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21st January 2016
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The White Earth Tribal Council, by a vote of 3 for and 0 against, accepted the resignation of Chairwoman Erma J. Vizenor effective today, Jan. 20.

Vizenor was censured by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) Tribal Executive Committee (TEC) on Dec. 22, 2015, when they determined that Vizenor committed an act constituting a cause for censureship under Article X, Section 2. 

Vizenor was appointed Secretary-Treasurer in 1996 and then elected to the position in 1997 and served until 2002.  She was elected Chairwoman in 2004.

The White Earth Tribal Council special hearing scheduled for Jan. 22 at Shooting Star Casino Event Center has been cancelled due to Vizenor’s resignation.



20th January 2016
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A car crash in Hubbard County Wednesday night killed two teens.  Two sixteen year olds, one from Bemidji and one from Laporte, were killed when their car crossed the center line on US Highway 71 south of Bemidji.  The two were traveling south when they crossed the center line and hit a northbound car head-on.  The northbound driver was taken to Sanford Bemidji Hospital.  No names involved have yet to be released.



20th January 2016
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The White Earth Tribal Council, by a vote of 3 for and 0 against, accepted the resignation of Chairwoman Erma J. Vizenor effective today, Jan. 20.

Vizenor was censured by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) Tribal Executive Committee (TEC) on Dec. 22, 2015, when they determined that Vizenor committed an act constituting a cause for censureship under Article X, Section 2. 

Vizenor was appointed Secretary-Treasurer in 1996 and then elected to the position in 1997 and served until 2002.  She was elected Chairwoman in 2004.

The White Earth Tribal Council special hearing scheduled for Jan. 22 at Shooting Star Casino Event Center has been cancelled due to Vizenor’s resignation.



10th December 2015
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Over the last 50 days the Bemidji Police Department and Minnesota BCA have invested hundreds of hours into the disappearance of Rose Downwind. With the assistance of the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Lakes Area Dive Team, Leech Lake Tribal Police, Red Lake Tribal Police, Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, Minnesota State Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol, FBI and other law enforcement agencies across Minnesota and adjacent states many leads and tips from the public were investigated. 

As a result of this collaborative effort a body has been located and exhumed from a shallow grave northwest of the City of Bemidji. The BCA Crime Scene Team was called to assist with the processing of the scene and recovery of the body. The body will be sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and to confirm the identity.

Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, age 40 and Brandon Joseph Rossbach, age 31 have been arrested for their roles in this case. Christopher Davis remains a person of interest in this case. Although arrests have been made the investigative efforts will continue.



9th September 2015
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On Saturday, September 5, 2015, a citizen spotted clothing floating near the shoreline of the Mississippi River and contacted law enforcement requesting assistance.  Deputies drove to the scene identified by the complainant and there they located a deceased male in the Mississippi River between Lake Irvine and Lake Bemidji about ten feet from shore floating face down in the weeds.  The Bemidji Fire Department responded to assist in recovering the badly decomposed body.

The individual was identified as Francis Normen Smith age 65, of Bemidji.  An autopsy was conducted on Monday by the Beltrami County Coroner and his manner of death was ruled accidental.  Smith had no known address and apparently had been camping nearby. 



17th August 2015
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The Red Lake Nation held a ribbon-cutting and dedication of the new Tribal Capitol Complex, Red Lake Nation College, Veterans Memorial and Pow-Wow Grounds today.  Tribal, State and Federal elected officials were on hand to thank those that made the facility possible.

The complex is part of a loan from the USDA Rural Development Program.  The two loans total $21 million. 

Listen to the Festivities from earlier today. 

Governor Mark Dayton Press Conference



10th August 2015
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On Friday August 7, 2015, at approximately 5:30 PM the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from Red Lake Police and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who were in pursuit of fleeing vehicle traveling south on MN Highway 89 near the Red Lake Casino , which is located  near Alaska Township  25 miles northwest of the City  of Bemidji .  The male driver was reportedly  involved in an assault involving weapons on  the Red lake Reservation and  at the  time of the pursuit  was reportedly armed with a firearm and sword. 

Minnesota State Patrol Troopers and Beltrami County Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle on TH 89 near Grange Rd NW  (County Road 22) in northern Eckles Twp, by deploying  a tire deflation device.  During an unsuccessful attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle, a State Patrol Trooper was nearly struck by the fleeing suspect vehicle. 

Beltrami County Deputies, MN State Patrol Troopers and Agents of the FBI continued to pursue the vehicle on rural  Beltrami County Roads  until a second attempt was made to use the tire deflation device on Aure Rd ( County Road 24) in  Buzzle Twp.  Deflating one of the suspect vehicles tires, the vehicle failed to stop and continued to flee on a deflated tire , but did so at greatly reduced speeds. 

