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  • Husband Arrested in Fort Ripley Hit-and-Run Death

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jul 12, 2023

    Crow Wing County law enforcement arrested the husband of a Fort Ripley hit-and-run victim on July 10. According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 47-year-old Tony McClelland yesterday after following leads and evidence relating to the death of his wife. The body of 49-year-old Angela McClelland, the suspect's wife, was found lying in the road on June 25 in Fort Ripley Township near the intersection of Legend Lane and Killian Road. The victim and her husband lived...

  • Bemidji Woman Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Role in Red Lake Murder, Assault

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Apr 20, 2023

    A U.S. District Judge sentenced a Bemidji woman to 20 years in prison for her role in a murder and assault on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. According to the press release, Alexia Gah Gi Gay Mary Cutbank, 21, received this sentence after pleading guilty to one count of aiding and abetting murder in the second degree and one count of aiding and abetting assault resulting in serious bodily injury in September of last year. A U.S. District judge sentenced Cutbank on April 18, 2023. Cutbank is...

  • State of the Band: Red Lake Nation Sees Growth in Previous Year

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Mar 14, 2023

    The Red Lake Nation saw highs and lows in 2022. Despite the challenges, the community saw progress, growth and unity. These were the main themes throughout the Red Lake State of the Band Address held on March 10 at the Oshkiimahjitahdah building in Redby. With many communities feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Lake Nation reflected on how their community continually dealt with its side effects while looking at the progress made. With the American Rescue Plan Act dollars...

  • Red Lake Leadership Looks to Restore Upper Red Lake Boundaries

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Mar 14, 2023

    The Red Lake Band is intending to restore a portion of Upper Red Lake. At the State of the Band address on March 10, Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki Sr. shared that the band will look to contact the United States Secretary of Interior to discuss restoring the reservation boundaries to fully include Upper Red Lake. Due to allotment in the 1880s, the Red Lake Reservation went from over 3 million acres in size to 300,000. While all of Lower Red Lake was included in reservation boundaries, only a...

  • Red Lake Nation College Awarded $1.9 Million for Expanded High-Speed Internet Access

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Mar 14, 2023

    The Red Lake Nation College was recently awarded a $1.9 million federal grant through the Biden-Harris Administration's Internet for All initiative. The grant would allow for more expansive broadband services while also leveling the educational playing field. Through the use of federal and tribal funding, schools like the RLNC are able to barely stay afloat in the competitive world of higher education. Due to serving a high poverty area, tuition rates, and therefore funding in the college, are...

  • Level 3 Predatory Offender Moves to Blackduck Area

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Mar 1, 2023

    A level 3 predatory offender with a history of possessing and engaging in the sexual exploitation of children has moved to Blackduck. According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, 66-year-old James Edward Storholm moved to Blackduck either on or after February 13, 2023. He will move to the 28000 block southeast of Hornet Township. Stormholm was released on April 8, 2020 after serving his sentence. Storholm is categorized as a risk level 3 offender. He has a history of...

  • Beltrami Co. Officers Recover Stolen Snowmobile Following Fatal Crash

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Feb 24, 2023

    Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered a stolen snowmobile following a fatal crash north of Solway. According to the press release, on February 19 at approximately 11:30 a.m., officers received a report of a snowmobile crash on the Beltrami and Clearwater county lines. The crash was reported to be around the intersection of Clearline Road northwest and Soo Line Road northwest on the Soo Line Trail. The snowmobile operator, 49-year-old Stacy Szczepanski, collided with a tractor trailer. She sustained serious injuries that...

  • Three Arrested and Charged in Red Lake Drug Bust

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Feb 23, 2023

    Three people were arrested in a drug bust last weekend in Redby. According to the Red Lake Police Department, on February 18, the Red Lake Drug Task Force and police officers executed a search warrant at a Redby residence. In the home, which belong to Shannon Rainey, officers found 664 grams of suspected methamphetamine, two firearms and over $5,000 in cash. The three people arrested included Rainey, Bruce Sayers Jr. and Lanaye Owens. All three are currently in custody. They face charges of...

