Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or email@example.com
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BEMIDJI, Minn. — A 10-year-old Red Lake, Minn., girl who was seriously injured in a school bus crash last week has been released from the hospital, her mother said. Jo Cobenais said her daughter Amya was on the bus May 3 when it was hit by another car north of Bemidji. Amya sustained a lacerated spleen, Cobenais said, and blood flow to one of the 10-year-old's kidneys was cut off.
CASS LAKE—About 3 miles from the Cass Lake Rest Area, multiple oil pipelines lie partially buried beneath reeds, cattails and water. Every so often, portions of the lines can be seen by those who know what to look for, and are willing to risk a trip into the soggy swamp. About 30 people gathered in Cass Lake Sunday afternoon, hoping to set eyes on the controversial Line 3, an oil pipeline owned by Canadian energy company Enbridge.
As Marchello Cimmarusti was led from a courtroom to the Beltrami County Jail on Thursday, members of Rose Downwind's family shouted after him. "I hope you die," a member of the crowd yelled, before Cimmarusti returned to the jail. Cimmarusti, who killed Downwind in October 2015 and pleaded guilty April 18 to second-degree intentional murder, was sentenced to 35 years in prison during the tense and tearful hearing. Six of Downwind's family members gave victim impact statements, describing the hole Downwind's death has left in their lives.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Bemidji man whose foster daughter drowned in a shower pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 20, to one count of second-degree manslaughter—culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk. While testifying, Nathan Daniel Jackson, 39, said he had used methamphetamine at 4 a.m. the day of 2-year-old Kira Friedman's death, and that he did not know when he had last slept.