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…

Father and Son Die After Their Kayak Overturns in Hubbard County

HART LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A four-year-old boy and his father, both of¬†Northwood, Iowa, are dead after kayaking on a lake about 20 miles Southeast of Bemidji. The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 1:30 Saturday about an overturned kayak on Hart Lake and the two people inside didn’t resurface. Authorities say first responders found the boy…

Man Hurt After Hitting Horse On U.S. Highway 2

The early Morning Crash Happened Near Wilton, Minnesota

BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — A Guthrie, Minnesota man was hurt after running into a horse on U.S. Highway 2 in Wilton. Beltrami County Sheriff’s office says 46-year-old Jeremy Rauch hit the horse owned by 82-year-old Gary Bryngelson of Wilton around 3:30 this morning. The horse was killed. Rauch was taken to Sanford in Bemidji with non-life threatening injuries. Categories: Local…

Boys Hockey: Leonard Charts 50th Career win as Spuds Shutout Bemidji

Jack Stetz records his 100th point as a Spud in the win.

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The eighth-ranked Moorhead Spuds score six goals in the second period to pick up their eighth straight win as they defeated Bemidji 9-0 on Tuesday night. Senior goaltender Lance Leonard recorded his 50th career win with the shutout. Carter Randklev scored a hat trick and Jack Stetz charted his 99th, 100th and 101st points as a Moorhead…

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…

Woman Who Had Been Drinking Crashes ATV Into Squad Car

Woman and Officers Were Taken To The Hospital

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Minnesota State Patrol says two Bemidji officers were hurt when an all-terrain vehicle crashed into their squad car during a chase. Authorities say the officers were trying to help with the pursuit of the ATV started by another officer when the ATV collided with their squad car early this morning. The two officers and the ATV driver…

Former Bemidji Assistant Principal Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

He was assistant principal for three years before resigning in April

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A former assistant principal at Bemidji Middle School has pleaded guilty to producing child porn. Thirty-five-year-old Brandon Bjerknes of Bemidji also admitted to a second count of coercion and enticement of a minor. Prosecutors say Bjerknes posed as a teenage boy and used social media to contact girls and boys and told them to send him explicit…

Bemidji Construction Worker Hurt on Site of New Elementary School

The worker was taken by air from the Gene Dillon Elementary School construction site Wednesday

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The superintendent in Bemidji says a construction worker wasn’t seriously hurt in a fall at the site of a new elementary school. The worker was taken by air from the Gene Dillon Elementary School construction site Wednesday. Superintendent Jim Hess says the worker fell about 11 feet at the site and was taken to a hospital for…

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…

Bemidji Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash in Grand Forks

Police say Lossing ignored a traffic signal and was not wearing a helmet

  GRAND FORKS, ND — A Bemidji motorcyclist is dead after a crash in Grand Forks. The crash happened at the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and South 34th Street. Police say 29-year-old Anthony Lossing was thrown from his motorcycle after turning into a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Marcus Lee of Grand Forks. Police say Lossing ignored a traffic signal…