BEMIDJI

Bemidji Inmate On the Run

Do not attempt to make contact with the male, he is considered dangerous. Please call 911 immediately if you have seen him or know his location.

Bemidji, MN – On July 27th, 2017 at approximately 22:34 hours Bemidji Police Officers responded to the Beltrami County Jail on a report of a fight between two inmates. During the course of the investigation it was determined that one of the inmates should be brought to Sanford Hospital for evaluation of injuries sustained in the fight. A Beltrami County…

Mistaken Identity Behind Robbery of Bemidji Women

The men and two women in the car were later arrested on robbery charges and they could all face additional charges

  BEMIDJI, Minn. — A pregnant woman and her mother in Bemidji were robbed at gunpoint in a case of mistaken identity. Authorities say the suspects thought they had followed the dark colored SUV of a person involved in a drug deal. They followed the SUV to the victim’s house early Monday morning and three men demanded money. They didn’t…

Woman Hurt After Driving Pickup Into Path of Oncoming Train

Collision Happened Sunday Near Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A woman has potentially life threatening injuries after driving her pickup into the path of an oncoming train. It happened Sunday afternoon just south of Highway 2 about 12 miles west of Bemidji. ONSTAR alerted dispatchers of the crash. Emergency crews took the driver, 73-year-old Janice Callahan of Chatfield, to a hospital in Robbinsdale with serious injuries….

Missing Bemidji Woman Found Dead

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office located Chelsea Batchelder, age 26, in the woods east of Little Norway Drive SE in Bemidji Township.

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The search for a Bemidji woman reported missing last week has reached an end. Officers found the body of 26-year-old Chelsea Batchelder in the woods at the south end of Bemidji this morning. Investigators say she went missing after walking north along Little Norway Avenue on the night of June 19th. Her body was transported to the…

Kinn Changes Plea in Bemidji Murder, Child Sex Assault Case

Kinn admitted to strangling Melissa Norby on June 21st, 2016 and setting the house on fire to cover up his crime

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The man accused of killing a Bemidji woman before setting her home on fire and kidnapping and sexually assaulting her five-year-old daughter has changed his plea. Jacob Kinn, 33, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and first degree criminal sexual conduct. Kinn admitted to strangling Melissa Norby on June 21st, 2016 and setting the house on fire…

Former Bemidji Assistant Principal Facing Federal Child Exploitation Charges

He is charged with the production and distribution of child porn and enticement of a minor

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A former Bemidji assistant principal now faces federal child sexual exploitation charges. Brandon Bjerknes, 34, was arrested Tuesday and appeared today in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. He is charged with the production and distribution of child porn and enticement of a minor. Court documents show Bjerknes posed online as a 13 to 15-year-old male…

Bemidji Woman Dies After Crash on Motorcycle

Dispatch was alerted about the crash on Wednesday around 5 p.m.

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A motorcycle driver is dead after crashing with a cargo van in Bemidji Township. Dispatch was alerted about the crash on Wednesday around 5 p.m. Authorities say 62-year-old Vicki Inkel of Bemidji was driving northbound on her motorcycle when she was hit by the eastbound van. Inkel died at the scene. The driver of the van has…

Drivers Identified in Bemidji School Bus Crash

Police say one child was pinned inside and had to be cut out of the bus by rescue workers

  BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — Authorities have identified the two drivers involved in a Bemidji school bus crash in Beltrami County. Police say 29-year-old Thomas Nielson of Chattanooga, Tennessee was driving a passenger vehicle when he drove through a stop sign and hit the school bus, being driven by 47-year-old Patrick Stout of Bemidji. They say Stout lost control of…

Thirty Students Sent to Hospital After Bemidji Bus Crash

Most of the students involved were from the Red Lake Nation

  BEMIDJI, Minn. — School officials say 30 students were sent to a hospital to be checked out after a school bus crash near Bemidji. The superintendent says one student may have suffered a broken arm, another had a facial laceration and a third had possible internal injuries. Other students aboard had “bumps and bruises.” Most of the students involved…

Three Students Injured In Bemidji School Bus Accident

The injured have been brought to Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji.

BEMIDJI, MN – Three students have been hurt in a school bus accident near Bemidji. Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Jim Hess says one student may have suffered a broken arm, another had a facial laceration and a third had possible internal injuries. Hess says other students aboard had “bumps and bruises.” Hess says one student was airlifted from the scene….