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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.
BEMIDJI — On the night of Jeremy Jourdain’s 18th birthday, dozens of his friends and family members gathered next to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. Some brought cake, others carried placards and a large banner was on prominent displays. But Jourdain wasn’t there to hear his loved ones sing “Happy Birthday.” The now-18-year-old went missing Halloween night and, despite large-scale searches by family members and law enforcement, has not been seen since.
BEMIDJI , Minn.-- Attorneys prosecuting Brandon Rossbach—one of two men accused of helping burn and bury the body of Rose Downwind after she was killed by her former boyfriend—rested their case against him Monday after testimony from 19 witnesses.
BEMIDJI, Mnn. —A Bemidji man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl has been "unresponsive" to jail staff and attorneys, according to a defense motion requesting medical records. According to the document: Lawyers for Jacob Kinn, 32, attempted to meet with him multiple times between Oct. 3 and Oct. 5, but were told by jail staff he was unavailable. After attempting to meet with Kinn three times, Kinn's attorneys contacted Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp and were told Kinn had been hospitalized.
BEMIDJI -- A 5-year-old Bemidji girl who police say was kidnapped earlier this week has been reunited with her family and was doing well Friday, her father said. Brittany Balcer,...