Pioneer Staff Report
BEMIDJI—Staff with Beltrami County who handle aquatic invasive species are seeking volunteers for a statewide search event next month. On Saturday, Aug. 18, Minnesotans at multiple locations will search bodies of water for starry stonewort, the newest AIS in the state. Volunteers for the event will meet at select rendezvous sites across the state to learn how to identify the species and go out and search for it. Starry stonewort, according to a press release, is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 11 Minnesota lakes.
BEMIDJI -- Heavy smoke blanketing the Bemidji area has been attributed to Canadian wildfires, according to the Bemidji Fire Department. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air quality alert for western and central Minnesota at 1 p.m. The alert is scheduled to last until 9 a.m. Saturday and affects Bemidji, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Brainers, Alexandria, Saint Cloud, Roseau, Ortonville, Red Lake, Leech Lake and Mille Lacs.
CASS LAKE -- Three people were arrested Wednesday after Leech Lake police and drug task force agents executed search warrants at a Cass Lake home involved in a monthlong investigation. According to a news release from the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, law enforcement there began receiving complaints in early 2018 about a home on 4th Street near Cass Lake Elementary School.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls Thursday: Assault 11:15 a.m. A 27-year-old male was cited for assault on Little Norway Avenue SE. DWI 9:52 p.m. A 33-year-old female was arrested for DWI at the intersection of N Garden Lane NE and Highway 71 NE.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Sustainability Committee is gearing up for its seventh annual tour to highlight environmentally friendly initiatives around the community. The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, with tours offered throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to a press release, each location will offer hour-long tours.
BACM presents Karen Carpenter tribute BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will present Glenn Seibel on the euphonium and Wayne Hoff on the piano at noon on Wednesday, July 25, at United Methodist Church, 924 Beltrami Ave. NW. The concert will be a tribute to Karen Carpenter on the 35th anniversary of her death. Hoff will supplement the piano with electronic keyboard sounds. A feature in the program will be "Glorious Liberation" by Ivor Bosanko.
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji High School will hold a fall sports player/parent meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Following the at-large presentation, all fall sports will have independent meetings for player and parent groups to discuss specific rules and schedules for each sport (boys and girls soccer, football, cross country, girls tennis, girls swimming and volleyball).
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Bemidji State anglers Thor and Mitch Swanson sit in 13th place overall after the first day of the Bassmaster College Series National Championship at Oklahoma’s Tenkiller Lake on Thursday. The brothers from Blaine caught four bass weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces after day one of the three-day event. Mitch Swanson, a senior, and Thor Swanson, a junior, finished ninth at last summer’s national championship tournament that was held on Lake Bemidji.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council approved an agreement Monday with the committee organizing the local Hockey Day Minnesota event. According to city documents, the agreement was drafted with input from city staff, officials from the Bemidji Economic Development Authority and committee representatives. The agreement was modeled after a similar document used by leaders in Stillwater, which hosted the event in 2017.
FUNKLEY -- Law enforcement recovered a “large cache” of stolen property and arrested a man suspected in multiple burglaries July 10. According to a news release posted on Facebook by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from Beltrami, Itasca and Koochiching counties, along with Blackduck police, were investigating when Blackduck Police Chief Jace Grangruth noticed a vehicle law enforcement believed was connected with the crime.