and in those years 12,449 youth were served through the YES House's therapeutic, educational and prevention programs. As executive director of the YES House, she would rather talk about the organization's kids and its staff.


12/29/2017 01:02 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Minnesota state parks to offer 'First Day Hikes' on New Year's Day 

Naturalists at several Minnesota state parks are ready to help hikers and snowshoers start off the new year on a good foot - if the weather doesn't put their plans on ice. About a dozen state parks are slated to offer "First Day Hikes" on Jan. 1 as part of a nationwide effort to get people outside, the state Department of Natural Resources has announced.


12/23/2017 10:48 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Therapy dogs used to help Minn. hospital patients recover 

Skye the golden retriever receives pats from owner Tracy Parthun, left, and Sanford Bemidji patient Jon Kerth during a recent visit.