Your Tuesday News Brief: November 7

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The body of a 52-year-old Bemidji man was found near Lakeview Liquor Sunday, Nov. 5. According to the release from Chief of Police Mike Mastin, dispatch received a report of an unresponsive male in the Lakeview Liquor area Saturday, Nov. 4 around 8 p.m. Responding officers were not able to find the male, despite searching in the wooded areas just south of the liquor store. The officers did find tracks in the snow that appeared to be leaving the area. The officers checked the area the following day and found the body of Richard Needham further east. Mastin says the case is under investigation, and that there is no evidence of foul play.

BEMIDJI– Mayor of Bemidji Rita Albrecht made a proclamation during Monday’s Council Meeting, declaring next week as Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. County Commissioner, and director of the Wolfe, Reed Olson commented on what could be done to address homelessness in Bemidji. Olson said that the death of a man over the weekend was exactly what the Wolfe was trying to prevent.

“I was really proud to boast that not one person has passed away since the Wolfe has been open. I can’t say that anymore,” said Olson.

Olson stressed that the homelessness problem will not go away now that Park Place, a permanent housing complex for chronic inebriates, is open. Olson says the demographics and circumstances have changed, and size of Bemidji’s homeless population has grown significantly since last year.

RED LAKE– Two fishermen are missing after a Red Lake Fisheries boat capsized near the “Cut Off” on the eastern side of Lower Red Lake late Monday afternoon. According to a release from the Red Lake Police Department, one of the three boat occupants swam to shore and was rescued by some passersby, then taken to the Red Lake Indian Health Service for treatment of hypothermia. The two missing fishermen have been identified as 29-year-old Deland Beaulieu and a 17-year-old juvenile male. Search and rescue missions continued throughout the night, and at 9 this morning, a command center and registration station will be set up at Red Lake Fisheries for any volunteers wishing to assist in the search.

CASS LAKE– Today is voting day for the Cass Lake-Bena School District, and residents will decide whether or not to pass a referendum. The referendum, according to the district’s website, asks the voters whether or not the district should move forward with a 37.8-million dollar bond to address the district’s facility needs. The bond would fund the construction of a new intermediate grades elementary school, posed to be constructed on the current middle and high school campus and intended for grades 3 through 5. The bond would also fund repairs and improvements for various school buildings. The cost to the taxpayer would be $167 per year on a home valued at $100,000. The current elementary school is said to be overcrowded, and does not have space for special education needs. Polls are open from 12 pm to 8 pm. Voters in Bena and Winnie Portage will vote at the Bena Community Center, and the rest of the district will vote at the Pike Bay Town Hall.

BEMIDJI– Two were injured after a two-vehicle crash near Pete’s Place West Monday morning. Officials say that 51-year-old Robert McGauvran of Grand Forks was westbound on Highway 2 in a heavy duty Ford pickup, preparing to turn left into Pete’s Place West. James Gill, in a Buick, was also westbound on the Highway with his 3-year-old passenger when the Buick entered the median, striking the cable barrier and impacted the Ford truck. McGauvran was uninjured, and Gill and his passenger were treated for minor injuries at the Sanford Hospital and released. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s office, Sanford Ambulance and the state patrol attended the scene.

MAHNOMEN– The body of a 33-year-old Naytahwaush man was found one mile from his truck Monday. According to the release from the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s office, Corey Bush went into the woods to cut firewood with his father-in-law Sunday afternoon. The truck got stuck in the trail, and Bush left to get help. The father-in-law stayed in the truck until morning, walked out of the woods and got a ride home. A search conducted by multiple agencies, including White Earth agencies, the Twin Lakes fire department, and a state patrol airplane, discovered Bush’s body around 3 Monday afternoon. An autopsy will be conducted in Grand Forks to determine cause of death, but the release states that no foul play is suspected.

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