By: News Director Larissa Donovan
FEATURED PHOTO: Anoka Technical College President Kent Hanson (left) and Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College President Faith C. Hensrud. Photo courtesy of Anoka Technical College.
BEMIDJI– The Bemidji Area School District is preparing itself for the search for a new superintendent. Dr. James Hess announced earlier this year that he plans to retire at the end of this school year, which, according to Director of School Board Services Sandy Gunlach, gives the district plenty of time to find the right candidate for the position. Gunlach went over a guide of best practices with members of the school board and staff Wednesday evening, which lays out a timeline, an interview process, and how to select the right candidate.
“The process could take anywhere from four to six months,” Gunlach said.
Gunlach represents the Minnesota School Board Association, which sets a precedent for school districts throughout the state in filling superintendent positions.
BEMIDJI– Formal charges have been filed against four men involved in a shooting at a Bemidji area gas station.
According to the criminal complaint, 46-year-old Andre Lamar Beasley and 24-year-old Deavion Ladell Beasley, Sr., have been charged with possessing firearms when they were ineligible to do so due to prior violent convictions, and 35-year-old Andy Tillotson and 31-year-old Kevin Robertson were charged with felony assault charges.
The complaint states that on Thursday, October 5, a white SUV pulled into Pete’s Place West with Tillotson and Robertson inside, and Tillotson exited the SUV with a pry bar in hand, hiding by the SUV. When the younger Beasley arrived in a Mercedes, Tillotson reportedly began to swing the pry bar at the him, who reached into the car for a pistol and fired. The Mercedes left the area, and Tillotson and Robertson went inside the gas station before leaving.
Beltrami County Deputies located the three involved in the altercation, and a search warrant executed at the residence of the elder Beasley discovered ammo and firearms. The younger Beasley is scheduled to appear in court Friday, and the other three are scheduled to appear Monday.
BEMIDJI– A Deer River man was charged this week in Beltrami County for a sex crime. According to the criminal complaint, 53-year-old Scott Patrick Mickle responded to an online ad posted by Bemidji Law Enforcement and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The investigators used an undercover persona of a 15-year-old boy, the age and gender of which was communicated to Mickle through a series of emails and text messages. Mickle allegedly indicated to the persona that he was interested in performing sexual acts with the 15-year-old, sent sexually explicit photos and planned to arrange a meeting in Bemidji to meet with the boy after school. Mickle was arrested on October 6, and made his initial court appearance Monday.
BEMIDJI– Some Ottertail Power customers will experience an outage tomorrow. According to a release, the planned outage will last approximately 8 hours, and will affect customers on Hensel Drive, Peninsula Court, Cove Drive, Power Dam Road, Dam Trail and Old Crossing Trail. The outage is expected to start at 9 in the morning and last until 5 in the evening. For more information, contact Otter Tail’s customer service line.
ANOKA– Through a series of articulation agreements signed Tuesday, students who complete associate’s degrees in one of 15 programs offered by Anoka Technical College now have a direct path to a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University. Dr. Faith C. Hensrud, president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, joined Kent Hanson, president of Anoka Technical College and Anoka Ramsey Community College, in Anoka to formalize the agreements. Under the series of articulation agreements, students in Anoka Technical College now have paths to three different bachelor of applied science programs in Bemidji State’s School of Technology, Art & Design.