Bemidji Now News Bites

Bringing you all the news headlines from the Bemidji, Minnesota Area

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Larissa Explains it All Week 8

The meetings and motions continue! Topics covered include recaps of Bemidji City Council, Bemidji School Board and Beltrami County Board meetings, clips from interviews and some of those meetings, some reflections from my trip to the Sugar Bush and our official blotter correspondent!

Larissa Explains it All Week 7

We’re back for Week 7 of explaining things! Topics:

Northern Township proposal work session, extension of city services without further annexation

Ridealong with a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy!

The Charter Commission recommendation for a council code of conduct

Beltrami County Jail wrongful death lawsuit

Highlights from Chatabout last week, with Sheriff Jason Riggs and Mayor Prince.

Blotter Correspondent Randi Su Tanem

Larissa Explains it All Week 6

In this episode, we’ll cover the “myriad of mayoral motions” at Monday’s Bemidji City Council meeting, the Township grievances with Beltrami County’s new road maintenance contract, a recap of the Red Lake State of the Band Address with a brief bonus history talk on why a portion of Upper Red Lake is currently excluded from the boundaries of the Red Lake Nation. Plus, a fun new segment with our Official Blotter Correspondent RandiSu Tanem!

Larissa Explains it All Week 5

Larissa’s moving the release day officially to Mondays, recapping all that happened last week, starting with the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday, Feb. 27, swatting calls that targeted schools in the state including Bemidji, threats at Bemidji State University, the Ward 1 special election, and highlights from some interesting interviews.

Larissa Explains it All Week 4

Larissa is a couple days late on this episode, which will recap the State of the City Address and interesting updates from the Beltrami County Board meeting, as well as more fun items like blotter trends, and the quote of the week!

Larissa Explains it All Week 3

Week 3 of Larissa Explains it All! Topics discussed include the Minnesota Attorney General’s announcement that they will assist in the review of the 2018 death of Beltrami County inmate Hardel Sherrell, with criminal charges possible; an update from the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force in the recent surge of fentanyl overdoses; there will be only one election for the special Ward 1 race with only two candidates; and the United Way of Bemidji Area’s 2022 campaign exceeded its goal!

Larissa Explains it All Week 2

Legal approved the NEW NAME for the same weekly review of local news stories here in northern Minnesota. Topics covered include the Bemidji City Council-City Manager discussions, upcoming rental code ordinance amendment input session, the Red Lake-US Attorney’s Office joint presser on fentanyl trafficking, the Huber Mill project, “Best Blotter Entry of the Week!” and “Quote of the Week!”

Week in Review: 1/30-2/3

Larissa takes a deep dive on the latest order from the Minnesota Department of Corrections on the Beltrami County Jail; the special Ward 1 election in the City of Bemidji; the suspicious fire set last week and the ultimate arrest and charges for the suspect; some trends noticed in the blotter reports and Good News of the Week!

Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

A Park Rapids man is facing charges for a psilocybin grow operation discovered in his apartment; the Beltrami County Board will meet next week for the last time in 2022; Sanford Bemidji will have a new CEO and President come January; and a late-season CWD-management hunt will take place this weekend in the Bemidji area as well as southeastern Minnesota.