Your Tuesday News Brief: November 14

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

CASS LAKE– One man was arrested for the shooting death of a 25-year-old woman in the Cass Lake area. According to a release from Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, the woman died from a gunshot wound to the head, despite lifesaving efforts performed at the scene.

Twenty-four-year-old Brandon Joseph Roy was taken into custody on suspicion of murder with intent and aggravated robbery. According to a subsequent release, three more Cass Lake residents are wanted by law enforcement: 28-year-old Anthony John Larose, 41-year-old Sara Renae Larose and 25-year-old Ileisha Lynee Guinn.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of these three people, you are asked to contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 547-1424.

MENAHGA– Menahga Police are investigating the shooting death of two men.  Authorities were called to a residence on Oak Avenue northeast early Monday morning where the bodies were found.  The names of the victims have not yet been released.

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council heard an informational presentation about the Sanford Health Wellness Complex during their work session Monday, including the feasibility of the project and a proposal for a hospitality tax to help sustain it.

The city, according to the proposal so far, would not own the property, and financial risks would land on Sanford Health and on Greater Bemidji, a private development group.

The proposed hospitality tax, between 2-2.5%, would be divided between the groups, with one-third going to help offset some property tax burden of the Sanford Center, and two-thirds supporting a commission to oversee the operations of the Wellness Complex.

The Complex, still in the drawing board stages, will be a dome-like structure, complete with an aquatic center, recreational courts, and two sheets of ice. Greater Bemidji Executive Director Dave Hengel gave the council a rough estimate of project costs, which will be around “$27-million.”

Sanford Health will commit ten-million-dollars, Greater Bemidji plans to raise ten-million in private donations, with $4.5 million raised so far, and the other seven-million would be borrowed. No decision was made by the council during the Work Session.

AURORA– A teen’s death by a gunshot wound is now being investigated as a suicide.  The teen was discovered dead Saturday in a deer stand in northern Minnesota.  The St. Louis County Sheriff’s office reclassified the cause Sunday after initially reporting the 16-year-old’s death as an accidental shooting. A member of the boy’s hunting party found him dead in his deer stand near Aurora late Saturday afternoon. The incident remains under investigation.

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