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 By Justin Glawe    News    March 25, 2013

Alcohol-fueled brawl kills Cass Lake man, injures two

CASS LAKE – A day of drinking alcohol to near-fatal excess ended in a bloody melee that left one man dead after a severe beating. Leslie Headbird, 44, was beaten so badly Thursday night that police were not able to revive him when they arrived at 1315 Quill Lane SE, the same street on which the man lived. Headbird, known...

 By Justin Glawe    News    March 22, 2013

Sanford ER put on lockdown after arrival of two assault victims

TEN LAKES - A female victim of an assault required an airlift to Sanford Medical in Bemidji and a second person was admitted to the emergency room there after an attack in Ten Lakes Township Thursday night. The hospital was placed on lockdown just after 8 p.m. when police believed that a retaliation for the assault would take place there, police said. One person was taken into...

 By Justin Glawe    News    March 21, 2013

Two taken to the hospital following violent rollover crash

BEMIDJI – The impact of a Chevy Monte Carlo slamming into a snow bank was brutal enough to rip the front bumper from the car, and knock a man unconscious. Two people were taken to the hospital following the car’s rollover in Northern Township Wednesday night. A man taken from the flipped, newer model Monte Carlo was...


Hydroelectric power plan discussed by Beltrami County Board

The undertaking - called the Great Northern Transmission Line - is being directed by Minnesota Power. Jim Atkinson, a representative of the company, spoke to the board ahead of their regular meeting. Northern Beltrami County could be home to a portion of the power line’s route - to its financial benefit. “We do get tax revenue from transmission lines. … and it’s pretty...

 By Justin Glawe    News    March 15, 2013

Convicted gun thief sentenced to nine months in jail

BEMIDJI – For the theft of more than a dozen guns nearly three years ago, a Red Lake man received a lighter-than-expected sentence Monday. Lee Sean Fier, 22, will serve nine months in the Beltrami County Jail for the 2010 theft of several rifles and shotguns from Bluewater Bait and Sports, 136 Peaceful Meadow Lane. The jail ti...

 By Justin Glawe    News    March 6, 2013

Native Mob gang member, two others attack jailers

ST. PAUL — Three men, including a member of a powerful and violent Native American street gang, were indicted in federal court Tuesday after attacking corrections officers. Ira Lee Goodwin, 26, Michael Scott Luedtke, 25, and Edward McCabe Robinson, 28, were charged with conspiracy and assault for their attack on corrections officers at the Sherburne County Jail, according to...

 By Justin Glawe    News    March 1, 2013

Violence Against Women Act gives new powers to tribal courts

CASS LAKE – For perpetrators of violence against Native American women, tribal lands will no longer offer a haven for victimization. But a provision of an enhanced renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, passed by the U.S. House Thursday, is only the first step in protecting a population that is ravaged by domestic violence and stunned by the number of sexual assaults....

 By Justin Glawe    News    February 18, 2013

Suspect in burglary arraigned

BEMIDJI – A man police say took part in a burglary that netted over a dozen firearms was arrested after allegedly committing another burglary on Thursday. Dustin Reginald Barrett, 20, of Redby was arrested just before midnight outside a home northeast of Puposky Lake. Also taken into custody for the burglary were Alan James Lussier, 25 and Bernard Gareth King, 32. Barrett...

 By Justin Glawe    News    February 6, 2013

Suspect in theft of firearms pleads guilty to felony count

BEMIDJI - The fate of an estimated 15 to 20 rifles and shotguns stolen from a Bemidji store in the summer of 2010 remains unclear. But the future for one of the men responsible for stealing the firearms could include 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine — the maximum penalty for the felony count of burglary in the second degree faced by Lee Sean Fier, 21. One gun was handed ov...

 By Justin Glawe    News    February 4, 2013

Opponents criticize hunting season on wolves

BEMIDJI – The foes were identified by speaker after speaker who referred to a hunter-turned-prey as “brother wolf” Saturday. Chief among the enemies of the animal – as defined by those who spoke at a protest against this year’s wolf hunt – are the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer...

 By Justin Glawe    News    January 28, 2013

Beaver Pride Hardwater Classic: Jeff Iceman, 500 anglers try luck on Lake Bemidji

BEMIDJI – In a city of temporary homes, Jeff Iceman was an island of minimalism. Yes, his name is Iceman. The village began taking shape early Saturday, when trucks carrying portable canvas fish houses and supplies for the Beaver Pride Hardwater Classic flowed onto Lake Bemidji. As gear was unpacked and put into place, the...


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