Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa
BEMIDJI -- Although most drivers are careful to watch for deer on rural roads, several have encountered another large beast to avoid. On Sunday, Nov. 25, the Minnesota State Patrol removed a deceased black bear from Highway 71, about 12 miles north of Bemidji, after it apparently had been hit by a vehicle.
BAGLEY, Minn. — A judge Tuesday, Oct. 9, dismissed the case against three environmental activists who were charged with damaging a northern Minnesota pipeline in 2016. The defendants, who have referred to themselves as "valve turners," shut off the valves of two Enbridge Energy Co. pipelines near Leonard in Clearwater County in October 2016 as a way to protest the oil industry's contribution to climate change. The action was part of a coordinated effort across several states.