BELTRAMI COUNTY

Tornado Captured By Cell Phones In Beltrami County Wednesday Night

There have been no reports of significant damage

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — A scare last night for people living in central Beltrami County. A number of people captured video of a tornado near Ponemah. It also touched down near Red Lake. One person caught what looked like a bigger funnel forming over Lower Red Lake. There have been no reports of significant damage. The National Weather Service is…

Woman Killed After Crashing ATV

42-year-old Rosalee Miles of Shevlin was on an ATV that left the road

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — A woman is dead after an ATV crash in Beltrami County. Authorities say 42-year-old Rosalee Miles of Shevlin was on an ATV that left the road, crashed into a barbed wire fence and overturned. Miles was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene. The crash happened Monday morning about nine miles northwest of Bemidji….

EF 1 Tornado Knocks Down Trees And Power Lines In Bemidji

Beltrami County emergency management director says about 12 city blocks were affected

BEMIDJI, Minn. –National Weather Service confirms that it was a tornado that did damage in Bemidji. The Beltrami County emergency management director says about 12 city blocks were affected during the severe weather event. The E-F-1 tornado with winds of 90 to 100 miles per hour hit the city around 6:30 this morning. Several trees and power lines were knocked…

Man Deceased “For Some Time” From Suspected Drug Overdose

Acquaintances Found The Man's Body On Saturday Night

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — A man was found dead at a home in Beltrami County and it appears he died of a suspected drug overdose. The sheriff’s office says 40-year-old Timothy Yerbich of Tenstrike, Minnesota was found by acquaintances on Saturday night. Deputies believe Yerbich had been deceased for some time. The preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of death…

Two Bodies Are Pulled From Upper Red Lake

Couple Reported Missing Sunday Night After Failing To Return From Fishing

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — The bodies of two people who went through the ice on Upper Red Lake have been recovered. 30-year-old Melissa Siedenstricker and 29-year-old Zeth Knyphausen had been reported missing late Sunday after they failed to return from a fishing trip. Authorities pulled their bodies from the water along with their ATV around 3 p.m. on Monday. The…

Search For Missing Persons On Upper Red Lake

The Sheriff’s Office is also requesting that those in the area do not venture out on the ice to assist with the search as ice conditions are unfavorable.

Beltrami County, MN — The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is requesting residents along and near the shores of Upper Red Lake to check their property and outbuildings for any signs of two overdue fisherman who were last known to be on Upper Red Lake. The first missing person is a male 29 years old, the second is a 30 year…

Illinois Man Arrested After Found with Missing Teen from Bemidji

He was found with the girl in Minneapolis and brought back to Beltrami County

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — A man from Illinois is being held in Beltrami County after picking up a 13 year old Bemidji girl and taking her to Minneapolis. Authorities say 21-year-old Chris Morales met the teen on social media. She was reported missing on Tuesday when she disappeared from her home and wasn’t at school. A neighbor of the teen…

Blackduck Man Arrested After Allegedly Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend

The woman had been abducted Friday in International Falls

HORNET TOWNSHIP, Minn, — A Blackduck, Minnesota man is in custody after being accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. Joshua Smith, 31, was arrested after a search warrant was conducted on a residence in Hornet Township, about 30 miles northeast of Bemidji. Authorities found the woman walking away from the residence when they arrived and they sought the search warrant. The…

Beltrami County Corrects Information on Inmate Death

Authorities say the wrong information was released to the media after the death of Stephanie Bunker while in their custody

  BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says they want to clear up details behind the death of an inmate in the detention center last July. Authorities say the wrong information was released to the media after the death of Stephanie Bunker while in their custody. Bunker died from complications after an attempted suicide in her cell…

Grygla Farmer Dies After Getting Trapped in Truck Chute

Authorities say 80-year-old Ralph Lee was cleaning the box of a farm truck when he somehow got stuck in the grain chute

  BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — A Grygla man is dead after a farm accident in Beltrami County. Authorities responded to the 43000 block of Moose River Road in Northwood Township after a call for help came into the Sheriff’s Office just after 10 a.m. Authorities say 80-year-old Ralph Lee was cleaning the box of a farm truck when he somehow…