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Fifty Lakes: Bar must find new way to cook chicken wings

A food inspector came to the 50 Lakes Bar and Bottle Shop at the beginning of the month and staff learned the roasters used to cook chicken wings and the St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage is not approved equipment for the kitchen. The bar was allowed to serve the corned beef and cabbage in t

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-03-23 12:01:00

UPDATED: Missing fishermen recovered from Lower Red Lake

RED LAKE -- The bodies of two fishermen who went missing on Lower Red Lake in November were recovered, according to authorities and family members. A news release posted to the Red Lake Police Department's Facebook Page said that Red Lake conservation officers and a tribal council representative fou

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-03-22 17:38:23

Cass Lake man arrested in drug bust

CASS LAKE-A 24-year-old Cass Lake man was arrested Tuesday after a drug bust by the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department. According to a news release, officers executed a search warrant in the "Prescott Housing area" of Cass Lake and found methamphetamine, illegally possessed prescription pills and t


Laporte School staff, board to meet with Hubbard County Sheriff to discus school safety

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let's get the Highway 371 four-lane project completed

State Highway 371 from Little Falls to Bemidji is the main corridor to a nine-county region in north-central Minnesota bordering Canada on the north and Little Falls on the south. Safety, commerce and economic stimulus are reasons to finish the 55-mile leg of the 125-mile highway. Seven universities

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-03-23 12:12:00

Bemidji man pleads guilty to arson

BEMIDJI-A Bemidji man accused of arson pleaded guilty to the charge Friday. Damian Patrick Joseph Smith, 21, was charged with first-degree arson Jan. 4, three days after he set fire to the living room curtains of a house at the 700 block of Sunset Way. According to a criminal complaint and the Bemid


Digging the Didgeridoo!: An ancient drone could be heard Friday at Bangsberg Hall

BEMIDJI -- It was easy to find Janice Haworth's World Music class on Friday morning. The hum of more than 40 student-made didgeridoos -- the centuries-old indigenous Australian wind instrument -- filled the music professor's classroom at Bemidji State University and spilled out into Bangsberg Hall.

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-03-23 21:23:51

Cass County Board: Substance abuse 'most significant factor' in child protection

BACKUS-Allegations of child maltreatment and children in need of protection rose last year, but confirmed maltreatment is about steady, said Michelle Piprude, Health, Human and Veterans Services director, at the Cass County Board meeting. She presented her HHVS annual report to the commissioners. Pi

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-03-22 15:01:00

Enbridge poured $5 million into lobbying for Line 3

DULUTH-Canadian oil pipeline company Enbridge Energy Partners spent more than $5 million lobbying state officials in 2017 - more than twice the next largest lobbying interest - and the most any interest has spent on lobbying in Minnesota since at least 2007. That's one of the biggest takeaways from


GOP House District 5A convention Saturday in Walker

The Endorsing Convention is made up of delegates and alternates who were elected Feb. 6 at the Republican Precinct Caucuses. House District 5A includes parts of Beltrami, Cass, Itasca and Hubbard counties. The convention will include the endorsement of a republican legislative candidate for House D

BEMIDJI PIONEER - 2018-03-22 14:31:00

Pine River: City seeks grants for dam replacement

Pine River's city engineer, Bryan Drown of Bolton and Menk, continues to seek options for design and funding for the city's future dam replacement. The dam on the city stretch of the Pine River has been considered obsolete by state inspectors for over five years. Replacement of the dam has been comp

PINE AND LAKES NEWS - 2018-03-22 12:01:00

Pequot Lakes man wins his appeal on drug sale case

A Pequot Lakes man's conviction on a charge of felony third-degree sale of narcotics was overturned by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Erik Charles Knutson argued his guilty plea was involuntary and inaccurate. The court of appeals agreed and reversed and remanded the Crow Wing County District Court


Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Opposes Legislation That Removes Sulfate Standard

CASS LAKE, MINNESOTA - On Monday, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Executive Director Robert Budreau Jr., issued the following letter to two Minnesota state lawmkers, Senator Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Representative Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin voicing the Tribe's opposition to recently introduced bills


Elderly man seriously injured in bicycle - vehicle accident Tuesday

An elderly man sustained life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 46 and Highway 2 near Deer River. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Jimmy Lee Steven


Boyd Lodge wins best float in Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade

Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal Enthusiastic parade-goers gave their best smiles and showed off their lucky green at the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, March 17.1 / 8 Pete Mohs / Echo Journal Boyd Lodge won Best of Parade on Saturday, March 17, at the 44th annual Crosslake St. Patrick's


Sleigh rides set to benefit Bemidji Community Food Shelf

BEMIDJI -- The Go and Whoa Harness Club will host sleigh rides to benefit the Bemidji Community Food Shelf from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. Food and free-will monetary donations will be a accepted. Hot dogs and beverages will be available for purchase from t


Hubbard County Sheriff's Report

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Paint the town green: Bemidji celebrates St. Patrick's Day with annual block-long parade

BEMIDJI-The not-so long, or even lengthy, tradition of celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a short parade between two Irish pubs in Bemidji continued Saturday. The World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade started at Brigid's Pub this year and finished just a small distance away at the Keg N' Cork, l


Osage man charged with assault

Aaron Robert Chase, 34, of rural Osage, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. A felony first-degree burglary charge was dropped, along with a misdemeanor assault charge. According to court records, on May 13, 2017, he


Cass Lake girl died of hypothermia

CASS LAKE -- A 14-year-old girl found dead in Cass Lake on Jan. 12 died of hypothermia due to cold exposure, according to Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch. Monica Rose Salas-Raisch was not publicly identified by authorities at the time of her death. The Pioneer discovered her identity through an obitua