BEMIDJI, Minn.—When Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Jim Hess received news of a school bus crash the morning of May 3, he knew he needed to go to the scene. After Hess arrived at the intersection of Irvine Avenue and U.S. Highway 71 and found Bemidji School District Bus No. 25 on its side in a ditch, the severity of the situation sunk in. But the district's leader also noticed something encouraging.
ROSEAU, Minn. —A former Roseau County sheriff's deputy has beencharged with stalking after allegedly harassing two Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents through text messages, letters and other venues. Joshua McGurran Olson, 35, was arrested April 5 in Clearwater County and is currently being held in the Roseau County Jail after being officially charged Wednesday.
BEMIDJI—The owners of a local funeral home started the year with an unpleasant surprise Monday, when they arrived at work to find that one of the hearses had been stolen. Though police soon located the hearse—owned by the Cease Family Funeral Home—in Clearwater County, it had been burned down to the chassis. The hearse was taken from the funeral home's Bemidji location according to Kevin Cease, who owns the business with his family. Cease said police were informed of the theft immediately and quickly found the burned-out vehicle.