Timothy Kenneth Lundberg, 31, of Bemidji, was sentenced Monday in Beltrami County District Court to 206 months for the Dec. 18 second-degree murder of Ayven Jayce Shepard.
BEMIDJI - A 29-year-old citizen of France is a wanted international fugitive on a charge of serious felony second-degree conduct with a victim young than 13 in an incident last month at Concordia Language Villages near Bemidji. Adrien Massy, a Frenchman living in St. Louis Park, Minn., and teaching at the French Academy of Minnesota, was charged June 11 by the Beltrami County Attorney with the crime. He was also fired by the French Academy and his laptop and camera were confiscated. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Beltrami County initiated the investigation.
BEMIDJI - Last week, members of Bemidji United Methodist Church received a letter from their bishop, Sally Dyck. "I am writing to inform you that I am removing your pastor, Rev. John Roberts, from his appointment at Bemidji UMC and he will not be returning," she wrote. She explained in that letter that he had accessed pornographic material via the Internet on a church office computer.
Tim Kedrowski and his sons, Peter and Casey, are not pushovers for Bigfoot stories, but a frame on a game trail camera set up on their hunting land north of Remer has left them in a quandary. "To us, it's very hard because we lean toward the skeptical type," Kedrowski said in a telephone interview from his Rice, Minn., home. But after checking with neighbors and any other hunters who might have been walking through the dense woods at 7:20 p.m. on the rainy night of Oct. 24, he said they couldn't imagine what else the image could be.
The Big Fish in Bena, listed in May as one of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places, has a new lease on life. With a $10,000 donation from former Bena resident Gary Kirt, Big Fish owners Paul and Linda Reimer are rehabilitating the famous roadside attraction. The 65-foot-long, 15-foot-wide Big Fish was built in 1958 as an ice cream and hamburger stand, according to the Alliance.
BEMIDJI - Sunday's winds caused a dead spruce holding a large eagles' nest to come crashing down north of Bemidji. The nest tree, a roadside attraction in a swamp east of Irvine Avenue Northwest and south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 71, broke in pieces as it landed and crushed the nest. The parent birds would have flown as their tree toppled, but their young weren't able to fly yet. "They're generally flying by the first week of July," said Conservation Officer Bruce Lenning.
Traditional American Indian funeral services Sunday will open the way for Delma Elizabeth Hardy - after more than 12 years - to join her ancestors in the family burial grounds near Ponemah. Steven Ellison, an attorney with the Minneapolis firm of Faegre and Benson, helped bring Hardy's remains home this week from a pauper's grave in Cook County, Ill. Hardy's mother, Willamette Morrison, has named Ellison honorary pallbearer. She also authorized him to tell the story of her daughter's recovery. A day before her 24th birthday, Hardy was murdered Aug.
BEMIDJI, Minn. - A 17-year-old boy murdered more than 30 years ago by a Bemidji High School classmate will be disinterred and reburied this month. Ricky McGuire was killed by three shotgun blasts to the head and shoulders on Nov. 17, 1977. McGuire's body was found April 8, 1978, near Grass Lake just west of Bemidji. George Stewart Dahl, also 17 at the time, was arrested the next day. Kenneth Osterberg, a Hennepin County pathologist, conducted the autopsy on McGuire.
An economic development grant of $1 million from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will allow the Red Lake Nation to open a commercial walleye processing operation this summer. Red Lake Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. said the band plans to open the Redby fish processing plant in June.