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BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Two people are at large and four are in custody Thursday after an hours-long standoff near Cass Lake. According a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement received a call at 3:40 a.m. March 16 from a “distraught” woman reporting she needed help. Sheriff Phil Hodapp said that while it was initially believed the woman had been held in a house at gunpoint, no one had actually been held captive.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Statements given by three victims of a Sunday-morning shooting in Bemidji vary widely and police have deemed the trio "uncooperative," according to court documents.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Conflicting narratives collided Tuesday at the Sanford Center, where pro- and anti-oil pipeline groups voiced support and concerns during an open house on the expansion of Line 67. The U.S. Department of State meeting, meant to allow public comment on a proposed increase of oil flowing through a small portion of Line 67, triggered events in both support and opposition earlier in the day.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — On Friday afternoon, the house on Wood Avenue South was transformed. Tubs and trays of dough sat on the kitchen counter, while volunteers packed styrofoam boxes of frybread tacos in the dining room. A handwritten menu on the living room wall advertised ham and cheese sandwiches, chili and other snacks. Each time a customer entered the home and purchased the treats, the reward fund for missing teen Jeremy Jourdain grew.
If you go: What: U.S. State Department meeting allowing public comment on the proposed Line 67 expansion. When: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7. Where: The Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji BEMIDJI, Minn.—A U.S. State Department meeting in Bemidji designed to allow public comment on a proposed oil pipeline expansion may draw activists from as far as the Twin Cities and has prompted the creation of local opposition events.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The foster mother of a 2-year-old girl who drowned last June has been charged with child neglect. Amanda White, 33, of Bemidji, lived with and was engaged to the Bemidji man convicted of second-degree manslaughter in connection with their foster daughter Kira Friedman's death. Friedman died June 5 after Jackson left her unattended in the shower along with an 18-gallon Rubbermaid tote without holes.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Despite community searches and investigations by law enforcement, a 13-year-old International Falls boy remained missing as of Monday evening. Gary Tilander was last seen at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the 600 block of Mississippi Avenue in Bemidji. Tilander's cousin, Brittany Reuter, said he was staying at a foster home through Evergreen Youth and Family Services. Evergreen's youth crisis shelter is in the area. "He walked out at 8:30 in the morning," Reuter said. "Since then we haven't seen him, heard from him, nothing."
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Bemidji man whose 2-year-old foster daughter drowned after he left her in the shower received the maximum sentence for second-degree manslaughter Friday. Nathan Daniel Jackson, 39, received a 4¾-year sentence, despite requests by his attorney, public defender Heather Labat, to sentence him only to probation. Jackson will receive credit for the 264 days he has already spent in the Beltrami County Jail.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Police are investigating after shots were fired at the front door and windows of the Enbridge's Bemidji office sometime prior to employees arriving Wednesday, Feb. 22. According to a news release from Enbridge's communications supervisor Shannon Gustafson, Enbridge employees arrived at the office on Wednesday morning and discovered the shots. No one was injured and police are investigating the incident as a drive-by shooting, Gustafson said.
WALKER, Minn. — Organizers of this year's International Eelpout Festival butted heads with the Cass County Sheriff's Office on Monday after the sheriff's office announced restrictictions for vehicle traffic on Walker Bay during the annual event, which will be held Feb. 23-26.