  • MN Gov. Tim Walz Declares State Disaster Assistance for Eight Counties

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Feb 3, 2023

    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced the authorization of state disaster assistance to eight eastern Minnesota counties, including some counties in the Lakeland viewing area. The press release states that the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Lincoln, Pine, and St. Louis will receive assistance due to heavy snowstorm damage and high-winds sustained back in December of last year. The state disaster assistance would allocate necessary funds, provide public assistance in the necessary areas and provide additional...

  • Suspect Arrested for Fosston Vehicle Theft

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Feb 2, 2023

    Local law enforcement arrested a suspect who stole a vehicle in Fosston yesterday. According to the press release, Fosston Police Department officers were dispatched at approximately 6:51 p.m. after being alerted of a stolen vehicle. Upon arriving to Lepier's East gas station, personnel learned that the stolen vehicle was a Doyle Taxi Cab. The driver, who was inside the gas station, stated he came outside to find the vehicle missing. Further investigation showed that a passenger, 34-year-old...

  • Tribal Police Ask for Help in Locating Missing Mille Lacs Band Man

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jan 13, 2023

    The Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department is requesting the public's help in finding a missing man. According to the press release, 47-year-old Dylan James Sam was last seen on November 29, 2022. He was last seen in the Mille Lacs Band Reservation area. Sam is described as 5'7″ and weighs approximately 150 pounds. The last pieces of clothing he was seen wearing was a green jacket a with blue horizontal strip and red tennis shoes. If anyone has any information regarding Sam's whereabouts,...

  • Bagley School Bus Accident Results in Injuries to Driver and Student

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jan 12, 2023

    Two people were injured after a Bagley school bus collided with an SUV just west of Bagley this morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol report, on Wednesday, January 11 at approximately 10:03 a.m., a Honda HR-V driven by 54-year-old Eric Norgaard of Bemidji was headed westbound on Highway 2 when it collided with a Bagley School District bus. The bus was driving northbound on Clearwater County Road 7 when the accident occurred. The bus driver, Felry Larson, 62, and one student on board sustained minor injuries. Bagley School...

  • Steps Toward Progress: Tribal Flags Installed at Bemidji City Hall

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Dec 21, 2022

    Tribal flags are now on display at Bemidji's City Hall. After years of on-and-off discussions and months of preparations, the flags of the Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have finally been installed. The decision by the city council is one step toward the progress of recognizing tribal members that live within the city's boundaries. Leaders from each of the three tribes attended the installation on Monday. Red Lake Chairman Darrell Seki Sr., Leech Lake...

  • Bemidji Police Investigate Armed Bank Robbery

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Dec 7, 2022

    The Bemidji Police Department is currently investigating an armed robbery at Wells Fargo Bank. According to the press release, on December 6 at approximately 12:24 p.m., law enforcement received a report of an armed robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Bemidji. The suspect reportedly left the scene on foot and headed southbound. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol, FBI, and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension all assisted on the scene of the crime. Officials describe...

  • Traffic Stop Near Backus Leads to Drug Bust

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Dec 1, 2022

    A traffic stop in Cass County led to a drug bust last Saturday. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, on November 26 at approximately 6:49 p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop in Pine River Township. With the assistance of a K9 during the search, 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine were found in the vehicle. The driver and suspect, Terry Foster, 60, of Backus, was then arrested on two charges. These charges included possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is...

  • Beltrami County Board Votes to Build a New Jail Facility

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Nov 17, 2022

    After months of looking over several possible options and feedback from the public, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners finally came to a decision on what to do with the deteriorating county jail at their Nov. 15 meeting. The future of the facility will be to build a new jail. In an unanimous vote, Commissioner Craig Gaasvig motioned to support the option of a new facility at the recommended 96,000 square feet and capacity of 242 beds. Commissioner Richard Anderson seconded the motion. A...

  • Cass Lake Woman Dies in Head-On Vehicle Collision West of Pine River

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Nov 9, 2022

    A Cass Lake woman died yesterday in a head-on vehicle collision with a semi-truck. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, on November 7, 71-year-old Cecelia Smith was traveling northbound on Highway 64 in Ansel Township around 9:49 a.m. A semi-truck driven by Nasim Sharapov, 30, of Omaha, Nebraska was heading southbound in the same location. The vehicle crashed head on. Both vehicles left the roadway and entered the ditch. Smith died on the scene. Sharapov did not sustain any injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time...

