BEMIDJI

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…

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…