Your Wednesday News Brief: November 8

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– Authorities have located a Bemidji girl who was assumed to be in danger Tuesday. According to two posts on the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Facebook page, 13-year-old Magnolia Rose Mascia was found in the Twin Cities four hours after the initial missing person report from Bemidji. Mascia was believed to be in the company of a male, driving a Jeep Wrangler with Illinois plates. Law enforcement found the vehicle and the two subjects in Minneapolis. No further information has yet been released.

RED LAKE– Two fishermen are still missing after a fishing boat capsized in Lower Red Lake Monday. Searches conducted by plane, watercraft and on foot did not lead to any clues Tuesday. Search parties assembled again Wednesday near the Red Lake Fisheries landing. The missing men, identified as 29-year-old Deland Beaulieu and an unnamed 17-year-old juvenile, were two of three men on the boat when it capsized late Monday afternoon near the “cut off.” The third man swam to shore and was being treated for hypothermia at the Red Lake hospital.

CASS LAKE– The Cass Lake-Bena school district referendum failed to pass during Tuesday’s election. According to results posted on the Secretary of State’s website, 75.43% voted against the proposal for a $37.8 million bond to improve facilities and construct a new school.

BEMIDJI– The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners received an update Tuesday from the County Workforce department and the Greater Bemidji MI2 on the progress the programs have had in matching people to jobs. MI2, or the Minnesota Innovation Institute, is a “private-led and private-driven” venture, according to Greater Bemidji’s Dave Hengel. The two separate agencies have had numerous success stories; MI2 serves over 400 people seeking to work in manufacturing, and the one-year-old Workforce Impact program has served almost 560 people since January, with 227 currently working either part- or full-time.

PARK RAPIDS– A Laporte man was recently charged in Hubbard County Court for a first degree drug possession charge and for giving officers a false name. According to the criminal complaint, the man eventually identified as 41-year-old James Perkins was arrested near Highway 2 October 24, and during a search of a vehicle, law enforcement discovered over 80 grams of methamphetamine, in addition to accessories such as digital scales and a torch-style lighter. Perkins will next appear in court on November 20, and is currently in custody at the Hubbard County jail.

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Perkins. Photo courtesy of the Hubbard County Jail.

ST. PAUL– Minnesota firearms hunters registered 70,724 deer during the first two days of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary numbers from opening weekend show that the number of deer registered was essentially the same as from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 57 percent were bucks, compared to 67 percent of the first weekend harvest of 2016.

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