Your Tuesday News Brief: June 12

By: News Director Shawn Campbell

BEMIJI MN – On June 10th, 2018 at 1:45am the Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots being fired in an apartment building on the 2800 block of Pine Ridge Avenue. Upon arrival officers discovered a 24-year-old male that had been shot in the leg inside one of the apartments. This male was transported to the Sanford hospital for treatment of his injuries. Bemidji Police Department Detectives and Investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are working on identifying and locating the suspect who fled the scene prior to arrival of law enforcement. This appears to be an isolated incident and there does not appear to be a threat to the general public. Citizens with information regarding the shooting are encouraged to contact the Bemidji Police Department. The MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, the Bemidji Fire Department and the Bemidji Ambulance Service are assisting the Bemidji Police Department.


BEMIDJI MN – Ron Johnson had a lot to say as things got heated at City Councils work session on Monday night. The Bemidji City Council passed a motion to accept the state auditors recommendations for the Sanford Center. The first recommendation was that the city restructure their two accounts and remove Venuworks staff as a signatory authority on the operation account, making it the same as all other city bank accounts, payments out of that account would be handled similar to other city payments approved by the council. The Box office account would be restructured in to Venuworks name with Venuworks signatories, that account would pay the entertainer or promoter and at the end of the day and whatever is left would be transferred in to the operating account. The second recommendation was to modify the management agreement with Venuworks to reflect those changes. The final recommendation was that Venuworks repay the city over $137,000 that former director Curtis Webb stole. Venuworks also agreed to repay $35,000 in bonus that was paid to Webb from taxpayer money during his time at the Sanford Center. The Beltrami County Sheriffs Office is investigating Webb during his time at the Sanford Center, however the council believes the investigation will be a lengthy one, due to the number of transactions Webb made.


BEMIDJI MN – The Business after hours showcase is tonight from 5-7PM at the Hampton Inn and Suites South Shore Conference center. This is a new after hour’s event that will showcase and feature the 6 hosting businesses. The event is free for Chamber members and employees and is $5 for non-members. The event is sponsored and hosted by Country Inn and Suites, Counselor Realty, Bemidji State University, Pinnacle Marketing Group, Paul Bunyan Communications, and First National Bank.


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