Your Tuesday News Brief: March 6

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council approved a resolution to move forward with an orderly annexation. During the discussion, city attorney Al Felix described the portion of Grant Valley Township posed to be annexed, which includes some segments of right of way and the Gene Dillon Elementary School site. New Ward 4 Councillor Richard Lehmann voiced his opposition to the annexation, citing that the council has previously tried to avoid (quote) “piecemeal annexation.” Felix, however, urged the council to move forward with providing city water and sewer services to the new elementary school. The resolution was approved 6-1, and will be reviewed by the Grant Valley Town Board this Thursday.

O’BRIEN TOWNSHIP– Beltrami County authorities are investigating a suspected drug overdose death. According to a release, deputies responded to the 9600 block of Nebish Road this past Saturday after a report of a deceased male. Responding emergency personnel determined that the male was dead for some time, and identified him as 40-year-old Timothy Yerbich of Tenstrike. Preliminary investigation determined that the cause of death may be related to heroin use. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

RED LAKE– Two were recently arrested for selling meth in Red Lake. According to a release from the Red Lake Police Department, a search warrant was executed last Friday at a rural residence near the East Barton’s community, where officers discovered over 21 grams of methamphetamine. Thirty-two-year-old Sheldon Michael Smith and 28-year-old Jerilee Jane Head were both transported to the Red Lake Detention Center where they await formal charges. Two children were located in the residence where the drugs were found.

Items seized during recent search on Red Lake. Retrieved photo.

BEMIDJI– Bemidji State University recently named two finalists for BSU Alumni & Foundation’s Executive Director. Brenda Jacobson, current advancement director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, will have her interview Thursday, and Josh Christianson, current director of development and alumni relations at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND, will have his interview Friday. The two candidates will participate in forums during their on-campus interview days, and will present their strategies for engaging the BSU Campus.

BAGLEY– MNDOT will host an open house in Bagley this Thursday to discuss a large Highway 2 project. The meeting will be held from 11-2 in Bagley City Hall Council Chambers, and will kick off a comment period that will end March 22. Highway 2 projects scheduled to begin this summer include a sealcoat project to begin in August, and under consideration is an option to restripe the highway into a three lane section that includes a center turn lane, a bike lane and a parking lane. This option would reduce overall speeds. The Highway 92 project will have a separate meeting.


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