  • Man Stabbed in Isolated Incident East of Mahnomen

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Oct 19, 2022

    A man from the Riverland housing area east of Mahnomen was stabbed this morning in what is believed to be an isolated incident. According to a press release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office, an unidentified adult male was admitted to the Mahnomen Health Center at 2:50 a.m. with a stab wound to the back on Tuesday, October 18th. A deputy with the White Earth Police Department was able to speak with the victim prior to him being flown to a Fargo hospital for further treatment. Upon further investigation at the scene of the incident,...

  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Receives $20 Million Grant for Broadband Services

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Oct 12, 2022

    The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa received federal grant funding for broadband services that will be implemented in over 3,000 homes and businesses in the community. According to the press release, the grant award, which totals $20 million, was announced on October 11th. It is being administered by National Telecommunications and Information Administrations (NTIA) Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. Minnesota-based broadband cooperative CTC assisted in preparing the grant application with the Bois Forte Band. CTC will also oversee...

  • Cass Lake Man Charged With Rape at Ridgeway Apartments

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Sep 8, 2022

    A Cass Lake man is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct through force/coercion after an alleged assault at a Ridgeway Apartment building in Bemidji. Thomas Alfred Robinson, 37, is charged with 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct through force/coercion and 5th degree criminal sexual conduct with nonconsensual contact. Both of these are felonies. According to the criminal complaint, Robinson sexually assaulted the victim on Friday, September 2nd. The victim states that Robinson entered her...

  • Darrell Seki Sr. Wins Re-Election for Red Lake Chairman

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jul 22, 2022

    The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians released the unofficial run-off election results for chairman and 4 representative positions. Darrell Seki Sr. was the incumbent for Red Lake chairman and won against Floyd "Buck" Jourdain, who served as the Red Lake chairman from 2004 to 2014. Seki won with 51.36% of the votes. The Chairman position is a 4-year term. This will be Seki's third term as Tribal Chair. Seki served as tribal chair in 2014 and 2018 previously. He also served as council treasurer...

  • Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison for Trafficking Drugs on Mille Lacs Reservation

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jul 8, 2022

    A 47-year-old Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 160 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on the Mille Lacs Reservation. Xavier Jerome Buckhanan will serve time in prison followed by five years of supervised release due to his attempts to traffic methamphetamine and other drugs from Las Vegas to the Mille Lacs area. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on December 14, 2021. Between June 2019 and October 2020, multiple packages containing drugs were seized by law enforcement. The...

  • Bemidji Police Arrest Suspect in Connection to Cameron Park Abduction Attempt

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jul 5, 2022

    Bemidji Police Detectives have identified and arrested a suspect in connection to an attempted abduction that occurred in Cameron Park on June 26. According to Bemidji Police Captain David LaZella, the suspect has been identified as Michael Wayne Petersen, 21, of Bemidji. Upon identifying Petersen, Bemidji Police arrested him. Petersen is currently in custody. According to police, earlier this week, Petersen attempted to abduct two juvenile girls at the paved entrance to Cameron Park. Bemidji Police were alerted of this attempt around 6:30...

  • Search for Suspect in Attempted Abduction at Bemidji's Cameron Park

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jun 28, 2022

    Bemidji police officials are searching for a man suspected in an attempted abduction at a Bemidji park Sunday evening. According to Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, two juvenile females were walking on the paved entrance to Cameron Park at 6:25 last night when they encountered a lone male. The suspect approached the two girls and asked them to look at a snake in the woods. The juveniles reportedly became nervous while talking with him and started to walk away. The stranger put his arm around one of the juveniles at one point. Upon attempting...

  • Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Applications Open

    Mary Balstad, Lakeland News|Jun 9, 2022

    Applications for frontline worker pay in Minnesota opened today. This pay allows eligible people to earn back what they put forward during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Frontline Worker Pay includes $500 million in hero checks to qualifying frontline workers. Those eligible for the pay can include those in the healthcare field, child care, education, customer service, and public transit. Workers are required to have worked 120 hours between March 15, 2020 and June 30, 2021, not having to been able to telecommunicate and worked in...

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