Near the junction of TH 89 on Aure Rd. a Beltrami County Deputy successfully deployed a pursuit intervention Technique  (PIT)  Maneuver, successfully  terminating the pursuit. The suspect vehicle was barricaded in and the officers began to approach the vehicle when the suspect attempted to flee again by operating his vehicle at a high speed in reverse.  This action resulted in a Beltrami County Deputy Sheriff being  struck and injured  by the fleeing vehicle .  

The suspect vehicle struck other law enforcement vehicles before being stopped.   The driver, Nodin Makwa,  age 20, of Red Lake, MN was taken into custody without further incident.  Makwa complained of  injury from the incident and was transported to Sanford Emergency Department, Bemidji, where he was medically cleared  and released.  

The Beltrami County Deputy Sheriff sustained serious injury and was flown from the scene by North Memorial Air Care helicopter to North  Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN where his current condition is reported as stable. Makwa is currently being held in the Clearwater County Jail pending a review by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office for formal criminal charges. 

The MN State Patrol, MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Federal Bureau of Investigation or leading the ongoing investigation.



9th July 2015
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Beltrami County’s recently deployed Project Lifesaver has received a donation of $1,000 to assist in supporting the program. The anonymous donation was made by a family familiar with the consequences of cognitive and wandering disease and disorders. Thirty years ago the family’s mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s wandered from home in the summertime. Unfortunately she was not located until several months later when deer hunters found her remains. The family wanted to contribute to Beltrami County’s Project Lifesaver and help other families prevent enduring the tragic loss they experienced.

 

Project Lifesaver puts technology and training in the hands of public safety to expedite recovering citizens who suffer from cognitive issues or that are prone to wandering. A grant through Autism Speaks allowed Beltrami County to send two deputies to Project Lifesaver Training, purchase the required equipment and three transmitters. Beltrami County joins the 1,400 other participating agencies across 48 states, six Canadian Provinces and Australia who have done 3,000 searches over 16 years. If you are interested in participating in Project Lifesaver, please contact the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office at 218-333-9111.



9th May 2015
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On July 4, 2015 at approximately 4:15 PM, the Beltrami County deputies responded to a 911 call of a female who was found unresponsive in the water on Cass Lake.  Deputies learned that the victim, identified as Brenda Lois Larson, age 50 of Eden Prairie, MN, had been riding in a 17 foot Boston Whaler being driven by Matthew Allen Kinghorn, age 45 of Minnetonka, MN.  While underway, Larson, Kinghorn and a four year old were thrown from the boat.  The Kinghorn and the child were rescued by fishermen who were passing by.  A short time later Larson was recovered from the water, unresponsive and not breathing.  Larson was taken to shore by rescuers and was transported by ambulance to the Cass Lake Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators learned Matthew Kinghorn was driving the boat on Cass Lake north east of Cedar Island when the boat hit a wave causing him, his passenger, Brenda Larson and his 4 year old son to be ejected from the boat.  Mathew Kinghorn’s wife, Jennifer Lynn Kinghorn, also riding on the boat was not ejected from the boat.  Mrs. Kinghorn flagged down some fishermen who were nearby who rescued Mr. Kinghorn and the 4 year old and returned them to their boat.  At that time, Mathew Kinghorn started his boat and went to pull Brenda Larson from the water.  When he got her into his boat she had stopped breathing.  CPR was started on her and she was brought to shore where they were met by the Cass Lake Ambulance.  Brenda Larson was transported to Cass Lake Hospital where she was pronounced dead.  The four year old was the only occupant wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. 

Kinghorn has been arrested and is being held at the Beltrami County Jail.  An autopsy has been conducted by the Beltrami County Coroner.  This investigation is still very active and results are pending from several tests.  The case will be presented to the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office for review when completed.

Deputies were assisted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police and Leech Lake Ambulance.



9th May 2015
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Friday morning officials from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs gathered with military and elected officials for the first raising of the POW/MIA flag at the Capitol Veterans Memorial Garden in St. Paul. The flag was placed there at the request of State Rep. John Persell (DFL – Bemidji)

 
"It didn't seem right that there was no flag in the memorial garden commemorating our military service members who never came home," said Rep. Persell (DFL—Bemidji). "There is a POW/MIA flag on the North side of the Capitol building, but it can't be seen from the Veterans Memorial Garden.  Now when Minnesotans come here to pay their respects and remember, there is a flag they can see."
 
Rep. Persell had considered offering legislation to force the Department of Administration to raise a flag at the garden, but that wasn't necessary.
 
"In the end, I found support for this effort, particularly from Commissioner Shellito and Lt. Governor Smith, and Commissioner Massman" said Rep. Persell. "Folks in the administration understood why it was important and necessary to get the flag up."



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