Your Monday News Brief: September 18

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

FEATURED PHOTO: A view of Lake Larson from the top of the Continental Divide near Buena Vista Ski Area. Photo by Larissa Donovan.

HUBBARD COUNTY—A Bemidji woman was critically injured Friday evening after a crash in Hubbard County. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, 70-year-old Sharon Frayseth was driving south in a Honda Pilot on Highway 71 at approximately 5:30 pm, when she stopped to make a left turn into a driveway in Helga Township.

The Pilot was rear-ended by a Ford pickup, driven by an unnamed 16-year-old male driver. Frayseth was airlifted to the Sanford Hospital in Fargo, while her passenger, 73-year-old Larry Frayseth, was treated for his non-life-threatening injuries at Sanford Bemidji. The pickup driver was treated at the scene.


BELTRAMI COUNTY—Two area residents were injured after a two-vehicle crash in Beltrami County Saturday morning. According to the report from the Minnesota State Patrol, 19-year-old Kailee Stenseng of Bagley was driving east on Highway 2 in a Grand Prix, and 80-year-old Robert Boyd of Bemidji was driving north on Swiss Lane in a Ford Taurus near Eckles township.

Boyd attempted to cross the highway when his vehicle came into contact with Stenseng’s Pontiac. Boyd’s non-life-threatening injuries were treated at the Sanford Bemidji hospital after transport, and Stenseng was treated at the scene.


CLEARWATER COUNTY—The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension warns of counterfeit money that may be circulating in the area. According to the alert, a $50 bill was received in Clearwater County. The bill was marked with a money marking pen at a local bank and passed that test, but the bill does not have a security strip or watermark, and the ink on the bill is not clean.


BEMIDJI—An attempted assault on the Bemidji State University campus last week is being investigated by the Bemidji Police Department, but officials urge that the campus is safe. According to a security notice posted on the campus, the incident took place after dark outside the AC Clark Library on September 11. BSU Director of Communications Scott Faust says that the incident, while certainly serious, is no indication that the campus is unsafe, and that the university makes every effort to protect safety of its students.


BEMIDJI—The towns of Bemidji and Walker have been nominated for the Best Minnesota Town. According to an announcement from the Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce, U.S. residents have until October 13 to vote, and can vote up to 10 times per day. Voting starts today, and can be done at The contest, sponsored by the magazine Minnesota Monthly, offers a multi-page editorial feature and a party thrown in the winning town’s honor.


BEMIDJI—U.S. News and World Report has named Bemidji State University one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest region for the tenth consecutive year. In its annual review of America’s Best Colleges, released September 12, U.S. News and World Report ranks Bemidji State in a tie for 32nd among public institutions in the Midwest region. BSU has appeared on the U.S. News list of the Midwest region’s top colleges and universities each year since 2009.


BEMIDJI—Over $2.1 million has been returned to members of Paul Bunyan Communications, the cooperative announced Saturday. As a cooperative, membership in Paul Bunyan Communications includes the opportunity to share in the financial success of the company. Members of the cooperative for the years 2002 and 2016 that accrued more than $10 in total capital credit allocations, but do not receive a check by October 23, are asked to contact Paul Bunyan Communications.






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