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By Zach Kayser / Bemidji Pioneer A state regulatory agency plans to hold a new round of public hearings on the proposed Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, including a meeting in Bemidji. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission aims to traverse Minnesota in order to hold five meetings over as many days during the second week of January so that the public can comment on the controversial project.
Today, the Minnesota Department of Education announced that 22 schools are being recognized as Celebration schools for their efforts to increase student achievement. This year, 143 schools applied for the honor. “I want to congratulate these schools for this incredible accomplishment,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “Minnesotans should be proud of the work going on in our schools.
Glyndon, Minn., woman was sentenced to almost 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to smuggling drugs into the Cass County Jail inside her body. Chili Carlene Musselman, 51, pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to two counts of possession of a controlled substance by an inmate, both Class B felonies. One of those was an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit guilt but agree
By Zach Kayser / Bemidji Pioneer When Senor Patron closed Dec. 1, it became another bitter part of a pattern at 128 First St. W. Owner Miguel Barboza has three...
While announcing the sentencing of Lester Waters Jr. just before noon on Monday, District Judge Richard A. Simonton said that while the sentence is lengthy, he was not sure whether justice has been served. “Mr. Waters, you are losing your freedom. Sherry Arnold lost her life,” Simonton said.
The mother of a North Dakota State College of Science student killed by a gunshot earlier this year still has questions about her son’s death, and she said Monday she’s not sure that authorities are working to answer them. Andrew Sadek, 20, was last seen alive May 1 as he left his dormitory in Wahpeton. After an extensive search, his body was found June 27 in the Red River near Breckenridge, Minn.
A 20-year-old woman from Bloomington, Minn., was found unconscious Wednesday morning in a wooded area near Rice Avenue and 10th Street NW in Bemidji. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.The woman, identified as Sandra Lommen, 20, was found at about 8:30 a.m., after law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to a report of a person lying in the wooded area, according to a release from the Bemidji Police Department.There were signs of intoxication and hypothermia, polic
he Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a serious injury accident on Tuesday on U.S. Highway 2 near the Bemidji Airport. Law enforcement responded to a crash near mile marker 110 involving two vehicles at 5:04 p.m, according to the state patrol website. Aaron Pearson, 33, of Laporte, was driving a 1999 GMC while pulling a camper that was traveling Westbound on Hwy 2. Pearson had two juvenile passengers. A second vehicle, a 2001 Ford Ranger being driven by Scott Wright, 37, of Bemidji, was heading southbound on Moberg Dr.
As state officials met in Bismarck to approve new oil conditioning standards and to discuss the drop in crude oil prices, landowners from the Oil Patch gathered at a separate meeting to review a different side of the Bakken oil boom – spills, soil contamination and landowner rights. Landowners gathered in Antler, north of Minot near the U.S.-Canadian border, on Tuesday and discussed with David Glatt, director of the state Department of Health, how the state is working to limit harmful spills, improve land reclamation and protect the rights of North Dakotans.
By Lauren Donovan / Bismarck Tribune Two months after he went missing, Bentley the German shepherd is back home again with his family in Mandan after being found about 200 miles away in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Bentley is somewhat worse for wear after his absence. He has lost body weight, his paws are raw, he has intestinal problems, pneumonia and a severe ear infection, but his owner, Cindi Leach, says the veterinarian who examined him earlier this week is confident that in two weeks, with medication, he will bounce right back.